freedom: the root of homeschooling
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freedom: the root of homeschooling

Mama has freedom to learn with her kids. I have my PhD research paper thesis topic in mind: “Senility in aging homeschooling parents: Is the incidence lower with increased homeschooling years?” My hypothesis: the more years we homeschool, the more likely we develop neural networks in our adult brains; therefore, lower incidence of senility. Ok, so … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: self-nurturing practices
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homeschool mama self-care: self-nurturing practices

It took me a few years to be intentional about self-nurturing practices, but I’m mostly there now. Realizing that I don’t have an endless supply of energy, organization and happiness (that I need nurturing too) was a useful moment to remember on my road to homeschool happiness. So what do I do to self-nurture me? Drink … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: laughing off mama guilt
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homeschool mama self-care: laughing off mama guilt

Laughing off mama guilt. Can it be done?  I have a hard time laughing off my parenting fails, but sometimes a friend might laugh for me. 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 … Continue reading

homeschool: self-directed learning and free play
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homeschool: self-directed learning and free play

Do you need a toybox to play and learn? Four year old Zach and I had one of our only weeks together alone. The girls were at their activities during the day, so we found our way to a beach, a waterpark, and a playground for at least half an hour a day. Bring a single … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: then there are THOSE days…
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homeschool mama self-care: then there are THOSE days…

Homeschool has all the freedoms. Except for those days. Those days…the ones where you wake up a little heavy. The wintery world outside is dreary. The littles are speaking thirty decibels louder than your head can manage. And you can’t find the Advil bottle. Those days…when it doesn’t matter what you to do to quell … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: be you anyway
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homeschool mama self-care: be you anyway

In a world that teaches conformity, I am hoping to imprint individuality. To remind us what is true: my children were created and designed for a unique purpose. It takes time to unearth their unique treasure and gifts. How to unearth the treasure in our children? We give our children experiences to explore. We give them … Continue reading