November 15, 2018

Review: No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope

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Review by Kathy Kuhl     For parents of children ages 8 to 14 (the “tween” years), there’s new help. While there are books on raising little ones, and resources (and angst) on raising teens, there has been little for the ones in the middle. Hal and Melanie Young, however, recently wrote a clear helpful book […]

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November 01, 2018

A Homeschooler’s Perspective: Two Very Different Learners

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By Kathy Kuhl      Last month, I had coffee with a homeschooler I hadn’t seen in years. We met to talk about what she had learned homeschooling two exceptional, dynamic, and wildly different children.  To preserve her their privacy, I’ll call the mother “Ann.” Doctor suggested her daughter be institutionalized I knew that Ann was […]

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September 06, 2018

SPED Homeschool: Resources for Homeschooling Children with Special Needs

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By Kathy Kuhl         Last spring a friend told me about SPED Homeschool, a nonprofit and website serving the homeschooling special needs community. (SPED is short for Special Education.) Since the friend was Cheryl Swope, I paid attention. You may have heard me give workshops with Cheryl. (My review of her excellent book is in the […]

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August 02, 2018

Learning the Art of Thinking: Review of Alan Jacobs’ book, How to Think

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by Kathy Kuhl     How do you recommend a book called How to Think: A Survival Guide for A World at Odds, without insulting your readers? Author Alan Jacobs recommends saying, “I’m sure you know someone who could benefit from this book.” And I’m sure you do. Why am I reviewing a book on thinking, […]

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July 27, 2018

Taming Smartphones: Using Handheld Tech to Help, Not Hurt

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by Kathy Kuhl     A smartphone is both a great tool and a great distraction. How can we harness the technology to help our struggling learners, without making life harder? Last week in Missouri, I spoke on helping distractible students succeed. For teens, I weighed the pros and cons of carrying smartphones. A few of […]

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October 12, 2017

Tips for Distractible Moms

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By Kathy Kuhl Whatever the cause of your distraction, these tips can help you stay on target! Be Smart about Smartphones Don’t keep your smartphone next to your bed at night. If you’re worried about missing an important message from kids or other family, turn up the volume. Some smartphones have a “Do not disturb” […]

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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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April 06, 2017

Learning Life Skills, Part 1

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by Kathy Kuhl Are your children learning the life skills they will need when they are on their own? Imagine your child, grown up and moving out. As the car pulls away, you call, “Wait! I forgot to teach you how to… file your taxes” or “…find a good repair service” or “…change a flat […]

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September 01, 2016

Replenish, take breaks, avoid burnout

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by Kathy Kuhl Most of us have just started or are about to start a new school year. While you are opening new books and settling down to work, I want to encourage you to pace yourself, to replenish yourself to you can keep giving to your family all year. Get away to replenish If […]

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