A few days ago, I happened to see a screenshot of some back-to-school advice that someone shared. Written specifically for the parents of those registering their kids for kindergarten, I have no reservations about the fact that the author meant well.
I was appalled and astonished to see that this advice proved what I was saying the other week about the schools usurping parental authority This post, on the other hand, is suggesting that you hand it over willingly.
No usurpation required.
Okay, it’s time to fess up. If you’re a homeschool mom or dad, how many times have you had someone either hint or outright say that parents aren’t qualified to teach their kids?
I’m guessing it’s happened to you at least a few times.
A few months back, I was binge-watching homeschooling videos on YouTube. (Hey, I do that sometimes.) As I was scrolling through the comments, I came across one in which the author was adamantly opposed to homeschooling because, once again, “parents aren’t qualified to teach their kids.”
That one comment really got me thinking – and a little fired up – about how ironic that mindset is.
Here’s why. Continue reading “Think Parents Aren’t Qualified to Teach Their Kids? Oh, the Irony!”
If you’ve been here before, you know that once I get started on my tirades about the public education system, it can take awhile for me to get it out of my system.
That’s where I am right now. 😉
Last week, I shared with you why my husband and I have decided that school isn’t even an option for our kids. Today I am going to tackle one of the reasons for that – the usurpation of parental authority.
While I could come up with dozens of ways schools have stolen the rights of parents across the country, today I’m going to share the five that have hit me the most. Continue reading “Parents, Wake Up! School Is Usurping your Parental Authority”
As many of you are probably aware, I am no fan of the public education system.
A while back, I decided to share with my readers seven reasons school is NOT an option for my kids. Recently, I have, again, become convicted to share how and why we came to this decision. This time, however, I decided I would publish it on YouTube instead of writing another blog post because, frankly, sometimes it’s just easier to get it all out when I’m talking.
Are you like that, too? Continue reading “Why School Is Not an Option for My Homeschooled Kids”
I know what some of you are thinking, so let me reassure you right off the bat –
No, I haven’t given up on homeschooling.
Perish the thought!
In fact, as we come to the close of our 9th year of homeschooling, I am more confident in our decision now more than ever. So…..you might be wondering what this is all about then.
Where should I begin?
Continue reading “Why I Will Never Call Myself a Homeschool Teacher Again”
Homeschooling and patience – do they really go hand-in-hand?
Well, the truth is…yes and no.
Yes, it does take quite a bit of patience to not only spend every single day with our children when our society has trained us to be more comfortable with not being around them, but it also requires an enormous amount of patience to take on the responsibility to see to it that our children are learning and thriving.
On the other hand… Continue reading “What If I Don’t Have Enough Patience to Homeschool?”
I know there are are ton of people out there who absolutely love the winter. The crisp, clean air. Snow so white you can barely open your eyes. Sipping hot chocolate by the fire.
As for me…I can’t wait until it’s over!
Every year once Valentine’s Day has passed, I find myself getting more and more psyched over the upcoming arrival of spring. Nothing can bring me out of the winter doldrums more than the sight of a freshly bloomed cherry blossom tree. Continue reading “20 Brain-Boosting Educational Toys to Celebrate Spring”
When it comes to homeschool stereotypes, one of the most common is the notion that all homeschoolers love to read. I’ll have to admit that sometimes even as a home educator myself, I often find myself assuming it’s true, as well.
But it isn’t. I’m here to tell you today that not all homeschooled kids enjoy reading- and that’s okay. What you do want to be careful of, though, is pushing your kids to hate reading. Continue reading “7 Surefire Ways to Make Your Kids HATE Reading”
I’ve got a bit of a dilemma. As a blogger, vlogger, and writer, technology plays a huge role in my life. Every day I spend hours upon hours on my laptop working, marketing, and interacting with those looking for homeschooling advice.
As a mom of 11, I find this very. very. draining.
You could say I’ve got a bit of an aversion to technology. You’d think that would make it easy for me to limit the time I spend on my phone and computer, but no. I get pulled in just like so many other people.
Did you ever notice that there’s always one more notification to check? One more email to respond to? And one more blog post to read? Before you know it, your “quick check-in on social media” turns into a 3-hour marathon tuning into everything, except for the reason you logged on to begin with! Continue reading “Calm, Cool, and Connected- 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life- Review”
As a mom of 11, Christmas shopping can be tricky for me. Since I have so many children to buy for, I have to make sure that:
a. The gifts are affordable, and
b. They’re something that my kids will actually play with.
In the past, I strictly stuck to items from the dollar store for stocking stuffers. The problem was that, while they were only $1, they always ended up either getting broken, lost, or thrown away within a week after Christmas was over.
Not a good feeling. Continue reading “20 Blind Bag Stocking Stuffers for $5 or Less!”