About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.

A dose of homeschool inspiration

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Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

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The road less traveled by

The road not taken
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about intentional motherhood at Steady Mom

“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–

I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
~ Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

I stood, staring down the two roads. One, worn from much use, seemed like the most obvious option. I knew exactly what lay ahead on that route. A classroom, my newly adopted daughter with special needs, IEP meetings, therapies, early morning wake up calls, experts who know what to do when I don’t.

Predictability and my comfort zone awaited me in that direction–time to myself, time with my two little boys, someone else to share the responsibility for the results, for her learning.

So much of it sounded good, so why did my heart sink in my chest when I looked down that road?
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A dose of homeschool inspiration

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homeschool inspiration
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

Enjoy this week’s homeschool inspiration:

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The 10 commandments of a family road trip

The 10 commandments of a family road trip
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

My personal love of road trips stems from childhood–when Dad and I would hop into his rusty Toyota Celica, often without a destination in mind, and hit the open road most weekends. Though we never went far, I loved those hours spent in the car together.

But as a parent myself–with three children less than two years apart in age–my own growing family stayed away from road trips for quite some time, only venturing for a two day drive to see relatives in North Carolina now and then.

Our first experience planning, executing, and living through a lengthy family road trip came this past summer on our Little House road trip through the Midwest–nine days in the van together, eight nights sharing one hotel room.
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