Everyone who homeschools hopes it’ll benefit their kids, successful and motivating.
They quickly see the benefits, the charms, of this lifestyle.
But how do we capture our charmed homeschool over the long-term if we don’t know how to engage the challenges?
- What does it mean to be a teacher and a mom?
- Do I have to teach?
- Why can’t I get my kids to sit still while we do lessons?
- How much is enough?
- Do I have to do all the subjects all the time?
- Could I just unschool instead?
- What are all these homeschool philosophies?
- And do I have to stick with one?
- How do you manage more than one grade and more than one child?
- What if you don’t know how to teach math because you don’t even know all the math?
- What if I don’t even like science?
- Will my eight-year-old get into college one day?
- What is this deschooling thing? And how do I DO it?
- How should my day look?
- I’m exhausted and I’ve barely begun. How am I going to do this over the long term?
- Do I need a homeschool room?
- How do I organize all the things we’re doing?
- How do I deal with kid conflict?
- And complaining?
- And boredom?
- How do I motivate my kiddo?
- Where do I buy the curriculum?
- And what kind should I buy?
- I don’t have a lot of money. How do I find the curriculum?
- How do I make sure they get all the stuff they need for education?
- Some days I don’t like my kids, help!
- Some days, I wonder why I chose this!
- Some days just plain suck: is this normal?
- How do I capture the joys and freedoms of this homeschool lifestyle?
In the Capturing the Charmed Homeschool mentoring course we will discuss…
- Knowing your WHY behind your choice to homeschool.
- Craft your homeschool vision.
- Understand your personal vision & how your personal vision affects your homeschool vision.
- Clarify your belief on what an education is anyway for your children.
- Recognize the differences between home education and conventionally schooled education.
- Understand deschooling & how to actually do it.
- Learn how to homeschool without becoming a certified teacher.
- Learn how to become a learning consultant or educational facilitator.
- Understand homeschool philosophies & learn why you don’t need to ascribe to one.
- Enact a homeschool mama reading habit for your own learning and growth.
- Know how you want to show up in your homeschool
- Understand who you are and how you relate to your family members.
- Become more you as you also affirm others be more them too.
- Determine how you want to show up in your homeschool.
- Learn more about your homeschool kids.
- Understand learning opportunities.
- Learn how to create learning opportunities.
- Know how to engage the 3 r’s. And all the other school subjects.
- Learn to observe how they learn.
- Learn how child developmental stages & learning challenges affect your homeschool.
- Consider what you even want your child to learn.
- Learn what your child wants to learn.
- Learn how to incorporate play into your homeschool day.
- Understand the ins & outs of child-led learning.
- Address the homeschool planning practicalities.
- Create a morning routine.
- Create a useful homeschool routine.
- Learn whether you need to create a homeschool room or storage room.
- Learn whether you should use a homeschool planner or record book and how you can use them.
- Understand the 3 guidelines for choosing a homeschool curriculum &/or resources.
- Gain five suggestions to buy that curriculum too.
- Understand how to engage toddlers to teens.
- Know how to engage more than one child in your homeschool.
- Know how to engage motivation & boredom.
- Know how to address the S question.
- Know how to deal with pressure cooker days.
- Gain an approach to engage sibling conflict.
- Grapple with doubt & overwhelm (and learn tactics to address them).
- Learn how to use the strategy that will help all our internal challenges.
- Be infused with reminders of your homeschool freedoms, comforts, and joys in the ordinary miracle of your homeschool life.
Can you & I create perfection in our homeschool?
But we can capture all the charms and freedoms of this homeschool lifestyle & commitment by instilling these elements that can release us from fear, doubt, overwhelm, and dissatisfaction so we can enjoy our charmed homeschool lives.
You can get clarity, confidence & vision in your homeschool through the Capturing the Charmed Homeschool Program.
Welcome to the Homeschool Mama Self-Care Podcast. I am Teresa Wiedrick from capturingthecharmedlife.com.
