Encourage Kids to Develop their Passions: Thriving in the Kitchen
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Encourage Kids to Develop their Passions: Thriving in the Kitchen

Our seven year old won tickets to the local festival, including an Iron Man Chef Competition. We sat in the front row and watched the final showdown: Terra Restaurant vs. Delta Sun Peaks Restaurant. It was like a live Chopped show. The tension was palpable, the swear words forthcoming, and prettily-presented plates. The chefs were given a mystery ingredient … Continue reading

How to Deal with an Unhappy Homeschool Day
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How to Deal with an Unhappy Homeschool Day

https://media.blubrry.com/homeschoolmamaselfcare/p/capturingthecharmedlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/If-Youre-Unhappy-and-You-Know-It-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Homeschool mama self-care means we identify when we don’t feel happy. Teresa Wiedrick Once upon a time, I had been rudely awakened by my alarm. Seven o’clock. On the dot. I intended to wake at that time the night before. Yet, I would have gladly ignored the alarm … Continue reading

A Homeschool Mom’s Confession on the Downsides (& Upsides) of Homeschool
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A Homeschool Mom’s Confession on the Downsides (& Upsides) of Homeschool

All I can say about some days is (to quote a great musical): “We got trouble in River City…” Might be me, might be them, probably both, that are the trouble. Parenting does that for you, reveals the whole scary mess. Some days, it’s a mess. All our messy insides get thrown out onto the table. … Continue reading

a homeschool mama new year’s resolution I reject: a perfect body
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a homeschool mama new year’s resolution I reject: a perfect body

Homeschool mama self-care means we consider our needs and what we want in life. What a better year than the end of the year to consider our intentions towards our purpose and hopes. The New Year’s resolutions that most North Americans point to every single year, the “lose weight and get in shape” resolution, I … Continue reading

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

A new year. A time to take stock.

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 answer the thought provoking questions found at the back of the book “the not so big life: making room for what really matters” by Sarah Susanka. This annual process helps me to conglomerate my annual history and plan for my future year. Continue reading

Christmas songs and memories
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Christmas songs and memories

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, like ones I used to know… One Christmas, we got snow in spades, or shall I say, in shovels. So. Much. Snow. Four feet almost to its height. Running down our 200 foot driveway was a lone space shoveled for a walkway. We parked at the top, and walked down … Continue reading