taking stock: your past year in review & planning for your new year ahead
book reviews / family life / homeschooling / self-care-practices

taking stock: your past year in review & planning for your new year ahead

A new year. A time to take stock. Consider the content and meaning of your past year. What did you learn? What did you do? How did you live it? Each year, at just this time, I sit with pen and journal, cup of tea and as much time as I can eke out, and … Continue reading

Homeschool hygge: Twenty easy to adopt Self-Care Practices
family life / homeschooling / self-care-practices

Homeschool hygge: Twenty easy to adopt Self-Care Practices

Homeschool hygge: nothing like an autumn day to entice me with a few cozy blankets on the sofa, burnt orange candles lit, fireplace blazing toasty and a Pelecis piece playing on Spotify. The first day of frost woke with us last week. The puppy’s water froze. The chickens hesitated leaving the coop. I hesitated walking … Continue reading

homeschool girlfriends: advice from Julie Bogart
homeschooling / self-care-practices / self-directed learning / socialization

homeschool girlfriends: advice from Julie Bogart

I’ve got a homeschool mentor who has spoken more into my life than any other. She’s parented five. They’re all grown up now. She’s been through years and years of curriculum planning, and even years of unschooling, learning to do it right and letting go of that notion: that you can ‘do it right’. She’s … Continue reading

homeschooling: out of my depth
family life / homeschooling / self-care-practices

homeschooling: out of my depth

Homeschooling looks a whole lot different than it did than when we started. I have an entirely independent 16 year old working, dancing, singing, independently attacking her academics and killin it. My 14 year old is beginning a focussed, independent approach this year: on-line biology classes and writing efforts will get her a whole lot … Continue reading

principles for homeschool sanity: 'the brave learner' by Julie Bogart
homeschooling / self-care-practices

principles for homeschool sanity: 'the brave learner' by Julie Bogart

Julie Bogart is the voice inside my head encouraging me on, providing me tools and empathizing with me every step of my homeschool journey. I’m rereading “The Brave Learner,” Julie Bogart’s recent offering, before I get started at another year of homeschooling. I read from her each morning before I start my homeschool day. Here’s … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: your other identity
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homeschool mama self-care: your other identity

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~E.E. Cummings I am a homeschooling mama of four kids. I am organized, empathic, no-nonsense, impatient, spontaneous, fun, methodical, intentional, and I’ll add, occasionally perseverating. I am a philosopher and a natural born encourager. I can talk to anyone, yet I tire of … Continue reading