If you are a homeschool mama challenged by doubt, not sure you can do this homeschool thing if you are a homeschool mama challenged by overwhelm, there are just too many things to do, or if you are a homeschool mama, I’m sure that the way you are showing up in your homeschool isn’t the way you want to be showing up in your homeschool, then this is the podcast for you.
I am here to encourage you in your homeschool journey, and to help you strategize ways to turn your homeschool challenges into your homeschool charms.
So welcome, homeschool mama.
Hey, do you want to capture your charmed homeschool?
When I went into homeschooling, I most definitely thought that every day was going to be a charmed homeschool day. And not so much.
I talk about turning homeschool challenges into homeschool charms.
Do you want to know why?
I subconsciously wrote my blog title as “Capturing the Charmed Life” because it wasn’t my existence.
I had lots of challenges.
Like, lots of challenges beyond my homeschool challenges.
- I didn’t know who I was.
- I didn’t have a sense of boundary.
- I had a very high reactivity.
And I figured that out, or I began to figure that out before my kids were homeschooled, but not much before.
So, the whole process of learning how to spin, turn, or reframe my challenges into my charms to create perspective and shift my mental space from this is all just a lot and too much, to I actually really like my life.
And I am really grateful for everything I’ve got. Well, there were a lot of steps along the way.
A lot of relationships got a lot of major shakeups. And thankfully just a lot of growth and intentional learning.
Homeschooling gave me a whole different kind of challenge.
Because not only are we parenting, but every parent finds challenges in facing themselves as they face their many mirrors.
But homeschool parents get to do that more often, like, all the time.
So why do I talk about turning our homeschool challenges into our homeschool charms?
Because everybody has challenges along the way. They are all different. We all have different challenges. But, some of them are common challenges in homeschooling.
Though we all signed up for homeschooling so we can enjoy the freedoms of homeschooling, the charm of homeschooling. So, we have to be intentional about turning our challenges into our charms.
In the upcoming mentoring group Capturing the Charmed Homeschool, I shared the most important elements to creating your charmed homeschool.
Can you create perfection?
I am not suggesting that we are going to get anywhere near perfect because you are human, your kids human, and all the major people in your life are human.
So, we won’t make a perfect homeschool. But we can definitely garner all the benefits and the charms of the homeschool life if we are intentional.
So here are the elements to creating your charmed homeschool.
Together we will build your confidence, enable you to engage your kids in a home education that is individualized, and help you show up the way you want to show up in your homeschool.
First, you need to gain confidence.
- You need to know why you are homeschooling.
- You need to know why you are homeschooling because why you homeschool influences how you homeschool.
- And how you homeschool definitely influences how happy you will be homeschooling.
Know what you think about what an education is and what your specific children need. Be certain that your vision of what homeschooling is like or what it could be like, especially in the beginning, is going to shift.
Frankly, it is going to shift every year.
Sometimes it shifts in the year, a few times in the year. It depends on what is happening in your life.
Certainly, your original reasons for homeschooling will not necessarily be the reasons that you continue homeschooling or the reasons that you homeschooled right towards the end.
You need to understand what your personal vision is and how your personal vision influences your homeschool vision.
- Because who you are as a person,
- how you choose to show up in your life,
- how you choose to address those questions about why you are here,
- what is your specific reason for being on the earth at this time,
- understanding who you are,
- and what your actual vision for your life is will directly affect your homeschool vision.
Let’s create a homeschool vision for you that you can craft for this year.
You want to gain clarity.
- How do you create an intentional homeschool?
- Well, you need to start with this question: what is an education anyway?
- Have you determined what you believe is a valuable education for your child? (Now I am not talking about 300 kids in the local school. I am not speaking to the classroom of 25. I am speaking to you about the number of children that you have. And if you have 25, then my hat is off to you.)
- But still, you get to determine what an education is anyways.
Educato is the root Latin word for the word education. It means to raise up.
To raise up what I ask?
- To raise up a school system?
- To raise up a school classroom? No, to raise up your specific child.
- So how do you want to raise them up?
We are going to talk about recognizing the differences between school and home education.
Because obviously, they are different, but actually not obviously.
