Our very large list of books with ratings
May06

Our very large list of books with ratings

Books have been a major part of our child’s life since her first week of life. We have read her several books a day from the time she was a wee little thing. I believe that habit has been one of the reasons she has become such a strong reader. Being a homeschooler, books have a particularly prominent place in our daily lives. Tahra started reading at 2.5 years old and currently, at 4.5 years old, she is easily reading at 2nd to...

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Our Choice to Homeschool
Aug22

Our Choice to Homeschool

( This article was published in 2015. Our reasons for homeschooling are still pretty similar, but I felt the need to mention that as our child is not 3.5 yo anymore and our path in homeschooling has evolved and grown so much in the past few years. Another updated article to come soon.) I was a child of the school system. I loved school so much I cried on the school bus on my way home whenever we went on vacation. I was never bullied,...

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Why Time Seems To Move Faster When You Are Older
May16

Why Time Seems To Move Faster When You Are Older

The clicking of the passing of time seems even louder now that I am a mother, watching it unfold in full 3d and technicolor every time I look at my daughter and realize she is yet another inch taller, or by doing a quick scan through the pictures on my phone and noticing how much she has changed in a year. Have I changed that much,  just in different ways? I have tried in vain to slow down the constant reminder by living in a way that...

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Best IDNYC Deals for Families
Feb09

Best IDNYC Deals for Families

IDNYC is a free municipal id by NYC, which also offers, among many other advantages, 33 FREE memberships to some of the greatest cultural institutions in the city. It’s an amazing offer. So amazing, that it can be somewhat overwhelming to look through all the benefits and figure out which ones could best benefit your family.  There are some great offers besides the memberships, such as discounts to the gym, supermarket,...

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Failure, a great gift to children.
Jan30

Failure, a great gift to children.

I have worked with hundreds of kids of all ages, mostly individually for about 20 years, and one amazing advantage of having gone through that before having your own child is that it gives you perspective. I always believed every parent was doing the best they knew how and that there was some innate wisdom to parenthood I had to respect, even if I disagreed with their methods. So I kept my mouth shut, followed their lead and watched.....

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IDNYC gives FREE membership to 33 major cultural institutions in NYC.
Jan13

IDNYC gives FREE membership to 33 major cultural institutions in NYC.

  One of the greatest projects of the city of New York was just launched this month and it is an incredible opportunity for any parent to explore the city’s museums, zoos and arts centers for free with their kids. It is called IDNYC. Why is it so great? For a large segment of the population, IDNYC is an opportunity to get a legal identification document that can be used to open bank accounts, access city services, receive...

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What Really Makes Us Happy (with Science of Happy Infographic)
Mar14

What Really Makes Us Happy (with Science of Happy Infographic)

We grow up in a society that tells us that to be happy what you need is to make a ton of money, spending every waking hour focusing on your work so you can afford that brand new car your neighbor had just bought;  that you need to look like an unrealistic version of a model, and that restricting all you eat with crazy and expensive diets and purchasing all the equipment infomercials sell is the way to do it. There is also the belief...

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