Essential advice to kids: You cannot be anything you want to be

When your son says he wants to be an astronaut, and he’s already wearing glasses, why do you tell him that he can do it if he works hard? He can’t. No one can be an astronaut with glasses.
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Your most powerful teaching tool is behavioral modeling

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In creative writing courses, you always hear the advice, “show don’t tell“. This is because people tune out when you describe something to them, but they pay attention when they watch something happen.
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Just because you wish you could work for yourself doesn’t mean your kids should

My son is selling 3D graphics online. He is teaching himself via YouTube and marketing his services via multiplayer game chat sessions. When I used to think everyone should be an entrepreneur, I would have encouraged my son to grow his business.
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How to talk to your kid about careers

I am constantly writing about the connection between education and careers because that’s pretty much all I think about. How could I not because they are so clearly connected. Look, if you are just wanting your kid to love learning, independent of the need to have a career, then you don’t have to worry about education at all. The human brain is made to learn. Kids will learn no matter what. So you can stop thinking about education at all.
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Who are the teachers in elementary schools?

The majority of teachers in elementary schools in the US are SJ types. The majority are ISFJ or ESFJ. Here’s what we know about these teachers.
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Stop worrying so much about your teaching methods

This is a guest post from Sarah Faulkner. She is a homeschooling mom in Washington state. She has five kids, ages 13, 11, 9, 5, and 2.

My husband and I live in different time vortexes. I live in the near future. More like the Jetson’s.  My husband grudgingly lives in the 1950’s. I think he would be happier in the Flintstones era.  This difference rarely effects our marriage as we care very little about the other’s passions.
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How vaccines became an education issue

The governor of California just signed a law making it very hard for parents to send kids to school without vaccines.  So, it turns out that if you want to send your kids to public school, you have to give up control over medical decisions.
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YouTube channels are the new Facebook page and other trends that make your curriculum irrelevant

I stopped to check on my son’s computer because responsible parents know vaguely what their kids are doing online. But also, most of the time when I look at what kids are doing online, I learn something shocking.
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How introvert parents help extrovert kids

This is a guest post from Sarah Faulkner. She is a homeschooling mom in Washington state. She has five kids, ages 13, 11, 9, 5, and 2.

I grew up an only child and until about six months ago I thought I was an introvert. But really, it’s my mother who’s a severe introvert, and my confusion came from how poorly she parented me, her extroverted child. If you’re in the same boat she was, here’s how you can do a better job.
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My new goal for homeschool curriculum

Melissa sent me an essay from the New Yorker titled I Switched to a Standing Desk and You Should Too. The guy writes about how the standing desk has changed his life and solved so many of his problems and everyone should do it.
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