Just getting the clue that my oldest is actually an introvert… *mindboggle*

Parenting From Scratch

Wouldn’t it be nice to directly establish social expectations right from the start of a relationship? “Hi my name is Kelly, and I’m an introvert.” This would be my introduction of choice, except that it seems as though I’m admitting to some sort of malfunction. Plus it’s slightly awkward.

I also have an introverted child, and I’m trying to raise her to know that being reserved is not any kind of malfunction. She should be confident in who she is and not think she has to change in order to fit in to this chatty, busy, extroverted world. The best thing I can do for her is to show her that I understand; I know where she’s coming from, and I know what she needs.

If you also have an introverted child, here are some things to understand in meeting their needs:

1. Introverted kids energize by being alone. Some people…

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I always love C’s posts, but this one is especially delish, and with Mother’s Day just around the corner I’m sure some of you might need some instruction on the matter 😉


No, it is not a toad. Unless of course Mum loves toads or your Toad lives in a Hall. 

The best Mother’s Day present is probably not a skinny nosy chicken. Better to have a fat one, served with roasted rosemary potatoes and gravy scented with orange zest. 

The best Mother’s day present is not a  poopy barn pigeon either. Or even two of them.  Forget about a pigeon pie too. Too much cleaning up. 

It is not the policeman sheep with her disinterested  offspring on a muddy day.  Though they are kind of cute on any day. 

The Best Mother’s Day present may not be three peacocks in a row waiting to be released. because they have to wait just a little longer.  Though they are a close second I think. 

No, the best present for a mother, because  her five children are all grown and far away and…

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This looks so awesome and fun that I have to try it! If I pull it off I’ll post pictures. (Don’t hold your breath. The kitchen is not my fortress. Nor my forte.)


A couple months ago, Oh Nuts! sent me some jordan almonds and said create. I held on to them idealess for many weeks too long. Of course Easter eggs seemed like the obvious answer. Ombre? Everyone’s doing it. So I removed some of the color from the egg with a wet q-tip. The results were subpar. Speckled, speckled, speckled—I could hear them chanting in the background. With an extra toothbrush and some blue food coloring, they quickly became robin’s eggs.

And now all they needed was a nest to call home. Back to the drawing board. Pinterest. Google. And finally, Sylvie’s blog—Gourmande in the Kitchen. Coconut Macaroons deconstructed would make for the perfect little nest. A couple tries later, and they were cute, nesty, and festive. Kid-friendly. Adult approved.

Bird’s Nest Macaroons
macaroons adapted from Gourmande in the Kitchen; yields 11-12 mini nests

1 large egg white
2 tbsp…

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Introductions Are In Order

As you might have guessed from my title, I am both mom and unschooler. And while there are loads and loads of unschooling moms out there, this story is just about me. It’s not even really about my kids, although they are supposedly the ones getting their education by way of unschooling. Unschooling is something that each family has to define for itself, and it looks different in every household that practices it. This blog is where I publicly pontificate, express joy and frustration (hopefully more of the former than the latter), sort out what I mean by what I’m doing and why, and occasionally rant about Things That Piss Me Off as pertains to this chaotic and often messy way of life I’m pursuing.

Change is challenging. As a mother, I’m relentlessly assaulted with choice after choice about how to raise and educate my kids. I evaluate each choice. I read a lot. Already I’ve made many decisions (my oldest is currently nine). I frequently find that “the way things are” isn’t good enough and I make decisions that put me well outside the mainstream. This bothers some people (like my mother for example). I feel pressure from many different sources compelling me to conform, and sometimes I struggle to keep the faith. But ultimately when I evaluate the sum of what I know, intuit, and believe, I regain confidence in my decision to unschool my kids and myself. This is my journey.

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