Jen

Author's details

Date registered: September 17, 2011
URL: http://www.jennifermcgrail.com

Biography

Arizona

Latest posts

  1. Q & A: Let’s Talk About STRESS — August 26, 2014
  2. Out and About On The Interwebs — August 25, 2014
  3. Unschooling and Working: Can You Have Both? — August 22, 2014
  4. Honesty — August 21, 2014
  5. The Jar of Pickles — August 20, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. ‘Happy Holidays’ and other four letter words — 333 comments
  2. Why My Kids Will Never Be Socialized — 203 comments
  3. Not my idea of a hero — 152 comments
  4. I stole your stuff. Now I’m holding it for ransom. — 135 comments
  5. Mom’s Rules — 73 comments

Author's posts listings

Aug 26

Q & A: Let’s Talk About STRESS

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Every Tuesday, I’ll choose a handful of questions to answer here on my blog, as long as the questions last. Want to ask me about unschooling or parenting or anything else I write about (which is, uh, pretty much everything)? Send them here, or post on my Facebook page.   I’ve gotten quite a few …

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Aug 25

Out and About On The Interwebs

And another Monday… after a busy weekend tying up loose conference ends, running errands, and taking an evening out to join some other Rattlers fans at a local sports pub to watch the Arena Bowl  (Yay Rattlers for a blowout game leading to a Championship three-peat!). This morning is a lazy morning:  drinking coffee, watching …

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Aug 22

Unschooling and Working: Can You Have Both?

I got this question a couple of days ago, and woke up this morning thinking about it: I would LOVE to be able to unschool, I think this would also be the best option for my son. But I have to work, even though I’m only in a low paid job. Do some unschoolers work …

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Aug 21

Honesty

I have been sitting here at my computer, with my coffee, for a good 20 minutes.  Type…. delete.  Type… delete. I read something recently about someone being frustrated with unshoolers’ blogs, because they seem to make it seem all sunshine and rainbows ALL the time.  Like there’s never a bad day.  Like there’s never a …

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Aug 20

The Jar of Pickles

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Everett (10 years old at the time of this writing) has a thing for dill pickles.  Every time we go grocery shopping, everyone is welcome to make whatever requests they’d like…. and his requests contain pickles 100% of the time.  It’s not at all out-of-character for him to ask to stop for pickles at random …

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Aug 19

Q & A – Unschooling Basics

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  Every Tuesday, I’ll choose a handful of questions to answer here on my blog, as long as the questions last. Want to ask me about unschooling or parenting or anything else I write about (which is, uh, pretty much everything)? Send them here, or post on my Facebook page.   This week, it’s all …

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Aug 18

Trying something new….

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So, you know how everyone has their “thing” that they do to remain sane when things are chaotic around them? For some it’s running, for other’s it’s meditation, still others it may be a bath and a glass of wine. Well, I actually was starting to like running, but I can’t currently run because of …

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Aug 15

I Don’t Care Where Your Kids Go To School

Tegan is excited for another year of "Not Back To School"

  It’s mid-August. For lots of people, mid-August means back-to-school-shopping.  It means new clothes and new backpacks and new haircuts.  It means family traditions or special breakfasts, and fresh-faced smiling pictures in front of the fireplace, or the house, or out on the sidewalk.  It means kids excited to continue seeing their friends, and excited …

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Aug 13

Robin Williams, Depression, and the Reason No One Really CHOOSES Suicide

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  I sound my barbaric yawp  over the rooftops of the world It is dark and heavily raining as I write this, a sound that is at once mournful and comforting.  A poignantly fitting backdrop for a day when we’re all still trying to make sense of the death of the man who brought great …

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Aug 06

Look For the Helpers

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The kids and I got into a car accident today. I’ve had little “incidents” before, but this was the first, bonafide, real-deal car accident.  And it was terrifying.  We were on our way to my sister’s house to swim (after a three hour long doctor’s appt, one of many appointments we’ve had this week, just …

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