Sage Family Podcast 3

Sage Family Podcast 3: Therapy

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher I’m here with my friend Dr. Cassidy Freitas, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in San Diego, talking about Therapy and how to make it work for us as families outside the mainstream. Cassidy shares that when a helping professional asked them, “How do you describe the problem?,” regarding their daughter, her husband responded, “Why are we calling it a problem?” Exactly. You can find more about her work and approach to supporting families at www.drcassidymft.com Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week This week I talk about our adventure at […]

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Sage Family Podcast 2: Role

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher “My responsibility, the only thing, is to be as kind as I can . . . and the other things will all come from that.” Today I’m here with my friend Jo Watt of the blog and Instagram Girls Unschooled, talking about our role as parents on a natural learning path. Jo is a former teacher turned unschooling mum of 2. Adventure of the Week This week I talk about our adventure day with friends, including Jo and her girls, at the fantastic Lynwood Community Pool, and how West managed to hold onto gratitude […]

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Sage Family Podcast 1: Introduction

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 1 and today I’ll be giving you an introduction to who I am and what this podcast is all about (natural homeschooling, gentle parenting, simple living, and family adventure). As an avid podcast listener myself, I really appreciate when I can scroll to an episode 1 and get a quick and easy introduction. Plus, my sweet, silly kids (and husband) stop by to introduce themselves. Dive Deeper Sage Parenting on Instagram About Rachel

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Transgender: Son to Daughter

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After 12 years of living in joyful connection with our gender creative firstborn child, Sky has transitioned to female expression and pronouns (she/her). This means she is transgender. She is the same beautiful, kind, clever, fun, and happy kid who we continue to love, accept, and support. We will be honoring this diversity and affirming her gender identity as we move into this new season of adolescence. If you would like to better understand our story, you are welcome to follow along as I share my sometimes-messy journey walking this path in love. I invite you to learn more about […]

Raising My Rainbow

Book Review: Raising My Rainbow

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contains affiliate links In Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son, Lori Duron walks you through her family’s journey with her son, CJ, as they transition into acceptance of his gender creativity. This was an easy and enjoyable read that brings light to an issue of immense anxiety, fear, and confusion for many. Her sense of humor in conveying the struggles they experienced along the way is both charming and relatable. The underlying message is the same one I advocate for: it’s your child’s job to be their authentic self and it’s your job as a […]

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Natural Homeschooling Book Giveaway

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GIVEAWAY: Living a natural learning lifestyle with your kids is all about role modeling: reading, learning, and growing yourself! These are my top 4 natural homeschooling book recommendations: Sage Homeschooling, Home Grown, Free to Learn, and Project-Based Homeschooling. WIN a SIGNED copy of Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free for yourself AND a friend, along with a copy of Home Grown, Free to Learn, and Project-Based Homeschooling for yourself, by entering on Instagram: FOLLOW @sageparenting on IG. LIKE this picture. TAG a mama or papa friend in the comments (each tag is an entry!). SUBSCRIBE to Sage Parenting here 👇🏼 (winner must […]

Total Money Makeover

Book Review: The Total Money Makeover

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After years of hearing and reading about The Total Money Makeover, I finally grabbed myself a copy and read the whole thing in one night. While I would not call myself a Dave Ramsey fan, there was definitely value in the book. He has 7 steps he suggests moving through: 1. Save $1000 Pretty straight forward. You need a bumper for the small emergencies. Shit happens. 2. Debt Snowball The debt snowball approach is something quite valuable that took reading about in this book to fully grasp and get behind. It’s quite simple in its brilliance actually. You make a […]

The Lighthouse: Income Suite

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One of the reasons this house was perfect for us was because it had the potential for an in law or income suite and my father would be moving up to join us on this big PNW adventure. And by “potential,” I mean there was a separate entrance to the lower level and a bathroom. This part of the house was like a time capsule that hadn’t been touched since 1970, which I actually appreciated because it offered a sort of blank canvas that is easier to work with – you’re not fighting through layers of poorly done updates. We […]

The Lighthouse: Rec Room

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The lower half of our house is the rec room and suite. The rec room was a disgusting unfinished mess when we purchased the house, complete with stained industrial carpet, wood paneling, exposed wiring, an awkward passthrough to the stairs, a giant hole in the ceiling where a fireplace used to be along with its massive concrete stage (cleverly hidden by the sellers under that rug), and a furnace in the center of the room.   We started by putting down the new driftwood flooring we ran throughout the upper level, ripping down all the paneling, fixing the electrical mess, […]

Priorities

The first step to your best year

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Show me your schedule and your bank statement and I’ll show you your priorities and values. A fresh start to a whole new year is the perfect time to do a little soul searching to set your values and sit down as a family to define your priorities. This is the first step in Sage Homeschool Coaching for a reason – this is our compass and you must set it with intention. In the mainstream, schedules are packed full and the pace of life is rushed until priorities and freedom are lost under the avalanche of busyness. But productivity does […]

