A Busy, Messy House and Homeschooling Stress

A Busy, Messy House and Homeschooling Stress

A Busy, Messy House and Homeschooling Stress

Is your house busy? Is it messy? I suspect for many families this is a significant area where they need to make changes in order to overcome homeschooling stress. However, this is one of the stress factors that is easy to identify and can be acted upon rather quickly in most homes.

The bottom line is this.:

Find a way to clean out your house. Find a system to keep it cleaned out.

I know that sounds simple, but it will never fix itself. You must attack it ruthlessly.

Get Rid of Half of What is in Your House

I’m not joking, but get … Read more »

Feeling Behind and Homeschooling Stress

Feeling Behind and Homeschooling Stress

Feeling Behind and Homeschooling Stress

 

Do you ever feel behind as a homeschooling parent? I think it is a normal part of the homeschooling experience that often contributes to homeschooling stress. And since I’ve been a classroom teacher, too, can I let you in on a little secret?

Teachers deal with this all the time. Even the very best teachers struggle with feeling behind and not on top of things. I think it is part of being an educator whether you are educating at home or in a school building.

So what drives this feeling that we always feel behind? How much of it is true … Read more »

Survival List for Work-at-Home Homeschooling Moms

Survival List for Work-at-Home Homeschooling Moms

Survival List for Work-at-Home Homeschooling Moms

As if homeschooling our children isn’t enough, many of us also decide to add working at home to the mix. I still haven’t decided if we’re blessed to be able do this or totally crazy. Probably a lot of both.

I began working at home as a writer in 1998 when I decided to leave teaching. David began working at home when he was downsized out of his corporate job in 2001. He’s an excellent web designer and graphic designer. We often work together on projects and he has his own clients as well. He also does all … Read more »

Choosing Homeschool Curriculum and Homeschooling Stress

Choosing Homeschool Curriculum and Homeschooling Stress

Choosing Homeschool Curriculum and Homeschooling Stress

When I look at homeschool curriculum websites, articles and catalogs, generally two things happen.

My eyes glaze over.

My brain wants to shut down.

Seriously.

Choosing homeschool curriculum is often a contributing factor to homeschool stress. I think there are a number of reasons for that.

It’s often expensive so we don’t want to make a costly mistake.
There are so many choices it is overwhelming.
We don’t want to mess up our child’s education and teach her the wrong things.
We feel pressure from friends, family and other homeschoolers to do school a certain way.
It’s tempting to get sucked into the newest and hottest thing.

I do … Read more »

FREE-for-the-Summer

FREE for the Summer from Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op

FREE-for-the-Summer

Disclosure: iHomeschool Network is compensating me to share this free, no strings attached offer with you.

We’ve all heard of the summer slide. As a teacher, I witnessed it first-hand every year. Children took the entire summer off from academics and it took them weeks to get back in the swing of things in the fall. We spent the first few weeks every year repeating content they had learned the previous year. It was catch up time with math, reading and writing. The summer slide is real. (In fact, you probably remember those boring weeks of reviewing in school yourself each … Read more »

Age Disequilibrium and Homeschooling Stress

Age Disequilibrium and Homeschooling Stress

Age Disequilibrium and Homeschooling Stress

Several years ago I became aware of the idea of age disequilibrium. It answered many of my questions regarding how a child’s behavior could change so drastically over the period of a few months. I wrote at one point about my perplexity with the half year disequilibrium at three and a half years. If you aren’t familiar with these concepts, then you can see this explanation of the roller coaster of equilibrium and disequilibrium.

It is unfortunate that every expectant parent isn’t required to study child development and topics like this. I think many problems could … Read more »

Personality Types and Homeschooling Stress

Personality Types and Homeschooling Stress

Personality Types and Homeschooling Stress

Do you know your personality type? Do you realize how much your personality type impacts how you interact with people, events and environmental stimuli?

Have you considered how the personality types of the other people in your home impact your homeschooling experiences? Did you ever think that conflicting personality types and homeschooling stress can go hand in hand?

For my 31 Days of Learning Differently Series, Susan Williams wrote a guest post on How Understanding Personality Types Can Improve Your Parent-Child Relationship. If you haven’t read that post, please click over and read it or this post … Read more »

Overcoming Homeschooling Stress - A Series

Overcoming Homeschooling Stress – A Series

Overcoming Homeschooling Stress - A Series

I’m a proponent of home education and believe it can be a powerful option for many families. It’s easy to find information about all of the benefits of homeschooling whether they are educational, social, financial or emotional. But the reality is that homeschooling can be incredibly stressful for the parents and the moms in particular. Many parents find themselves wanting to quit due in large part to the stress that often accompanies homeschooling.

As much as I believe in homeschooling, I confess I find it stressful. I wish I didn’t, but I do. I believe there is a … Read more »

Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I’ve just finished reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I learned of the book in a Facebook group when someone shared two videos that were made about it. After watching the videos, I wanted to read the book.

Does it spark joy?

The basic premise is to only keep those things in your home that make your heart throb with joy. Kondo has a very specific order when it comes to helping her clients with their mission of tidying up. You go through discarding and then deciding where to keep … Read more »

EoE Badge

National Eosinophil Awareness Week

EoE Badge

This is National Eosinophil Awareness Week. During this week, people who have been impacted seek to raise awareness regarding this set of diseases. In some cases, it is parents raising awareness on behalf of their child. In other cases, it is the adults themselves who have been impacted.

What is all this? The American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders explains it this way:

A group of uncommon chronic illnesses, eosinophil (E-o-‘si-n-o-“fil) associated disorders, are rapidly emerging as a healthcare problem worldwide. Yet, many patients suffering from these disorders go undiagnosed for years due to a lack of information or awareness … Read more »

Girlday

Happy It’s a Girl Day!

Girlday

May 11 is an official holiday in our home! We celebrate It’s a Girl! Day to commemorate finding out via ultrasound that we were at very long last expecting a girl. We had prayed specifically for a daughter all of those years and were a mixture of joy and tears when the technician told us we were having a girl.

Our celebration is pretty simple. Caroline gets to choose whatever she wants for lunch. The past few years it was Chinese, but this year it was Taco Bell (?!?!?!?). Since we almost never eat out  due … Read more »

Gifted and 2e Children Asking Hard Spiritual Questions

Gifted and 2e Children Asking Hard Spiritual Questions

Gifted and 2e Children Asking Hard Spiritual Questions

The first time Caroline asked me a “hard” spiritual question I was not prepared. I love theology, discussing doctrine, reading meaty books, studying the Bible, etc., but discussing these topics with a little girl wasn’t on my radar!

And yet many gifted and 2e children ask the hard questions, often long before you expect them to do so. They think about life, death, God and matters of faith in ways many adults never do.

I admit my first response internally was to briefly freak out. It really was. That quickly turned into a thought of something like, “Can’t I just catch … Read more »