Why We Chose Homeschooling
I’m often asked this question, and it’s never an easy answer. Responding to the “why do you homeschool?” question can be socially awkward, because it’s often asked in a pointed, judgmental way that sounds more like “what makes you qualified to teach these kids?” Continue reading “Why I Homeschool”
Get Healthy: How to Eat More Vegetables
7 to to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. That’s how much Canada’s Food Guide recommends we all eat, and yet most Canadians aren’t getting enough veggies and fruit—less than half of Canadians meet the quota. Sometimes, people can’t get more veggies and fruit, and sometimes, they just don’t know how to eat more vegetables.
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Long-Term RV Travel Mistakes: What We’d do Differently
During our wonderful year of RV travel with kids, we did lots of things right, but we also made some mistakes that we wish we’d thought about before we left. Here are some of the things we’ll do differently if we long-term travel with our kids again.
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How to Be a Good Listener: Developing Positive Communication Skills
I’m a talker. Sometimes, I talk too much. But over the course of many years and many mishaps, I have finally learned how to be a good listener. I still talk too much, and sometimes I still mess up (a we all do). But I try to truly listen when I’m having a conversation, and to consider someone’s points before responding. This is important in every day conversation, but it’s even more important when conflict is involved.
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Books & Gratitude – Weekly Review
Sunday is the day to review the past week, both in terms of what I’m grateful for and in terms of what books I’ve been reading (or not reading).
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Delicious Brazilian Rice Is Good Any Time
A staple of my childhood was rice and beans. I’m sometimes asked about traditional Brazilian foods. While the national dish is feijoada, it’s not something most people eat every single day. Rice and beans, however, make an appearance at almost every lunch and dinner.
Brazilian rice is much different than the rice most Canadians experience in Chinese or Japanese dishes, and I figured today I’d teach you how to make it. But first, a quick tidbit about why I eat a lot of rice even though I grew up eating foods that aren’t necessarily Brazilian.
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Dad jokes aren’t lame; they’re awesome. Said the mother.
Dad jokes are all over the Internet—and all over my house. Thing is, the mom is the one telling the dad jokes at my place, and the dad is the one rolling his eyes.
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Saying goodbye to the Ontario Curriculum
A year of road travel will teach you to be less rigid in your scheduling. I’ve always thought that I’m a pretty laid back person, not really prone to anxiety over small things, and that I’m flexible with my planning. While that’s all very true, I also came to the realization in the last year or so that I was way too attached to one way of doing things when it came to education. Which is ironic, since I’m a fairly eclectic homeschooling parent. But the teacher in me was still hanging on the the Ontario curriculum.
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Canadian Health Care: Not all it’s cracked up to be
I don’t frequently write about my health conditions.
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Help Keep Hands Off Our Elephants
Ever since coming home from our adventure, it’s been hard to motivate myself to write much about travel on the blog. To be sure, I’m working on compiling our experiences into a travel memoir, but writing about travel here is a whole other thing.
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