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”
Well, it’s been a while now since I’ve written any posts that will push people’s buttons, so I think it’s about time for another. It was good while it lasted, right?
If you are familiar with me at all, you’ll know that I am unapologetically pro-homeschooling, and the heart of this blog is really about encouraging people on their journey.
So while what I’m going to say today might offend some people, I’m going to say upfront that it isn’t intended that way. I’m just fully aware that there are some people (myself included) who sometimes simply refuse to do something they know they should unless someone prods them along. Continue reading “Enough with the Excuses! Do You Want to Homeschool or Not?”
The new homeschool year is upon us. If you haven’t started your home education routine already, chances are you’re busy preparing for it.
What better time can there be to share a few reminders about what not to do in your homeschool than today, right? I mean, let’s face it. There are just some things you don’t want to make a habit of in your homeschool.
Here are 10 of them. Continue reading “10 Things You Need to Avoid for a Better Homeschool”
Why I haven’t jumped on the “screen-free summer” bandwagon…
Screens seem to get a bad rap in the parenting world. As technologically advanced as our society is, devices such as phones, tablets, laptops, and TVs are often treated like pariahs in the parenting world. Interestingly enough, where do most people vent about the dangers of these fearsome gadgets? On their screen technology.
Sigh. Continue reading “10 Reasons Why Screen Time Isn’t a Waste of Time”
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”
Not looking forward to your kids’ summer vacation? Read on. This simple advice just may surprise you.
As summer break begins or quickly approaches, it’s quite common to hear parents stressed out over this additional time with their kids. Not being acclimated to having their kids home all day, summertime and other school breaks can often be a great source of anxiety for people who just aren’t used to having their kids around all the time. Continue reading “The Most Counterintuitive Piece of Parenting Advice You’ll Ever Receive”
5 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself
If there’s one thing I know about homeschool moms, it’s that we love to focus on the good things that happen during our homeschool time.
In our efforts to express to people how much we love this way of life, we can sometimes forget that people, especially other homeschoolers, need to hear the negative aspects, as well.
Today I’m going to set the record straight on one thing…
Not all kids adore homeschooling. Continue reading “Help! My Child HATES Being Homeschooled!”
Summertime is right around the corner, and chances are your summer vacation may have even started already. Although it’s such a relief to get a bit of a break for a while, sometimes after just a week or two, you may begin to hear the dreaded,
Mini unit studies can be the perfect solution for this. They’re long enough to keep the kids occupied for a bit, but short enough that it doesn’t feel like you’re actually doing school already. Continue reading “Same Kind of Different As Me- A Free Mini Unit Study!”
Other than being a wife, being a mom of many is my favorite thing in the world. There’s just nothing like a house full of laughter, noise, and…yes, clutter.
One of the drawbacks of having this number of kids (11 for those who don’t know…) is the number of times I’ve had people insinuate that they feel sorry for my kids because I must never get time alone with them. Continue reading “How to Find One-on-One Time When You’re a Mom of Many”
As most of you who have read my blog before know, I’ve got a lot to say about homeschooling. To be quite honest, that’s just a bit of an understatement because, well, I never seem to shut up about it. 😛
When I decided to try to sum up our homeschool in just one word, however, I found that it was extremely difficult for me. The problem was, lots of words came to mind, like: simple, relaxed, literary, eclectic, busy; and while all of these words fit our homeschool well, none of them adequately convey an all-encompassing description of what homeschooling means to me. (Watch my video here.) Continue reading “What Does Homeschooling Mean to Me? Freedom.”