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Unschooling - the Benefits of Home Based Education

Home schooling benefits children. As a parent, I feel it is important to provide the best opportunities available to my children. Through a process of home educating known as 'unschooling' and eclectic educational styles my children have opportunities that are unavailable through traditional means of education. I believe it is important to create leaders through individualized training and development.

A high-quality education is one of the most important things that we can provide our children. Exposure to a variety of topics, people, and adventures all contribute to a fulfilling educational experience. Resources abound in our daily lives for learning, we need to focus our minds on finding them.

Even as an adult, I find when I'm open to learning something new - I would be hard pressed not to find something new to learn. Education is a life long process that should be part of living. By separating it into a developed target of place and teachings, we limit the opportunities afforded to us on a daily basis from a multitude of resources.

Essays and journaling are great ways to share experiences, encourage writing skills, and keep track of trips. Making memories is an important part of education and living - memories are what we often base our perceptions of life and choices for the future.

What memories are you making with your children? If you'd like to share them on the public portion of our web-blog, please feel free to add your story - or better yet, introduce your children to the fun aspects of blogging.

Jan Verhoeff has more than 14 years experience in teaching her own children. Her interest in education began early in her adult life, as she realized the importance of having an education herself. Having started her children in traditional schools, Jan found the life style didn't work for her or her children. It worked far better to bring her children into a world where education was part of the life they lived. With one daughter well on her way to successfully accomplishing great things in life, and three more comfortably moving in the same direction, Jan feels confident that her ideas have been successful. Visit their family home school site at or their blog at

Why an ancient religious text is the best parenting book I've read in years  CNN

The Jewish holiday of Passover has a lot of good advice about raising kids. It encourages us to point our children in the right direction and then allow their minds ...

Positive Parenting: This Style of Parenting Negatively Affects Kids' Relationships  9&10 News

Relationships help reduce stress and contribute to better physical and mental health. But a new study shows a particular style of parenting can have negative ...

35 Hilarious Parenting Tweets From Conan O'Brien  HuffPost

Conan O'Brien knows the ups and downs of fatherhood. The late-night talk show host has a son, Beckett, and daughter, Neve, with his wife, Liza Powel O'Brien.

How Princess Diana was a parenting role model for Prince Harry  AOL

Princess Diana didn't let her sons get too wrapped up in royal life and tried her hardest to give them "normal" experiences.

Who the Heck Is Patrick?  Slate

Care and Feeding is Slate's parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Email or post it in the Slate Parenting ...

When parenting goes cuckoo  Science News for Students

Brood parasites are animals that trick another species into raising their young. This is known among birds, fish and insects.

All parenting is hard. Don’t compare yourself with others.  The Washington Post

Parents belittle their legitimate struggles and heartaches because they somehow feel it isn't enough to be worked up over. But we're all struggling and need to ...

The Most Important Study I've Read on Parenting in the Age of Anxiety  Forbes

Yale docs say you are probably making your anxious child more anxious. Here's how to stop.

Kids in the Capital City: No one tells you about the parenting blues  CultureMap Austin

Are you there, anxiety? It's me, Mikela. The postpartum blues are a very real thing, but the parenting blues? That's something I wasn&rsquo.

PARENTING CONNECTION: Establish a Set of Family Rules  WLNS

LANSING, Mi. - (WLNS-TV). It's Parenting Connection Tuesday and 6 News is here for you with tips, strategies, and helpful reminders from local child ...

Lori Loughlin Might Use "Parenting On Steroids" As Defense In College Scandal  Refinery29

Lori Loughlin is accused of participating in a college scandal that helped get her daughters into USC.

PARENTING: What it means to really see our children  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

There's a young mom we know whom we have come to deeply admire. She posts great pictures on her public Instagram account and one recently caught our ...

Viewers slam This Morning guest who says 'parenting is a shared enterprise'  Daily Mail

A woman who branded single women who have babies with sperm donors 'selfish' has provoked a furious debate, after arguing that 'parenting is a shared ...

What my daughter’s Make-A-Wish trip taught me about parenting, and myself  The Washington Post

“Parenting is a big responsibility,” everyone said, eyeing my growing belly and the baby already on my hip. “You think it's hard with one? Two is a hundred times ...

