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About Kris

Kris, who blogs at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, is a homeschooling mom to three amazing kids and wife to her unbelievably supportive husband. She enjoys photography, running, and drinking sweet tea. You can connect with Kris on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

Those little things I miss

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Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

You know how everyone is always talking about the things you’re going to miss when your kids are older? When you’re knee-deep in diapers and toddler tantrums, sometimes you don’t believe those older moms.

I’m not going to lie to you – I don’t miss diapers or tantrums. I have been known to whisper to my kids that I’m glad they’re grown when witnessing one of those tantrums.

As I – and my kids – have gotten older, I’d started to think that maybe I wasn’t as sentimental as most because I wasn’t exactly pining for those younger days. However, in recent weeks, those nostalgic feelings have hit with a vengeance – particularly in the face of teen trials.

I’m not sure which is worse, dealing with a toddler tantrum or worrying about your 19-year-old who is out on a date – because, you know what? When I look at her, I still see that cherub-faced toddler. Cherub-faced toddlers should not be dating!

If you’re in the trenches with little ones, I thought you might like to know what I’m missing, lest you think that being a mom to older kids is all rainbows and unicorns.

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Kris’s homeschool day in the life (with a 13, 15, &, 19-year-old)

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Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

It’s 7 a.m. when the alarm starts buzzing. I fumble for the snooze button – as always.

Both my husband and I have our own dual alarms and we both use the same technique – we set one warning alarm and one “I really have to get up” alarm for about 15 minutes later.

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On regular school days, I’m usually up by 7:30 for my workout because, if I don’t do it first thing, it doesn’t get done.
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How to create a stress-free homeschool this December

 

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Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

This is the time of year when my kids appreciate the fact that we started school in early July. We have been off since last week and will be off until after New Year’s.  We do this so that we can slow down and enjoy the Christmas season with less stress.

Many homeschooling families stick to their regular schedule throughout December because their kids do better with a consistent routine.

However, I know a lot of families are either taking some time off or are drastically scaling back their academic schedule.  If you fall into the latter group, you may be looking for ideas on how to create stress-free learning opportunities this month.

Before I offer my suggestions, let me first offer a disclaimer for families like mine so that you can carry on your December plans, guilt-free as well as stress-free. We start school in early July so that we can take December off. It is a scheduled school break for us.

That means there is lots of video game playing, TV watching, staying up late, and sleeping in. We sometimes bake together or do fun art projects (the girl, not the boy), but that’s the extent of December school for us.

If that describes your family, you may now resume watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel, playing Words with Friends, or playing Just Dance with your kids and enjoy your time off. Do not feel an ounce of guilt from the following suggestions.

Now, for those of you who are still doing school, but want to scale back your academic schedule for December, may I suggest the following:
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20 family activities for fall

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 Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

I don’t know about your part of the country, but where I live, October is the time of year when it’s finally cooling off and feeling like fall.

It is often still pretty hot in mid-afternoon, but the mornings and evenings are perfect for enjoying some outdoor activities as a family.

Not sure what to do? How about a one or two of these 20 suggestions for family activities for fall?

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4 truths about homeschooling

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The following is a guest post by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

You’d think, after 12 years, I’d have this homeschooling thing down. Nope! I’m still learning new things about myself, my kids, and what new seasons of homeschooling look like.

We’re in a brand-new season this year and, I’ll be honest, it’s pretty awesome. We graduated our oldest last May. She’s living at home, working, and going to cosmetology school, leaving me homeschooling my middle school girl and my freshman boy.

This new season has driven home for me 4 truths about homeschooling.

One of these, I learned many years ago, but have been reminded of this year. Three, after all these years homeschooling, are brand-new to me — or, at least, are being shown to me in a brand-new light.
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