Passionate Parenting, by Cary Schmidt, a review by Susan Karsten

If you have children, and they are in, or nearing their teens, you will want this book (if you read). One of the absolute best books on this topic I have EVER read. In fact, I am seriously thinking about starting a book discussion group based on it as a community outreach to help others. […]

Parenting Thought: Trust your Mothering Instincts, post by Susan Karsten

To write this post, I paged and paged through a book, looking for the quote. It resonated strongly with me. I couldn’t find the quote, but I shall try to reconstruct its thoughts. I wish I had this thought when I was in the beginnings of the struggle to learn how to deal with, and […]

My Son, the College Graduate, by God’s grace alone

I give ALL the credit, honor, and glory to God for any success we’ve had. God has gifted, given, forgiven, blessed. I am a weak vessel and it’s only through Him that I do anything at all “good”. That said, we celebrated our son’s college graduation on May 24. What a wonderful time to revel […]

Susan Karsten’s latest book review: “The Manual to Manhood” by Jonathan Catherman

Hi, friends! I got an advance copy of The Manual to Manhood for the express purpose of reading it, then blogging about it.  Not a problem–in fact this book was a pleasure to read.         With ten categories of knowledge/tips, Catherman covers the entire scope of  hard-hitting practical wisdom for men.  The book […]

Teaching Daughters to Like the Kitchen ~ A Surprising Tip

If you’ve read even lightly on the topic of teaching the home arts to our daughters, you have probably come across some “sage” advice that I am hereby refuting. The books sometimes say things like, “Require the child to also clean up the kitchen after baking.” I disagree. I believe that for most children, that […]

Poem by My Son ~ Happy Mother’s Day

I was shuffling through some darling handmade Mother’s Day cards which reside in a nook of my secretary desk. Caught up in the pile, amidst the darling cards from my three, was a humorous poem by my son. The poem, written when he was about twelve, has a spring theme (flowers), so I thought I’d […]

Music Literacy for the Home Educator – part 2

Nurturing children’s appreciation for music can be quite natural for some, but requires some planning, purposefulness, and effort. Some of the resources I used during early elementary years (ages 7-12) included Moving Freely, an interpretive dance video, and Sono Harris’s Fun Physical Fitness for the Home educational CD & book set which incorporates music. Movement […]