Homeschooling for mental health

Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

I was 12-years-old when I first began to starve myself.

I don’t know why exactly. Just that it made me feel in control, and being thin brought positive attention my way. That subconscious choice launched a decades-long struggle with food, eventually morphing into bulimia, depression, anxiety.

A deep love for my own kids finally helped me turn the corner in my relationship to food and begin to make peace with it. I spent the first half of my life hating my body, and there’s zero chance I’m going to do so in the second half. I choose to honor each laugh line and wrinkle, celebrate every silver hair I’ve earned.

But I think my struggles back then pale when compared to the load modern day tweens and teens are asked to carry.

I can’t imagine shouldering social media and cyberbullying on top of homework, active shooter drills on top of exams, peer pressure on top of a lack of ownership. Of course it’s not this way for every traditionally-schooled teen, thank God, but it is for many.

Something has been stolen from our kids, and it’s a tragedy.
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In today’s post: Scheduling your Homeschool, Saying Yes to God as a Family, The End of School, Taming the To-Do List, plus several more deals on Kindle and audio! Click through to download. 

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The British Royal Family: History, Legends & Myths: A giveaway sponsored by Dover Publications

The dashing Prince Harry of Wales and beautiful American actress Meghan Markle made headlines with the news of their upcoming wedding. Now, you can join in the excitement with a great giveaway of books about British history, legends, and myths from Dover Publications.

In partnership with Simple Homeschool, Dover is thrilled to offer TWO lucky winners a prize pack filled with the coloring books, papercrafts, literature, and paper dolls shown below, a value of $125.00!!
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