I created a private school in my home in the first few years of homeschool.
It was not my intention of bringing school to home, but it was what I knew. Gradually I learned to let go of the elements of a school that I didn’t want in my home. You get to plan an individualized education for your unique children.
You don’t have to.
Certainly, the school system isn’t expecting you to do that.
- And certainly, there are a lot of people around you that think that you are going to create an education that is exactly like the school.
- And you are going to use the curriculum just as the school.
- And the tests, and the grades, and the programs, the diplomas, and you fill in the blank, but you are probably expected by someone in your world to do things the way the school has always done them.
You don’t have to. You can if it works for you if it works for your family. But you don’t have to.
You can create an individualized education for each of your children.
De-schooling is really just letting go of all the stuff you have preconceived notions about how you are supposed to do an education in your home.
But how do you do de-schooling? That’s the question.
How do you actually do it?
Now note to self, I am still in the process. I think anyone that has been conventionally educated probably is still in the process.
And the occasional person declares, I am good. I am out of the mental space of being in the school of creating a school education at home.
For most of us, that is where we are at. We are still challenged and learning how to take school out of our home.
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But how do you do de-schooling? We are going to talk about that.
How to homeschool without becoming a teacher! Isn’t that one of the biggest questions that people ask? (Next to, I don’t know, how are your children going to socialize?)
- Or did the school give your kids the curriculum?
- “Are you a teacher?” they ask. Well, some of us, but some of us aren’t. And we can’t opt out by saying we have a teacher’s certificate because we are not. We’re not certified, teachers.
- But do you need to be a certified teacher to homeschool?
- Do you have to homeschool as a homeschool teacher?
We are going to talk about learning to become your child’s learning consultant or educational facilitator if you want to sound really educationese.
Because that is the ultimate goal that you are enabling that child to grow up to become who they are.
- To find learning opportunities,
- to find apprenticeships,
- to find mentors,
- to find courses and classes,
- and resources,
- and curriculum and activities, or to not find all those things.
But that is your goal to just be their learning consultant or educational facilitator.
We are going to talk about homeschool philosophies because they are useful for you to discover different ways of approaching learning and education and learning opportunities in your home.
If you have homeschooled long enough, you are probably calling yourself eclectic.
Well, most of us.
But that is the thing.
We take little bits from all these different homeschool philosophies because we like them, and we customize them to our specific homeschool kids and the way that we like to approach learning and an education.
But I want to tell you that you also don’t need to determine your homeschool philosophy to engage a home education.
From one homeschool mama to another, I’m going to assign homework. Yes. Homework.
Because this mentoring group was intended for homeschool moms that will actually dig deep into themselves to determine who they really are, what they really think, and engage in the stuff that really matters.
I provide a homeschool mama reading list to expand our vision and our ideas about what an education is anyways.
Of course, these are books that I’ve read over the course of a long time, and not within four weeks. So, I encourage you to just take one book and read it over the course of a month or two. First, you need to know how you want to show up in your homeschool.
I keep using those words, showing up, but you know what it’s like to be a homeschool mom when you just have so much going on, and you have different kids with different demands.
And they are not the only ones demanding things from you:
- There are people outside of your homeschool realm.
- There are people that you are volunteering with.
- There are jobs that you’ve got.
- There are other significant relationships that you are engaging in.
And all of those people have expectations of you.
It is easy to respond to expectations and do what is right in front of us. And there is usually a kid right in front of us asking us something. It is also really easy to assume that what somebody else wants from us is, therefore, the thing that we should be doing.
And it is just as easy to react. Be triggered. Be consumed by a river of frustration, irritation, overwhelm, all those feelings that most humans have at times.
We all have them, but do we want our homeschools to be dominated by them? We get to determine how we show up, but that assumes we need to understand who we are.
Also, how we relate to others.
It assumes that we have done exploration in our identity, in our own world, in our own mental space before we show up to homeschool.
I don’t know about you, but I didn’t.
You have to become yourself while living alongside others. I’m borrowing a term from the counseling world. It’s the word self-differentiation: you being fully you while also supporting and encouraging and enjoying the other person right beside you that is not you at all.
