Category: ’My Family’

Serenading Grandma

April 14th, 2015 by Dionna - 5 Comments

I’ve often said that my Grandma was my second mother, but she was so much more. We were best friends. The sixty-seven years between us made no matter, our age gap was one of the foundations of our friendship.

Make sure not to be angry, mama.

March 30th, 2015 by Dionna - 6 Comments

Her little voice, bravely reminding me to choose love over anger, has the ability to lower my blood pressure instantaneously. These are the rewards of learning to be compassionate together.

Community-schooling

March 10th, 2015 by Dionna - 20 Comments

We don’t “homeschool,” we “community-school”!

That Light Bulb Moment

January 27th, 2015 by Dionna - 1 Comment

When Kieran was maybe five years old, he asked me if he could learn to knit. He often watched me knitting and thought it was cool to see the yarn go from an endless string of nothing much to an intricately patterned something else. He spent a few painful afternoons…

Whistling While We Work: On Kids and Chores

January 13th, 2015 by Dionna - 13 Comments

I realized recently that I often feel resentful when I’m carrying more than my share of the household load. And so several weeks ago, I brought a laundry basket full of napkins, wipes, and socks upstairs and unceremoniously dumped it on the floor. Thus began a regular series of household responsibilities for my kids.


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