Although it’s 2018, lately I’ve been reminiscing about older American traditions. Whether this has been brought on by the now common spectacle of kids as young as 2 staring at screens all day instead of playing with toys or always feeling like I’m going to multi-task myself into exhaustion, I don’t know, but I’m certainly convinced that something has got to change. Continue reading “25 Traditional Toys to Buy This Christmas Season”
As a homeschool mom, I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about school – public school, to be exact.
No, I haven’t been thinking of sending my kids back – perish the thought! What I have been thinking about is what life today would be like if the public education system never existed.
To be sure, proponents of government schooling would claim that society wouldn’t be where it is today without it, and I’d have to agree with them.
But that isn’t a good thing. Continue reading “What If Public Education Never Existed?”
The Most CRUCIAL Thing I’ve Learned as a Mom of 11!
I love being a mom of many. It’s that simple. The funny thing is, when I try to tell someone that, they often look at me like I have a third eye. Inevitably, this question always comes up sooner rather than later:
How can you have that many children without going a little insane?
I can’t blame them. Our oldest was an only child for 5 1/2 years, and I remember what used to run through my mind whenever I saw a family with a large number of children. Continue reading “How to Keep Your Sanity When You’re a Mom of Many”
I’m one of those people who hates to be late for anything. Anything. I would rather be an hour early than five minutes late.
As a mom of many, getting somewhere on time honestly isn’t something I have to think much about. It just happens. Very often- usually at church- other moms will ask me how I’m able to get my huge crew out the door and actually show up early, especially considering the fact that my husband isn’t usually with me.
In case you’re wondering, I don’t have a magic formula. I don’t have a foolproof trick. What I do have is a routine that is simple and consistently helps us to get where we’re going without a problem.
So for all you moms of many out there… Continue reading “How to Get Your Large Family Out the Door on Time”
It’s about time I come “clean” about something I’m not very proud of:
I’m terrible at keeping house. Really, really terrible.
Admitting this isn’t something that comes easy to me. In fact, before I started homeschooling, I was a total neat freak. I remember one of my kids bringing home a paper asking about what her parents like to do, and she wrote that her mom likes to clean. Sigh. I was so proud of that. Continue reading “Homeschool Mom Confession: I Haven’t Dusted in 2 Months!!”
In this age of neverending consumerism, one question I hear over and over again is how our family of 12 manages to live on one income. I’m going to tell you that it’s not easy, but it isn’t impossible.
I can’t begin to count how many times someone has expressed to me how much they’d love to stay home with their kids to homeschool but simply can’t afford it. I honestly think that most of their concerns are an illusion brought on by a society that highlights possessions over “less glamorous” things, like family. Continue reading “How to Tell the Difference Between Wants and Needs: A Lesson for Today’s Adults”
The past few decades, an insidious lie has been repeated over and over again to women in our society- You can have it all!
I don’t know when this falsehood started, or why, but I’m pretty sure it began somewhere in the 1970s when women, en masse, decided to forego homemaking in order to work outside the home.
Don’t worry. This is not going to be a diatribe against working women. I myself have worked outside the home off and on, and, because of that, I know how hard it is. Continue reading “A Word to the Wise- You Can’t Have It All”
It’s been awhile since I shared what a homeschool day in our lives looks like. To be honest, writing this type of post exhausts me. I don’t think I ever actually realize how hectic things are around here until I write everything down and reflect on it. All I can say is, yikes.
Today I’m back for Day 2 of my series, How to Homeschool Multiple Children Without Going Crazy. Yesterday I gave an overview of what I’ll be sharing this week, but today I’m going to get down to the nitty gritty.
Of all the homeschool hacks I’ve learned in my eight years of living this lifestyle, grouping and alternating has been the glue that holds our homeschool together, which is why I’ve chosen to share this one first. It is the foundation our homeschool structure is built upon. (Watch my video on grouping your kids here.) Continue reading “Large Family Homeschool Hack #1: Grouping and Alternating”
Ditch the Schoolwork and Have a Life Skills Day!
One of the hardest adjustments I’ve had to make as a homeschool mom is the fact that our house is a lot messier than it once was. B.H.- Before Homeschooling– I was a cleaning fanatic. The house was always spotless. I dusted, vacuumed, mopped, scrubbed the bathtub, and washed windows daily. My living room carpet had to be vacuumed in such a way that I could see perfect little lines running through it. In fact, one of my kids once brought home a paper from school that said:
What does your mom like to do?
My mom likes to clean. Continue reading “Are You Tired of Homeschooling in a Messy House?”