About Charity Hawkins

Charity Hawkins is the author of The Homeschool Experiment: A novel. She lives, homeschools, and tries to be nice to her children in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You can learn more and read the first three chapters for free at TheHomeschoolExperiment.com.

Simple record keeping

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The following is a guest post by Charity Hawkins.

As soon as possible after we finish school in the spring, I like to sort through all the piles of papers and clean up the clutter from the past year. And by “I like to,” I mean, I dread it, but I make myself do it, and feel so much better after it’s done.

But organizing all the paper that comes along with homeschooling doesn’t have to wait until the end of the school year. In fact, implementing a few of these ideas now might save you hours later.

So I thought I’d walk you through what my year-end record keeping looks like. If you find yourself wondering how others deal with the piles of school-related stuff, read on:

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How to deal with (your own) anger

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The following is a guest post written by Charity Hawkins, author of The Homeschool Experiment.

It was a late Wednesday night after church. I had planned to give my three kids a snack then send them immediately to brush their teeth and get ready for bed. My husband was working late, and I was ready to be done with the day.

Then my eight-year-old son asked if he could play “Jingle Bells,” for me on the piano, and I was so thrilled that he was finally excited about piano that I said yes. Then my six-year-old daughter begged to play. Of course, my three-year-old son wanted a turn next.

The minutes were ticking by and I thought, why did I ever agree to this anyway? We were an hour past bedtime already. I could feel my blood pressure rising. Then my son and daughter started bickering—one being bossy, the other whining. Nobody was listening to me.

“Stop it!” I snapped. Like a whip.  “Go. Brush. Your. Teeth. You’re done.”

Eyes wide, the kids stared at me, frightened, then hurried to obey.

I won. But at what cost?
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