What is peaceful parenting?

Peaceful parenting. It is a philosophy many have heard about but not many know what it actually is. We are going to try and lay it out for you and see if it fits within your parenting philosophy.

My first encounter with peaceful parenting was within the liberty movement. Many parents were taking the defining principle of libertarianism, the non-aggression principle, and extending it past the political and into the parental realm as well. To some it was a natural extention, to others it was a distortion of libertarianism. I am not the one to determine the proper scope of libertarianism but we will discuss peaceful parenting in this article and what that entails.

The philosophy of peaceful parenting is an interesting one and one that varies depending on who one talks to. The main tenant is that you do not initiate force against the child. This includes smacking, spanking, and even yelling. The majority of the peaceful parent blog pieces I have read, and even psychologist websites I have read about it state that the point is not to punish the child but to help the child develope and learn. Punishment is not conducive to the childs ability to learn but in fact, negates it.

Another tenent of peaceful parenting is the emphasis on communication with the child and helping them through their emotions rather than punishing them for wrong doings. This is something that is much easier said than done. There is an entire group on facebook where parents are struggling to impliment this philosophy in their house. This is common with any change but these parents are working at it. Active listening to the child, expressing of emotions in a open and non-judgmental manner for both children and parents alike are encouraged. This is to create not only a strong communication base but a trust and mutual respect between parent and child along with creating a strong, heart felt bond between child and parent as well.

As far as punishment goes, they don’t punish but seek to guide the child through tantrums, mistakes, and misdeeds. To model the behavior you want to see in the child rather than trying to correct the issue with physical force like spanking. They also don’t believe in bribing, disapproval, or rewards. The belief being that modeling the behaviors you want as well as the creation of mutual respect allows for self-discipline, self-responsibility, and itegrity of the child.

Along with the above mentioned communication, the setting of clearly defined limits is key as well. I found this quote that I thought nailed what peaceful parents mean:

limits are set by the parent with confidence, giving the child a very clear understanding of what the limit is, while maintaining a warm connected and supportive relationship with the child.  It is an approach that constantly models a much more mature form of communication that fosters connection, confidence, trust, lateral thinking, problem-solving skills, and conflict-resolution skills.  Peaceful parenting is a model that aims to meet the needs of both the parent and the child, while teaching and modeling flexibility and adaptability.

This is not permissive parenting. This is not letting the child do what he or she pleases without limits or guidance. Nor is it overprotective parenting, this is letting the child workout for themselves as much as they can while still providing a place of learning and guidance from the parent.

Peaceful parenting has a lot to offer parents who are interested in taking a much more radical approach to parenting. It even has something to offer those who don’t fully buy into the peaceful parenting approach. You can take what you are comfortable with and leave what you are not. That is the beauty of being a parent, you customize your parenting style towards each individual child.

As for my wife and I we don’t subscribe 100% to the peaceful parenting. We do follow the priciples in a general sense but have made mistakes and will continue to make them. Those parent’s that say they don’t are lying as they all have made a mistake here or there. That doesn’t make any of us a bad parent, that makes us human parents.

Here is a good write up from Ryan Burgett in regards to Corporal punishment and peaceful parenting.

Do you practice peaceful parenting? Is it something that you are interested in? If so here is a facebook group for it. You can get support and ask questions and realize many parents make mistakes.

Why Is Day Care Scarce and Unaffordable?

Social democrats want to nationalize childhood by having government fund and manage universal day care. Social conservatives want the family to be the day care, which is a lovely idea when it’s affordable. Libertarians don’t seem much interested in the subject at all. That leaves virtually no one to tell the truth about the only solution to the shortage and high price of day care: complete deregulation.

Let’s start the discussion right now.

The Obama administration has the idea to model a new program for national day care on a policy from World War II that lasted from 1944 to 1946 in which a mere 130,000 children had their day care covered by the federal government. Here’s what’s strange: right now, the feds (really, taxpayers) pay for 1.3 million kids to be in day care, which means that there are 10 times as many children in such programs now as then. The equivalent of the wartime program is already in place now, and then some. The shortages for those who need the service continue to worsen.

How did this wartime program come about? The federal government had drafted men to march off to foreign lands to kill and be killed. On the home front, wives and moms were drafted into service in factories to cover the country’s productive needs while the men were gone. That left the problem of children. Back in the day, most people lived in close proximity to extended family, and that helped. But for a few working parents, that wasn’t enough.

Tax-funded day care

Tax-funded day care became part of the Community Facilities Act of 1941 (popularly known as the Lanham Act). The Federal Works Agency built centers that became daytime housing for the kids while their moms served the war effort. Regulation was also part of the mix. The federal Office of Education’s Children’s Bureau had a plan: children under the age of 3 were to remain at home; children from 2 to 5 years of age would be in centers with a ratio of 1 adult to 10 children. The standards were never enforced — there was a war on, after all — and the Lanham Act was a dead letter after 1946.

The program was a reproduction of another program that had begun in the New Deal as a job creation measure (part of the Works Progress Administration and the Federal Economic Recovery Act, both passed in 1933). It was later suspended when the New Deal fell apart.

Neither effort was about children. The rhetoric surrounding these programs was about adults and their jobs: the need to make jobs for nurses, cooks, clerical workers, and teachers.

Obama’s day care solution

Obama wants not only to resurrect this old policy but to make it universal, because day care is way too expensive for families with two working parents. This proposal is piling intervention on intervention; it is not a solution. Do parents really want kids cared for in institutions run the same way as the US Postal Service, the TSA, and the DMV? Parents know how little control they have over local public schools. Do we really want that model expanded to preschoolers?

Still, for all the problems with the Obama proposal, its crafters acknowledge a very real problem: two parents are working in most households today. This reality emerged some 30 years ago after the late 1970s inflation wrecked household income and high taxes robbed wage earners. Two incomes became necessary to maintain living standards, which created a problem with respect to children. Demand for daytime child care skyrocketed.

The shortage of providers is most often described as “acute.” Child care is indeed expensive, if you can find it at all. It averages $1,000 per month in the United States, and in many cities, it’s far pricier. That’s an annual salary on the minimum wage, which is why many people in larger cities find that nearly the whole of the second paycheck is consumed in day care costs — and that’s for just one child. Your net gains are marginal at best. If you have two children, you can forget about it.

Perhaps this is why Pew Research also reports a recent rise in the number of stay-at-home moms. It’s not a cultural change. It’s a matter of economics. And the trends are happening because the options are thinning. Parents are being forced to pick their poison: lower standard of living with only one working spouse, or a lower standard of living with two working spouses. This is a terrible bind for any family with kids.

The reason behind the day care shortage

The real question is one few seem to ask. Why is there a shortage? Why is day care so expensive? We get tennis shoes, carrots, gasoline, dry cleaning, haircuts, manicures, and most other things with no problem. There are infinite options at a range of prices, and they are all affordable. There is no national crisis, for example, about a shortage of gyms. If we are going to find a solution, surely there is a point to understanding the source of the problem.

