Speak Up and Vote for Women’s Rights

Speak Up and Vote for Women’s Rights

By: Tracy Madlener I am absolutely speechless at how many women I have talked to that brush off or ignore the importance of the upcoming election.  I refuse to believe that there are women who don’t support women.  When I hear other women say that the economy and jobs is what’s most important to them, […]

It’s Only a Political Party When Family Isn’t Involved

It’s Only a Political Party When Family Isn’t Involved

By: Tracy Madlener With the upcoming election right around the corner, I’m on the phone more than usual with my long distant mom to keep her current with what’s going on… and I like to hear about other family members and how they’re doing.  Okay, that’s mostly true, but really, I like to hear if […]

Fight Like A Girl

Fight Like A Girl

By: Tracy Madlener There has been so much in the news lately about women’s rights or as the media labels it, The War on Women, that it can be hard to keep up.  But keep up we must, as every little piece of information is relevant to the upcoming election in November.  For me, this […]

When did swearing become a daily part of casual conversations?

When did swearing become a daily part of casual conversations?

By: Tracy Madlener “No f*#%ing way!”  Now that I got your attention, those were the words that got my attention while standing in line at Costco with my kids standing right next to me.  As I turned to the voice that made this comment, I looked at him, then looked at my kids, then looked […]

FGM – “Why?” Is Not Good Enough

FGM – “Why?” Is Not Good Enough

By: Tracy Madlener  They told her that she would be rewarded.  They lured her to believe it was easy.  She believed her parents would never harm her.  She trusted them and followed their lead. Once she entered the room, her 8 year old body was restrained by grown women, her legs spread far apart and […]

Shhh… The Secret World of the Everyday Homeschooler

Shhh… The Secret World of the Everyday Homeschooler

By: Tracy Madlener Psst… over here… Yes you!… lean in a little closer, I’ve got the lowdown for you about a little enigma called, homeschool.  Yeah, that’s right.  Homeschool.  Shhhh!  Just saying the word homeschool evokes a sense of not being able to see what’s behind the closed doors.  What are they doing?  How many […]

Living in the “Real World” of Parenting

Living in the “Real World” of Parenting

By: Tracy Madlener Guiding, advising, nurturing, and protecting.  Would you say that these adjectives describe parenting today?  Or maybe these are more appropriate… unaware, uninformed, irresponsible, and unrealistic. We all know that raising kids is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet.  Even if you’re not a parent, you’ve seen first hand a […]

Thinking Outside of “School in a Box”

Thinking Outside of “School in a Box”

By: Tracy Madlener What do you think of when you hear the words alternative education?  Do you visualize zombie type children being taught in a cold, dark cave by alien lizard creatures?  Or is it the perception of those who can’t fit in with the rest of the norm?  Does the word alternative leave you […]

The #1 Secret To Successfully Homeschooling Your Kid

By: Tracy Madlener If you’re reading this, it’s because you’re either a homeschool parent that is resourceful and confident, wondering what does this person writing this article know about homeschooling and/or, the title caught your eye. Maybe you’re a curious parent and are sick and tired of the traditional school-in-a-box ways and wonder if you […]