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My Kid Taught Himself How to Read

My unschooled 7 year old has most definitely taught himself to read over the last year. Leaps and bounds have been made just over the last 4 months!  I take no credit. It was all him. I was as hands off as possible for this process as I wanted to prove my well researched position (there is much scientific evidence) that at around 7 years old kids’ brain development just makes it more natural to read. I realize there is a bell curve in regards to learning anything, reading included. I began to read books when I was four. Others may need specialized instruction because of brain wiring and may develop later than average bell curve kids. There were a few times along the way that myself or my husband would get antsy about whether this was going to work out exactly the way I thought it would (again, as Read More

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How I Discovered Conscious Parenting. A Short History.

I didn’t always know about conscious parenting. When I started my own family I had What to Expect When You’re Expecting and What to Expect the Toddler Years. Pretty mainstream modern parenting stuff. I do like to study up and research, so those books were good enough for all the little details my most holy virgo-ness needed to feel adequately prepared for taking care of littles. Thankfully my natural instincts outweighed some of the advice given by mainstream parenting practices. Unfortunately my ignorance led me into some parenting techniques which were over controlling and downright traumatic in retrospect. Out of my five children it’s the middle three who grew up in the flux of my transition from mainstream parenting to conscious parenting. All born within 3.5 years of each other. They are teens now, but because of the new insights I gained in researching natural and attachment parenting for my Read More