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.

How to navigate the ups and downs of the teen years

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Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

If you’re the parent of a teen or tween, you know that those can be some emotionally difficult years. If you’re not there yet, hold on! Get ready for a ride on a wild emotional roller coaster.

Don’t misunderstand. Teens get a bad rap when it comes to attitudes and teen angst. I happen to think most teens are really amazing people. However, with hormones run amok and young people beginning to face more grown-up situations, emotions run high through these years.

I am thankful for the opportunity to homeschool my teens – not because I want to shelter them and not because I wouldn’t be similarly involved in their lives if they went to a traditional school. Rather, it’s because I so appreciate the extra time I have with my teens to come alongside them in these emotionally-charged years.

Today I want to share some tips for helping your teens through emotionally difficult situations – tips that are universal, no matter where your kids attend school.

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It’s okay to say no

It's okay to say no
Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

A few years ago, it was very popular for mom bloggers to write about being the “yes mom.” There were blog posts, Facebook status updates, and Instagram photos capturing those yes mom moments.

I know because I wrote and snapped many of them myself.

Maybe it’s still a thing; I don’t know. In case it isn’t, the gist of it was don’t tell your kids no when you could just as easily say yes.

Yes, we can have ice cream before dinner tonight. Yes, you can jump in the mud puddle. Yes, we can play a board game.

It was a fabulous concept – one whose implementation resulted in some amazing memories with my kids.

However, it’s important to remember that it’s okay to say no, too. [Read more…]

On how maybe you never really have it all together – and that’s OK

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Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

There are so many things I want to tell you in this little space I have with you.

They may seem random, but as I ponder what your heart may be longing to hear as you embark on a new homeschooling year (if you haven’t already), I realize that the random tidbits may be more cohesive and less insignificant than they seem at first glance.

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On letting summer break replenish and restore your kids

Letting a summer break replenish and restore your kids
Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

I‘ve started to notice a pattern here. I’m always the one telling you to slow down and reminding you that it’s okay not to do all. the. things.

Just a couple of months ago, I suggested that you dump your writing program.  At Christmas, I said it was okay to cut yourself some slack. Last summer I suggested that you slow down and make memories.

See? It seems to be a recurring theme – one that either makes me the voice of reason in a go-go-go society or just a slacker.

Let’s go with voice of reason. I like that better.

I’m getting ready to do it again. Because especially in summer, we need to give ourselves permission to just be.

We need to take a lesson from farmers, who know that to restore fertility to soil, sometimes you need to let the ground lie fallow.

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Photo by Pixabay

What does letting the ground lie fallow look like for a homeschooling family this summer?

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Dump the writing program (& other tips for spring learning)

Dump the writing program (&other tips for spring learning)
Written by Kris Bales of Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

I don’t know how it is where you live, but in my neck of the woods, spring has sprung! The sun is shining, the temperatures are in the low-sixties to mid-seventies, and everything is blooming, including the Bradford pears that are killing my kids’ allergies, but let’s not focus on that.

It’s spring!

And, because it’s spring, the last place that any of us want to be is cooped up inside doing school.

I know I’m not alone, so let’s look at some creative ways to embrace spring and still educate your children.

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