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Parent at the Helm’s February Book Giveaway!

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Parent at the Helm’s February Book Giveaway!

Zenschooling:  Living a Fabulous & Fulfilling Life Without School

by Tammy Takahashi

Zen is the practice of choosing peace over drama, balance over dogma, and compassion over judgment.
Homeschooling is an extraordinary experience, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming. Bring a little Zen into your education at home, and use the power of experience, mindfulness, and acceptance to create an amazing homeschooling life.
Bring out the best in your children, and in yourselves, with Zenschooling.

Book Giveaway ZenSchooling

What folks are saying about this month’s book giveaway:

Zenschooling is a book of thoughtfully crafted responses addressing the fears and anxiety that homeschool parents typically face. Tammy Takahashi uses Zen-inspired anecdotes and analogies to cultivate in her readers a practice of light-heartedness, non-judgment, acceptance, and compassion when dealing with issues like criticism, overwhelm, burnout, lack of cooperation, isolation, time management, organization, parental discord, and concern about covering “the basics.” She even presents a mindful discussion on the use of technology and video games in the homeschool environment.

The real revelation here is the mantra repeated throughout the book’s pages: Happiness in homeschooling has nothing to do with curriculum or teaching. It is a state of being based on the way we choose to connect with our children and react to events in our lives – whether difficult or joyful.

Diane Flynn Keith

Zenschooling is an outstanding book. The author’s ability to raise awareness and her use of lists and practical ideas allows the reader to start putting ideas into practice right away. The book complements other home school books and would benefit anyone home schooling, regardless of what approach or curriculum is used. Additionally, the author’s discussion of “Socialization” could be required reading for all parents, regardless of whether their kids are in public, private or home school! She addresses the topic with understanding and gentleness yet asks profound questions that need to be given serious consideration.

Maraiemma Willis, co-author, Discover Your Child’s Learning Style and co-founder, LearningSuccess™ Institute.

Don’t wait! Register to win today!

Contest Details

CONTEST DEADLINE: February 28, 2011; 11:59PM (EDT)


HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST: To enter, submit a comment on the PARENT AT THE HELM February Book Giveaway blog article.

You are allowed one entry per book, with the exception of BLOGGERS: I know your pain! [g]! Blog about this giveaway, include the link to your post in your comment, and you will receive an extra entry in the contest as a thank you for all of your hard work!

PARENT AT THE HELM is not responsible for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects in part or whole, delays in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for any technical or non-technical network, telephonic, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate or partial transmission of or failure to receive entry information by PARENT AT THE HELM on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, at any Web site or at any combination of these.

WINNER SELECTION: The winner shall be selected using’s “Randomizer” on the morning of March 1, 2011.

ODDS OF WINNING: You’ve got great odds! Odds are determined by the number of entries received.

OBTAINING YOUR PRIZE: We will contact winner by email only. PARENT AT THE HELM will make a reasonable effort to contact you on the day you are determined as winner, but we are not responsible for misdirected notification because of problems with the e-mail address you provide to us. If we cannot reach you, you may be disqualified, with an alternate winner selected. In addition, a winner who does not comply with the Official Rules will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected. Return of any prize or prize notification as “undeliverable” will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.

CONDITIONS: Your participation binds you to these official rules. By participating, you waive any right to claim ambiguity of said rules. All decisions regarding this contest, including, but not limited to, selecting winners, will be made by PARENT AT THE HELM. That decision is final. As winner you are solely responsible for any applicable federal, state and local taxes.

ANNOUNCING THE PRIZE WINNER: We’ll let you know who won on this blog after the March 1, 2011, drawing.

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Reader Feedback

40 Responses to “Parent at the Helm’s February Book Giveaway!”

  1. Crystal Hallem says:

    Looks like a good one 🙂

  2. Kim H says:

    How perfect! I have a son named Zen and he has been unschooled for 5 1/2 years. Thanks, Linda! p.s. if I don't win it, I will just buy the book. 🙂

  3. Melissa C says:

    Looks like a fabulous book! I would love to read it!!