Text message reminders helped divorce, parenting cases  WCAX

New Hampshire's judicial branch says that its pilot program offering text message reminders to people involved in a divorce or parenting case reduced the ...

Why 'lawnmower parenting' is like robbing your kids — and how to actually help them  NBC News

The recent “Operation Varsity Blues” scandal is an extreme example, but this parenting tactic is more common than you may think.

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Frank Edition  Slate

Slate's parenting podcast on how to stop yourself from projecting your issues onto to your kids.

Forget the buzzwords about parenting styles, let's just be present  The Boston Globe

Every generation has a *fresh* take on parenting, its own personal stamp on how children should be raised. Lately, though, it seems we hear of a new style every ...

The Many Shades of Fear-Based Parenting  Psychology Today

The enemy of trustful parenting is fear. Here is a taxonomy and description of maladaptive, fear-based parenting styles—helicopter, snowplow, fuel-injector, tiger ...

Justin Timberlake Bonded with Tiger Woods Over Parenting While Famous  TMZ

Not many people know what it's like to balance parenthood with global mega-fame -- but Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake do ... and JT says it's brought them ...

Old-fashioned parenting wasn't as superior as it's made out to be, writes Portland historian  OregonLive

Therese Oneill's "Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent's Guide to Raising Flawless Children" exposes the flawed thinking of the era.

Lionel Richie Jokes About Parenting Nicole, Sofia and Miles: 'Their Job Is to Scare Me to Death'

In this week's issue of PEOPLE, the American Idol judge and music legend, 69, opened up to PEOPLE about the lessons he's learned in life, love and ...

I spent a week asking parents to share their top parenting tips — here are the 9 best things they told me  INSIDER

Becoming a new parent can be an overwhelming experience. I asked parents for their best advice.

Lori Loughlin Eyes 'Parenting on Steroids' Defense In College Scandal – SheKnows  SheKnows

Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli may argue they were manipulated into paying around $500000 to get their daughters into USC.

These Well-Intentioned Parental Behaviors Actually Result in Kids Who Are Less Successful, Researchers Say  Inc.

The relationship between kids and parents is well-studied and researchers are perpetually learning more about what parents can do--or not do--to help their ...

PARENTING: Are you a parent- or child-focused parent?  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

We know parenting is often a thankless job. You pretty much kiss sleeping goodbye for about 18 years because even after they “sleep through the night” they still ...

Baby Boomers and the Art of Parenting Adult Kids  The Wall Street Journal

Many baby boomers are more involved with their grown children than previous generations, and struggle to let them go.

Healthy Boundaries in Parenting  WCAI

"Snowplow parents" are emerging as a hyper-intensive version of "helicopter parenting." It's when parents plow ahead of their children, trying to clear.

Positive Parenting: How toddler playtime affects kids as teens  WKOW

MADISON (WKOW) — When it comes to kids, parents, and playtime, we often think of dads as being loud and physical, while moms are not. Researchers ...

How to Discipline Without Yelling or Spanking  The New York Times

Tips for when your child is pushing you to the brink.

The “Algorithm-y” Edition  Slate

The Waves also takes on parenting while running for president and white male victimhood.

Here’s What Happens When You Give Unsolicited Parenting Advice  The New York Times

My husband and I visited our son's family in another state. While there, I noticed my daughter-in-law treating their older son (17) almost cruelly. (She yelled at ...

Parenting support club Bounty fined in 'unprecedented' data breach  Data Protection Report

On 12 April, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) fined Bounty, a pregnancy and parent support club, £400000 for illegally sharing personal data On 12 ...

When parenting becomes a religion, college admissions officers become high priests  Washington Post

The dangerous leap from kids as 'legacy' to conceiving them as our pathway to eternal life.

A New Look at Parenting and Children's Happiness in College  Psychology Today

New research shows that parents who take over the college admissions process deprive children of crucial developmental support.

Vaccine FAQs | UNICEF Parenting  UNICEF

Parents' most frequently asked questions about vaccines.

5 Parenting Styles, Explained - Common Parenting Types to Know

While there's no one right way to parent, researchers have been studying different parenting styles and the effects they have on kids for years. Many of these ...

Managing Is Like Parenting. Here's How To Lead In A Way That Brings Out The Best In Your Employees  Inc.

