homeschool mama, be conscious of your influencers

Homeschool mama self-care means we must be conscious of our influencers. Our thoughts influence our actions and impacts our experience of life and how we engage our choices in life. It is not just my own thoughts that affect me. Those around us influence us too. We need to choose our influencers wisely. Every person…

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The one Homeschool Challenge I’d rather live without.

There is one parenting struggle I would gladly live without. You could remove it from my life and I would not care, but I would definitely notice.  If I could live without it, I might even give up coffee, travelling adventures, and chocolate. Ok, no…not all of that…but I would give up coffee. It is this:…

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the care and keeping of the homeschool mama

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…

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homeschool mama, learn not to care what other people think

Homeschool Mama self-care acknowledges that our thoughts affect our reactions, our choices, and our life satisfaction. Our thoughts tangibly consume the hours in our days. Though I’ve got a few goals for my family and myself this new year, I want to daily renew my thoughts so I am enabled and inspired toward a path of growth, connection, and purpose. One of…

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A Homeschool Mom’s Confession on the Disadvantages of Homeschooling

When meeting a new acquaintance, people often ask what I do? When I answer, I homeschool my kids, I am often met with curious looks. Instinctively, I want to defend, explain myself, all the merits and benefits and freedoms to homeschooling. And I do. But there are downsides to homeschooling too. There are disadvantages. Non-homeschool…

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homeschooling is no panacea: persistence is required

Homeschooling is no panacea from challenge. David Guterson, in his insightful book Snow Falling on Cedars said, “Some newcomers to homeschooling are likely to view it as a panacea for educational problems or as an antidote to the malaise of schools. What they find, however, is that school at home is no miracle remedy. The…

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