  4. Tracy Merritt says:

    me!! me!! <3 Tammy

  5. Leslie says:

    i love Tammy Takahashi's other book de-schooling gently. i would LOVE to read this one too.

  6. Cid says:

    SO COOL… I'd love to win a copy of this book!! ♥

  7. Adele M. says:

    Looks like an interesting read. With three kids, a house, a dog, a hubby, a freelance job, a garden, food allergies, and life happening around me. . .i am always searching for zen 🙂

  8. Dawn says:

    I most definitely need this one!

  9. Kari Z says:

    I saw a write up for this one in HEM and said I had to read it! Thanks for the chance!

  10. Jodi says:

    Would love to win a copy of Tammy's book! 🙂

  11. Melody says:

    I would love to read this. I hope I win.

  12. Kirsten says:

    Oh Wow! So excited to see this book here! Definitely on my must read list! Thanks!

  13. Sheila says:

    Have been practicing a form of zen for 20 years and it has totally colored my approach to homeschooling and parenting. I think some ideas specifically related to homeschooling (isolation! time management!) could be very helpful!

  14. Jill C says:

    this looks great! adding it to the TBR pile, regardless of whether i win.

  15. kate smith says:

    this might go right along side the Waldorf beautifully!

  16. Ani Karetka says:

    Thanks for always having such interesting books in the give-aways!

  17. Jamie B. says:

    This is on my list. Thanks for offering it as a give-away.

  18. Esperanza Casteneda says:

    I love Tammy. She is full of gentle and pertinent commentary. Never judgmental or harsh.

  19. Kelly says:

    Would LOVE to read Tammy's book! Thanks for offering another wonderful book!

  20. Freely Living (Angie says:

    If you take "Zenschooling" and "Unschooling" and smash them together…you get US! 😉 I am looking forward to reading this book of wisdom and guidance. Thank you.

    Ang ☯

  21. ericaB says:

    looking forward to reading this beautiful book 🙂

  22. McMama says:

    I'm excited to read this book. I actually bought the e-version but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I think a physical copy to just peruse would be awesome.

  23. Melissa Kent says:

    Tammy is such an inspirattion. Thank you for the great give away.

  24. I need this book. I'm having a heck of a time homeschooling my atypical learner guy. We just pulled him a month ago and I am floundering.

  25. Teresa Robeson says:

    One can always use a little more Zen in one's life…thank you!

  26. Anita says:

    Thanks for this contest! This look like a great resource!

  27. Cheryl says:

    Mindfulness is my goal for the year – Tammy's book would be a welcome addition to achieving that goal

  28. Beth Cotton says:

    I definately could use more zen in my life!! Thanks for the opprotunity!

  29. suzy says:

    Looks fun.

  30. Maria says:

    I would love a copy!

  31. Pam says:

    My family has been exploring ways to bring more zen into our lives, and this is the first time I've seen the topic related to homeschooling. What a great concept! I look forward to reading it.

  32. Cheri McElroy says:

    Wow, sounds great!

  33. Abby says:

    Oh, this looks like just the book I am looking for to help me get through my times of doubts and struggles with homeschooling!

  34. Chessa says:

    Sounds fabulous! I would love to read this.

  35. amanda says:

    Would love this book we are just starting our homeschooling journey

  36. Jocie says:

    I requested this book for my local public library, and I would love a copy to read and pass on to the "little free libraries" in my town!

  37. Barb says:

    I read Tammy's first book, and I loved it and go back to it frequently. I'd love to read this one too!

  38. Melissa says:

    This book sounds great!

  39. Becky Keasler says:

    Sounds like a great book.I am looking into and trying to learn more about unschooling,so this might be just the book I need.Thanks for the chance to win.

  40. Kathleen Vasey says:

    This sounds absolutely perfect! On this journey, I've come to realize how important encouragement, whether spoken, or in print form, truly is.

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