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Helping our kids accomplish their goals is fundamental to creating a self-directed learning environment, but it’s a more nuanced topic than it first appears. It’s all well and good to plan for helping our kids along their learning process, but what about when they hit those inevitable roadblocks? To what degree should a parent in a self-directed learning environment push when our kids seem to be losing interest? Is it our job to help kids realize their full potential in any given area? And what about other things that our kids want, but might not be able to vocalize – like working on their tempers, or sleeping over a friend’s house? James and Taylor divide our kids’ goals into three separate buckets and do their best to break down how they are currently approaching growth for each of them. Enjoy!

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Meet the hosts

Rodger is a long-time libertarian activist, the founder of PaxLibertas Productions, host of The LAVA Flow podcast, Vice Chairman of the NHLP, Regional Captain for the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence and former Chairman and Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas. Rodger has also served on the national Libertarian Party Judicial Committee.

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  • Many of the folks who aren’t familiar with peaceful parenting would probably like to see real world examples, and parents who have already adopted the ideas would probably love to hear other parents’ ideas and methods for dealing with specific situations.   Let’s add some discussion of practice to the great discussions surrounding theory that are already ongoing.   I think it would be really constructive for a discussion to start like this: My kid is doing X. Do you guys have ideas or solutions for dealing with it?   I’ll get as much use out of this type of conversation as anyone, since my son is 2.5 and my daughter is seven weeks. So I’d love to see some posts!

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  • I currently have a 3 and 1 year old. I have been at ends searching for liberty minded books to read to them. Does anyone have any suggestions. I also teach school ages so please feel free to throw in books for older children.

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  • I personally don’t make New Year’s Resolutions anymore. I think that if you want to make a change in your life, act on it ASAP! That being said, I made a year-long commitment to abstaining from alcohol in mid-January. It just so happens that the last drink I had was on New Year’s Day. I’m pretty proud of myself for making it this far 🙂 Did anyone stick to their resolutions and/or have any planned for the upcoming year?

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  • Everyone seems to have an opinion when it comes to child behavior and I would really appreciate it if only people who had professional experience working with kids responded. I just started working in a public elementary school at their before school day care. I don’t teach anything. I mainly supervise the kids at the day care, walk them to the cafeteria for breakfast, and then walk them to their classroom. It’s in a nice area in San Francisco. I have one student that is just really bad and violent. Just today, he choked another kid for cutting in front of him in line when we were walking to the cafeteria. Then I heard him threaten to punch another kid “in the face and the eye.” Then he started a fight with another student but the other one grabbed his arms so they were just locked in that position. The kid is only 5 years old! I really didn’t know what to do so I just split them up and let it go. I only work there for two hours a day and everything that happened occurred within 20 minutes. So my question is, what would you do in this situation? Why do you think some kids are so violent? Is there another explanation beyond experiencing violence at home?

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  • An interesting subthread has developed in the “Bookworm Shame” discussion. Apparently a bunch of us are fans of chapter books and YA fiction, from Percy Jackson and Harry Potter to Hunger Games and Shadow Children. My wife and I read all of Harry Potter before our son was born, but most of the other middle-grade and teen books and series I know are from our son’s audiobook (and now increasingly ebook) collection. Some I let him listen to or read on his own. Others I want to share. I’ve sung the praises of Rick Riordan’s series (Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles) elsewhere at Liberty.me, but I’d be happy to repeat them if anyone is interested. Do you read older-kids books? I know plenty of grownups who do, and they don’t all have children.

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