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How an introverted mom became an angry one

Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool

The glass left my hand and slammed into the wall on the far side of the bedroom, shattering into hundreds of shards on the carpet. As I turned to the side, I caught a glimpse of the reflection in the mirror before sinking to the ground in sobs.

I didn’t recognize myself.

That outburst happened almost ten years ago–thankfully without anyone else present–but I’ll never forget it.

Not only did I make a challenging day harder (cleaning glass out of carpet, anyone?), but I also recognized the warning sign I could no longer ignore.

And now that I understand more about my personality as an introvert, it all makes perfect sense.

I had never, ever thought of myself as an angry person before having kids. Ever. I don’t think anyone else would have used that adjective to describe me either.

But when Trishna joined our family from India at the age of four, the shock of suddenly having three little kids less than two years apart in age–two of them dealing with trauma of their own–brought me to the end of myself.

It wasn’t that I didn’t love my kids. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to care for them. I had been called to and completely wanted to do both of those things–they had been my dreams.


Photo taken weeks after I became a mom of three–with a 4-, 3-, & 2-year-old. I was already mucho-tired, ya’ll.

It was that as an introverted, highly sensitive mama, the sudden volume and chaos levels literally kept my nervous system in overdrive–nearly all day, every day.
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FREE BOOKS! Today’s best Kindle freebies for your family

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

In today’s post: the Victoria-era Martha Stewart, understanding the Paleo Diet, inspiration for introverts, books free just for Prime members, 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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So grateful that spring’s here at last!

Our Heal the World Book Club will be ending soon, and all the members have worked (and read) so hard raising money for the education of child trafficking survivors in the Philippines through Love146:

Whether your family participated in our book club or not, we’d love to invite you to contribute toward our cause and help our gauge grow higher! Details here.

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Featured sponsor:

Have you seen the incredible lineup of speakers/personalities coming to Great Homeschool Conventions?

From friends like Sarah Mackenzie to authors like S.D. Smith to special performances = amazing! Conventions still to come in California & Missouri this summer–details here.

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On how I finally stopped hating workbooks

Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

When we first began homeschooling, workbooks represented two things I desperately wanted to avoid: an impersonalized learning system and the idea of fitting all children into the same box/grade level.

We had a few workbooks on our shelf, but I only used them at a child’s request–not very often.

However, as my kids became older, I slowly began to see two benefits that workbooks also have to offer:

1. They leave a paper trail. This comes in handy when you need proof of all the learning, both informal and formal, that happens under your roof.

2. They can calm a mama’s or papa’s homeschool jitters.

Sometimes when you’re homeschooling, you feel completely out of your element. Making a habit of even one workbook page a day can take the edge off those insecurities.

When my kids were littles, my main goal was for them to fall in love with learning. It still is! But I think having the tiniest amount of book work might have settled my own worries just a tad while giving them 95+% interest-led learning freedom.

If this is something you’d like to try, look for a way to encourage your kids to agree to the idea, too, so that even this small minimum will not become a battleground.

Tip: I often tape a $5 bill in the back of a workbook and find that to be quite the compelling incentive! We also use our positivity bean jar to encourage this type of work.

Over the years we have found a few workbooks that worked well for us. So when the opportunity came to partner with Workman Publishing, creators of the colorful Big Fat Notebooks and our favorite Star Wars workbooks, I eagerly agreed to take a peek at their new line of summer workbooks.

Here’s an official overview:
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