Friday, July 30, 2010

"responsibility"; abundance; breathing

Added another good new story, at the bottom, by Pam Sorooshian.

Jenny Cyphers, on finding abundance in simple ways

Breathing (and abundance), right side halfway down, Glenda and Leah Rose:

A quote from that:

I took a deep breath, and as I inhaled I felt my whole being kind of slide into place—it was weird, almost a tangible sensation—and suddenly I felt completely peaceful.

The bunny image is a link to a site with lots of bubble-blowing recipes and ideas.
(I'd ignore the one about bubble blowing and early language,
unless you turn it around...)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

"chores," TV-watching and health, some more Yes

Several new accounts of kids helping with housework, for fun, to be nice! "House" fan gets mom a new diagnosis:

New writing about saying yes, by Jenny Cyphers.

And below that is a story of when Kirby was little and "cross pollinated" some piles of armor, and tripped over a string. The story builds up to other things. The nice young man about 30 who is mentioned in that writing was my friend Leif Ivarson (Bill Hammond) who died last week and so for my friends who knew him, I'm noting that.
(an SCA memorial page for him—on my site, but not about unschooling)

The photo is a link to Jenny Cyphers' blog.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sacramento conference, teens, "same and different"

HSC advance-registration time has been extended (JULY 18! Do it today if you've been stalling), and there's a cute video preview/advertisement for the conference. I have it here, with a list of my own presentations:

Teens who came later to unschooling
Not new, but spruced up.

Same and Different: Easy answers and second looks
Many answers that seemed obvious to us in childhood look different in the light of years and experience.

Monday, July 5, 2010

HSC schedule, Kids KNOWing, and TV in Spain

These things are not "on my site" directly, thought what's quoted below will be at some point.

The schedule for the HSC conference in Sacramento is online. Kirby and have been added in to a discussion on video games (Rose Sorooshian is the organizer; her boyfriend Daniel is the assistant organizer, and then Kirby, Pam Sorooshian and I have been invited as add-ons. That's at 4:00 Friday afternoon.

My 2:00 Friday talk is "Partnerships" (in case the typo confused you).

I'm presenting something every day, sometimes two or three things.

There was a piece on TV in Spain on the evening of July 4, and it's linked here:

Renee Cabatic is the mother of nine-year-old twins and has two new stories about their bodily awareness:

2 sweet stories about sweets

First one:

We were at a bar-b-q party and a 5 yr old friend dug into the cooler, pulled out a coke-a-cola and asked his Ma could he have it.
She said, "Heavens no, especially with that chocolate cake on your plate."
She then looked at me asking, "How do you do it?"
I told her, "I don't restrict what my kids eat," and pointed to their plates. XuMei had watermelon, strawberries, green beans and chocolate cake on her plate. Xander had chosen salmon, corn on the cob, watermelon, strawberries and a root beer to drink.
Later I was telling Chris (my spouse) the story and Xander, who I thought was asleep in the back of the van, perked up and said, "The trick is, there is no trick."

Second one:
At a second party the next day a Mom friend was having an upset tummy and she asked XuMei what she might do to feel better. XuMei said whenever her tummy hurts it's one of two things: either she is hungry or she needs to poop. The Mom friend was impressed because she felt the cause of her upset tummy was having over eaten the desserts at the potluck. She commented to me how great it was that XuMei had such a healthy relationship to food. XuMei has no need to over eat.

Renee Cabatic
Ma to Xander and XuMei (9)
That was sent to the Always Learning list, and I'll quote it on my pages about eating, later, sometime. I thought it was too valuable to risk losing though, so I'm putting it here.