homeschooling

This post contains affiliate links I’ve been homeschooling my kids for the last two decades. The years gathered around our homeschool table have been some of the most enriching and memorable times. After two decades as a homeschool parent, I could write volumes about homeschool life. It’s a daunting task, but doable and rewarding. Fostering…

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overscheduling

My self-imposed one car family directive evolved from an oil leak, a slow and constant drip accompanied by an odor of charred lubricant with an occasional billow of smoke rising from the hood of my mini-van. Overscheduling forced me to drive my van like Germany’s Transrapid monorail. Not surprised the van needed overhauling. The repairs…

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teach writing

I am going to let you in on a secret.  Writing is hard, even for people who do it for a living.  The getting going is the toughest part of writing.  Writer R. Crumb laments, “getting started is like getting a rocket off the ground.  You need the most energy and the most push to…

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5 Things the struggling reader wants you to know

As a nation, we ardently campaign for the rights of individuals.  When it comes to accommodating people who struggle with reading, our classrooms and places of employment often don’t reflect that endeavor. We erroneously assume that everyone who sits in a classroom or a conference room should be called upon to read aloud. In an…

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identity and purpose

Whether you’ve nursed your firstborn or you’ve been a spiritual mother to the children in your neighborhood, no matter how you arrived at motherhood the moment comes when children grow up and leave the nest. Solving the Identity Crisis: I am a Bat NOT a Bird The capstone of parenting, according to popular culture is…

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homeschooling

As one who enjoys a road trip, I appreciate when I am warned of potential hazards or pitfalls along the way.  I carry over that same appreciation when someone willingly offers a warning about something they’ve already experienced in life. A few years ago, I attended a writer’s conference for a much-needed injection of inspiration.…

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