Here is a principle to use in all aspects of economic policy:

When you find a good or service that is in huge demand, but the supply is so limited to the point that the price goes up and up, look for the regulation that is causing the high price. 

This principle applies regardless of the sector, whether transportation, gas, education, food, beer, or day care.

Child care is one of the most regulated industries in the country. The regulatory structures began in 1962 with legislation that required child care facilities to be state-licensed in order to get federal funding grants. As one might expect, 40 percent of the money allocated toward this purpose was spent on establishing licensing procedures rather than funding the actual care, with the result that child care services actually declined after the legislation.

This was an early but obvious case study in how regulation actually reduces access. But the lesson wasn’t learned and regulation intensified as the welfare state grew.

Today it is difficult to get over the regulatory barriers to become a provider in the first place. You can’t do it from your home unless you are willing to enter into the gray/black market and accept only cash for your business. Zoning laws prevent residential areas from serving as business locations. Babysitting one or two kids, sure, you can do that and not get caught. But expanding into a public business puts your own life and liberty in danger.

Too many regulations

Beyond that, the piles of regulations extend from the central government to state governments to local governments, coast to coast. It’s a wonder any day cares stay in business at all. As a matter of fact, these regulations have cartelized the industry in ways that would be otherwise unattainable through purely market means. In effect, the child care industry is not competitive; it increasingly tends toward monopoly due to the low numbers of entrants who can scale the regulatory barriers.

There is a book-length set of regulations at the federal level. All workers are required to receive health and safety training in specific areas. The feds mandate adherence to all building, fire, and health codes. All workers have to get comprehensive background checks, including fingerprinting.

There are strict and complex rules about the ratio of workers per child, in effect preventing economies of scale from driving down the price. Child labor laws limit the labor pool. And everyone has to agree to constant and random monitoring by bureaucrats from many agencies. Finally, there are all the rules concerning immigration, tax withholding, minimum wages, maximum working hours, health benefits, and vacation times.

All of these regulations have become far worse under the Obama administration — all in the name of helping children. The newest proposal would require college degrees from every day care provider.

And that’s at the federal level. States impose a slew of other regulations that govern the size of playgrounds, the kind of equipment they can have, the depth of the mulch underneath the play equipment, the kinds of medical services for emergencies that have to be on hand, insurance mandates that go way beyond what insurers themselves require, and so much more. The regulations grow more intense as the number of children in the program expands, so that all providers are essentially punished for being successful.

Just as a sample, check out Pennsylvania’s day care regulations. Ask yourself if you would ever become a provider under these conditions.

A couple of years ago, I saw some workers digging around a playground at a local day care and I made an inquiry. It turned out that the day care, just to stay in business, was forced by state regulations to completely reformat its drains, dig new ones, reshape the yard, change the kind of mulch it used, spread out the climbing toys, and add some more foam here and there. I can’t even imagine how much the contractors were paid to do all this, and how much the changes cost overall.

And this was for a well-established, large day care in a commercial district that was already in compliance. Imagine how daunting it would be for anyone who had a perfectly reasonable idea of providing a quality day care service from home or renting out some space to make a happy place to care for kids during the day. It’s nearly unattainable. You set out to serve kids and families but you quickly find that you are serving bureaucrats and law-enforcement agencies.

The economic solution to the day care shortage

Providing day care on a profitable basis is a profession that countless people could do, if only the regulations weren’t so absurdly strict. This whole industry, if deregulated, would be a wonderful enterprise. There really is no excuse for why child care opportunities wouldn’t exist within a few minutes’ drive of every house in the United States. It’s hard to imagine a better at-home business model.

What this industry needs is not subsidies but massive, dramatic, and immediate deregulation at all levels. Prices would fall dramatically. New options would be available for everyone. What is now a problem would vanish in a matter of weeks. It’s a guaranteed solution to a very real problem.

The current system is a problem for everyone, but it disproportionately affects women. It is truly an issue for genuine feminists who care about real freedom. The regulatory state as it stands is attacking the right to produce and consume a service that is important to women and absolutely affects their lives in every way. In the 19th century, these kinds of rules were considered to be a form of subjugation of women. Now we call it the welfare state.

From my reading of the literature on this subject, I’m startled at how small is the recognition of the causal relationship between the regulatory structure and the shortage of providers. It’s almost as if it had never occurred to the many specialists in this area that there might be some cost to forever increasing the mandates, intensifying the inspections, tightening the strictures, and so on.

A rare exception is a 2004 child care study by the Rand Corp. Researchers Randal Heeb and M. Rebecca Kilburn found what should be obvious to anyone who understands economics. “Relatively modest changes in regulations would have large and economically important consequences,” they argue, and “the overall effect of increased regulation might be counter to their advocates’ intentions. Our evidence indicates that state regulations influence parents’ child care decisions primarily through a price effect, which lowers use of regulated child care and discourages labor force participation. We find no evidence for a quality assurance effect.”

This is a mild statement that reinforces what all economic logic suggests. Every regulatory action diminishes market participation. It puts barriers to entry in front of producers and imposes unseen costs on consumers. Providers turn their attention away from pleasing customers and toward compliance. Regulations reduce competition and raise prices. They do not serve the stated objectives of policy makers, though they might serve the deeper interests of the industry’s larger players.

Creating a free market for child care

And so the politicians and activists look at the situation and say: we must do something. It’s true, we must. But we must do the right thing, which is not to create Orwellian, state-funded child care factories that parents cannot control. We must not turn child care into a labyrinthian confusion of thousands of pages of regulations.

We need to make a market for child care as with any other service. Open up, permit free entry and exit, and we’ll see the supposed problem vanish as millions of new providers and parents discover a glorious new opportunity for enterprise and mutual benefit.

But isn’t this laissez-faire solution dangerous for the children?

Reputation and market-based quality control govern so much of our lives today. A restaurant that serves one bad meal can face the crucible at the hands of Yelp reviewers, and one late shipment from an Amazon merchant can ruin a business model. Markets enable other active markets for accountability and intense focus on consumer satisfaction.

It’s even more true of child care. Even now, markets are absolutely scrupulous about accessing quality, as these Yelp reviews of day care in Atlanta, Georgia, show. As for safety, insurers are similarly scrupulous, just as they are with homes and office buildings. As with any market good, a range of quality is the norm, and people pick based on whatever standards they choose. Some parents might think that providers with undergraduate degrees essential, while others might find that qualification irrelevant.

In any case, markets and parents are the best sources for monitoring and judging quality; certainly they have a greater interest in quality assurance than politicians and bureaucrats. If any industry is an obvious case in which self-regulation is wholly viable, child care is it. Indeed, the first modern day care centers of the late 19th century were created by private philanthropists and market entrepreneurs as a better alternative to institutionalizing the children of the destitute and poor new immigrants.

