June 28, 2018

Summer Holidays: Fun, fizzle, or flame out?

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By Kathy Kuhl     For most families, thoughts of a summer holiday–with family picnics, parades, fireworks, and other patriotic celebrations–are happy thoughts. But for some of us with kids who learn differently, they are times of stress. Are you longing for fireworks without emotional fireworks? Cookouts without meltdowns? Parades without panic? Manage your hopes You […]

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February 22, 2018

Three Steps to Protect our Kids from Abusers

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By Kathy Kuhl     I don’t know any parents eager to talk to their kids about sexual abuse. But making body parts and sex unmentionable is more dangerous than being uncomfortable. I don’t want us to be paranoid, but “wise as serpents, innocent as doves.” This is a sad topic to consider, but ignoring it […]

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September 14, 2017

Facing our Fears of Homeschooling

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by Kathy Kuhl Since most families have recently restarted their homeschools this time of year, now is a good time to consider our attitudes.  The start of an academic year usually cheers me up: new books, new tools, a new start. But some kids don’t feel that way. They dread the start of studies. They […]

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July 13, 2017

Living with Grace: Making the Most of Life

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by Kathy Kuhl Last month a gracious ninety-four-year-old woman was my hostess for nine days. Grace is a neighbor of my daughter. When she heard I was coming to Southern California to help with the new baby, Grace offered me her guest room, rather than let me rent a hotel room or sleep on my […]

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February 28, 2017

Siblings of children with learning challenges and other special needs

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by Kathy Kuhl When one of your children needs most of your attention, how do you take care of their siblings? Whether your child has learning challenges, medical issues, or other special needs, one of the many challenges you face is how to make time to care for your other children. How can you stay aware […]

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January 17, 2017

The Motivation Breakthrough: Book Review

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By Kathy Kuhl Review of The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child by Richard Lavoie Richard Lavoie is a world-class teacher with a real heart for children and teens. For many years he headed Eagle Hill School, a school for children with learning disabilities, so he knows about discouraged, frustrated students and […]

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January 03, 2017

Review and refresh before you resume

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by Kathy Kuhl As the holidays wind down, as we put away the Christmas stockings, and get ready to resume teaching our kids, take a few minutes to think about the big picture for your homeschool. Maybe your first thought will be that you’re too tired to get back to homeschooling! Take a day away […]

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November 22, 2016

Giving Thanks

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by Kathy Kuhl Homeschooling is underway, the weather is changing, and you have dozens of things to do before the holidays, so I’ll keep this short. As good parents, you’ve been working on your kids manners for years. “What do you say?” we prompt them. “Thank you,” they learn, even when it comes out “Tank […]

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November 02, 2016

Build your child’s empathy

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by Kathy Kuhl         How do we help kids develop empathy? Last week’s blog on how to support friends with children with challenges got me thinking about building empathy in our children and teens. Don’t miss the benefits of your child’s struggle We hate to see our children suffer, but suffering often helps kids […]

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October 04, 2016

Being friends to children with challenges

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by Kathy Kuhl How do we help our kids with special needs find and keep friends? One child’s story is attracting attention lately and can give us an opportunity. Bob Cornelius has a sixth grader with autism, a boy named Christopher, who attends public school. On a bulletin board in his son’s special needs classroom, […]

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