Tag Archives: Priorities

When I Feel Insignificant

Being a stay-at-home parent can be challenging for many different reasons. The hours are long, the “clients” are often unappreciative, and at the end of the week, there isn’t even a paycheck to show for it. But overall, one of my most frequent struggles as a stay-at-home mom has been the feeling of being insignificant […]

5 Tips and Flips

Over the thirteen years that I’ve been homeschooling, I’ve learned something about good advice: every helpful tip has a balancing flip. Here are a few examples. Good Tip! Know what your goals are. Does your fourth-grader need more work memorizing his multiplication tables? Does your seventh-grader have to learn how to compose paragraphs? You might […]

Tailor-Made Education

Homeschooling is great because you can tailor your child’s education to his/her interests and needs! But what does that even mean? I might give the impression that Darren and I craft every single lesson to each of our children’s interests and needs: “I noticed Sparkler’s attention wandering during math last week, so I’m writing out […]

Cyber Socialization

“What about socialization?” Homeschoolers have been fielding this question for two generations now. The responses range from positive reassurance (“Our kids are involved in church/sports/clubs/volunteer work”) to defensive (“Mainstream ‘socialization’ has a lot of negatives that we want to avoid”). The good news for today’s homeschooling parents is that the answer is a lot easier […]

For the Love of Work

I love work. I usually follow that statement up with the rest of a Jerome K. Jerome quote: I love work. It fascinates me. I can sit and watch it for hours. But this time I really mean it. I do love work—at least, according to the definition in a book I’m currently reading. In […]