Posts in Homeschooling Life
Homeschooling Around the World, Military Style!

I often say that if you’re going to homeschool for the long haul, you must learn to relax or you won’t make it. Military life has helped me be more flexible, because I have so little control over what will happen in any given year. It has truly forced me to rely on the Lord’s strength, because I am a person that likes to know ahead of time how things will go. 

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Election Year Homeschool Ideas

Let’s face it, learning about government and politics can sometimes be a yawn-worthy prospect. However, with this year's especially contentious presidential race, it can be tempting to stay out of politics entirely. 

Still, it's important to educate our kids about the process! Learning about elections, our country’s political process, and past presidents can be fun and engaging, regardless of the candidates.

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Learning to Let Go as a Parent

I've heard them called the Blurry Years--those years when you have several young children, say below the age of 5. Those years when you live for nap time and forget to eat. 

In that era when we had four kids aged seven and under, I often found myself on the receiving end of brilliant comments such as, “Enjoy them while they’re little!” and, “They grow up too quickly!”

I remember thinking, Uh-huh, sure. I’d just like to take a shower without someone pounding on the bathroom door! 

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Why Saying Yes to Your Child Is as Important as Saying No

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?

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Dear New Homeschool Mom, continued...

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.

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Dear New Homeschool Mom...

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. 

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What Does a Stay-at-Home Mom Do When Her Kids Grow Up?

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.

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