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Passionate Parenting Blog

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"Homeschooling" in the time of Covid-19

Posted on March 29, 2020 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (1268)

The Memes about "homeschooling" being sent around recently have brought out so much laughter in such a serious time. But keep in mind, most parents are not actually homeschooling. The kids are at home. They’re “going to school” but we are not actually homeschooling. For most of us, our teachers are planning, assigning and grading. We may be acting as an aide and occasionally assisting. But let’s thank the teachers this week for pulling this new way of reaching our kids...

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New Normal

Posted on March 29, 2020 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (673)

Even though Bruno is one of the few that has to continue to GO to work, these days leave me wondering how we will all be when the day comes that the quarantine is lifted. Families will be forever changed. I asked the boys how they thought this new normal would change them. Their answers were so interesting. And we won’t really know until we’re there. I’m wondering if there will be a decline in some mental health issues with this slower paced, family-centered livi...

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Keep it simple and PLAY!

Posted on November 8, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (1478)

I remember my dad telling us how his brothers and sisters would race out of the house right after breakfast on weekend mornings and not come back until the streetlights came on.  They knew that grandma would make whomever was left hanging around help with the household chores.  He'd laugh telling me, because as an adult he realized it was her great plan to have the kids busy outside playing so that she COULD take care of the house.  

I've been reading so many articles lat...

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Moving Forward With Motivation

Posted on October 7, 2015 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (1893)

What do M&M’s and toilets have in common?! Well any parent can tell you it’s the key to potty training success of course! While parents would prefer for their children to be intrinsically motivated, we often find ourselves offering our children “prizes” for performing certain tasks. While conditional motivation works for all people, no matter the age, the positive effects of the rewards are short-lived.

Encouraging our children to follow through wit...

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"Raising" Our Children

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (2273)

How many moms can say that the second they pick up the phone, space aliens invade their children's bodies and instruct them to act irrationally and make sure they're loud about it?  Your child may as well be marching through the kitchen with a picket sign reading, "I need more from you." While that phrase may make most moms and dads deflate, as they feel they have no more to "give", perhaps just simple adjustments to how we approach situations with o...

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