Homeschool superpowers

 

Homeschool superpowers

The following post is from contributing writer Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

I‘ve got this great shirt that says, “I homeschool. What’s your superpower?”

It’s become pretty worn-out from regular wear as my homeschool mom uniform. It makes me smile when I wear it because I know that being a homeschool parent doesn’t really endow me with superpowers.

I wish it did, though. I could think of some superpowers that would be awesome to have. [Read more...]

The disappearance of childhood and what we can do to get it back

The disappearance of childhood and what we can do to get it back ~SimpleHomeschool.net
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

I want my kids to have a childhood. A living, breathing, mud-between-toes, romping-in-woods, staring-at-the-sky childhood. A secure foundation setting the stage for a secure life.

The gift of childhood. I allow my kids to slowly unwrap it each day within our homeschool.

But as I look around–at influences, at media, at society–I see childhood disappearing, evaporating further with each passing year. Are we all okay with that?

I’m not. For the good of our children, for the good of our society, for the good of the world we need to reclaim it.
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How to pack for anything

How to pack for everything

Contributer Amida writes for Journey into Unschooling.

Sometimes I think mothers are born packers.

Starting with that homecoming bag from the hospital delivery room, we have been prepping for our kids’ every away-from-home need.

When my own kids were younger, I had filled the car with all sorts of emergency supplies: emergency diapers, emergency wipes, emergency change of clothes and blankets (to this day, a friend of mine keeps her teenage kids’ baby blankets in the car for emergencies).

We always had snacks on hand or books and toys to keep a little one occupied. These days, I have children ranging from 3-15 and many days which we seem to spend on the road or waiting out a class. Along the way, I’ve learned a few strategies to help get us out the door, fed and occupied. Hopefully, some of these ideas can help you as well!

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Seniors: 4 tips for letting go

Letting kids go

The following is a post by Cheryl Pitt of CherylPitt.com.

It’s that time of year — graduation!

Our children have reached the age of legal independence.  Some of them may be heading off to college, perhaps even far away. It’s time to let our children go, literally, not just figuratively anymore.

For the first time ever, I’m navigating these difficult waters. Who knew it would be so hard to let go?

My firstborn is a senior. He’ll be graduating in a few short months.

While he’s not planning on moving away right now, he is taking hold of his newfound independence with a firm grip. I couldn’t be more proud of him, yet it still breaks my heart.

To help myself through this emotional time, I’ve chatted with a few older, wiser women in my life. They were all full of wonderful advice.

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Dealing with homeschool doubt

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The following is a guest post written by Sheila Petruccelli of Sure as the World.

Usually it sneaks up on me.

It starts as an infrequent whisper and quickly progresses to an insistent echo in my head. It undercuts my plans and has me second-guessing just about everything. It casts a shadow over the good days and magnifies the bad ones.

It follows me from morning to night and even haunts my dreams.

It’s doubt: a nebulous and invasive feeling of uncertainty that makes me feel as though I’m standing in quicksand.

It happens about once every homeschooling year, and it absolutely slays me.
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