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Hard Work – Part 4: What does Minimalism have to do with hard work?

In this final part of the series on Hard Work let us think about the source of a lot of our work: the stuff we own.

Hard Work – Part 3: How can we cultivate diligence, grit, and helpfulness in our children?

In Part 3 of the series on Hard Work we get to the the practical question: “I have to get stuff done, am I just supposed to wait around and hope that people will help me?! So far that’s never happened!”

Hard Work – Part 2: Do people do hard things even when they are not forced to do them?

In this part of the Hard Work series I want to think through if people will do hard things when they are not forced to do them.

Hard Work – Part 1: What if my children are never forced to do hard things?

With unschooling the question often comes up: “What if my children are never forced to do hard things? Will they ever learn grit and determination? Will they develop a sense of entitlement?” The argument is often made that doing whatever… Continue Reading →

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Back in May 2015, while trying to plan and pack for a cross-country from Alaska to Georgia and eventually an international move from the USA to Saudi Arabia, I pondered the idea of the stories we tell ourselves.

Mindfulness in the Midst of Exhaustion

Why do I feel bad about setting firm limits about what I’m willing to do when I know I’m at my limit? I want to own my choices, my work, and be content that I am enough. But honestly, it… Continue Reading →

Insulated Life

I live an insulated life. Sometimes I forget what a wonderfully insulated life God has blessed us with. We get to travel a lot and see many different cultures and ways of living. My husband is able to provide a… Continue Reading →

Value Transference

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9

These verses give us a great example for us as to what parental instruction and value transference looks like. Truly, I like to think of these verses as an unschooler’s handbook. ...

Best Laid Plans

the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry Robert Burns, To a Mouse

I’m good at planning. I love considering all the pieces and imagining what order they will best fit together. Our first year homeschooling was well planned. We used Five in a Row, Te...

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