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Moments of Springtime Panic

A few years ago, I had the unusual privilege of watching my new granddaughter daily for about two months. My daughter and I were working on a project together, and she and her baby were at our house every day.

Watching the baby grow and make new progress in many areas has been fascinating for me. One of the most interesting phases has been the progress in recognition of specific people’s faces. Over the past two months she has gone from looking at anyone in approximately the same way, to knowing exactly who she is looking at. She has a special fascination for her mother and father and another specific recognition (if not quite so passionate) for her aunt and for her grandparents. She also knows if she is looking at a stranger — someone she has not seen before. You can tell this by her expressions.

On Valentine’s Day that year I also received a card from my youngest daughter that still sits on my desk. It says: “I think my life began

By |April 10th, 2013|Coffee With Jane Claire|2 Comments

Values and Mercy – Teaching Both!

Have you ever caught yourself looking at someone, seeing something that you felt you were much better at, and then making a huge critical judgment? You know, the kind that makes you feel rather superior? One of the phenomenon of teaching our children at home is that we have a wonderfully beneficial environment for teaching

Choosing Not to Worry

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find myself worrying. Sure, we can all worry about homeschooling, how our students will turn out, if we are doing a good job, etc. And if you are like me,  

By |November 20th, 2012|Coffee With Jane Claire, Encouragement|0 Comments

What do you want?

I stumbled upon a quote a while ago that had me pondering all its meanings.

It read:  To be disciplined is to remember what you want. 

As you are all gathering materials and planning the teaching year to come, it’s probably wise to solidify your goals.  Why exactly was it that

Letting our Children Fail

I am staring at the cutest greeting card I think I’ve ever seen.  It is of a boy about five or six years old in a striped shirt holding a hammer and attempting to build a little wooden boat.  He is scrunched over with intense concentration as he tries to hit the nail directly on the head.  Inside, the card reads: If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

As I was looking at the card and enjoying the artwork, I thought of all the times we moms try to make things perfect for our children.  We want to help them do everything so that they will feel successful and have “adult” perfect projects.  We don’t want them to experience any frustration, and of course