Summer Fun, FYK Style

Rebel Toddler at the lake

Just a few of our favorite photos from the past few months. What does summer look like around here? A bit like this:


Rebel Toddler, checking the creek for water snakes

Earth Mother (8) & Honey Bear (2) taking a stroll.



Lots of digging. Lots of swimming. Lots of sunshine.


After YOUR Meltdown… Pulling Yourself Together


Today, you had a meltdown. Children have them; adults have them, too. I have mini-meltdowns a few times a week, mainly in the form of getting annoyed or agitated. I’ll often speak unkindly and say something I’ll later regret. A few months ago, I had a major meltdown. I wigged out, kicked a bottle of […]

Can Peaceful Parenting Change the World?

Mama Honey Bear

Just something I’ve been thinking about…

Perhaps we’re doing it all wrong. Maybe the idea that one man and one woman get hitched, set-up their own distinct home, and raise their children (basically alone) is the cause of many of our current societal problems.

Taking care of children is difficult. Even in a committed partnership, […]

Empowering Them… They Can Do It Themselves

Cute baskets for everyone!

Hi, everyone. Mama Bear here. With our first two children, we (my husband and I) did everything for them. Food, drinks, clothes, toys — whatever they needed we provided, whenever they needed or wanted it. Going out? I would dress them. Hungry? I would get them food. Covers come off in the night? I would […]

Classic Conversations III

classic conversations

Another in the increasingly-popular Classic Conversations series. Today’s edition: my son learns about giving the man his “cut” and my daughter is revealed to speak “Baby”…

16 November 2011

Science Kid (then 8) buying video games, having this discussion with the store clerk and me:

SK: It’s $19.99 for both games, right Dad? Me: Yeah. […]

Why Can’t You Be More Careful?


A few months ago, my daughter, Tiny Dancer (then five), was building Legos at the kitchen table. She’d been at it for some time, meticulously crafting a castle, building vehicles, and setting up an elaborate world of her own creation. She spoke not a word while she thoughtfully constructed her masterpiece. Truly, I didn’t take […]