The shortages in this industry are tragic and affect tens of millions of people. They have a cause (regulation) and a solution (deregulation). Before we plunge wholesale into nationalized babysitting, we ought to at least consider a better way.

This article originally appeared on Fee.org

Jeffrey A. Tucker

Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, an advisor to the blockchain application builder Factom, and author of five books. He has written 150 introductions to books and many thousands of articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press.

25 Skills Kids Should Have Before They Leave Your House

A list of skills children should have before they leave your house!

We all hear about how many millennials lack practical life skills, some have even taken “adulting” classes. While this is somewhat amusing, it is ultimately sad. The New York Post has laid blame at their parents, which isn’t entirely wrong. While these adulting classes are sad, it is good to see that some millennials are trying to correct the issue by taking these classes.

Here I am going to layout practical life skills I think are fundamental to have and some, at the end, that I think are good to have.

Let’s start off with the basics!

Cooking

It is something that sounds easy to some of us but this is a skill that is becoming lost on millennials and younger generations. At a time when fast food and eating at restaurants is the norm, cooking for oneself has been slowly disappearing. I don’t mean cooking as in microwaved mac and cheese and Ramen noodles. I mean actually cooking a meal. It is a skill that is rather important to save money and eat healthily. Here is a quick beginner guide on how to cook! To get your child started, get them in the kitchen with you to help out. I don’t mean let them play with the knives or stove top but let them crack an egg or two, help mix batter, pour flour in for your recipe. Get them in their to start helping so you can get them interested in not only making the food but eating the food you make!

How to wash laundry.

It is the bane of the house wife’s existence, and a child’s if they had chores growing up. Nobody wants to do it, nobody wants to fold it, yet, it must be done otherwise your clothes just smell bad. It is washing clothes. Whether it is separating the laundry into colors and lights, darks and whites or hot or cold water. This is a skill that is pretty essential to being an adult, nobody wants to be the smelly person at school nor the office when they get older. Here is a Video how to on how to wash clothes, although you won’t need it if you just let your little ones help you with it. It will take a little bit longer, and probably won’t go as smoothly but it is a valuable skill to have.

Folding Clothes.

Well, now that the laundry is done it needs to be folded and put away. This is another skill that is beginning to go the way of the dodo. It seems as though many children and even parents leave the clothes in a hamper or throw them on the floor when they are clean…. and when they are dirty. It is a good thing to have your clothes folded, or hung and put away so one has a room or home that is clean and does not have clothes strewn everywhere. Don’t let that little tykes size fool you, they can put clothes on hangers and even put clothes up if you show them how and offer a little assistance. It also helps the children with the dexterity in their hands working on those fine and gross motor skills.

Washing Dishes.

Here is something that has slowly been replaced by technology. Many houses and apartments have a dish washing machine so much of the elbow grease, if not all have been taken out of the equation. That isn’t a bad thing… till it is. I have on more than one occasion needed to wash dishes by hand, this doesn’t include my entire childhood either. Whether the dishwasher was broken, didn’t clean dishes completely, or didn’t have one, having that skill gave me the ability to have clean dishes. Kids, young and old, should have no issues washing dishes. It really is a simple task to do.

Clean the house. 

Some of the aforementioned skills could be lumped in here as well but this is a big one already. Cleaning the house. It needs to be done and as an adult, your children should know how to do it. I mean, your not going to be there to do it for them, nor should you. For children, this can be started fairly early in life. Give them some chores, have them sweep up the kitchen floor, wipe the counters or tables down, vacuum. There are any number of things children can do if we let them. Show your kids how to clean, use a broom, vacuum, make a bed or any number of house cleaning skills. These will serve your children in the future. Many parents come to the conclusion that children can’t handle these tasks, lest we forget children were working in coal mines at the age of six, they can handle a broom.

Buying Groceries. 

Along with cooking goes buying groceries. You really can’t cook if you don’t have food. While you can always garden, that will most likely not be the only place you get your food from. My mother used our shopping trips to have my brother and I work on budgeting, how to find unit prices on things to find the best deal, and made us do the math and calculate what the groceries were going to cost before we got to the register. Luckily we didn’t have to worry about working taxes into our calculations that young. We were homeschooled for awhile and those are some things that creative parents do, turn a grocery store trip into an educational moment. I didn’t actually learn to grocery shop till later in my teens but that foundation of knowing how much we needed versus what we could spend has served me well. This is one of those essential skills that can be a sub-category to another one that will be mentioned later on. Some suggestions like using a list, whether on your phone of on paper would work.

Budgeting. 

Ahhh, budgets. There is nothing that can do more for you and drive you crazier than this. It can be as simple as a pen and paper or you can get an app on your computer or phone. Either way, it is a good idea to have a budget. It is never fun to swipe your card and see insufficient funds where it should say approved. Along with budgeting, we should teach our children about credit and personal finance in general. This will give them a leg up on many adults as this is not a skill that is taught in school nor one usually taught at home. We have been working with our son with money, budgeting, and personal finance and he is only four. He has to earn the money he gets by completing certain Jobs that are not his choirs. When he earns that money he has three jars to put it in. Depending on how much he earns, he has to split it between the jars. One jar is for money he can spend, the second is his savings, the third is his giving. This third jar is money he gives to someone who needs it or a charity or to an organization. This is to help instill in him a sense of giving back. Surprisingly enough, we don’t have to force it, this is something he enjoys doing, plus I make sure Susie and I set the example for him. If you your child is computer savvy they could go the route of a budget on a computer with a spreadsheet or go with something like YNAB program or Money Dance

Write a check.

Writing a check, it is such a menial and mundane task yet it is a rather important one to be able to do. My father taught me by letting me practice writing his checks for him. I would write them out how he told me to and he would sign them. It was an easy and quick way to do it. Now along with that, your children should also know how to endorse a check, and when a check should be endorsed. I have been surprised by a number of people I have seen who do not know how to do that. Here is a little video how to write a check.

Pay Bills….On time

This is a skill you can start at any age the child has interaction with any money he has earned, either by chores or jobs elsewhere. Paying bills is one of those adult things that is essential to know how to do and it is one of those things that schools never teach and parents neglect it as well. This goes along with our budget discussion above. This is such an essential skill that even today’s adults struggle with.

Jump Start a Car.

This is pretty important I think. A lot of people don’t know how to do this or do it correctly. It is a simple skill that can save you a ton of money and a huge headache. If you stop to jump someone’s car and your child is with you, that is a perfect time to teach them how to jump a car. Explain to them what is happening and why the car needs to be jumped, and then show them how to do it. My son thought it was pretty neat when I explained it to him. Although he thought the car was going to actually jump when I explained it the first time.

Basic Car Maintenance. 

This includes checking tire pressure, changing a tire, changing the oil, how to check the oil, where the washing fluid goes, where the anti-freeze goes and any other pertinent info that they might need to do their part in keeping that car moving on the highway. Here is a short video of some specific things for car maintenance.

