how to deal with homeschool mama guilt

Laughing off mama guilt. Can it be done? I have a hard time laughing off my parenting fails. When I shared a genuine parenting fail with a friend, she laughed. She laughed! I knew my heart was safe with her, because she didn’t see my parenting fail like I did. I knew her well enough…

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how to deal with dashed homeschool expectations

We need to attend to our dashed homeschool expectations. No question, the parenting experience isn’t entirely as we imagined it would before we birthed our first children. Neither is homeschooling after our first year. In both camps, I have had far more frustration and confounding moments than I conceived were possible. And in both camps,…

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A Homeschool Dad’s Perspective: How to Participate in your Homeschool

https://media.blubrry.com/homeschoolmamaselfcare/p/capturingthecharmedlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Jim-Wiedrick-Interview.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Be gracious. Be considerate. Be a calming presence. Try to continue to attend to your own needs in such a way that you can be a steadying presence that others will benefit from. Jim Wiedrick, dad to my kids James Wiedrick is dad to our four kids, Hannah,…

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Great Expectations: My Homeschool Life in Fairy Tales

The fairytale of the little girls in the white dresses, living happily ever after, well, I’m still searching for that. I’ve learned that little girls in lacy white dresses get dirty. And that mom does a lot of laundry. It’s been my experience that parenting is like that: at times, the fantasy fades. In the…

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How Homeschooling Requires us to Face our Shortcomings

https://media.blubrry.com/homeschoolmamaselfcare/p/capturingthecharmedlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Episode-3-Rowan-Atikinson.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download “One thing about being a homeschooler (after having been homeschooled) that surprised me was how my own issues and weaknesses would be revealed. It wasn’t actually the teaching or organizing curriculum that was a challenge. It was how much my shortcomings were revealed.” Rowan Atkinson Rowan Atkinson is…

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Self-Directed Learning: the Art of Independent Homeschooling

Self-directed learning: a new term evolving from the unschool movement. I’ve spent my early homeschool years lapping up all things John Holt and John Taylor Gatto. I even radically unschooled for six solid months until the three youngest kids were bored and wanted something more. We gradually transitioned to a self-directed learning. For a long…

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