Growing up to Love Nature

Saturday, October 19, 2013

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love nature

I hope my children are developing a love of the natural world.

Picture Perfect Instagram Family

Saturday, October 5, 2013

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If you view my life through The Golden Gleam's Instagram feed, it looks like we are playfully energetic and creative family who loves spending time together.  It's an accurate portrayal of our family - most of the time.

But there are the phases and moments in our life that are not picture perfect.

These times don't end up on Instagram.

Pictures such as my daughters' picking flowers in a field of clover are featured.


Ordinary Rituals with Children

Sunday, September 29, 2013

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protect our children

Every single trip to the grocery store, the twins are eager to see the monster.

They wave and say hello to the monster.

Mud Pie Kitchen

Friday, September 27, 2013

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messy play

Usually, I don't do a lot to facilitate my kids' outdoor play.  My kids use the materials in our yard to create their own play.

Recently, they have been busy with what they call their kitchen or science experiments.  It's their self made mud pie kitchen.

Love Isn't a Competition Between Mothers

Sunday, September 22, 2013

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mother wars

"Why does she even have kids if they are going to be in daycare all day?"


"I love spending time with my children, and that's why I homeschool.  They are only young once."

Comments similar to these are not uncommon if you ever frequent internet sites populated mostly by stay at home mothers or homeschoolers.

Honest Moms

Monday, September 16, 2013

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mommy bloggers

Moms who blog are often accused of being too perfect or pretending to be so.

What is portrayed on a mommy blog is a small portion of a mother's life.

Socialization Beyond School - Urban Hiking Trails

Sunday, September 15, 2013

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socialization homeschool

This is my first year homeschooling my children.  Legitimately, those not familiar with homeschooling are concerned about socialization for homeschooled kids.  I agree it is important for my children to learn positive social skills.

Whether children are educated at home or school, parents need to provide social experiences for children beyond the home and classroom.