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Quaran-teen Stories, Part 3

Hello, everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed these interviews so far.  This week, I spoke with my cousin, Rebecca C. of Maryland, about her experience as a foreign exchange student before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Q: Can you tell us a…

Quaran-teen Stories: Part 2

For the second installment of my interviews about how COVID-19 has affected teens, I turned to my friend Grace E. to see what quarantine was like from a public-school perspective. Q: Hi, Grace!  What school do you attend, and what…

Quaran-teen Stories: Part 1

These last few months have brought about a lot of changes.  The story of quarantine has been viewed from many different perspectives. It’s been told from the point of view of parents, patients, healthcare workers, the elderly and politicians.  Well, I’m here…

Avoiding Stress at Home

If you’ve been stressed lately, I feel for you.  Being at home with my whole family for the last three months has been tough!  Between the coronavirus, protests, my sisters bursting into my room when I was trying to do…

Antique Fun!

I know that most teenagers may not like “old stuff," but I do.  I’ve grown up reading Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables, watching Downton Abbey, and listening to Hamilton.  So suffice to say, I’m a big…

Quaran-teen:

There have been lots of articles with ideas for ways to entertain kids during quarantine, but there aren’t many for teens. Well, speaking as a teen myself, since most camps, vacation Bible schools, and events have been cancelled or postponed,…

Driving With a Tank

I can’t believe it, but it’s June.  It feels like time has been moving both really slowly and super quickly these past few weeks.  After all, you know what they say: “Time flies when you’re stuck at home all the time!” Anyway,…

Fostering a Love for Nature:

My mother-in-law asked me, “How do you get your kids so excited about being outside?” With the trend and allure in our culture of living a more screen-filled existence, it can be tough figuring out how to prioritize being outside.…

Unschooling and Distance Learning

Unschooling: An educational method and philosophy that advocates learner-chosen activities as a primary means for learning. As a teenager, I dropped out of mainstream education. I was thirteen, and my mom and I decided I could take a "break" for…

Meeting Your Edge:

Edge of a waterfall There is a term we use at Under The Canopy, my nature explorers program, called “meeting your edge.” When you meet your edge, you are working on the uncomfortable feeling of being new at something. Taking…

A Walk Through Keystone Ancient Forest

I wonder what it was like for the indigenous Osage people of Oklahoma to walk through the forest of Northeast Oklahoma prior to white colonization? Washington Irving, an author and explorer, wandered through Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma) in 1832 and…

Attending BioBlitz! 2019

I first heard of BioBlitz!es when I was studying sustainability and nature in college. The idea intrigued me, but I left it at that, an idea to come back to one day. A BioBlitz! is an intense period of biological…

Sarah's Story

My family before our Disney World Trip So, this is my last Guest Blog post for this summer.  I have really enjoyed this job, and I’ve decided to wrap up my time here writing for TulsaKids with a post that…

Four New Kids’ Chapter Books

I recently noticed that a house in our neighborhood has a mini-library.  Not one inside their house, but a sort of mailbox/birdhouse  that sits out by the curb.  You can take a book and then return it, just like at…

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We love to hear from people of all walks of parenting. If you'd like to be a guest blogger for TulsaKids, please send an email to tara.rittler@gmail.com.