The Art of the (Im)Possible

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I read an article lately that really resonated with some of my own recent experiences. It had to do with taking our children's dreams seriously, and resisting the temptation to meet those ideas with our own sensible, grown-up feedback. This is easier said than done, I tell you. Thank goodness we get ... More

Hello Again!

Friends, it's been a while, I know. Life has been keeping me busy these days, and what little time there has been for writing has been devoted to two new children's books that are in the works. But tonight, my husband graciously ushered all of the small people out of our home for some good ... More

Silencing the Expert Within

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I'm a trained educator. I hold degrees in general education and special education. I constantly hone my skills through coursework and self-study. But none of this matters. No, it doesn't matter one whit  - not to my children. To them, the number of degrees I've earned is irrelevant. The plethora ... More

Holt: What Makes People Smart

We don't have to make human beings smart. They are born smart. All we have to do is stop doing the things that made them stupid. -John Holt, from How Children Fail ... More

Paley: Reframing “Slow Learners”

{speaking of a child struggling in her class} [he] is not a slow learner. He is a cautious researcher. He takes each new idea and collects data on its application until he is satisfied that he knows every response and reaction it might receive in the outside world. He expects mistakes and wants them ... More