How an unexpected homeschool fight can further your resolve

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The following is a guest post by Heather Woodie of Blog She Wrote.

I was taken by surprise recently at a response to my declaration that we homeschool.

We were at a local qualifying meet for First Lego League and I was speaking to the coach of another team. We were there as a family to support my husband who is a coach and my tenth-grader who is a long time team member competing his last eligible year.

She approached us and engaged my daughter about team participation and was shocked to hear that she was not on a team. It’s not the first time well-meaning people have suggested my “creative to her core” girl should embrace math and engineering. To do anything less would be sacrificing potential.

So, I attempted to divert the conversation and we talked about schools. She is a teacher educator. We both taught middle school. We talked about differences in schools here (New York state) versus Maryland where I  taught.

Then I did it. I simply said, “… and so we homeschool.”

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Last chance for the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle – Offer ends tonight!

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This year’s bundle has ended, but you can still buy any of the books individually!

I have the flu and should be asleep right now.

But I’m forcing myself into an upright position long enough to let you know this:

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale ends tonight (Monday, April 28th) at 11:59pm ET!

It’s true that authors like myself make money from these bundles, and that is an awesome blessing to my family. But that’s not the only thing keeping me from snuggling under the covers right now. The fact is that some of you really, really need this bundle! In fact, it just might be a turning point in your life.

Not all of you do, and that’s okay as well.

But if you any of these describe you:

  • in need of a mothering mentor and don’t have an in-real-life option right now
  • had a bad experience in your own childhood and never saw quality parenting modeled for you
  • you’ve just brought the kids home to homeschool and could use some guidance and resources in the transition
  • you’ve lost yourself in motherhood and want to reconnect with who you are and who God wants you to be
  • you’re making the transition to “real food” and healthier lifestyle
  • you’re a new blogger trying to find direction and purpose for your writing
  • you’re friends with a new mama and would like to gift them the bundle for Mother’s Day!

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10 ways you’re making your homeschool day harder than it needs to be

10 ways you're making your homeschool day harder
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

I woke with dreary eyes. The thought of the day ahead seemed pretty bleak.

At breakfast time I pulled out our latest read-aloud (an activity I usually love), thinking I’d rather go to the dentist than proceed.

But I plodded ahead through gritted teeth–I have a job to do after all, my inner drill sergeant announced–the result not at all inspiring for any of us.

We would have been better off that morning with a Sparkle Story to listen to over breakfast, a cup of warm tea for the mama, and a few extra minutes to regroup and plan peace for the day ahead.

Ever have a day like this?

Homeschooling can be hard enough, but I sometimes find I make it even harder on myself by falling into negative patterns or mindsets.

Here are a few ways you may be doing the same.
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Homeschooling as an introvert: the blessings & challenges

homeschooling as an introvert-the blessings & challengesJamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

“I could never do that” seems to be one of the most common responses when it comes up in conversation that I homeschool my children. What does that actually mean?

I think when people say “I could never do that” they sometimes mean they don’t have the personality that fits a homeschooling lifestyle. So consider today’s post the start of a new series on this blog: personalities in the homeschool.

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I’m not sure there is such a thing as an ideal homeschool personality. We all have our tendencies and our quirks–as any personality test will point out. (I’m an INFJ if you’re curious!)

Certainly knowing ourselves better helps us steer our homeschooling style to capitalize on our strengths and minimize our weaknesses. Since I’m most familiar with the introverted parent’s perspective–let’s start today with some thoughts about homeschooling as an introvert.
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Creating a lifestyle of learning


The following is a guest post written by Melissa Camara Wilkins of

When our first daughter was born, we knew we were not going to homeschool.

We knew some homeschooled kids. Those kids were weird.

Two things that didn’t occur to us back then:

1. There are a lot of homeschooled kids out there. We knew two who were weird. That might not have been a representative sample.

2. We are also weird. It’s not such a bad thing.

It didn’t take us long to realize that choosing an educational philosophy based on trying to avoid making weird kids was not actually the best plan.

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