Dangerous School for Boys – Introduction

The Lizard Hunter and I have been struggling to find our groove in homeschooling this year.

The Youngest of the Reluctant Clan is all boy, all the time; a dynamo of energy and creativity for whom a facsimile of traditional school at home just isn’t cutting it.  It has been wearing on both of us to try and shoehorn his wild boyhood into a traditional math and reading based curriculum.  In addition to personality, learning differences have played their part in forcing us to think new thoughts about instilling a love of learning in our Dangerous Boy.

To that end; I introduce: The Dangerous School for Boys!  Join us as we take the Dangerous Book for Boys as our textbook and journey into the unknown, jump off piers, make treehouses and explore ancient Sparta… among other things.

Dangerous School

Do you want to join us on our Journey? Do you have an out of the box boy, or girl, whose spirit longs to soar and dive with every change in the wind? Leave a comment below and link to your Dangerous School posts.

And now, if you don’t mind, I’m off to practice my morse code and smoke signals!




It’s been a While….


… OK, it’s been more than a while, a couple of years even, but, you see, it’s been a whole other level of crazy over here and it’s taking some getting used to!

We can now add homeschooling, rock-climbing, bible-teaching and other wonders to the resume… and all while trying to cling on to this wondrous, spinning rock for dear life.

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I want to blog more, truly, dear reader {if there are any out there left who occasionally check back to see if I’m still alive}, because, more than anything, I’m afraid that if I don’t write this down, if I don’t document this wild ride, I’ll forget it. It will become just another phase that I’ve outgrown, moved past, or just plain forgotten. And there’s the rub, because, in allowing my life to whizz past me, I feel as though I’m losing little bits of myself in the rush. I’m missing the richness in order to survive, and I want more from this life, more reflection, more revelation and perhaps, just perhaps, a little less reluctance.

Longing for depth,

The Reluctant Suburbanite

Food Nazi throws a birthday party!

It is fact universally acknowledged that the child of a food nazi will be in want of a party, regardless of his mother’s positions on food coloring and sugar and all things processed!

This fact and the looming specter of another birthday for the intrepid lizard hunter has finally prompted me to blog about last year’s foray into “Crunchy Mama” birthday party throwing!

Last year, the theme was Phineas and Ferb, the preternaturally awesome tv show, of which both the Reluctant Suburbanite and the Reluctant Husband are huge fans, not least because of the burgeoning inventor it has awakened in our second son!  Last year, the cake HAD to be a blue wave cake with a beach (see if you can place the episode?). Last year, we also, absolutely,  HAD to have ice cream sundaes!  This was looking like an unwinnable contest of kid-will vs crunchy mama!

After much deliberating and a huge amount of searching, I finally found organic veggie based food colorings online, and set out to make the cake… Which turned out so well, I am tempted to make it again this year, if only he hadn’t requested a lego themed cake this year!!  But then the challenge of the ice cream sundaes reared its ugly head!  What to do?  Don’t you know that kids only like ice cream because it has all that bright, fluorescent, sugary, junk in it? Not so you say?  Well, after I had calmed down and realized that the WalMart ice cream aisle was not the best place for inspiration, I agreed with you too!  And so… ice cream sundaes with strawberries, chocolate chips, caramelized pecans ( made from scratch), and blueberries, with a raspberry sauce were guzzled by one and all!  Throw in a few organic  hot dogs on whole wheat buns and carrot sticks and there you have it; all the required components for a kids party with none of the junk!  Oh, and did I mention the giant slip ‘n’ slide?? Fun for the whole family (well those under 12 at any rate!!).

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