Motherhood lessons learned from Lorelai Gilmore

Motherhood lessons learned from Lorelai Gilmore
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

I first discovered the show Gilmore Girls last year, when I heard Tsh and one of her podcast guests mention it.

As a highly sensitive person I have a hard time finding “Jamie approved” shows to watch, so I decided to give it a try.

In case you aren’t familiar with it, Gilmore Girls tells the story of a single mom (Lorelai Gilmore) raising her only child, daughter Rory (16-years-old when the series begins). Because Lorelai had Rory when she was only sixteen, their relationship often mirrors that of close friends rather than mother/daughter.


In all honesty, I nearly stopped watching early in the first season. The whole “Chilton high school cool kids vs. Rory” storyline almost did me in. But I’m so glad I stuck with it!

And how could I not? The show takes place in fictional Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a small village so similar to my own beloved Newtown. Most of the references to real-life landmarks, roads, towns, etc. are right in my own backyard.

So of course I had to go explore them!

1779, just like Stars Hollow, see?! And this whole George Washington breakfast at the Tavern is just begging for a Gilmore Girls-style reenactment, don’t ya think?!

Last weekend my friend, writing colleague, and fellow GG fan Kara Anderson flew to my neck of the woods. We then drove 30 minutes north, to the tiny village Amy Sherman-Palladino was visiting when she had the idea for Gilmore Girls.

We walked the streets of Washington Depot, stayed at an Inn in honor of Lorelai, and ate pop-tarts, french fries, and peanut butter cups in celebration of the girls’ dreadful eating habits.

In front of Washington Depot’s town hall

We had a bit of a Gilmore Girls marathon too, finishing up the series for the second time in anticipation of the new episodes coming to Netflix soon, woot!

Watching Lorelai parent Rory as a single mom has also taught me a few things about motherhood. Here are a few Gilmore-inspired lessons that I want to keep in my back pocket as I navigate the upcoming teen years with my own crew:
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The first snowfall AND 70 degree temperatures–all in the span of a week? Connecticut, you are always full of surprises! Also? I love you.

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Isn’t this the best color for fall & the holidays? Thanks to my latest Stitch Fix, this sweater just completed my autumn wardrobe!

This and the other shirt I kept (love that lace on the front!) fit perfectly, just the way the stylists know I like it. And with the holidays approaching, it’s the ideal time to try it out! Share your budget, size, & style, & say bye-bye to the crowded mall for good.


Are you looking for a holistic, creative curriculum? If you’re drawn to the Waldorf philosophy, make sure you take a peek at Christopherus Homeschool Resources.

I can truthfully say that their Kindergarten guide saved me from being a stressed out mama back in the day! They also have curriculum materials for 1st-8th grades.

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FREE BOOKS! Today’s best Kindle freebies for your family

FREE BOOKS! Today's best KindleAmazon freebies for your family

Some great finds in today’s post: Children’s Book of Magic, Christmas Stories for Kids, DSLR Photography for Beginners, Mitford, and several more titles–click through to download!

All of the resources below were available free or on offer at the time this post was put together, but keep in mind that Amazon freebies/deals change rapidly, so don’t wait to download those that interest you. I’d also recommend double-checking that the price hasn’t changed before clicking to order!

Also, a disclaimer: I’ve done my best to choose titles I think my readers would enjoy, but I haven’t read all of the books listed below. Please preview to determine what’s appropriate for you and yours. Have fun!
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How to teach your kids to cook (with a cooking course printable)

Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool

When I graduated from high school in 1994, I had a 4.0 GPA, was a member of the National Honor Society, and shortly afterwards received a complete scholarship to a local university.

I had never made a full meal for myself or anyone else. I hope to give my children a more holistic education, one that’s relevant both in the classroom and in real life.

That’s why a few years ago I invited my kids to begin a formal baking class as part of their homeschool.

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I wrote about our experience on the blog, and it became one of the most popular posts at that time. The following year I also documented Jonathan’s graduation from his baking class, and how the entire experience had been a positive one.

Since that time, my daughter Trishna also graduated from her baking class. Some of her closest friends  came to celebrate her hard work and sample all the goodies she had learned to make:
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This is the FINAL weekend that Give Your Child the World will be available for just $2.99, so I hope you take a minute to snag your copy while you still can!

Several of you have emailed me to say what an incredible gift it’s been to get a resource like this that you’ll use again and again at this price–I love that you’re finding it useful and inspiring.

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Did you know how to cook when you left home? I didn’t, but I’m determined my children will!

One of the resources that has helped us toward that goal is the e-course Kids Cook Real Food–my kids loved watching other kids in each video. Only a few days left to register for this interactive cooking curriculum–see the detailed scope & sequence here


Do you struggle with teaching writing in your homeschool? It can feel overwhelming, which is why hiring a mentor could help. offers online writing courses for kids of all ages. Their instructors are passionate about writing and give positive feedback to help your child improve!

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