Monthly Archives: October 2007

Consciously Learning All The Time

Oct 25th, 2007

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‘Learning All The Time’ was the title of John Holt’s last book, completed after his death using material he originally wrote for my early home education ‘bible’, the newsletter called Growing Without Schooling.
With the right attitude of mind you too can be ‘learning all the time’ no matter what your age, despite going to school!
Our whole family […]

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Take charge of your children – you’re the parent!

Oct 24th, 2007

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Can you stop your child from doing something you think is unsafe without using the word ‘no’?
Here are some ideas I’ve used:
Does your child show extraordinary curiosity when you plug in the vacuum? (In your mind he is ‘trying to put his fingers in the sockets’). Did it ever occur to you to allow your child to […]

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Crabby dog, crabby child? - Crabby ‘parents’?

Oct 18th, 2007

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I can’t count the number of times I’ve been in households with noisy, irritable and temperamental pets.
In just about every case the temperament of the pets parallels the irritability of the ‘parents’ – usually with each other!
Then they top it all off by having children (usually they get a dog and then decide to have a […]

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“Why do we read?”

Oct 11th, 2007

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This question was posed to a small group of eight of us at a college tutorial. The tutor had been teaching at the college for many years and must have remained so cloistered in her academic world that she didn’t know what was going on in the ‘big wide world’ outside!
At 23 and having been out […]

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This really stinks!

Oct 8th, 2007

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Why does a can of Green Giant sliced mushrooms state that it’s from Indonesia and yet a similar size can of Del Monte beets doesn’t state the country of origin?
But then neither does the supermarket brand of beets!
Should I really be checking up on the country of origin of major ‘trusted’ US brands of canned food?
Why […]

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D.E.R.T.

Oct 1st, 2007

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*Disclaimer – I’m not a doctor, nurse or dietician*
Don’t complain about another acronym to remember – this one’s easy!
D – Diet
E – Exercise
R – Reduce stress
T – Tender Loving Care
Check out everyone you know who has: children with developmental or behavioural issues, relatives with Alzheimer’s, people going through post surgical rehab, stroke victims and […]

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Fine Quilts from Alabama

Oct 1st, 2007

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I may have mentioned that I have a wonderful friend who has already made me two fine quilts – they would be ‘Fine quilts from Nebraska’! She has said that she has quilts for each of my sons ‘in the works’ – how lucky can we get?
Thus the topic of quilts and sewing often comes into […]

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Moving forward?

Oct 1st, 2007

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My ‘forward motion’ (in life) seems to have stalled of late.
I don’t feel I am in a position to complain to my friends – just about everyone had one trauma or another last month alone, with a couple more coming up this month!
But I do need to feel I am moving forward with my life. Spending […]

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