There's an art to nurturing people around you. Here's how.

Parenting in the Time of Measles  The New York Times

As many as half of the home-schooled kids I encounter are not vaccinated.

In ‘Game of Thrones’ Good Parenting Means Passing Along the Skill of Murder  Fatherly

If there's one thing Game of Thrones is famous for, it's killing off characters. From the shocking season one beheading of Eddard “Ned” Stark to the infamous Red ...

Thrive Global, Little Spoon Launch Parenting Hub 'Is This Normal' 04/18/2019  MediaPost Communications

Arianna Huffington is expanding her media empire with the launch of Is This Normal, in partnership with organic baby-food company Little Spoon and her health ...

Why Parenting Without Yelling Is Better for Kids — and You  Healthline

The challenges of parenting can sometimes cause even the most patient person to raise their voice. But here's how I learned there's a better way to mom ...

Mothers Who Make Liberation: New Book Explores Black Parenting as Political Practice  Rewire.News

Dani McClain's We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood is both memoir and a collective parenting primer based on Black women's stories ...

Parenting in a Digital Age: What Experts Are Saying  Psychology Today

Is technology to blame for the rising rates of teen depression? Experts weigh in.

Jill Duggar Slammed For Latest Parenting Tip, Shares News On Family’s Big Move  Business Times

Jill Duggar gets slammed for her newest parenting tip but stays unfazed and shares the latest on her family's big move.

Parenting Tips From Meghan Markle's BFFs Amal Clooney, Serena Williams and Jessica Mulroney  Entertainment Tonight

The Duchess of Sussex will become a mom in a matter of weeks.

'Santa Clarita Diet': What Is Drew Barrymore's Parenting Style in Real Life?  The Cheat Sheet

Drew Barrymore is one of Hollywood's most well-known actresses. She has been in a plethora of famous movies: The Wedding Singer (1998), Never Been ...

Kim Kardashian Reveals Her Secret to Parenting Three Kids: 'You Just Have to Wing It'

"My sisters and I are in a group chat, always getting parenting advice," Kim Kardashian West told Vogue for their "73 Questions" series.

Stress Less Parenting  lstribune

Apr. 6, 2019. By Kerri Gray, M.S., LMFT ReDiscover. Raising children is similar to running a marathon with challenging hills that seem to never end and valleys ...

School Principal’s Viral Rant Accuses Countless Parents of Cheating  Fatherly

A Kentucky principal is winning the Internet with a video following the college admissions scandal that accuses many parents of breaking rules to get ahead.

On Parenting: Meghan Leahy took your questions about parenting  Washington Post

Meghan Leahy, a parenting coach with Positively Parenting, joined On Parenting editor Amy Joyce to talk about parenting children of all ages. Amy Joyce.

The Parenting Benefits Company Cleo Raises $27.5M To Help Working Parents  Forbes

The parenting benefits company Cleo announced today that it has raised a $27.5 million Series B round led by the global venture capital firm New Enterprise ...

As a Black Mother, My Parenting Is Always Political  The Nation

To care for, protect, and prepare our children for adulthood, black moms cannot merely accept the world as it is.

Akinropo to unveil book for mothers on parenting  The Punch

Olushola Ricketts A Parenting Development Consultant, Akinola Akinropo, is currently putting finishing touches on his new book entitled, Mummy No...

Child rearing challenges: Parenting in an age of technology  Statesboro Herald

Julie Jargon is a reporter with the Wall Street Journal. Heretofore, she has written about food companies like Starbucks and McDonald's. As of April 2, however, ...

PARENTING: Grit is a determining factor for success  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Recently one of our kids started a theater club. He named the club and chose the script for their debut production. He put out feelers and found enough kids ...

Why Do 4-Year-Olds Love Talking About Death?  The New York Times

Easter may bring up dark questions from your preschooler. Here's how to answer them.

Stop letting your kids stare at iPads in restaurants, science says  CNN

It may seem innocuous and convenient, but research suggests that screens during meals have a big downside.

Growing up fast: why parenting in your 20s is the new punk  The Guardian

With the average age of first-time parents over 30 and rising, having kids in your 20s is increasingly unusual. So what is it like swapping nights out with friends, ...

