Mom’s Everything Bag: Organizing & Saving Time

That's about all that makes modern motherhood easier; we still have toddlers who throw fits, teenagers who test the limits, and loads of worldly dangers to help our kids face. Anything that can make our days easier is a welcome relief. That's why I devour Mystie's blogs and why I wanted to share one of her … Continue reading Mom’s Everything Bag: Organizing & Saving Time

Mom, CEO. (Leadership Principles for Homeschooling Moms)

There are some striking similarities between being a homeschooling mom and being the CEO of a major corporation. Okay, I've never actually been the CEO of a major corporation. Out of the yearly boatload of books published on leadership in the corporate world, I've only read a handful, but I'm finding some leadership qualities apply to … Continue reading Mom, CEO. (Leadership Principles for Homeschooling Moms)

When Homeschooling Focus is Hard

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My living room looks like some disorganized, second-rate library. I haven't counted, but I'm sure there are no less than 1,136 half-read books stacked on the end tables, bookshelf, bench, and usually one or two on an armrest. My kids are usually each reading four at a time and have tossed them everywhere. A friend … Continue reading When Homeschooling Focus is Hard

How to Relax in a World of Overwhelmed Homeschoolers

Using a crib as a laundry basket works!

As early as a month ago, a lot of moms in my local homeschooling group began talking about feeling overwhelmed and discussing strategies of how to do everything that needs to get done in a day.  Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear non-homeschooling moms have a similar conversation.  Some things struck me during this … Continue reading How to Relax in a World of Overwhelmed Homeschoolers

Tips for Homeschooling with Toddlers and Babies

A true homeschool day isn't complete without a little tumult, but during some seasons of your homeschooling life the chaos seems to take over.  Amidst babies and toddlers, homeschooling can easily descend into complete disorder and a cacophony of small voices clamoring for your attention.  Here are a few tips on how to homeschool with toddlers and babies … Continue reading Tips for Homeschooling with Toddlers and Babies

Serving Your Students

Today I want to draw a comparison between business and homeschooling, with a focus on service. Let's pretend a company, "A-Z Widgetmaker," is going to fire a lowly, underperforming salesperson. Sales girl, Jan, just isn't the right fit for the company. She recites the script during her presentations, but hasn't had a good day of … Continue reading Serving Your Students

Homer Says You CAN Homeschool Your Child

Okay, He didn't put it that way exactly. But Homer does encourage his readers that the seemingly impossible task is doable. Doesn't homeschooling seem impossible some days?  I'm supposed to, what?  I have to teach them  everything they need to know to be a successful, content, joyful adult?  For me, teaching writing, literature, philosophy, languages, logic, … Continue reading Homer Says You CAN Homeschool Your Child

How to Recover if You Attended a Homeschool Convention

Homeschool Conference Season: A time for parents to network, learn, and generally descend into neurotic behavior. Here's what usually happens: You register early, pay your $30 to get in.  You've got your notebook so you can sit through your six workshops per day like a good student and learn as much as humanly possible in two days. … Continue reading How to Recover if You Attended a Homeschool Convention