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Prioritizing Our Time...Because It's All We Have!

I was faced with a decision.  Should I write my daily blog, or should I sit in my daughter's room telling exciting stories to my children?  We have friends in town staying with us, and it is tradition in... more
Blue flax flower

A Parable

     Sometimes when parents start teaching their children how to govern themselves, the children start to fight against the new system.  Many people don't cope with change well, and children are often more... more
Woman swimming

Triathlon VS Parenting: The Comparisons

          In my seminars I tell a story about when I did the swimming leg of a triathlon and the life lessons I learned from that experience.  I am not going to restate all the lessons we discuss in d... more
Mother and daughter arguing

Commitment Renewal

I was talking with a dear friend about parenting.  She told me that she was doing so good with the Teaching Self Government principles in her home for about a month.  She said she really saw results whenever... more
Birds and bees

When do you talk about "it"?

I have to ask it because it’s something I struggle with talking about to my kids . . . when do you talk to your children about sex?  How do you go about it so that they understand that sex is actually a goo... more

Lights, Camera, Action...With Energy!

For the last month I have been co-directing a play; Shakespeare's "The Tempest". Our matinee performance started under lots of stress.  We were missing our stage hand, two of our actresses, and... more
Mother talking to son

Respecting Property

My four year old son was standing on the back porch this afternoon, talking to his sister.  They were trying to make each other laugh by doing funny things.  This is a common game with the two of them. ... more

Disagreeing Appropriately

My kids LOVE being able to disagree appropriately, but I don't want them to do it EVERY SINGLE TIME!  They are smart and have good reasons for wanting to do things a different way, and sometimes I am very happ... more
Mother cuddling on bed with children

The Wrong List

I participate in a couple of monthly discussion groups.  The conversations at these groups are really inspiring, not to mention thought provoking. At one of these groups, the topic turned to how much alone t... more
Happy Family of 3

Family Meeting Tips

Don't forget your meetings! Family meetings are the core of Teaching Self-Government.  If you have weekly family meetings, the whole family will stay focused on their family government.  See what happens whe... more