At the end of February, a week after his due date, we welcomed little E into our family. The ensuing weeks were a blur of postpartum chaos, coupled with an impending move and an unplanned kitchen renovation due to some flooding. I couldn't seem to find the time or will to write. If I had … Continue reading Welcome to the Wild & Free Gang!
A recent visit to our local farm. My younger, at least, was thrilled. Hello friends, Who would have thought that six months after my last post we'd still be in a pandemic? Still arguing over whether or not to mask, have playdates, or go to church? Still wondering if the end is in sight or … Continue reading *6 Months Later*
I honestly am not 100% sure what day it is without looking at my watch. I am also 100% ok with that. Our days each blend into one another with their vague routines and unhurried agendas. I was thinking about the song from Tangled and how closely it resonated: 🎶🎶Seven a.m., the usual morning lineupStart … Continue reading What day is it?
Welcome to summer! (vacation that is - summer solstice, I see you there in week 3) I am honestly curious how many of you who, along with your children, had to deal with tele-school these past several weeks are now planning to homeschool next year. Maybe you loved having your kid home and your boss … Continue reading New to Wild & Free Childhood? Start here!
🇬🇧 Five years ago when I was at Cambridge, I drove north, to a farm deep into the countryside of Yorkshire. The farmers waved from the barn as I got out of my car. I said hello to the mostly black Border Collie who came to greet me, then I followed the lady farmer into … Continue reading In Praise of Four-Legged Firstborns
Much of my teaching and parenting style derives from the Montessori Method (created by Dr. Maria Montessori). Now I'm sure most of you have at least heard of Montessori and can conjure up a few images of low, open shelves, simple wooden toys, and natural materials and colors. It can seem a little mysterious, maybe … Continue reading But what is “Montessori” anyway?
You've probably seen that nefarious thorny blob, the microscopic representation of the coronavirus. While these days anyone mentioning "coronavirus" is likely talking about COVID-19 and the global pandemic we're currently going through (even typing that is weird - is this real life?), the name coronavirus is actually more of classification describing a range of respiratory … Continue reading Coronavirus Course Correction
In sheer Target runs alone I'm gaining a few hours a week with this quarantine. Might as well use it to accomplish some goals. Here are the books I've been meaning to read: Beckoff, Marc - Rewilding Our Hearts Carson, Rachel - The Sense of Wonder Cobb, Edith - The Ecology of Imagination Konner, Melvin - The … Continue reading Reading Goals
What the COVID19 quarantine has taught me about vulnerability, productivity, and being 'good enough'...
The past two weeks we have been home-bound with a stomach virus that's been making its horrid rounds. We've watched far too many episodes of Little Einsteins and, despite my belief in simply dressing for the weather, freezing rain has kept us inside for most of the time. Oh and did I mention we are … Continue reading Homebodies + Chill