Don’t Overlook This Subject in Your Homeschool

I love learning from homeschooling families that have gone before me.  After homeschooling for 20 years now, I have seen the full cycle of three of my kids’ education.  From the early days of non-stop feeding and sleep deprivation, to the wonders of watching them learn to read and understand the world around them, to […]

Less is More: How to Simplify Your Homeschool

This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, please visit my disclosure page. During a recent homeschool consultation, a sweet mom shared with me her anxiety over not doing enough for her two children – ages 8 and 10. She had fallen into the easy trap of comparing herself to her homeschooling friends (which […]

When Parenting is Hard

I’m writing this post 10,000 feet in the air as I fly up to beautiful Oregon to attend the Come Away Retreat at Rockaway Beach. I’ll be speaking in a breakout session entitled ‘Fearless Parenting’ which is ironic because it has been an unusually trying month of struggles and disappointments for me in that area. […]

The Secret to a Happy Marriage

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope that you are being blessed today by the people that you love.  My husband and I cheated and went out to dinner last night to avoid the crowds tonight.   I couldn’t help but be so thankful for him and all of his hard work that keep me home […]

A Day in the Life of our Large, Non-Traditional-Learner Homeschool

Every year I write a day-in-the-life post for the blog.  There is an unfortunate tendency in blogging to elaborate on the good parts of homeschooling while neglecting the down side – a reality of every homeschool.   There is no perfect homeschool.  Ahh comparison – the junior high mentality that somehow manages to cripple […]

Something New for Homeschool Moms and Bloggers

When I discovered homeschool blogs and blogging about 3 years ago, I ventured into a world of encouragement like I had never known before.  Yes, I still have ‘real life’ friends that I love, but my world of online friends and homeschool bloggers has been one of the greatest sources of encouragement in my many […]

Help For The Unorganized Homeschooler

It seems to be a time of confession this week on the blog.  From sharing what our homeschool really looks like, to admitting that I am {almost} hopelessly unorganized – I’m into keeping it real. Because who needs to hear how awesome we homeschool bloggers are without also hearing how we fall? It is no secret that […]

What Homeschooling Really Looks Like

I snapped my lap top computer shut with a loud sigh.  I wanted to make sure that my 6 kids, who were reluctantly gathered around me, knew that mom was not happy. I am embarrassed to say that even after nearly 20 years of homeschooling, being a homeschool blogger and speaker, it was not […]

5 Helpful Homeschool Hacks For an Easier Week

Our homeschool is gradually returning to a lifestyle of more focused learning and we are finding our way into a homeschool rhythm that works.  We’ve made some dramatic changes to our homeschool this year that I haven’t written about yet.  The main jist of these changes is that we are majorly simplifying our schedule. […]

Homeschooling: Finding Our Rhythm

  It has been a bit quiet around here lately with the launch of my new site and getting back to school.  We just finished our first official week of school.  I LOVE homeschooling.  However, I am always surprised at how surprised I am that it is SO difficult to get started. Well, starting wasn’t […]

When You Are Struggling in Your Decision to Homeschool

After homeschooling now for nearly 20 years, I feel that I am qualified to state that homeschooling is not easy.  Pursuits of value rarely are. Homeschooling is a 24/7 occupation.  We are always teaching!  Whether we are teaching character or life skills or subjects of an academic nature – we are always teaching and our […]

How I Overcame Homeschool Burnout

  As you get older, you begin to see certain cycles that reappear in regular fashion over time.  One of those cycles occurs regularly in the months after the Winter Holidays and before Spring Break. February marks what I only half jokingly refer to as National Homeschool Burnout Month. Signs of Homeschool Burnout Any of […]