Read a Map. 

This goes along with the car idea. Being able to read a map in the age of GPS seems a little ancient to some. It is a good skill to have, especially if your GPS stops working or if it isn’t working right. Being able to read a map will get you where you need to go without that annoying voice coming from your phone. If your child is really adventurous you could turn this into reading topographical maps and learning land navigation. Admittedly, that isn’t everyone’s idea of fun.

Learn How To Sell. 

I think this is an essential skill to have. I am an adult and I am still learning how to do this. A friend of mine told me the other day “If your kid can sell, he will always have a job”. I believe it is true. Being able to sell things comes in handy every day. Not only to just sell product but to sell their ideas, themselves in job interviews. They can use this skill to help create a business or to sell enough to have enough capital to create the business that they want. I honestly don’t have enough know how myself to give any pointers but I have attached 3 links below to help you give your children the skill of selling. The one I am looking forward to is Junior Money Makers and I am pretty excited about it. It is a new podcast and it is going to highlight kids, 18 and younger, who have created their own businesses. It is a wonderful idea and I look forward to the release date. I will keep you posted on it’s release date. The next on is the Art of Charm. This is a podcast/blog/class that highlights entrepreneurs, what they do, how they do it and more. These are skills children can learn and cultivate as they grow!

10 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Become Entrepreneurs

Teaching kids to sell

Teaching children how to buy and sell

Learning on their own

This one should come natural to children. However, public schooling seems to kill this natural love of learning. Helping or guiding your children to build this skill should be one of the most important to help them learn. Once they have this skill, they can go on to learn what they want, when they want. This is the skill I have been most thankful for. I have been able to learn many of the things I know on my own time outside of “schools”. This has been a tremendous and wonderful gift my parents have given me. How do we teach children this skill? We simply must not crush their spirit when it comes to learning as well as showing them where or how to find what they need to learn. Libraries, Youtube, Google, trial and error, themselves, older adults and even you. These are all resources that they can use to help them learn on their own. You can visit my free courses page, it has a huge list of places you child can go to learn, or you if you would like. You can also learn Austrian Economics here. Plus a massive list of resources for homeschoolers here.

How to pay taxes

Paying taxes. The bane of many people’s existence and something nobody enjoys doing. This is essential to know how to do or at least essential to know someone who does. With the proliferation of online programs and businesses that prepare taxes, it may seem like it isn’t important but knowing the basics is important so you have some sort of understanding of how convoluted paying taxes really are. Here is a small article on taxation from the Mises Institute.

Basic First Aid

Whether you are in an urban environment or in the wilderness basic first aid can help save a life. Whether it is just CPR or you go further and learn more is up to you but it is a good idea to have at least the most basic first aid under your belt. From the Red Cross, here are the basics of first aid. Those of you who have children that love the outdoors can go even further with wilderness first aid courses. These are skills that can save a life and as a nurse, I am a bit biased and think that this is one of the more important skills one can learn.

What to look for in Car Insurance

What should you look for in car insurance? That is a somewhat subjective question since what will work for one, may not work for another. Also, different states have different requirements for those who wish to drive on the roads. Where should teens and young adults go to find the answers to what they need? Well, Edmunds has a good little resource. Triple-A is another good resources

How To Use a Computer

Using a computer is something that is essential in our modern world. Most jobs require the use of computers and it generally makes life a bit easier if you are proficient in using a computer. To aid in that here a few links. The BBC has some good guides and articles. Here are some basic Mac and Windows guides.

Time Managment

Time management skills are not only lacking in many teens but adults as well. Time management is something that is truly important to master not only for business but in personal life as well. This is one of those skills that get talked about often but not many practice nor try to master. Some good tips and tricks can be found at Mindtools. Dartmouth College has a great resource for managing time for not only students but everyone. Ted Talk even has a talk on it as well.

Manners

mind your manners, this is what my grandma would say as she rapped my knuckles with a wooden spoon as I reached across the table. Manners matter, this is often overlooked and people find it archaic but being polite and having manners is something worth instilling in your children. We have all had rude people in our lives that lacked manners and nobody like that so why not remedy that with your own children? The Art of Manliness has a good article on manners. Laurie Johnson has 8 good tips for both boys and girls. For those who don’t know, here is a video of what bad manners look like.

 

Learn How To Swim

Learning how to swim is one of those skills that can save your life. It is not just for enjoying a day at the pool or beach but can genuinely be a skill that can save you or a friend! Live Strong has a good article on learning how to swim and there is a decent video as well.

Teach a child to swim

How to Listen Carefully

The more you listen and the less you talk, the more you will learn and the less you will miss.

Tips on Effective Listening 

Listening Tips for the Classroom Environment 

Techniques for Active Listening

Make a Good First Impression

A first impression truly sets the tone for most relationships. Yes, some can overcome a bad first impression but this is not the norm. It is best to have a good first impression. Fortunately, Mindtools put together a helpful guide.

 

Write a Resume

Most young adults will want to learn how to write a resume. This is their ticket to getting a job they may want. It is a good skill to have and may give you an edge over the competition. A good resume can set you apart so learning to write a resume can make a huge difference.

For others, it would be better to make a value proposition than a resume. Praxis has several great articles about this here. A value proposition can set you apart, especially if you don’t have experience. Read about it and see if it is for you and your kids.

Along with writing a resume and making a value proposition one should learn how to rock an interview. Huffington post has 5 steps to rock an interview as well.

Ramit Sethi has a good video on how to write a winning resume that is definitely worth a watch as well!

Address an Envelope

This is one of those skills that are going by the wayside because of email. However, some bills still get paid this way and it is absolutely wonderful to get a hand written letter from someone. Here is a quick video on how to address and envelope.If you have any that you think should have been on the list but didn’t make it, comment below and tell me. We love to hear from you!

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An overview of the Montessori method

This will be the first in a series of posts going over different homeschooling philosophies. We will be going over Waldorf, Charlotte Mason, Classical, Unschooling, and more. Stay Tuned!
Maria Montessori, the founder of the Montessori method, was a Physician who lived from the late 19th through mid 20th century (1870-1952). Marie Montessori began developing her principles and methods while working with special needs kids. She later took these methods and principles and applied it to other children and found she had good results. This was the birth of the Montessori method.

Montessori believed that children learn better by adults improving their environment as well as modeling right behavior more so than being taught directly. Children learn naturally, with this she believed that children’s interest should drive the learning rather being teacher directed. Letting the child lead in their learning allows the child to have an interest in learning itself rather than being forced to do something they have no interest in. Working with the children this way allows for the natural love of learning flow and allows the child be a happy willing and active participant in their education.

An important feature of the Montessori method is that the environment fits the child and not the adult. Children’s activities and skills should be discovered at their level. Furniture should be their size as well as anything that they are to use to learn such as brooms, kitchen sets, paint brushes, blocks and more. Pictures should be set at their eye level rather than the adults. The room should be decluttered and noise reduced so the child is not distracted.