And all of those people have expectations of you.
It is easy to respond to expectations and do what is right in front of us. (And there is usually a kid right in front of us asking us something).
It is also really easy to assume that what somebody else wants from us is, therefore, the thing that we should be doing.
And it is just as easy to react. Be triggered. Be consumed by a river of frustration, irritation, overwhelm, all those feelings that most humans have at times.
We all have them, but do we want our homeschools to be dominated by them? We get to determine how we show up, but that assumes we need to understand who we are.
If you are married or partnered or have a best friend and you can be vulnerable, open, and authentic with them, you know that you don’t think the same way they do in every realm.
No matter how much you love them and no matter how long they have been in your life, no matter how much you want to honour what they think, you don’t necessarily see the world the same way.
So learning to live alongside them, be yourself, but different; self-differentiated is both a challenge and what we are called to do when we are in relationships. So, we are going to talk about becoming us while living alongside others.
We are going to create goals to help us show up the way that we want to show up in our homeschool.
We are going to be talking about creating learning opportunities. Or recognizing that those learning opportunities are already there.
We are going to learn about our family members because who our kids are or the significant people that actually influence our homeschool who they are will show up throughout our homeschool days. So, if we understand how they learn, how they relate, connect, or where they are at in their development, that will all make it a lot easier to engage their actual learning.
Let’s talk about what a learning opportunity really is.
We could talk about school subjects. And I do because that is what most of us understand when we speak about conventional education. We think about math and language arts or English or writing or cursive or spelling, or grammar. We think about languages, foreign languages. We think about logic and economics, politics, and so many more that I am not saying right now. So many different subjects. It is useful for our brain to categorize all those different subjects. But it isn’t always useful in home education to compartmentalize subjects if we are really trying to get the most out of an education. To raise up our child, our specific child, and encourage them to capitalize on who they are, what their skills are, enable them to use those aptitudes in ways that will make them purposeful and joyful, and maybe even monetize that joy and that purpose so they can support themselves, and support their community or their family members. The goal is to raise up those children so they can do that stuff. And if we are doing that, then probably instead of thinking about all the subjects they need to capture, we need to actually capitalize on learning opportunities that help them develop all of that.
We are going to engage the basics. The three Rs. Reading, writing, arithmetic. Arithmetic, but it’s clever. And all of the other subjects in how you can find learning opportunities in those things.
We are going to intentionally observe how our children learn. We can pay attention. We can learn from them when we watch them for a week or a month. And yet they will change, and they will grow, and they will focus and possibly in a different approach or direction. So, there is no permanence in observing how they learn at this one moment in time. Their brains are growing. They are growing, but the more we focus on how they learn, the more we are able to let loose the reins of how we are delivering an education.
So, of course, we are going to delve into some child development and learning challenges. This in itself could be a course alone. We could have deep discussions about all sorts of different learning challenges. But we are going to go through a little bit of this just to establish the reality of who our kids are at this moment in time because their development is influencing their education and your homeschool. The same thing with learning challenges; I can imagine if any homeschool mom is out there that has a child with learning challenges or learning differences, you will definitely know that intricately.
Ask yourself what you want your child to actually learn. We don’t have to determine the curriculum that the state or province, or a particular country is offering to determine what we want to engage our kids in, in their learning. You can. It can certainly be a way to gain ideas. But there are a lot of other ways to gain ideas. And I would encourage you to find other ways to gain ideas because when you follow the path of what the school does, they break things down so intricately that you will surely feel overwhelmed by all the learning outcomes that you understand that somebody else in your local area believes is very important for your child to learn. And sometimes they are. And sometimes, the things that they prescribe are actually things that they will naturally learn because of child development. And sometimes, they will not learn about astronomy when they are in grade three, but they learn about it in kindergarten. Or they won’t learn about human physiology until they are in nursing school. So, it is okay if they don’t learn things at the same time that other kids are learning them. So, you can ask yourself what you want your child to learn. And it is not necessarily compartmentalizing subjects either. It could be I want my child to learn how to manage their chequebook before they leave home, which totally dates me, because does anybody use cheques anymore?
