homeschool mama self-care: living the balanced life
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homeschool mama self-care: living the balanced life

Living the balanced life + Homeschooling = Oxymoron? Lots of juggling. Lots of interruptions. Lots of squirmishes. Too busy, they say. (Hard to argue.) Not a lot of hours in the day unaccounted for. (Definitely true.) A generous share of time devoted to kid’s struggles, complaints, arguments. A generous share of time devoted to math, writing, languages, current affairs … Continue reading

doubt in your homeschool choice #2
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doubt in your homeschool choice #2

Some of our doubt feelings need a little more analysis. Deep breathing isn’t enough to change the negative thought train in our minds. We’ve spoken our doubts out loud. Or we’ve written them down. And we recognize them. They look familiar. We’ve doubted these doubts before. We’ve grappled with them, perhaps even reasoned through them … Continue reading

doubt in your homeschool choice
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doubt in your homeschool choice

Doubt: that five letter word that occasionally occupies parents minds when they choose a less than conventional educational route for their children. Really though, you don’t have to be a homeschool parent to have parenting doubts. Have a child? Have doubts. Am I giving him what he needs? Am I influencing him in the right … Continue reading

the homeschool diet
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the homeschool diet

Everyone eats differently. I know I couldn’t possibly represent everyone’s diet JUST because they homeschool. Most homeschoolers’ goals are to equip our children’s brains to enable them to learn and build those neural networks. How to do that? French Kids Eat Everything, the memoir by Karen Le Billon, was an inspiration in my early parenting. … Continue reading

New to Homeschool? How to Spend Eighteen Years with Your Kids
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New to Homeschool? How to Spend Eighteen Years with Your Kids

I don’t mean the years where half the day is spent finding everything for their backpack, dropping them and their permission forms off at school for 0830, then seeing them again at 3. I mean eighteen years, 8-3 included. I mean bad dreams at midnight turning into five hour cuddles…three people in a queen bed and … Continue reading

ten lessons from ten homeschool years
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ten lessons from ten homeschool years

I’ve been around long enough to hit the wall twice. Hit the wall, meaning, I was ready to put my kids into school. That says a lot for someone that is a home education advocate to the core. But I didn’t put them in school. Self-reflection revealed I wasn’t frustrated with homeschooling, I was frustrated … Continue reading