For many parents, no can become a default. Without thought, the answer to any request outside the normal routine is no.
No, you cannot go to your friend’s house, stay up past your bedtime to finish that chapter, or have cake for dinner.
I get it—parents become weary of the constant questions and no is easy, comfortable, and…safe. They worry that “giving in” too often will harm their child or lead to self indulgence. But are you finding yourself in a constant negative state with your children? Read More
I never set out to be a homeschooler.
In fact, the few experiences I'd had with homeschoolers prior to becoming a homeschooling parent myself were a little, how shall I say it? Odd. Read More
When I'm asked how to prepare a homeschooled high schooler for the college environment, the following are some quick tips I give. Read More
I've been intending to post an article on tips for homeschooling while moving for the past month, but...we've been in the middle of moving into our new house!
The irony is not lost on me. Read More
Before you drop a wad for the latest must-have curriculum, I would encourage you to ask yourself a few questions... Read More
I'm not sure what brought you to this place. Whether you always imagined yourself a homeschooling parent, fell into it quite by accident, or simply find yourself pulling your child out of school for reasons unique to your family, suddenly you find yourself...a homeschooling parent.
But I know how you feel, that panic, those questions. Read More
If I were really being honest, I would tell you that if you homeschool you’ll have days where you will squash the urge to flee headlong in quite the opposite direction of your children.
So I am being honest, because I care about you, fellow homeschooler. And also because you’re going to figure this out yourself anyway. Read More
Our oldest child left home yesterday.
Yes, we've said goodbye to him for college (which was hard) and then Air Force basic training shortly after he was married to our wonderful daughter-in law last summer. He really hasn't been home home for a long time.
But this has an air of finality that we've never felt before. We're done with actively parenting this son. Read More
remember not going to the movies… …or fine restaurants or anyplace where yoga pants and a slightly rumpled, perhaps spit-up stained tee shirt might not quite meet the dress code, for that matter. I also remember not going on many dates with my husband because the only way we could afford sitters was to switch off babysitting duties with friends from time to time, and really, how good a friend do you have to be to volunteer to watch four kids under the age of seven? So it would happen sometimes, but not very often, and that was life. Read More