It is important, in the Montessori method, that the learning is child lead. This does not mean it is not structured but it is structured in a way that the child themselves can find opportunities to learn. This method, while being child led, also allows the child to do specific tasks and skills themselves with child-sized tools and equipment. The skill or task is learned by demonstration rather than instruction. This allows the child the opportunity to master skills themselves.

Montessori classrooms, and a lot of parents who homeschool exclusively as Montessori parents will insist on specific materials and learning aids. This includes sandpaper letters, the pink stacking block, cinder blocks, brown stairs and more. They can be quite expensive if you go the authentic Montessori route. These are great materials to have but they can certainly be a drain on the pocketbook. These items are supposed to be used during specific developmental stages, demonstrated and the child should do them under supervision to make sure they are being done right. Many of the more pure Montessori parents are not happy with those of us who take what works for our children and leave the rest.

Another huge principle is collaborative learning. This can be difficult if there are no other kids or families that practice as a homeschool method or if you have one child. The principle is that kids learn best in a multiage environment learning from each other and teach one another. This principle is sound but is hard to come by on a daily basis if you only have one child and are homeschooling. One way to foster this while homeschooling, and it isn’t necessarily Montessori, is to create play groups and let the children of various age groups play together. You will find that they tend to spontaneously play and teach without instruction or direction from adults. I notice this every day as Isaiah plays outside with children ranging from 3 to 12 years of age.

What is good about Montessori?

The self-directed or passion-driven learning is good.

  • Collaborative play is great.
  • The principles are sound and should be adaptable.
  • It encourages independence and growth of skill sets. It is a very hands-on way of learning.
  • If you follow it, even partially, it presents the child with information in different formats. As an example, the sandpaper letters let the child see the shape, a color, and feel the texture while they trace it with their finger.

What isn’t so good?

  • It can be expensive
  • It can be rigid, especially from the purist and those who swear by Montessori.
  • The materials are to be used in a particular manner. You may not get the full benefit if you don’t follow the way it should be used.
  • It is hard to implement a true Montessori classroom in your home.

What do I think about it?

Well, I like the general principles of Montessori. I think child-led learning is best and should be followed as much as possible. There does, I believe, need to be structure and this provides too much. I can’t afford to implement a true Montessori classroom so my wife and I pick and choose what to implement and how to use it. We have had success with Isaiah and are working with our daughter on learning letters and numbers. You can find what we do here. I am not a proponent of following just one philosophy of homeschooling but to take what works and fits and using it. I find this approach works well with curriculums and just about everything with homeschooling.

A few resources for those looking to try the Montessori method while homeschooling

You can also check out our cheap homeschooling guide here and how to homeschool when you have no time here!

How about you? Do you use the Montessori method? What was your experience? Remember you can subscribe and leave a comment below. You can join our Liberty Parents Facebook group here as well.

Lems Primal 2 Shoe Review: First Impression

The Lems Primal 2

The Primal 2’s are a minimalist/barefoot shoes or minimalist sneakers created by Lems. It is their second iteration of the shoe, the first being Lems Primal Origins, which they do not sell anymore. First, a little about the company.

Background

Lems Shoes, Which stands for Live Easy & Minimal, was started by Andrew Rademacher. He started looking into shoes in 2008 while working as a shoe’s salesman. After researching and studying shoe designs, and even tearing apart shoe’s, he decided to build on from the ground up. Andrew wanted a shoe that fit the form of the human foot rather than having the foot conform to the shoe. He also wanted the shoes to have a flexible sole, great ground feel and allow for the natural movement of the foot. In 2011 he released his first shoe, the Primal Origin.

His company, Lems, Is based out of Boulder Colorado and is an American-run and family owned operation with a grand total of 5 employee’s. The goal of the company is to make great shoes with 3 main features.

  • The shoes must have a natural foot shape
  • They must be extremely flexible
  • They must be zer0-drop from heel to toe

Lems Primal 2 Shoe

The Primal 2 shoe shipped fairly quickly. I received it in 3 days from Colorado to North Carolina. After unboxing the shoes, which I forgot to take pictures of, I took some time to look them over. Here is a quick rundown of the specs:

  • LAST  Lems Natural-Shape Last
  • UPPER  Super-soft microfiber + open-weave mesh (100% vegan)
  • LINING 100% moisture-wicking polyester
  • OUTSOLE  8.0mm LemsRubber (air-injection rubber)
  • FOOTBED  3.0mm removable PU insole
  • INSOLE BOARD  1.0mm PU strobel (lined with fabric on top)
  • STACK HEIGHT  9.0mm (not including 3.0mm footbed)
  • DROP 0.0mm (Zero-Drop)
  • WEIGHT  6.9oz/195g (size 43)

The shoes look great. The black mesh with the microfiber makes a great looking combination. They’re great as a casual shoe and are my go-to shoes when I need something that blends in with my outfit.

The Lems Primal 2’s are wide toe box shoes. This allows for your toes to spread or splay naturally. With the wide toe box, you can even pair these with Correct Toes, that is how much space you have.

What I Like

There is no getting around it, the shoes are just plain comfortable. I will admit that the first time wearing these shoes, they hurt my feet. I wore them on a 14-hour shift at my nursing job. That is more about the job than the shoe though. After the first night, which I did not wear the 3mm insole, I put the insole back in and I was good. I transitioned slower from having the insole to without it. Now I wear the shoes without the insole in, even at work, and my feet are fine. I wear these shoes around town, my wife and I walk all over town, and these shoes keep me comfortable and allow my toes to spread.

I have taken these shoes on trails as well and they have held up great. I tend to barefoot hike on trails but when the trails turn to more gravel, I slap these on and I am able to keep going. It allows me to have that ground feel that we look for but it keeps my feet pain free. While on the trails in North Carolina I have hiked off trail and used the Primal 2’s to scale tree’s, walk across fallen logs, jump from rock to rock crossing a river and the shoes have performed phenomenally.

What I don’t  like

While these shoes are great, they are not perfect. Let’s be honest, no shoe is perfect for anybody. My biggest complaint of the Primal 2’s is that they do not have good traction on wet rock. I found this out the hard way while navigating across Eno River. This isn’t a deal breaker, these shoes perform well outside of this arena but this is something to keep in mind.

My second complaint is not being able to talk to a customer service representative when I called. I wanted to know how to wash the Primal 2’s so I did not ruin them, this stems from when I slipped and fell in the river. I got an answering machine, left my message, and I did not receive a callback. I only called once and they are a smaller company so this isn’t a huge negative but talking to a live person would be much better.

Would I recommend these shoes?

All in all, I would recommend these shoes for those looking for a versatile shoe that can be worn on easy to moderate trails but look good enough to wear out on a casual day. They come in a variety of colors from Black, Red, Gray, Dark Blue, and Teal. If you want to go with a casual barefoot shoe or if you want something that stands out, they will have what you want.

