When a Solar Oven Says You’re On the Right Track

By: Martianne Stanger Although being safe is paramount in my parenting, I have never been one to limit my children’s opportunity to try “dangerous things”. This may seem paradoxical to some, but I truly believe that children need time to learn how to experiment and manipulate much of what our modern society eschews as dangerous … More When a Solar Oven Says You’re On the Right Track

Walk-n-Talk: A Simple Idea for Health and Communication

By: Martianne Stanger There is no doubt about it. Life is busy. In fact, sometimes it is so busy that we find ourselves running from here to there, sending quick e-communications, but hardly connecting with ourselves, one another, or the glory of the great outdoors. To some, that may not be an issue. To me, … More Walk-n-Talk: A Simple Idea for Health and Communication

1000 Hours Outside

By: Martianne Stanger Long ago, I heard about a 1000 Hours Outside challenge in one of the online groups I am in and laughed at it. Who needs a formal challenge to spend time outside? I thought. My children get 1000 hours outside a year and then some. As homeschoolers, we were blessed to spend … More 1000 Hours Outside

Chasing Rainbows

By: Martianne Stanger One recent April day, life was not going so hot.  In fact, it was downright challenging on so many fronts.  And, to add insult to life’s injuries, the weather was gloomy as could be. Then, all of the sudden, I heard shouting–shouting from children who had been acting with less-than-best behavior earlier … More Chasing Rainbows

Raising Adults

By: Heather O’Neill When you first become a parent, you get an animalistic intense desire to protect your child. You want to make sure that nothing ever hurts them – emotionally, physically, spiritually. You keep them safe – baby-proofing your home, securely fastening them into the car seat, zipping up their jackets to stay warm, … More Raising Adults