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Craving Freedom and Needing Structure

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Amidst all the color-coded hour-by-hour homeschool schedules flooding social media, I want to offer a different take on how to help your child organize their day if you have a child who paradoxically craves freedom and needs structure. I created for my eight-year-old twice-exceptional second-grader a pie graph showing the amount of time (out of a 24-hour day) he can spend exploring/reading/playing/learning what he's passionate about, vs. the amount of time I would like him to focus on...

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Let Them Eat Dirt

There's a nanny at the park whom I befriended way back when Zach was a newborn. We often chatted while Zach rolled around on a blanket, then later crawled on the grass eating leaves, and eventually toddled around on the playground. Last year she became pregnant and recently had a baby girl, whom she cares for while she nannies.

Watching Zachary take a tumble and get back up again without complaining, she turned to me and said: "I am going to raise my child like you are raising Zach. I'm going...

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