Whats Next

This was just my initial first impression. I will be adding another review in a few months once I have put some more miles on the Primal 2’s.

Next, I will be reviewing Lems Bouler Boot. Stay tuned for that.

 

If You Want To Teach Independence, You Have To Model It

When I work with parents and grandparents in my coaching practice, the overwhelming motivation for their movement is the desire to play with their children while they’re young and keep up with them as they get older.

Every parent wants to be able to squat down to solve a puzzle with a child, chase them down in a game of tag, and hoist them up in a tree to show them what they’re capable of. If you can’t move well, you’re missing out on a huge array of experiences. See, movement is how we interact with the world around us.  It’s how we engage with life and connect to the people and places who matter most.

If that weren’t reason enough to move, your children are learning from you, unconsciously mirroring your actions (and inactions). We’re social creatures after all.  We inherit behavior, beliefs, and attitudes from our parents and closest tribe. We learn to identify those patterns as normal. A child raised in a sedentary household is likely going to grow up into sedentary adulthood. They simply don’t connect with any other way. On the other hand, a child raised in a dynamic, movement-oriented household will be far more likely to maintain those behaviors for the long haul.

One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is a model of physical literacy. Numerous reports theorize that life expectancy is going to begin dwindling in subsequent generations, beginning with this one. Kids are growing up in a wholly dis-embodied culture, and the sad truth is that it’s entirely preventable. It starts with a choice from parents.

If you’re ready to make a choice to better your kids’ futures (as well as your own), I want to introduce a simple framework that cuts through some of the confusion. We can use an evolutionary model health to highlight simple areas of improvement. There are three questions that guide the way:

 

1. WHAT DID THE HUMAN ANIMAL EVOLVE TO DO?

While we don’t know the specifics what the human animal evolved to do, we can generalize a few trends based solely on context:

 

  • Food didn’t exist; plants and animals did. There was likely quite a bit of moving through natural environments to acquire plants and animals. And of course, the decidedly unsexy acts of processing said plants and animals into something we might call food.

 

  • There was no work, no Netflix, no video games. We likely spent a lot of time sitting around in leisure.

 

  • We weren’t always undisputed food chain champs. As with most other animal species, we’d have to play defense now and then, moving quickly, outmaneuvering or outsmarting the predators.

 

  • We didn’t spend much time alone. When survival is at stake, you tribe up real quick. And modern neuroscience has shown us that our brains are geared for social interactions.

 

If we put this into a rough sketch, humans as we know them came into being frequently moving together in diverse ways through complex environments.

 

2. WHAT DO WE CURRENTLY DO WITH IT?

By and large, we do large bouts of nothing, with the occasional burst of something called fitness. And we do it alone in stale, boxy environments called “gyms”.

 

3. WHAT DO WE DO ON A DAILY BASIS TO ADDRESS THE DEFICIENCY?

Here’s where that uncomfortable issue of choice comes into play. What will you choose to do every single day to make up for such a broad gap? Even the most active of us only move about 4% of the day. What are we doing the rest of the time?

 

As a parent, you have a lot of options here. You can spend more time with your children outside, hiking in the woods or simply walking to the store for errands. You can learn foraging skills and teach your kids about ecology through hands-on experiences. You can set up meals and TV time on the floor instead of the couch. You can play movement games with children: catch, tag, roughhousing.

This doesn’t require a massive overhaul of your life or family structure. It simply takes a bit of mindfulness about how your actions will ripple out both to your health and your children’s.

 

 

I’m Chandler Stevens, and I work with people who are passionate about the body through creative coaching in mobility and mindset. We make magic at the intersection of movement, conversation, and awareness.

Connect with me on Facebook or my website. I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Tuttle Twins

Tuttle Twins Creature from Jekyll Island Review.

The Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island

Tuttle Twins

Creature From Jekyll Island Cover

The Creature from Jekyll Island is the third installment of the Tuttle Twins children’s book series. This book is, again, written by Connor Boyack who is becoming quite good at writing books on liberty for children. Elijah Stanfield joined Connor again to illustrate this installment as well. The illustrations turned out wonderful and kept my sons attention through the entirety of the book.

First Some Background

Connor took a complex topic, the ideas found in The original book from G. Edward Griffin, and distils it into a children’s book that is readable and fun. The Creature from Jekyll Island, the book that this is based on, details the ideas and formation of the Federal Reserve Bank. Here is a quick quote:

“The year was 1910. A small group of the wealthiest and most powerful bankers in the world, along with a couple of people in the government, held a secret meeting on Jekyll Island, in Georgia, to plan the ultimate bank called the Federal Reserve. This bank – this creature – has one main power, and a very sinister one: The power to actually make unlimited amounts of new money.”

The Tuttle Twins book takes these ideas as well as the repercussions of having a central bank and lays it bare so even children see its sinister nature.

What About the Story

The story The Creature from Jekyll Island starts off with the Tuttle Twins bringing their honey to market. During this trip their Grandparents join their family for a few days to help out and visit. That night Ethan over heard his Grandfather talk about a creature stealing his savings and his money is not worth as much as it used to be. This gets Ethans imagination running and he begins to imagine what this creature looks like.

Later on when the twins and their family go to the fair to sell their honey, Their father and grandfather, with imputs from mom and Grandma, tell the children what the Creature from Jekyll Island really is, The federal reserve bank. The children are a bit surprised but the parents tell them why it is so sinister and how it is stealing their Grandparents wealth.

The story, while it has complex topics and ideas, breaks it down so both children and parents can both understand how something like a central bank can be a threat to liberty. This happens to be Isaiah’s favorite book of the Tuttle Twins childrens book series.

What Did Isaiah Think?

Isaiah loves this book. It has become his favorite one of the Tuttle Twins series. Isaiah loves the illustration of the creature especially. He loves the idea of selling honey and earning money. ( he has jobs around the house aside from his chores that he can earn money for ) The fact that this takes place in a County Fair setting, with rides, popcorn, and candy keeps Isaiah interested the whole time.

He can’t read the whole book himself yet but he can read parts of it. However, he prefers me to read it to him, I get animated and use different voices for different characters. As far as the topics and ideas of this book, I am able to use the book as well as hard examples like silver coins and dollar bills to help make the point and make it a bit more concrete for  him. He has now started to ask me to buy silver pieces for his savings rather than just tucking away his change. In the last year he has saved enough of his money to have 3 silver coins, not bad for a 4 year old!

What Did I think?

As for me, I am happy somebody has written libertarian books for children. This is something that I think is hugely important because I wouldn’t have really approached the subject of the federal reserve with Isaiah till he was much older. This has allowed me to get through to him in regards to sound money. Having a kids book set on liberty or libertarian topics is great and the Creature from Jekyll Island is instrumental in allowing parents to put forth the ideas of sound money as well as entrepeurship to kids.