What does your child want to learn? My kids certainly have started their interests very quickly. I remember my three-year-old being very interested in undersea creatures, so we grabbed an undersea creature sticker book. I still have that sticker book, and though she has decided not to be a marine biologist, she has enrolled in ballet school and an arts degree program across the country in September. So, she definitely got a lot of knowledge under her belt about all things under the sea. And it was in when she was three when she began that interest, and she’s developed all sorts of different interests along the way. She has a specific podcast where I interviewed her where we explored her interests in cooking, sciences of all sorts, ballet, and medicine. So, she had all sorts of interests along the way. But certainly, there always comes a time when your child tells you that they love learning something or are really interested in something. Or, if they are left to their own devices, you discover that they are doing ‘that thing’ again. Well, capitalize on ‘that thing’ because you can probably make ‘that thing’ into a giant curriculum that they actually want to show up for. Or at least a couple of activities you can do in a day that they are fully engaged in.
How do you incorporate play into your homeschool day? We talk about this one in the Capturing the Charmed Homeschool Mentoring Group for two reasons. One, there is a lot of research that comes out right now that says playing is actually learning, and learning is actually playing. The greatest way for us to really learn and grasp something is when we actually want to do it. Surprise. We know that. We know that for ourselves. Have you ever been in a classroom when you sat down, and you were listening to the grade two teachers speak about the science experiment at the front? Which, by the way, actually happened to me while I had another child on my lap as I was waiting for my grade two kid to finish her science class. She was watching the lovely grade two teacher, who was truly lovely. The grade two teacher was showing the kids how and why popcorn popped. They were supposed to be quiet as they listened. And so, they did accept for the kids that didn’t. I was bored to tears. I hadn’t really thought about why popcorn popped as it did. Maybe I did. I might have learned something that day. Mostly I thought to myself as we all listened intently to the popcorn kernels pop, why am I sitting in this grade two desk with my baby on my lap listening to popcorn pop and calling this science. Why am I not doing stuff like this at home? So how do you incorporate play into your day? That took me a while because my goal was always to do whatever the school was doing until I learned that play when I am fully engaged in whatever activities are right before me, and I actually want to be fully engaged with my brain. And there is some source that the root of who you really are, is rooted in play. The things you love the most, the things you are naturally doing, wouldn’t it be an ideal world and certainly an ideal life if you could somehow capture that play into your work so that it felt like you were playing all day.
I will tell you that was not my strong suit for a very, very long time. But I got pushed towards approaching a lot of learning that way because it is easier than trying to force a kid to do something they hate. Oh wait, you do know that feeling, don’t you. You know that experience. Me too.
I am going to talk about the ins and outs of child-led learning. I don’t subscribe to any one homeschool philosophy. I know I probably sound like I do, but I have borrowed from all sorts of homeschool philosophies. Or I have learned later that I was actually participating in a Montessori approach or a Waldorf approach. So many approaches that I was engaging in at the time. I think they all have value. There are beautiful things in all of the different philosophies.
At the very base, I think it is counterintuitive to give an education to someone when they just don’t want to learn something. When they are almost gravitationally opposed to being something they are not, like trying to force someone to be from a different culture and saying, well, I know you were born in Canada. Still, I want you to harness your inner Guinean. It is a bit of a challenge. So rather than trying to force them to become something they are not, actually start with who they actually are. That is why I want to focus on the ins and outs of child-led learning.
We are going to talk about homeschool practicalities, like morning routines. You have heard me say this before those morning routines really do set your day. When you show up for yourself first, you can establish how you are going to engage the rest of your day. If that means, for you, that you are going to pray and do devotions, or you are going to do some meditation and do some yoga, you are going to journal. We are all going to journal, aren’t we? You are going to journal about your gratitude. And journal about your actual feelings that you are having at the moment. And you are going to reframe those feelings. You are going to have mindful moments at the beginning of the day. Or you are going to shower, or bath, or neither. Or you are going to get out of yoga pants, or not. Or you are going to brush your teeth or put on makeup. Or not. Or you are going to read something inspirational, go for a walk, go for a run, or not. Whatever it is, it needs to stir up your soul as you start your day. Preferably before you are engaging your kids fully. And I know how hard that is because I started homeschooling in a place that really didn’t want to do a morning routine. In fact, my oldest reminded me that she brought a cup of coffee to me my bedside to say, “Hey mom, do you want to do homeschooling now?”
