Homeschooling Multiple Children

When I started homeschooling I really only had the Princess who was doing school.  Sure, sometimes my Little Man would "sit in" on school work, but my primary focus was on the Princess.  Over the years our family has grown by one more, the Littles have gotten older.  And now I am homeschooling 3 kiddos…

Rethinking My Parenting Style

Last week was a really rough week with the kids.  Somewhere along the lines of my parenting journey, I completely lost control of these small beings.  They have turned into little balls of crazy howler monkeys hopped up on caffeine and sugar (neither of which did I give them) that are chasing hypothetical squirrels and…

The Joy of Day Trips

When Zoë was little I was a single mom supporting us on a minimum wage income.  Money was definitely tight.  One thing that I really wanted to do, but that was waaaaay outside of our budget was taking traditional summer vacations.  There was no way I could drop a couple thousand dollars (or more, if…

I’m Just Not That Kind of Mom

00000 Last week I was looking at my son and had this moment of feeling completely and utterly in love with him.  The feeling was overwhelmingly soft and beautiful.  I wanted to cuddle him in my arms for the rest of the evening, perhaps never letting go. Then I farted and the feeling passed. Ok...…

Year-Round Homeschooling

I vividly remember my first *real* job.  At 22 I had secured an office job working in accounts payable for a national magazine distribution company.  I had my own office space (well, cubicle), benefits like health insurance and a 401k, and I got paid vacation time.  This was exciting!  A real grown up job experience. …

The Homeschool Culture

The other day I was scrolling through Facebook and came upon a question that grabbed my attention.  The writer asked if there were other homeschool moms out there that did not subscribe to the "homeschool culture." My first reaction was curiosity about what others' responses were.  As I looked through the comments I became aware…

The Homeschool Planner

I know I've said that Schedules are for Losers ( <----- you can read that post here) but I have to admit my deep dark secret...  are you ready for it? I LOVE to plan. (This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for full details.) In fact, it's almost an obsession.  I get my…

Curriculum for the Preschooler

I see posts all of the time asking, "What curriculum should I use for my preschooler?"  And overwhelmingly the answers are, "None.  Just play." Studies are showing that young children need play.  The National Association for the Education of Young Children has dedicated a lot of their research to play-based learning and how important that…

Losing My Religion

Perhaps my title is a bit misleading, but the REM song comes to mind and honestly, I just can't NOT use that song as my title.  You see, a few years ago I had a moment of doubt in the faith I had been raised with.  That moment grew into a downward spiral of questions and…