how to beat the slump month
homeschooling / self-care-practices

how to beat the slump month

How to beat the slump month in your homeschool? The Christmas tree sits decostumed and relocated in a snow bank in the front yard. The floors have been swept of absconded needles. The rich Christmas foods have been tucked high in the pantry, the décor returned to their Rubbermaid totes, and the hubbub of the season evaporated. New Year’s resolutions … Continue reading

the homeschool marriage
family life

the homeschool marriage

The title of this post might be, “The disadvantages and advantages on home educated children in learning about marriage, relationships and all-things-family-harmony.” But that’s kinda long. It’s a truth, universally acknowledged, that if a family homeschools, the children will be intimately aware of the function, and dysfunction, of the homeschool parent’s marriage. If we were flies … Continue reading

family life

The one parenting struggle I’d rather live without.

There is one parenting struggle I would gladly live without. You could remove it from my life and I would not care, but I would definitely notice.  If I could live without it, I might even give up coffee, travelling adventures and chocolate. Ok, no…not all of that…but I would give up coffee. It is this: … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care:  encouragement
family life / homeschooling / self-care-practices

homeschool mama self-care: encouragement

What fuels us homeschool mamas? One word: encouragement. Nothing like a homeschool conference with seasoned homeschool mamas infusing us with encouraging thoughts. The particular conference I attended was a fourteen hour energy drink to reawaken my system. Two days of conference speakers engaging new ideas for studies and discovering better ways to approach my children … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: the care and keeping of you
family life / homeschooling / self-care-practices

homeschool mama self-care: the care and keeping of you

We didn’t choose this homeschool lifestyle to eek out more time for ourselves. That’s unlikely. In fact, the care and keeping of you, seems like an afterthought. Yet, we quickly discover that we are spent. There is so much time picking up after others. We find pony tails and hair clips in strange places. Then … Continue reading

homeschool fatigue: how to deal with the winter blues
family life / homeschooling / self-care-practices / self-directed learning

homeschool fatigue: how to deal with the winter blues

Homeschool fatigue: tis the season to deal with the winter blues. The anticipation of new September plans has definitely disappeared. Christmas decorations have been packed away, though the outdoor lights are still on. The skies are dreary grey and routine seems, well, routine. This is the slump month. Thus begins the season of homeschool fatigue. … Continue reading