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 independent sixteen year old working, dancing, singing, attacking her academics and killin it. My fourteen year old is beginning a focussed, independent academic approach this year: on-line biology classes and writing essays will get her a whole lot more … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: taking care of mama’s socialization
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homeschool mama self-care: taking care of mama’s socialization

Homeschool mama’s socialization? Interesting that homeschool moms are questioned about their kids’ socialization. Meanwhile, kids are being transported to many activities every week: co-op, science classes, theatre or piano practice, baseball games, playdates, jobs. It’s the mamas that are driving, coordinating, managing a house, helping small children, and teaching lessons. By the end of the … Continue reading

the slump month: how to incorporate play into your homeschool day
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the slump month: how to incorporate play into your homeschool day

The homeschool slump month demands a shift in routine. Easiest way to get buy-in from the kids when you’re trying to counter the slump month? Incorporate play into your day. Y’all know it’s the end of February and routine is getting a little too…well, routine. Since this is about halfway into the season of candy, … Continue reading

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

homeschool mama self-care:  encouragement
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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