Gift Giving

Gift Giving for a Connection and Experience Rich Family Life of Minimalism

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  Gift giving as a minimalist may at first feel tricky but extending your family values of connection, experience, and simple living into holidays and birthdays can be done with ease and joy. Tap into these 3 favorite techniques of mine and you will be a gift giving master in no time. 1 Gift List Sometimes minimalism and marriage looks like clearly communicating what you really want. Throughout the year, if there is some fun yet nonessential thing, service, or experience that I believe would add joy to my life, I email my husband with a link and details with […]

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Minimalism in Mama’s Bathroom

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There is one corner of a woman’s home that tends to be a nightmare of high maintenance overspending and clutter: the bathroom. The beauty industry spends billions of dollars to convince you that your natural self is unacceptable and you need to buy X, Y, and Z to hide and fix your way to social presentability and desirability. Don’t buy into it (both figuratively and literally). Your natural self is perfect and beautiful – a canvas that tells the honest story of your journey. You are enough, exactly as you are today – every wrinkle, freckle, curve, and scar of […]

Simple Family Holiday

10 Steps to a Simple, Wonderful Family Holiday

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Does how you spend your time and money reflect your values? This is an important question year-round but especially around the holidays when there’s such a slippery slope into the mainstream culture of “more.” We may not have been raised in a way that we have inherited seasonal traditions that align with our values but we get to write our own story as a family, weaving the fabric of our unique family culture. I can help you with that process, shifting your holidays with these 10 steps. 1 Experience Experiences enrich your life in ways that things never could. Point […]

Winter Gear

Winter Family Gear for Nature Adventurers

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Just over a year ago we were living in San Diego with a wardrobe consisting of swim suits, sundresses (shorts and tanks for the kids), and flip flops. Then we took off on a new adventure in the Pacific Northwest and while we were so excited to experience 4 seasons, I was confused and intimidated trying to research and navigate what gear the kids needed for a lifestyle of nature adventures as homeschoolers (wildschooling, if you will). I can confidently say that we’ve now got this thing figured out and I’m sharing it here to save you the months of […]

Invisible Mother

The Invisible Mother

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Are you disappearing as a whole woman in your role as Mother? I had heard the mainstream warnings against “losing yourself” to motherhood that were used as battle cries against attachment parenting, full-time mothering, and homeschooling, but dismissed them as fear mongering that didn’t resonate with me and didn’t seem to resonate with my Sage Parents. Then I published my new book Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free, and as the initial feedback began to roll in, one of the themes that emerged was a sense of surprise and excitement at being extended a seat at the table.   “Sage Homeschooling […]

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Book Review: Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free

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contains affiliate links Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free offers a natural learning path, for gentle parents who dream of living fully in joy and connection with their children while giving them all they need to be successful, with eight secrets to living a fulfilling unschooling life. In this inspirational and secular guide, you will learn how to: deschool, shaking off all the educational programming that weighs you down maintain your relationship focus on connection beyond the early years trust in your children and their natural learning journey embrace the freedom that fosters meaningful productivity and independence utilize collaboration in respectful […]

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FREE CHAPTER: Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free

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The new book Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free is launching and I’m giving you a peek at a FREE CHAPTER! If you enjoy the read, be sure to buy the book and share it with your friends! Let’s share the wisdom of this natural learning lifestyle where connection and freedom abound.  Chapter 3: Trust Remember when your child was a baby and you trusted in the validity of their needs and developmental timetable, focused on building trust in your relationship, and understood that trust is the bedrock on which independence blossoms? Great news: nothing has changed. Trusting each other Forging […]

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Book Review: Dumbing Us Down

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contains affiliate links John Taylor Gatto, upon winning the award for teacher of the year after 30 years in the classroom, delivered a speech that was so shocking that the reverberation is still being felt today. This speech is the first chapter of Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling and it is honest, insightful, and scathing. Essentially, he is an education whistleblower. “School is a twelve-year jail sentence where bad habits are the only curriculum truly learned. I teach schools and win awards doing it. I should know.” Those “bad habits” he is referring to are what he outlines […]

Book Review: The Carpenter and the Gardener

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The Carpenter and the Gardener: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children by Alison Gopnik is a book I bought for the metaphor in the title, which struck me as brilliant. Most mainstream parents view parenting and education as carpentry. “You should pay some attention to the kind of material you are working with, and it may have some influence on what you try to do. But essentially your job is to shape that material into a final product that will fit the scheme you had in mind to begin with. And […]

Book Review: Love, Learn, Live

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contains affiliate links I just finished reading Love, Learn, Live by Csilla and it was . . . meh. My Instagram bio used to read Loving, Living, Learning so when I saw this book recommended by an unschooling blog I really like, I thought it likely to be something I would enjoy. It is written by a homeschooling mother and consultant from Australia and while there was some goodness in it, I found it simple, uninspiring, and uninformative. The book is not bad! It just felt more self-congratulatory than helpful. Overall, it’s nice to peek behind the curtain of another homeschooling family […]