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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Great link Tsh! I read that WSJ on French parenting last weekend. It certainly interesting and lots of great points to be taken. I especially like the idea of not hovering over our children constantly. (Guilty 🙂

    I also love your link from We are THAT family.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  2. I think the author put that title in to sell more books b/c what she is saying is essentially you have to be in charge & say no to your kids more often. Do it from the beginning when they are able to know what “no” means. And I’m not talking about letting them cry until they fall asleep. I don’t agree that the “French way” of CIO makes for better well behaved kids nor do I agree that spanking is a good method of discipline. I was raised the “french” way aside from the CIO or spanking but we went to many restaurants as kids & I can never remember running around. And I distinctly remember when my parents had friends over we were off playing & they weren’t running after us. I never would have interrupted my mom when she was talking to someone the way this author speaks of. I think it has nothing to do with being French & everything to do with raising your kids to have respect for others & to know you as the parent is in charge, not them.

  3. Interesting French article. I’m guilty of two things the French don’t do: I picked up my infant at every cry and we snack morning and afternoon.

    I agree that I probably shouldn’t have picked him up and should have allowed him to fall asleep on his own. But as far as snack time, my little guy gets grumpy if he doesn’t eat a snack mid morning.

  4. I know the article was not all-inclusive for homeschooling, but two great reasons that were left out were that you, as a parent, can instill your own values and morals, not the state or national government’s agenda. Also, your child can eat a much more wholesome and nourishing diet at home than from the school cafeteria or a bag lunch. However, all that said, public schools do serve a much needed function. There are many parents who are not able, incapable, do not want to educate their children. If these kids were left uneducated then our society would be much worse off than it is with their current education. I, for one, am grateful that these kids can be taught many necessary skills and go on to excel in life thanks to teachers.

  5. Ahhh, a photo of Bend, Oregon – my heart rate just went down seeing that beautiful photo! I assume it’s Mirror Pond yet at the same time it looks to be on the east side of town. I live in the rain cloud of Portland so the clarity of Bend is always lovely.

  6. Lisa Jervis says:

    Tsh, The link about French parenting was great! It was a great conversation starter among my friends and family this week, some of whom have lived in France. It gave a great opportunity to look at our own parenting and see if there are things that we can do differently. The big thing that stood out was the teaching of delayed gratification.
    Lisa Jervis

  7. Very interesting article on the French parents. I believe most parents( not just American) lack authority contributing to everyday problems and we can learn alot for the French.

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