Jen

Author's details

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

Biography

Arizona

Latest posts

  1. Saying No to Say Yes — December 15, 2014
  2. Q & A – Should I Just Let Her Play? — December 7, 2014
  3. Love and Hatred in Phoenix — December 6, 2014
  4. race, compassion, and some thoughts after Ferguson — December 4, 2014
  5. Healing — November 17, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. ‘Happy Holidays’ and other four letter words — 333 comments
  2. Why My Kids Will Never Be Socialized — 206 comments
  3. Not my idea of a hero — 152 comments
  4. I stole your stuff. Now I’m holding it for ransom. — 138 comments
  5. Mom’s Rules — 73 comments

Author's posts listings

Dec 15

Saying No to Say Yes

unnamed

It’s a week and a half before Christmas, which is always…. tricky. I adore Christmas.  Love it.  Love the spirit. Love giving presents. Love the lights. Love the food. Love the Christmas cookies. Love hanging out with my family. But it can be so BUSY, which, if left unchecked, can lead to stressful.  Exhausting. The …

Continue reading »

Dec 07

Q & A – Should I Just Let Her Play?

1939695_10152420260383309_1192571168449463860_n

  Once upon a time, I decided I’d devote a day of every week to answering some of the many questions I get about unschooling and/or gentle parenting.  And for a few weeks in a row, I even succeeded.  But, well, life happens, and it’s been many many weeks.   I’m excited to bring it …

Continue reading »

Dec 06

Love and Hatred in Phoenix

Photo Credit:  Kevin Spencer

I don’t even know where to start. Just a couple of days ago, I wrote Race, Compassion, and Some Thoughts on Ferguson, to which the response has mostly been really lovely and supportive.  A few people find me uninformed and focused on the wrong issues…. which is fine.  Truly.  The beauty of blogging (and by …

Continue reading »

Dec 04

race, compassion, and some thoughts after Ferguson

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  ~ Martin Luther King There’s a dog barking somewhere in the neighborhood as I write this.  I don’t expect it to bark too long, as most people on my street, as a general rule, tend to let their dogs inside if they’re barking.  There’s a house on …

Continue reading »

Nov 17

Healing

surgerypics

Just over three weeks ago, I had surgery on my shoulder.  It was a revision for a previous surgery, 2 years ago this month.  The whole thing started in May of 2012, and the only reason I’ll always remember that is that it was Mother’s Day weekend, and we’d spent the weekend camping with friends. …

Continue reading »

Nov 14

Ten Tips for Happier Living With Your Teenager

20140929_134923

I love teenagers. I’m lucky enough to have two (so far) of my own, but I love getting to borrow other people’s teens as well. Teens are awesome.  They’re smart and funny and interesting, and some of the most multi-faceted people I know.  One minute they have more maturity than an adult …. and the …

Continue reading »

Nov 10

Being a Parent AND a Friend: Why I’ll Never Separate The Two

As an advocate of homeschooling, I forever hear the question, “But what about socialization?” and am inevitably filled with frustration. It’s not the asker’s fault of course, but it is a question born of a lack of understanding. A lack of understanding about homeschooling, and an even larger lack of understanding of the word “socialization.” …

Continue reading »

Oct 22

If You Can’t Say Something Nice: Learning to Keep Quiet About Others’ Appearance

Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are. ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer Guilty. Let me just start there. I’m not proud of it by any means, but I’m guilty. Someone will post …

Continue reading »

Oct 16

Book Review: Gentle Firmness by Stephanie Cox

1974065_703643403033434_2040187526_o

It is clear that fear is the main effect of spanking, no matter how it is done. Believing that God wants children to be hit often leads many children to struggle with their relationships with God or to be so afraid of Him that they totally reject Him. ~ Stephanie Cox Gentle Firmness, by Stephanie …

Continue reading »

Oct 15

Free To Be 2014 – Day Four

20140928_201418

Sunday, like the last day of pretty much any big event, was bittersweet.  There was still flood-related scrambling on Sunday because in addition to losing a couple of rooms that were still soggy, a  miscommunication had meant that a wedding was scheduled and taking place in the majority of our upstairs rooms as well.  Some talks …

Continue reading »

Older posts «