Respect for the Individual

Subcategories of Respect for the Individual

A Mommy Vacation

A Mommy Vacation

I was taking a shower the other night, my five-year-old giggling next to me, drawing “naked bummies” on the fogged up glass door. It was adorable. But still, the thought occurred to me: ... read more

Give them time (a story of watercolors and preschooler theoretical physics)

Give them time (a story of watercolors and preschooler theoretical physics)

I was walking through the room headed off to do something important somewhere else, with no intention of stopping or even lingering to listen, but something about the intensity of their ... read more

Monkey on a satellite

Monkey on a satellite

I’m leaving for vacation this afternoon, and I’m (of course, as always) bringing my camera. One of my favorite parts of traveling is the opportunity to see new places, with new eyes. When every ... read more

We have to move. You might hate it.

We have to move. You might hate it.

Late last year, our landlord decided to sell the house we were renting. We had to move, and quickly. We’d been living in the same place for nearly three years, and my two boys, then ages 5 ... read more

I Want to Play Too!

I Want to Play Too!

One day while I’m out running I stop at the park in my neighborhood. I look around to make sure nobody is watching, and then I jump on the swing. Thinking of my three-year-old, because this is ... read more

Sledding, South Florida Style

Sledding, South Florida Style

Kids have been playing with cardboard boxes since the beginning of disposable packaging– and rolling down hills since the invention of gravity. But, in today's world, having the chance to do just read more

The essence of Seedlings

The essence of Seedlings

My daughter Emily started Seedlings last week. The first week of Seedlings, I took lots of pictures trying to capture the essence of what makes this program so unique. But this picture is the one read more

Mountains of Mulch

Mountains of Mulch

The house I grew up in had a long dirt driveway. At the beginning of every summer my mom would have Waste Management deliver mountains of free mulch. The mulch mountains were so humongous we had ... read more

An Owl Walk

An Owl Walk

 Mom Ami Polonsky shares a story about Susan’s grandkids, who live in a suburb of Chicago. One late afternoon over winter break, my husband and I were in the kitchen listening to our kids ... read more

The rush to read

The rush to read

Cindy Thagard’s thoughtful post Falling Down made me think about the many times as parents when we have to really think our way through. Our first instincts may not always be correct. When we ... read more

Reading on their own timetable

Reading on their own timetable

Both of my children, now young adults, went to Seedlings. I loved the fact that there was no academic curriculum, that they spent all morning in creative play. I knew that between the upcoming ... read more

When parents shouldn’t say no

When parents shouldn’t say no

A recent Motherlode blog (“Confessions of a Mother Who Couldn’t Say No”) and its comment thread has me thinking—about my role as a parent, the lessons I hope my children learn from me and the ... read more

Flying

Flying

This time last year my youngest son, Steven, had been safely back home in the States for about a month, after a year in Afghanistan. My heart still crashed through my stomach at a radio mention ... read more

My phone is my lifeline

My phone is my lifeline

Part two in our series about technology and its potential to both enhance and complicate our lives. Read Susan‘s and Jaime’s take on the issue. I don’t know what I’d do without my ... read more

The Truth About “Ouch!”

The Truth About “Ouch!”

Talking with children about physical pain can be especially difficult - but it doesn't have to be. In fact, teaching children to understand and cope with common pain experiences (like skinned ... read more

Dawdling: Learning the Beauty of Going Slow

Dawdling: Learning the Beauty of Going Slow

Jennifer Sneeden, PhD(c), LMFT, first connected with Sunflower two years ago, and is so grateful for the experiences she and her children have had through Susan and Sunflower. In addition to ... read more

Recipe for Peace

Recipe for Peace

I know peace. I see, hear, and feel it whenever I’m around young children. I am constantly trying to find a personal definition for peace. I know what it’s not: peace is not the ... read more

Brian’s learning story

Brian’s learning story

A teacher shares a beautiful example of child-led, community-based learning (the kind we believe in at Sunflower!) in a more traditional classroom setting. read more

Just part of life

Just part of life

Last month Sierra told me she wanted to visit a “graveyard.” My first thought was ‘she’s been watching too much Scooby-Doo.’ I said, “sure we can do that,” but visiting a cemetery is never going ... read more

A Little Nonsense Now and Then…

A Little Nonsense Now and Then…

This morning at Seedlings I bit a tree. I bit the tree branch for a few minutes, and it didn’t taste good. Generally speaking biting is not something we model, especially in the ... read more