A Little Women Birthday Celebration

The days are long, still the years are short. I always notice this most closely with each child’s birthday. If there is anything we can do as homeschool mamas, to create memory-rich (& literature-rich) special celebrations, like my oldest daughter’s twelfth birthday, let’s do it. Madelyn and I planned the details for weeks. We printed…

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A Homeschool Teenager’s Perspective: How to Homeschool High School

https://media.blubrry.com/homeschoolmamaselfcare/p/capturingthecharmedlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Madelyn-Interview-Interview.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download If a person (homeschool teenager) is interested in something, they’ll do it. If you don’t love something, you won’t do it. So, it’s almost not even a choice. You’ll do it if you want to and you won’t do it if you don’t want to. Madelyn Wiedrick Madelyn…

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Homeschool: Self-Directed Learning & Free Play

Do we allow self-directed learning (aka free play) in our homeschools? More importantly, do we recognize that free play is actually learning? Cause you and I both know that if we can understand whether our children are actually learning while they’re playing, we are just fine with them playing a whole lot more and we’re…

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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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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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