Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pony Gal's Nile River Basin

Day one: Flooded

Fairy Gardens

Pony Gal decided to attend a class with a local homeschooling group last week to make fairy gardens. I had seen this and that about making them for quite some time but had never made the plunge. Someone else providing the materials made it too easy not to offer to the kids.

Superboy chose not to participate, so he sat and played minecraft while Lovely G and I helped Pony Gal. It was super easy and fun, and I see many more in our future.
They make an nice, logical place to keep treasures from our hikes and add very attractive houseplants to our rooms. Win, to be sure. Thank you to HLR by Three Sisters for arranging and teaching the class, our first with them, and I am sure we will be on the watch for more. Everything was very well arranged, run, and information was well given.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thoughts on Parenting from the Duggers

Found this in some notes I had taken while reading the Duggers' most recent book.
From page 168 of A Love That Multiplies:

"Mentoring a child isn't the fastest way to get it done. It's almost always easier to do it ourselves, but that doesn't provide the valuable teaching we want our children to experience. It comes back to that perfectionist mindset. Parents need to realize that it's almost always more important for the child to learn something than it is for that task to be completed perfectly. It's a little hard for some parents to get past that attitude, but if all your child does is watch you do something, he or she is probably not going to learn how to do it successfully."