I had a really hard time waking up in the morning when I really hadn’t gone to sleep much earlier, and I had kids that we’re waking up in the night who was sleeping with me. I had been sleepless for, you know, a while, having four kids. It’s a demanding season of our parenting lives in the earlier years. Demanding on our sleep because it is probably demanding the whole way through, actually. I was tired. Someone told me you needed to create a morning routine; that was a little unrealistic. And so, if you are in that place, I feel you. I know exactly where you are. I almost experienced it, almost imagined it like it were yesterday.
However, the goal is to create your own separate morning routine to figure out how you want to show up in your day intentionally. And now that I am perimenopausal, I am up at five o’clock in the morning all the time. So, all I need is a baby, and I can conquer the world. What did I just say? Okay.
So, morning routines, are also individualized homeschool routines. Homeschool routines that serve your family include the things in your day that you actually want to do and not just because other homeschool families are doing them or they sound cool. I love poetry teatime. I think that is super fun, but my kids don’t really like poetry that much, so I will have to accept that keeping this in a regular aspect of our homeschool routine is just not realistic.
But there are many different elements that are meaningful to me that I want to include in my homeschool routine. Of course, we all can choose what we put in our days.
We are going to talk about homeschool rooms or storage rooms. We are going to talk about homeschool planners and record books. We are going to talk about all the things, you know, all the homeschool moms want to bring home, like a cool chalkboard and desks, and all that stuff that looks so cool on Pinterest or on their Instagram page. And I am totally down for it. I love watching it, and you totally don’t need it. But we are going to have a discussion about that. And even curriculum, three guidelines for choosing homeschool curriculum or resources. Guidelines that would overarch why you would choose to borrow, purchase, or exchange stuff that you’ve got with another friend, or why you would go on a Facebook thread to search out some books or some resources that other people thought were cool. We are going to give you five suggestions to actually choosing to buy it.
Of course, we are going to talk about how to actually engage your kids in your homeschool, whether they are toddlers or teenagers. Whether you have one or four. Because beyond four, I don’t know what it is like to have more than four. You can become the expert, though. I know that you can engage more than one child with a variety of principles that I’ve used in my homeschool.
We are going to talk about motivation and boredom. Motivation, hmmm! That word just scares the pants off parents that have teenagers. Doesn’t it? And boredom! “Mom, I’m bored.” There are ways to approach that beyond saying, “And I have a dirty bathroom.” Yes, I know what you’re saying is hilarious, but most homeschool moms go that way, and I certainly have myself. I tend to go a little more philosophical and say, “You know, honey, that experience of boredom is really valuable to you because it’s just an opportunity to jump off that diving board so you can pursue some other learning opportunity. You can down some other interest.” And you know what they do? They get as bored with this conversation as they are with their boredom.
And last but most definitely not least, we are going to anticipate and plan for the homeschool challenges. You know, for those days. Those days that… you fill in the blank. You know those days.
We are going to address and hopefully equip you with an answer when you get the question about socialization. How should you approach the “S” question? And if you don’t know what the “S” question is, are you really a homeschooler?
We are going to talk about pressure cooker days. Those pressure cooker days can come in a variety of forms. Pandemic. A job loss. An ailment. A death. A separation or divorce. So many possibilities. How do you engage in homeschooling when you have pressure cooker seasons.
We are definitely going to grapple with doubt and overwhelm, probably two of the most common discussion points that I have with homeschool parents. But certainly, there are a few more, like loneliness, that feeling of not good enough, feeling like you are not communal, that you don’t have a community surrounding you that’s really supportive, and you know, that perfectionism challenge. There are so many other possibilities here. And I talk about a lot of those in my Homeschool Mama Retreat. But we are just going to address grappling with doubt and grappling with overwhelm.
