What Do You Need to Know as a Homeschool Parent?

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…

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food for creative thought: how I incorporate writing into daily life

Writing. It’s the adult voice in my child-oriented world. It’s the ear that always listens when a human ear isn’t available. It’s the transmission of mind to paper when a surge of artistic intention burns through. For me, that’s writing. It could be pottery. Or oil painting. Cabinetry. Cooking. Or chess strategy. For me, I must. I…

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individuating

A modern word from the adolescent counseling world. That growing sense of self, apart from the parent, that adolescents or teenagers, grow into as they become independent from their parents. Or as we often receive it from our teens: “You’re not the boss of me!” Darlene Unrah gave a super helpful lowdown on engaging the mental…

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what I’ve been learning about control

…that trying to control doesn’t work. And ironically, I’m more at peace when I let go and control less. Do you remember the first time you canoed with your kiddos against a current? If you have, you may have an inkling what it’s like to homeschool parent. And though we really need to move together in unison…

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7 things I learned from a weekend away: the realities of homeschool

I didn’t call at lunch the first day away at my writer’s conference. Oh, I wanted to, but I refrained. I emailed in the afternoon instead. How are things going?  “Four cranky. 2 pouty. 3 sweet but pushing boundaries++ 1 really trying. See ya tonight.” (Short and sweet report, as is typical of my husband). Somewhere…

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trying to capture the charmed life

I’d found a folded paper on the floor of the school desk ahead of me. It was a poem written in calligraphic script. “If I had to raise my child all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting…

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