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Michelle H. Patient Expert

San Francisco, California
I am the homeschooling mother of six children and the editor of Organically Inclined, a blog dedicated to living and parenting simpler, greener, cheaper and wiser. I am also the author of 12 books including "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America," published by... Full Bio
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Back to Home School! by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Well, we lasted approximately four months – and now all of my kids, who I sent to public school at the beginning of the school year ( read this post ) are home again and w ... Read on »
Potty Training Made Easier by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living I have been reluctant to write about potty training because I don’t want people to think I think I’m some kind of expert. However, a lot of people seem to have trouble wit ... Read on »
How To Get Kids To Eat! by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living I am often asked how I get my kids to eat good food – especially when there are so many of them! Well, it’s really very simple. First, you have to stop thinking there is suc ... Read on »
A Letter of Thanks to My Teenage Son for Teaching Me Perspective in Childrearing by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living A letter of thanks to my 17 year old son for being the difficult, challenging, delinquent teenager he has been. If he hadn’t been so difficult, I wouldn’t find parenting t ... Read on »
When is it OK to bully a bully? by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living In 5th and 6th grade, I wanted nothing more than to be like Jeanna Penn. She was my idol. She was cool, confident, had all the right clothes — and everyone liked her. She wa ... Read on »
How to Be Homeless… by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living OK – here’s the thing. I was homeless once. I’m not now, but could easily be again, I suppose…these days I think almost anyone could. For all those who thought I became a mi ... Read on »
Life with Lots of Kids by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living A new post up at ParentingSquad.com I recently tried to work outside of our home part-time. Yeah, that didn’t work. As I sit here writing this, my 11-year-old, who is ... Read on »
A Homeschooling Guru Sends Her Kids to Public School… by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Now up at ParentingSquad.com: For years, I have been the quintessential homeschooling mom. At one point I homeschooled a high schooler, a middle schooler, a third gra ... Read on »
The Story of the Mexican Fisherman and the American Banker by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large y ... Read on »
Natural Childbirth – Have I Been Duped? by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living I have given birth to seven children. All but one was completely natural and drug-free. My first time was an awful experience with an OB-Gyn who yelled at me throughout the ... Read on »
Stop Buying Crap by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Just stop. I know, I know but it’s so tempting…even I am tempted occasionally to buy complete crap: like funky little plastic cups for the 4th of July, or cute little porcel ... Read on »
No Container Babies- 5 Reasons to Wear Your Baby! by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living There is nothing I hate worse than to see a mom or dad lugging their baby around in the car seat in a store. I can’t believe a mother would rather lug 12 pounds of baby plus ... Read on »
My own absentee grandparenting story… by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living I have really avoided writing about this for some time because truthfully I didn’t think anyone would understand how I felt. But then I saw this essay on Babble.com today fr ... Read on »
Could Bacon Be the Reason My Alex Has Type 1 Diabetes? by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living That would so suck! As fervent lovers of bacon - and other nitrate-enhanced items, I would be disheartened to discover that this could be the cause. I’ve often thought that ... Read on »
Frugal and Green Tip of the Day: Hang your clothes and save them! by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Another reason to hang your laundry: Hanging your laundry not only saves you money on energy by not running your dryer - it also saves you money on clothing! You know a ... Read on »
10 Commandments of a Good Birth by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living From Jan Tritten - At Midwifery Today… A good midwife is worth her weight in gold if you want a good birth experience. Shop carefully and pay her well. Thou shalt ea ... Read on »
Week 38: The Labor Watch Begins… by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living The beginning of the end. This might possibly be the beginning of the longest time of pregnancy! While I try not to let every little baby hiccup and Braxton-Hicks contractio ... Read on »
Foreclosure and Renting - Renter Beware - almost homeless again! by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Bye Bye House! So, I found a really beautiful house online one afternoon while preparing for our move from Vermont to Green Bay. It had everything I wanted in a house ... Read on »
Homemade Pizza Night! by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Make your own pizza and make friends! We are a pizza-eating family. We love it. If you can put it on a pizza - we will…in fact, we will put a lot of things on a pizza th ... Read on »
Five Freebies (or nearly freebies) on Friday! by Michelle H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living The Prepared Pantry is offering their big book “How to Bake” for free - one chapter per week. It is a very thorough guide to baking. I’m not a huge coupon fan - I often f ... Read on »