Guest post by Jacqueline Fenner I want to make it clear, I am not ungrateful. I am extremely grateful for all the people who think of my children with love, and I understand they enjoy expressing this through gift giving. In the past few months, however, I’ve had a massive awakening. We’ve all seen the recent news coverage regarding impending environmental catastrophe, … [Read more...] about Counting the cost of Christmas
We have made a choice to live on one income in order to home educate our son. It could have been that we set things up more equally, with us both spending some time working and some time with our child. And maybe that would have been better in some respects. But my partner has a career he loves and has worked hard at, and after taking maternity leave, I didn't feel ready to … [Read more...] about How to thrive as a one income family
In a previous post, I explained my wanderlust dilemma. I love to travel, but my circumstances mean I cannot do this as much as I would like. I am a home educator and as such I am 'economically unviable'. My partner has a job he loves at our local hospital and his income pays for our way of life. I am thoroughly attracted to the idea of worldschooling and I believe it … [Read more...] about Worldschool from home: Why and how?
I once saw a banner on a festive city centre street that read: 'When you stuff the turkey, you stuff Christmas'. It was a rather clunky message, but it made its point. It wasn't held by a vegan anti-meat protestor, but a church group. At the time I thought it was a bit overblown, but it resonates more with me now than it ever has. In the last few years, I've found that … [Read more...] about Minimalism at Christmas: Is it possible?
Children are not our moral and intellectual inferiors. They deserve respect, just as much as adults do. And yet, so often they are verbally abused, denigrated, cursed at, chivvied, harassed and intimidated, usually by the very people who should be their greatest source of strength, encouragement and enlightenment – their parents, their carers and their teachers. Children are … [Read more...] about Natural parenting and why it is essential for the planet