What do you know about who is speaking to your children? Does it matter?

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This past weekend, some serious allegations were brought to light regarding a group (more specifically the group’s co-founder) who was scheduled to visit several high schools in my area next month. The result was the co-founder, who was also one of the lead speakers, resigning. I’m guessing he resigned because his past has been highly publicized in the last several weeks causing major uproar and because his current published writing is viewed by some as über controversial, damaging, and inappropriate. More

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How To Love Yourself Just The Way You Are: 3 Tips for Girls by Cassandra Mack

One of my favorite songs is a song by India Aria entitled, “Video.” In this song India Arie sings about how she does not look like the idealized girls in popular music videos, but that she’s beautiful none-the-less. Contrary to the images of beauty that are often portrayed on television and in magazines, there is no such thing as the perfect kind of beauty because we are all beautiful in our own unique way. The key to being your most beautiful self is learning how to love yourself just the way you are so that the real you can shine through.


Homeschool by Andrea Dodd

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.” ~ St. Francis de Sales

My chest is heavy and my eyes are begging to tear. I’ve been swallowing the lump since I met my students this am, already sitting at the kitchen table, ready to start their day. Standing above them, I take note of the energy in the room; Corbin (10) is quiet and Anna (7) blurts “what do I start, mama?” Oliver (8) is clearly battling a case of goofy; which is not an ally of his easy distraction. I skimmed through three homeschool resource books, drew up lesson plans plus 30 math facts for each child, and created journal entries last night while the family watched a movie. I bounce between three syllabuses all day long, and I’m suddenly struck with “what the hell am I doing?!” More


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