It’s important to me that my kids know how to farm. My husband is from a family that’s been farming forever, and his level of knowledge is incredible. The kids are lucky to be able to receive such a gift. Read more

Executive function is how our brain figures out what to pay attention to. When we talk about wanting our kids to be able to function as adults, what we are saying, in part, is we want them to have strong executive function. Read more

Time magazine has a history of publishing research about homework. If you are still thinking you should make your kids do homework, here are some of my favorite articles for you to read: Read more

This is a guest post from Sarah Faulkner. She is a homeschooling mom in Washington state. She has five kids, ages 14, 13, 10, 7, and 3.

As my kids get older people ask more and more when I will put them in school, as if I keep them home to shield them from the evils of the world. Or, that I am keeping them home to force brilliance onto them. And when said person speaks to my kids, it feels disappointing for them to find my kids are simply typical. Read more

To understand why art is art, you need to be open to seeing things in different ways. A lot of people respond to art with “I don’t get it” but that’s just because someone doesn’t want to spend the time to get it. It takes time to see things differently. Read more

Despite advances in artificial intelligence, what still distinguishes a computer from a person is self-learning. A person can learn independently. An computer has to be given information to put out information. Read more

I’m fascinating by the research about what makes a good entrepreneur. Because it turns out that entrepreneurs come in lots of shapes and sizes, but the common thread among successful entrepreneurs is they are great at mitigating risk. Read more

I am fascinated by yesterday’s well-organized walk-out in Boston public schools.

What would happen if all the high school students in the nation refused to go to school? It’s logical that they would not want to go to school. They are infantilized. High school is pretty much living hell for most kids. Read more

This is an anonymous guest post. A reader sent his mother the following quote from me:

So for 2016 Im going to accept who I am:  Someone who struggles every day to accept the realities of parenting in the context of a world that celebrates people who give up everything for work.

I am always trying to figure out how to get credit for being a stay-at-home parent and get credit for being a successful entrepreneur. Probably this means I have to redefine those terms.

His mother wrote back to him, and he forwarded her email to me. She gave me permission to print it here: Read more

I don’t believe in curriculum. I don’t believe in telling kids what they should learn. I believe that inconsistency is the sign of open-mindedness and creativity. So it’s with pleasure that I tell you I’ve a penchant for curriculum for emotional intelligence. Read more