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The one parenting struggle 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: … 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

Why I Homeschool
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Why I Homeschool

I was asked the other day why I homeschool. Sigh. How not to answer in essay format. After eleven years, I have so many reasons now. How do I be succinct? Why do I homeschool? Because living in this world, discovering all that it has to offer is intriguing, interesting, and energizing; and I wouldn’t want … Continue reading

February: loving my kids
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February: loving my kids

Love is spelled T-I-M-E we’re told. I have learned that despite homeschooling my children, I can easily not spend quality time with my kiddos. Since we are so often together driving in the car somewhere, or doing our weekday studies, making dinner or reading a book, it can be a challenge to set aside even … Continue reading

homeschool parenting: everything I needed to learn I learned as a homeschool parent, or will learn someday
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homeschool parenting: everything I needed to learn I learned as a homeschool parent, or will learn someday

I had no idea what I would have to learn to be a homeschool parent. Some days, I think back to my idealizing notions of homeschooling and I don’t think I knew what I was signing up for (no, I don’t think…I know I didn’t). I wonder if I would have had the fortitude or the willingness to learn … Continue reading