Author - Philip Mott

I've been working with families for two decades now. I write about topics pertaining to parents of children ages 4-12.

Family Afternoon

Five hours. Six kids. A hatchet. A fire. Zero drama. My family discovered self-directed learning at the end of summer 2016. We’ve been reflecting on the ideas and...

The Whole Child

What Does it Mean to Educate the Whole Child? What are the needs of my child? I can sum them up in William Glasser’s 5 words: survival, love, power, freedom, and...

About Me

I’m a married father of three young children, currently 5, 3, and less than 1 year old. I like playing music, video games, watching movies occasionally, talking...

Deming’s First Point

What is your purpose as a parent? I’m not here to tell you what your purpose is, but, according to W.E. Deming, creating a quality service or product comes down to...

The Student

My son wanted to draw with me this morning. I wasn’t really in the mood to draw. But he had gotten out a pencil and some pink construction paper for me so I...