Brave Learner Home: November 2021

How to Talk with Kids

Dr. William Stixrud is back—and ready to help us motivate our kids!

  • “I just want you to live up to your potential.”
  • “You need this for college.”
  • “I know what’s best for you.”
  • “Because I said so.” 
  • “If you don’t, then—”

Are you insisting, lecturing, scolding, threatening, or ordering your kids around more than you ever imagined?

Do you have conflict with your children when you want connection? 

We just want our teens and kids to do well and be well, but so often, they don’t listen to us! Then we have a power struggle on our hands. 

Learn how to have the effective conversations most likely to motivate your kids and teens! 

Our most popular speaker ever returns to Brave Learner Home in November: Dr. William Stixrud!

Dr. William Stixrud, co-author of the national best-seller The Self-Driven Child, returns to discuss his new book, What Do You Say? How to Talk with Kids to Build Stress Tolerance, Motivation, and a Happy Home.

Dr. Stixrud will explore the impact of communication and consequences as he shares from his book—a practical guide for talking to kids about sleep, screen time, motivation, and living up to their potential. 

Join us for our November Master Class webinar:

  • What Do You Say: How to Talk with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home with Dr. Stixrud
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 at 7 pm ET

Dr. Stixrud is a clinical psychologist and faculty member at Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University School of Medicine. He lectures widely on the adolescent brain, meditation, and the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, and technology overload on the brain. He co-wrote the national best seller The Self-Driven Child and the recently-released What Do You Say: How to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home with Ned Johnson. He’s been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and more. 

His previous Master Class webinar in Brave Learner Home is our #1 most watched guest webinar.

He’s also a rock and roll musician, and he’s back for an encore presentation in Brave Learner Home! 


Brave Learner Home

Friday Freewrite: Sharing a Secret

Friday Freewrite

You share a secret with a friend but find out later that they’ve told someone else. What happens next?

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.


Winter/Spring Class Schedule 2022

Brave Writer Online Classes

Winter and Spring Class Registration!

Opens Monday, December 6, at 12 PM Eastern

Good news!

All the Brave Writer classes that are currently sold out will be open again for you in the winter/spring of 2022.

We have an incredible lineup of online writing classes for you and your kids. 

Parents agree: no one does it like Brave Writer!

“In one course [my son] has moved from being my most writing-resistant child to publicly announcing his love of writing and choosing to do it in his free time.” 

“Brave Writer way is a kinder, gentler, much improved way to learn writing…” 

“I’m always positive about my son’s writing, but it meant so much to him to get feedback from someone other than me. It cheered him up and motivated him to write more, and what more could I want?” 

Plan to join us, if you want a turbo boost of energy for the second half of your homeschool year!

Our classes are PERFECT for your family.

  • Flexibility In our classes, you’ll find
    • Time—no need to type quickly in the text box while a teacher is talking
    • Room—no pressure to jump on the microphone as a live teacher puts you on the spot
    • Freedom—log in to our classroom when it’s YOUR best time
  • Individualized instruction Each student receives feedback tailored to their personality, abilities, and imagination with every assignment
  • Training for parents You’ve chosen to homeschool because you want to support your kids. We’ll teach you how!
  • Instructors who have homeschooled Our Brave Writer team has experience with alternative education and they are professional writers
  • 3-6 week deep dives into writing Our classes are short, so you can devote more time to them. And the entire class is in writing. Writing is the vehicle for learning to write.
  • Workshop-style classrooms We prioritize making our spaces welcoming for all communities, like your favorite local writer’s workshop.

Read more about how our online class program works and why it is truly innovative!

Test drive a class in our sample classroom. Class assignments with real instructor feedback are here!


2022 Winter/Spring Class Schedule

Set your calendar alarm for December 6, at noon ET.
Registering early secures your seat!


How to Research a Topic Online

Online Research

We taught our kids to tie their shoes by tying them for years in front of them, then with explicit teaching and supervision.

We taught them to load the dishwasher, brush their teeth, run a load of laundry, and buckle up in the car the same way.

When it’s time to learn how to research a topic for writing, you can use the same tactics!

  • Model what it looks like to do an online search.
  • Show them how criteria changes the search results.
  • Discuss how to differentiate reliable and unreliable sources.
  • Look at viewpoints in conflict with each other.
  • Discuss the key ideas that each source wants to convey.

Each of the search ideas below shift the focus slightly to seek and include more data from a variety of sources.

Search Terms

  • [topic] data
  • [topic] experts
  • [topic] interview
  • [topic] vocabulary
  • [topic] eyewitness
  • [topic] controversy

Try this exercise even if you aren’t working on a writing assignment. The practice of conducting these searches, even with topics like “Yu-Gi-Oh cards” or  “swimming” or the “Olympics” will call up controversy and aspects of the topic you and your kids have never considered.

See what you find!


This post is originally from Instagram and @juliebravewriter is my account there so come follow along for more conversations like this one!


Brave Learner Home

Friday Freewrite: Washing Dishes

Friday Freewrite

ZAP! After dinner, your family is suddenly only a few inches tall, but the regular-sized dishes still need washing! Explain how you accomplish that.

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.