This book has gotten Isaiah to ask all sorts of questions regarding money which is great. This along with the other books in the series, especially the Tuttle Twins learn about The Law book ( review can be found here) allows parents to approach these subjects with their children and at least get the conversation started.

Critical Thoughts

The only real negative for me with this book is how long it is. This book is made for older children but it reads well. Isaiah likes it so it takes a few nights to read it. This book would be great for 9 or 10 year olds to read on their own. It is a great book, however, to read to your children that are younger than that. This, of course, is up to you.

Would I Recommend This Book?

I would Recommend this book even for parents with younger children. You may be surprised by what your children will learn from it. Kids can understand remarkable concepts before we realize it. If you are looking for a book that teaches the principles of sound money, this is it. If you are looking for a series that teaches children about liberty, this series is for you as well!

Lets not foget that if you do decide to purchase the Combo Pack, you will get activity workbooks for children with it as well.

If you would like to purchase any of the Tuttle Twins books click Here. You can also purchase a combo pack with several free bonuses Here, it is a great deal plus You can get 25% off of your purchase by using coupon code PARENT

Our Review of the First Tuttle Twins Book can be found here!

Connor Boyack talking about the Tuttle Twins on the Tom Woods Show.

Check out our awesome Homeschooling guides. One to homeschool on a budget and one to homeschool when you’re busy!

Our New Mexico Adventure

In August 2016 my family and I decided to go on vacation. Years prior, we had gone to North Carolina. To the beaches, to the mountains, it was a great time however, we could not afford to go this time. After thinking about where to go, we settled on the Mountains of New Mexico. It was close and we could only afford to go for a week instead of two.

The drive out was uneventful, although I slept the majority of it since I had worked 12 hours at the hospital, came home, packed the suburban and then we headed out.

After spending a few interesting days in Red River and Taos we headed down to the Sante Fe National Forrest where we stayed close to Jemez Falls. The drive up to the camping spot was interesting. As we drove up the mountain shortly before dusk it started to rain. The were hardly any clouds above yet it was raining fairly hard. The way the sunlight shined against the rain, it was as if you could see each individual rain drop. It was stunningly majestic. It had been hot that day and as the rain hit the rocks and the pavement, they began to cool, and as the rain let up steam began to rise off of the surface of both. This made for a beautiful drive.

Atop the Mountain, we found a place in the trees to camp. We set up camp and built a fire to make dinner. This first night was rather uneventful…..except for Daniel getting into his camping hammock and it falling to the ground. As the thud of Daniel hitting the ground reverberated through the forest, laughter from my wife and I as well as Cornelius echoed in the trees. We all knew what happened and delighted in Daniels slight misfortune.

The next day we hiked the forested mountain and found several rocky outcroppings that offered gorgeous views of the valleys below. As we continued hiking we came upon a stream with a swimming hole that led to a waterfall. It was a wonderful place to stop and enjoy.

We climbed the rocks, stood upon the top of the waterfall and enjoyed the cool refreshing water! The temperature of the water took a little getting used to, but eventually, it felt great. We slowly made our way back, stopping to run across fallen trees, climb rock gardens and generally explore the forest off the well-worn hiking paths. This offered views of interesting rock formations, lessons on climbing trees, more views of the valley, and some of the biggest trees we had ever seen.

That night after cooking dinner over the fire and talking well into the night, we could see some thunderheads and lightning in the distance. The thunder, which we heard well after the flashes of lighting was great music to fall asleep to. The rumbles soothed the soul, while the cool air soothed sore muscles.

The next day we decided to leave the forest and explore farther south. We headed out towards Jemez Springs, stopping in a little town Cafe. We heard some locals talking about natural hot springs and we decided to we wanted to go. We asked directions from the waiter at the cafe, he gave us a map and a direction and we headed off. Reaching the parking area to hike to the hot springs, we changed into our swimsuits grabbed our bag and began the trek up the side of the mountain to the springs.

After 20 minutes of hiking and crossing a bridge with a small stream across it, we made it to our destination. Daniel and Cornelius beat us there and were in the lower hot springs while a larger group had taken the upper hot spring. Isaiah eagerly hopped in and Susie handed me Illiana. Susie had just stepped foot into the spring when the clouds let loose with rain.

This was nothing new as it had rained around this time every day we had been in New Mexico. I had Susie and the kids get under a rocky outcropping to wait out the rain, There wasn’t enough room for Cornelius, Daniel, or I so I stood beside it and Daniel and Cornelius went to take shelter under a fallen tree. This turned out to be different than the other rain showers we had been in. It began to hail. I tried to keep Susie and the kids sheltered, I stood over them and held my shirt over them to keep them out of the hail. A man with a beer came down from the upper hot spring with a towel to help protect Susie and the kids.

We had thought the rain would end like it had days previous but we were wrong. We realized we had to get out of there when a deluge of water came down from higher on the mountain. We wrapped Illiana in a jacket from my bag, Daniel grabbed Isaiah, and Cornelius helped guide Susie, and I grabbed our stuff and we took off down the mountain. The water was cold and up to mid shin as we ran down the mountain barefoot. The rain intensity picked up as did the hail as we went. We came across the bridge from earlier and that small stream was now a rushing red river that had reached the bottom of the bridge and threatened to overtake it. We ran across and continued our barefoot hike, each step more painful than the last from the cold flood water and rocks. We slipped, we fell, we yelled in pain from the hail and the rocks but we had made it to our suburban.

We wrapped Illiana in a jacket from my bag, Daniel grabbed Isaiah, and Cornelius helped guide Susie, and I grabbed our stuff and we took off down the mountain. The water was cold and up to mid shin as we ran down the mountain barefoot. The rain intensity picked up as did the hail as we went. We came across the bridge from earlier and that small stream was now a rushing red river that had reached the bottom of the bridge and threatened to overtake it. We ran across and continued our barefoot hike, each step more painful than the last from the cold flood water and rocks. We slipped, we fell, we yelled in pain from the hail and the rocks but we had made it to our suburban 40 or so minutes after starting our trek back in the storm.

After making it to the Suburban, we realized how lucky we were. The precarious situation we were in and the understanding that not just our children but we all were in danger hit us and after a few tense moments, I started the Suburban. We decided to leave the area while it was still raining. After driving, Cornelius spoke up and we realized an older woman in the upper hot springs might not have made it down. We turned around and headed back. A mile or so away from the parking area, the road had washed out and we were unable to make it back. We do not know if she made it down or not, but there was nothing on the news about it.

After driving farther south, it was as if nothing happened. No rain, no thunder, beautiful views just 5 miles south of the storm. It was one heck of an experience.

After this we continued down to Santa Fe and Sandia Peak, Santa Rosa to visit the Blue hole. Those will come in a later post though.

Looking back now Susie and I were terrified. Not of what could have happened to us but to our children. With this hindsight comes laughter and a realization that even though there was danger, it is one heck of a memory to share not only with our children but with others. Our vacation to New Mexico was by far one of our best and we look forward to making our return.