How Parenting Can Inform Theology  Sojourners

Being a parent is to get a front row seat to the construct of being human.

10 Ways My Kids Can Pay Me Back for My Incredible Parenting  Fatherly

Parenting is mostly a one-way street. We raise our kids, care for them, provide for them, and they go on about their lives never thinking about what we give them.

Parenting three boys is like trying to solve the riddle of the fox, chicken and grain  The Guardian

We're on the farm going back and forth between mini golf and kids' disco, while my son grapples with sibling-based Fomo. Romesh Ranganathan. Sat 13 Apr ...

How to know whether you're a 'helicopter parent' and why it matters  CNN

Finding a sweet spot between supporting our children and controlling them is what's needed for them, us and society at large.

Evolution from water to land led to better parenting  Science Daily

The evolution of aquatic creatures to start living on land made them into more attentive parents, says new research on frogs.

Primarily positive parenting  Sequim Gazette

Being positive is a key to success. It works at your job, in your marriage and certainly with raising your children. No one needs to eliminate the negative but you ...

Are We Overreacting to "Snowplow Parenting?"  Psychology Today

Wealthy parents allegedly bribed and lied to get their kids into preferred colleges. If true, it's an injustice. But we may not want to shame all snowplow parents.

NewBridge Celebrates Children and Reinforces Key Parenting Skills  Parsippany Focus

PARSIPPANY — Twenty-three children who have experienced neglect or abuse in their young lives made decoupage pinwheels on canvas as part of ...

Blessing Hospital to host parenting fair

The Blessing Hospital Lauretta M. Eno Early Learning Center will host its 6th annual Parenting Fair on Monday, April 15, from 9 a. m. -3 p. m. at the Blessing ...

The rise of snowplow parenting  The Week Magazine

A version of this story appeared earlier in The New York Times. Used with permission. Nicole Eisenberg's older son has wanted to be a star of the stage since he ...

Right Now: 'Lawnmower parenting'  KWCH

Experts say the college admissions scam is a reflection of 'lawnmower parenting' in which parents overstep in their attempts to keep their children from facing ...

Anna Faris Talks Parenting in Hollywood & Chris Pratt  E! Online

The Overboard actress discusses co-parenting with ex-Chris Pratt and dealing with social media critics. Then, see her light up about her 6-year-old son Jack.

When Did Good Parenting Become a Problem? - Education Next  EducationNext

“Hey, good to see you,” I said to my favorite rhetorical-device bartender Donna. “How you doing?” “Not so well,” she said. “I've been feeling guilty as all get-out.”.

Moms & Dads With These 8 Personality Traits Have The Most Effective Parenting Styles  YourTango

Whether you're with a partner or a single parent, if you want to raise healthy, happy kids, the best parenting advice is to nurture some specific personality traits ...

Getting real about the side effects of parenting  ABC 4

The side effects of parenting can sound a lot like those of a medication: headaches, trouble sleeping, back pain, quick to overreact emotionally, changes in voice ...

Positive Parenting: TV in Your Kid's Room?  9&10 News

Kids between ages 2 and 5 spend on average 32 hours a week in front of a T.V.. Some parents find it convenient to put a television in their child's room, but a ...

Inuit Parenting: How To Raise A Kid Without Yelling, Timeouts, Spanking  Scary Mommy

Inuit parenting philosphies focus on raising children not through yelling, spanking, or time-outs but through gentle methods like storytelling.

Mom Has Best Reaction To Kids Shaving Their Heads  Scary Mommy

Mom consoles kids who shaved their heads with dog grooming clippers.

Positive Parenting: Numbers to Consider  9&10 News

Right now in the United States there are more men than women employed in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Are boys hardwired to be better ...

When Your Kid Realizes Bedtime Is a Scam  The New York Times

[Click here to get NYT Parenting in your inbox once a week.] Hello, and welcome to the first installment of the NYT Parenting newsletter! I'm Jess Grose, the lead ...

Middle-Aged Parenting Is Underrated: Being a Dad in My 40s Is the Best  Fatherly

Middle age isn't about getting fat, losing hair, and buying impractical toys. This stereotype overlooks the gift of parenting in middle age: living in the middle of ...

