Why in the World Is School Considered Normal?

I haven’t had a good rant in a while, so I thought it was time…

As the summer came to an end last year, I received this in the mail from the cable company:  Continue reading “Why in the World Is School Considered Normal?”

How to Tell the Difference Between Wants and Needs: A Lesson for Today’s Adults

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 incomeI’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”

A Word to the Wise- You Can’t Have It All

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”

You Don’t Have to Be a Supermom to Homeschool

In our eight years of homeschooling, I’ve noticed that there are a large number of people who put those of us who educate our own children up on a pedestal:

You’re amazing!

You’re a superhero!

You must have superhuman patience!

You must be so organized!

You must be Mother of the Year!

As much as I’d love to take the credit for all of those things, there’s just one problem…

None of that is true. 

Continue reading “You Don’t Have to Be a Supermom to Homeschool”

A Cautionary Tale: The Time I Sent My Kids Back to School

The month of February is notorious for being the most likely time for homeschool moms to suffer from burnoutThe novelty of a new school year has worn off, combined with the post-holiday slump and, for lucky people like me- the long, cold winter season. Those factors can cause even the most seasoned homeschoolers to want to pull their hair out.

I’m not going to lie to you- the first few years of homeschooling can be rough. The combination of getting used to being with your kids all day, learning not to try to recreate school, finding your homeschool groove, and dealing with friends and family members who don’t agree with your decision can be a draining and stressful experience.  Continue reading “A Cautionary Tale: The Time I Sent My Kids Back to School”

The Stewardship of Home Schooling: Teaching, Inspiring, Motivating, and More- Review and a Giveaway!

Real Stories from Successful Parents

As someone who is admittedly obsessed with the topics of homeschooling and education, in general, I have read dozens of books on the subjects.  As fabulous as these resources are, many of them seem to simply repeat what I’ve read in other similar books.

Dr. William Overton has brought a fresh perspective to home education with The Stewardship of Home Schooling: Teaching, Inspiring, Motivating, and More. He takes great care to emphasize the fact that no matter how your kids are being educated- in school, out of school, or both- education is an essential component in the stewardship of parenting.  Continue reading “The Stewardship of Home Schooling: Teaching, Inspiring, Motivating, and More- Review and a Giveaway!”

Parenting with Grace and Truth- Review

Leading and Loving Your Kids Like Jesus

As a Christian mother, “biblical parenting” is a phrase I hear quite a bit in my circles. Moms will be talking about disciplinary issues with their children, and this term will inevitably pop up at one point or another.

But what is biblical parenting?  Continue reading “Parenting with Grace and Truth- Review”

Kingdom Family Devotional-52 Weeks of Growing Together- Review

As a mom of many, I’m always on the lookout for great family devotionals. Having children with such a wide variety of ages usually means that I’m having to use at least three separate devotionals at any given time.  Continue reading “Kingdom Family Devotional-52 Weeks of Growing Together- Review”

Are You Tired of Homeschooling in a Messy House?

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?”

Your Top 10 Favorite Posts from 2016

As 2017 newly begins, today I’ll be doing a little countdown of my own:

My 10 Most Popular Posts from 2016

Since I returned to the blogging world at the end of March, I have been so blessed by all of the readers who have so faithfully visited and commented here. In the month of December, I reached over 40,000 views in one month, which is the most I’ve ever gotten, so thank you so, so much. I appreciate each and every one of you more than you’ll ever know. ♥

I hope to continue to encourage you as I have these past nine months, so today I am sharing your favorite posts of 2016 in the hopes that anyone who may have missed any will have the opportunity to find out what other readers have found to be the most helpful.

Let the countdown begin!

Continue reading “Your Top 10 Favorite Posts from 2016”