We are going to discuss the strategy that actually can help with all these challenges. It’s a strategy that I was first introduced to by Dr. Daniel Amen, author of Change Your Brain Change Your Life. He is a medical doctor that is new and does new research in brain scans and has learned all sorts of things about our brains.
Above all the things that we can do to influence our brain health, relationships, and a general sense of happiness, is in checking our thoughts. It is about us accepting that we have uncomfortable feelings. Some people call them negative like anger, sadness, depression, frustration, all the stuff, all those uncomfortable feelings. You can call them negative, but I am going to call them uncomfortable because I think that we are human beings designed to experience them. We were meant to experience them. And, because we were meant to experience them, we need to accept them, and if we are accepting them, we go a long way in dealing with what’s going on up here.
When we accept our feelings, sit with them, and really explore what is going on up there, what is our thought behind that feeling. We get clear on what the thought is. We can do one of two things. We can learn to reframe that thought because sometimes those thoughts are not true. Or we can address the underlying need that’s fueling that thought.
I’m going to go into a lot more depth about that because I think that that is one of the biggest strategies that has helped me create the charmed homeschool. It’s the thing that is the biggest strategy. The biggest strategy of all the strategies that influence relationships, actual activity in my life, and joy.
We are going to talk about what you need. What you need to do to show up for you in your homeschool to nurture the nurturer. Because if you want to do this homeschool thing for the long term, or even for a few months, you need to factor in yourself and all the things you might need along the way. When I suggest that we can capture our charmed homeschool lives, I don’t want you to think that we can create perfection. Because I don’t believe we can create perfection, in fact, I have tried. I know we can’t create perfection, but I have used these elements to form and fashion a charmed homeschool life.
I am going to help you begin or sustain your homeschool journey, and together we are going to build your confidence, enable you to engage your kids in this home education in an individualized approach, and help you take care of yourself so you can show up the way that you want to show up.
So, if you are interested in joining the upcoming Capturing the Charmed Homeschool Mentoring Group, contact me, and I will give you more information.
I am really looking forward to meeting you, getting to know you better, and digging deep to figure out how we can address the challenges that you actually have and turn them into your charms.
I appreciate the kind words you offered me after engaging in the Homeschool Mama Retreat. I appreciate the words that I have received from you, from my core group, from my podcast, and from my retreat.
Heather told me, “I feel like you know me, although we have never met. And you offered helpful suggestions to rejuvenate and equip any homeschool mom in whatever stage she might find herself.”
Enik said, “Oh my goodness, I actually just listened to your seminar session twice. Once to take a few notes and once just to close my eyes and listen. I can’t wait for your podcast to start.”
Cheryl said, “The retreat has calmed me from my anxiety and whirling world to pause, breathe, and see who I am, who I have been but didn’t even realize. I enjoyed your candor, your laughter, your caring, and your insights. You have allowed the experiences that have challenged you to be the catalyst to helping others. It has helped me to see that if I am not mindful of myself and my needs as an individual within my family and community, I am going to struggle with encouraging and allowing those around me to be themselves and to take care of themselves. This retreat is for anyone who has lost sight of themselves in the midst of living a busy life and wants to refocus on what is truly important. I hope all of your retreats bear fruit that breathes life into deflated women like me, changing their defeat into delight once again, or for the first time. I told you at our first session that I was looking for hope, and the tools unpacked in this retreat have most definitely given me hope.”
And Brittney said, “I recommend this retreat for everyone. I’ve been making my way through your retreat and loving it. Your voice has a very soothing quality. It has been a special time, Teresa. You are a gift with the best humour. I am so blown away by the care you take to really get to know who you are mentoring and talking with. It is so rare these days. I can tell you that I am looking forward to connecting with you.”
I hope you can join me in the upcoming Capturing the Homeschool Mentoring Group.
Call to Adventure by Kevin MacLeod