My Husband And I Are Finally Working To Share The Mental Load Of Parenting  Scary Mommy

Like most women, I have been thinking a lot about my own emotional labor and mental workload of motherhood and the toll it takes on me to bear the weight of it ...

Wine mums: Why sober parenting is the way forward in a society that worships alcohol  The Independent

My husband and I sat in the corner of a dimly lit restaurant on a Saturday night. Waiters flitted from one table to the next. I zeroed in on a table to my right.

Sherpa, snowplow or drone: What's your parenting style?  Deseret News

Once upon a time, you were a tiger mom or a helicopter dad; now it seems that there are as many parenting styles as there are children. From drone to sherpa to ...

There Is A Downside To The Parenting 'Sweet Spot'  Scary Mommy

The great irony is that my friends told me the parenting "sweet spot" would come and I listened with the eagerness and excitement of a high schooler hearing ...

Motherkind: the podcast antidote to the 'toxic perfectionism' of modern parenting

Not many mothers will be surprised by the statistic that nearly 90 per cent of women feel guilty during the course of their maternal journey.

Book World: An entertaining look at Victorian-era parenting advice

“Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent's Guide to Raising Flawless Children”. By Therese Oneill. Little, Brown. 288 pp. $25. There was once a time, writes the ...

Engaged Parenting as Spiritual Practice  Lion's Roar

For years, Buddhist practitioner Leslie Davis felt she was too busy being a mother to practice Thich Nhat Hanh's tradition of "Engaged Buddhism" properly.

A weekly update for new and expecting parents  New York Times

Get the NYT Parenting newsletter for the latest news and guidance for parents. We'll celebrate the little parenting moments that mean a lot—and share stories ...

The danger of always trying to protect kids from disappointment and shame  The Washington Post

I've sought to spare my children from suffering. But in doing so, I unwittingly encouraged them to blame me for their problems instead of working through them.

Pediatric doctor talks about importance of parenting, environment on child health  WYFF4 Greenville

Dr. Robert Saul, medical director of general pediatrics for Prisma Health, co-wrote the book "Thinking Developmentally" about early brain and child development ...

How students balance parenting with grad school at local universities  Washington Post

Think getting a Ph.D. sounds like a labor-intensive process? Try actually going into labor while in graduate school, as Deborah Hemingway did not once but ...

Mom Captures 'Ridiculous' Parenting Moments In Funny Doodles  HuffPost

As a stay-at-home mom, Meredith Bartolo Pappas discovered that doodling about the “ridiculous moments” she witnessed daily with her kids became a way to ...

Here’s Kandi Burruss and Cynthia Bailey’s Best Parenting Advice for New Mom Porsha Williams  Bravo

At the taping of the Season 11 reunion, The Real Housewives of Atlanta ladies had these words of wisdom for the then mama-to-be. By Jenny Berg ...

Is the Haggadah's Retort to the Wicked Child Wicked Parenting? - Redeeming the Wicked Child of Passover - Passover

Child X comes to the Passover Seder. Child X sits down with his siblings. He makes kiddush, he washes his hands, eats the greens dipped in salt water and ...

CBD Lures Stressed-Out Parents Looking to Unwind  The New York Times

Caught in the churn of long days and sleepless nights, some parents have found solace in a nonintoxicating chemical derived from hemp. But is it safe?

How to Automate Parenting With IFTTT  Lifehacker

IFTTT, the tool that lets you automate your digital life, can help any parent whose mental load has reached max capacity—and you kind of feel like a tech ...

Sloths Are The New Unicorn & That's A Parenting Trend I Can Get Behind  Romper

In the past month or so I've been served an ad on Instagram for sloth slippers*, shown a photo of a real life sloth in the wild that my hairdresser snapped on a ...

The biggest change to manhood? Equal parenting.  Big Think

The biggest example of a change in men's gendered behavior in recent years is the transformation of fatherhood. Nowadays, the definition of manhood has ...

PARENTING TODAY: Summer camp should be a break from parents  North Shore News

Summer camp offers kids experiences they will not find elsewhere, and I am a big fan. This is not surprising because research shows that 90 per cent of people ...

Parenting: FDA approves first postpartum depression drug for new moms  The Mercury News

Beyonce battled with it. So did Chrissy Teigen and Drew Barrymore. Many celebrity moms have recently made headlines sharing their experiences with ...

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