Giving Your Kids A Voice In Family Decisions

Giving Your Kids A Voice In Family Decisions Whether or not you believe in the occasional “Because I said so,” any child old enough to express opinions deserves to have those opinions at least considered. No one who will be affected by what’s served for dinner, what car you buy, or where the family goes on vacation should be denied some input into the decision. That’s not to say you should … [Read more...] about Giving Your Kids A Voice In Family Decisions

5 Ways To Nurture Your Passion For Parenting

5 Ways To Nurture Your Passion For Parenting   If you ever have days when you feel sick and tired of your kids … don’t feel too guilty. Temporary burnout happens to the best of us, and it doesn’t mean you’re an unfit parent or don’t love your children. It just means life doesn’t always live up to our specific-rewards-for-specific-efforts ideals. Not expecting life to always … [Read more...] about 5 Ways To Nurture Your Passion For Parenting

GENIUS HOUR/AFTERNOON

GENIUS HOUR/AFTERNOON Every month we publish two articles on “Shady Oak Best Practices,” our favorite approaches to education and why they work. If friends ask why you send your kids to Shady Oak instead of a “regular” school, refer them to this series—and the science backing us up—for starters. “Genius Hour” is a common term for school periods where each student chooses a topic he or she … [Read more...] about GENIUS HOUR/AFTERNOON

PASSIONATE TEACHERS

PASSIONATE TEACHERS Every month we publish two articles on “Shady Oak Best Practices,” our favorite approaches to education and why they work. If friends ask why you send your kids to Shady Oak instead of a “regular” school, refer them to this series—and the science backing us up—for starters. Many teachers enter the field with great enthusiasm, then within a few years are plodding … [Read more...] about PASSIONATE TEACHERS

Fine Art of Making Amends

Fine Art of Making Amends Admitting one was wrong has become an all-but-extinct skill. If you need proof, tune in to any political speech. Sadly, the harder people try to convince others that “I wasn’t to blame,” the more others find to blame them for—and even more sadly, no one seems to grasp this. All the self-justifications only throw roadblocks in the way of things being put right, … [Read more...] about Fine Art of Making Amends