Parenting Blog Roundup: 09.25.08

Parenting Blog Roundup: 09.25.08

Tammy Everts
Sep 25, 2008

Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a homeschooler or unschooler? According to Amanda Soule, of Soule Mama, there's really no such thing as a typical day. But she snapped this evocative shot of her children's end-of-day detritus to show what one particular day looked like.

Elsewhere in the parenting blogosphere, we learn how a family can live off one income, weigh the pros and cons of structured versus independent learning, and get tips for dealing with picky eaters. And then to round things out, we read a discourse on the French colonialist hermeneutics of Babar. It's all after the jump.

We keep going back to Frugal Dad's blog because he has a straightforward yet uncanny knack for challenging us (often uncomfortably) to rethink our notions about money and consumerism. His recent reprint of How to Live on Only One Income is no exception. With the benefits of ten years of hindsight, he offers tips for any family considering downsizing to one income.

As an educator and a parent, Kristin Simpson encounters a lot of parents who second-guess their instincts about when and how their children should enter the education system. On her blog, Wild Parenting, she's written a lengthy, well-considered post about why we hesitate to trust our gut: If small children are scientists, constantly experimenting with the world around them, why do we have this urge to package, analyze and label their learning? I think, if we are honest with ourselves, the answer is often "fear". We are afraid to trust our kids to continue the learning that comes so naturally to them early on.

In a recent Wonderland post, Alice Bradley (also of Finslippy fame) wants to make one thing clear: she's not looking for any more advice on how to get her son to eat. She's tired of talking about it. What she does want to hear about is other people's experiences with picky eaters. Judging by the volume of comments, there are a LOT of people out there who'd be denied membership in the Clean Plate Club.

We're all up on our historical French geopolitics, right? No? Then we've all read Babar? Or at least watched the cartoon? Well, regardless, we still think you'll enjoy this brief essay on Babar and the French Colonialist Hermeneutics of Blah Blah Blah at Daddy Types.

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