Much has been written about how to address common myths about homeschooling with the curious or naysayers. There's a polite answer, including statistics, for everything from "what will they do when they get out into the real world" to "how will your kids ever get into college." We parents have many golden opportunities to kindly … Continue reading How NOT to Answer Homeschooling Questions
I'm actually looking forward to the end of the road to see what's beyond it, and am so grateful for having traveled down it.
Have a plan but don't let the plan have you.
Christmas is not all about the dozens of things on your to-do list, and you can simply refrain from doing the things that no longer bring you joy.
The dusty photo and memorabilia boxes, one each for every year since 1991, sat on the open closet shelves and were put into containers and moved from closet to closet as we moved, growing in number with items mindlessly tossed into them and rarely opened again. Then came time to relocate decades of memories back … Continue reading Permission to Purge
The dorm is well-stocked, the decorations are up and college is once again in full swing. I do love the tapestry hanging above my daughter's bed, but it should have come with a disclaimer. Two of our kids have now had the pleasure of college dorm life, or Character Building 101 as we like … Continue reading The World is Not Really Just Yours; Lessons for the Young (and Old)
I've written about our first two children, and now it's the baby's turn. I say baby. She's almost 17. We're in the throes of her senior year and registering for SATs, thinking about senior pictures, and investigating colleges. Never mind the fact that this is our official last year of homeschooling and soon, after 18 … Continue reading
Since 1999, we have invested thousands of our own dollars home educating our three children; not only through the purchase of a variety of curricula, but for outside enrichment classes, including community college, dance and music lessons, theater classes, art supplies, and standard issue pajamas. Well, that last part isn't quite true, but if I … Continue reading Grateful for Choices
Let's discuss preschool. I'm having a difficult time believing that our children now have to practically understand algebra before kindergarten. Moms who homeschool, private school, or have taken the conventional route of schooling, which is a path I was on for a minute or two, are discussing preschool curriculum. I don't get it. Note the … Continue reading Preschool Without the School
Years ago, while we were all sitting in the living room watching TV, a Hallmark card commercial came on depicting a mama bird in the nest, looking over her precious blue egg as it cracks open, and watching over her baby through different stages until she's ready to fly. I found myself getting all choked … Continue reading When Your Bird Flies the Nest