Homeschooling when you have no time

I have been in several discussions lately regarding homeschooling and the inability of some parents to do it. In these discussions, I found two main objections to why parents cannot homeschool their children. The two reasons were that it was too expensive, I tackled that objection in a previous article on how you can homeschool on the cheap. The second main objection is that it isn’t feasible since the parents either have to work or do not have the time. Let’s try and tackle the second reason today. I will be up front right now, not everyone will be able to apply these and there is no way I can say that everyone can homeschool, but there are ways to make it work most of the time.
It seems that one of the biggest issues is that new homeschooling parents think their kids need to be homeschooled 8 hours a day 5 days a week like the kids in public schools. This isn’t true, structured homeschooling can take place in at least half of that time if not less. It doesn’t have to be during “regular” school hours at all. I knew several families in Kansas that homeschooled their children at nights and on the weekends. This worked for their schedule best and the kids enjoyed it. They had an advantage of having a grandmother that stayed with them to watch the children during the day.

I hear the objections already and I know not everybody has this option, however, if you do have friends or family that live nearby ask them if they can watch your children during the day. Other types of child care are available as well but I find that when someone is in this situation, wanting to homeschool but yet has to work full time, not a lot of money can be spent on child care.I have found that some churches offer decreased rates for child care or maybe a church member would watch your child for you during the day. I have a friend in Alabama who didn’t want her child in public schools so she

I have a friend in Alabama who didn’t want her child in public schools so she has a friend of her’s watch and actually homeschool her child during the day. This works well for her, she works 6 days a week and while her friend schools her child during the week, she does it on the nights and Sunday.

Another option for some is having alternating shifts with their spouse. This allows one parent to be home all the time to school the child. Now a word of warning, this can be tough on a marriage but if you think you can make it work, it is an option albeit not an ideal one.

Another idea is to do a homeschooling co-op and have alternating days on who teaches the little monsters on what day. This isn’t ideal because you won’t have 100% control of what your child learns but it gives you much greater control than public schools ever could.

If you have the option and flexibility, you could bring your child to work with you. While this isn’t ideal, admittedly none of these are, it would be a good way to stay on top of what your child is working on and still be able to give feedback and help if needed. The child wouldn’t be home alone all day and you can still work. On a similar note, some workplaces offer discounts on child care or even a striped. You could take advantage of that and homeschool on nights and weekends if possible.

Talk to your manager or boss and see if you can telecommute all or some of your days. Many companies are now offering these options and even if some don’t, it never hurts to ask if you can. This would allow you to be home to help the child with homeschooling and still work. It gives you flexibility as long as you get your work done.

What about after schooling? Your child can go to school and when they get home you can homeschool them. It is a unique offshoot of the homeschooling community. This is probably one of my least favorite options but to be thorough I need to add it.

Make cuts in your bills so you can work less or you or your spouse can quite one job. This will free up a parent and allow them to stay home and school the children. I know it is scary, nobody likes the unknown but if you are dedicated to homeschooling you need to look at all options and lowering the amount of your bills lowers the amount of income you need. Couple that with my guide on how to homeschool on the cheap. Couple that with my free courses page and economics page and you are good to go on the homeschooling front.

This one is drastic. Find a better paying job or better yet, start a work from home business. These two options give you great flexibility in homeschooling and will get you where you want. Once again they are not easy since there is that fear of the unknown but if you’re willing to put everything towards homeschooling your children then this is one of the best options.

The ideas and links in this post are the tools to get you from not knowing if you can homeschool to knocking down the objections and homeschooling your children. Don’t let the idea of you can’t or you don’t have the time or the money for homeschooling stop you. You can, you just have to find the right mix of time, money managment, and support that will allow you to do so. These tools and ideas can only help you find a way, you have to go and do it.

If you just generally need help organizing so you can homeschool, try using homeschool tracker to keep track of all your homeschooling needs

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Midwest Juicery Pt. 1

Today I am starting a series of reviews on Midwest Juicery and the juices they offer. Let’s start with an overview of the company and a review of the first juice “Apple of my Eye”.

Midwest Juicery started in May of 2016 and has been rocking the juice world since. It was Co-founded by a man named Ziad Burkett who had a vision of people having great tasting and healthy fruit and vegetable juice with no added sugar. He went out and created his vision and it became Midwest Juicery. Here is a quick word from him!

We absolutely love and are amazed by the human body. It is one of, if not the most, complicated and magnificent things on earth. To ensure the human body reaches its full potential, it has to be fueled properly. Fruits and vegetables are essential. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to consume your daily fruit and vegetable requirements (here’s a secret: we recommend WAY more than the standard daily requirement. Fruits and vegetables are some of the most nutritious and easily digestible foods). As a result, a lot of people tend to eat foods that are convenient, but not as nutritious: processed and genetically modified foods.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were an easy way to consume more fruits and vegetables? That’s why we got started. Our mission is to provide you with a delicious, 100% organic, cold-pressed juice to make your life a little more tasty and a lot more healthy.

Midwest Juicery currently sells 5 different types of juices. Each with a unique name to go with its unique flavor. The flavors are Apple of my eye, 16 carrot gold, Beets by Midwest, Green with Envy, and Lava Lemonade. They sell them in stores in the midwest, the link to find them is here. They will also ship them to you complete with ice packs to keep your juice nice and fresh. This was great for me since I forgot my order was coming and my wife and I went hiking that day and the package sat out in the hot North Carolina sun till 4 in the afternoon. It was a blessing though, after that strenuous hike, I was glad to down the Apple of my Eye juice. It was cold, refreshing and energizing. I felt like I could go for another hike after that.

The Apple of my Eye juice boasts 2 apples, 3 heads of lettuce, 1/4 cucumber, 1/4 of a lemon and 100% deliciousness. Aside from the great taste that it offered, my favorite part is that there is no added sugar to the juice. This is important to me, as a nurse, I know what refined added sugar can do to the body and there is plenty of science to back it up It is 100% clean, organic, cold pressed, not from concentrate juice. This is the beauty of the juice. It is simple, it is clean, and it is a delicious healthy treat. The Apple of My Eye juice is a great pick me up after a arduos hike with the family up to hanging rock. My wife loved it and my children could not get enough. I should have had more because everybody wanted it. My only real complaint about the juice is that there wasn’t more!

Price wise, it runs 7.99 a bottle, however you can get them in bulk and use the discount code below to get 20%

I would recommend this juices to anybody who doesn’t have the time to juice on their own, parents who can’t get kids to eat their fruits and veggies, and anybody who needs a quick pick me up in the middle of the day. It tastes great, and they are healthy. That is a rare combination to have these days.

I talked to the owner of the company and he wanted to offer the readers a 20% discount. All you need to do is use discount code: LIBERTARIAN at checkout.

Stay tuned for the next installment and don’t forget to checkout Midwest Juicery for the Apple of My Eye juice. Don’t forget to like their facebook page as well!