Homeschooling

The Best Compliment I Received From a Public School Teacher

The Best Compliment I Received From a Public School Teacher

It’s nice to receive compliments about your kids, especially as a mom who might be swimming a little bit upstream. So what’s the best compliment I ever received as a homeschooling mom? Well, let me tell you. Because it’s nice to hear something positive. It’s […]

Dear Homeschoolers, Please Stop.

Dear Homeschoolers, Please Stop.

As homeschoolers, we are often so worried about what we should do. But let’s—just for a moment—focus on a few things we can maybe stop doing. So I ask you: fabulous awesome homeschoolers, please stop doing these seven things: 1. Homeschoolers, please stop being afraid of your […]

To the Mom Who Doesn’t Have a Tribe

To the Mom Who Doesn’t Have a Tribe

Lately I’ve heard chatter in the mom world from gals who feel as though they can’t find their tribe. Their people. The gals they feel comfortable hanging with. Their friends. Their support. Which is a total bummer. It’s just not right to go through life […]

Grade Levels: Stop Freaking Out When Someone Asks

Grade Levels: Stop Freaking Out When Someone Asks

Some time ago, I wondered aloud on social media about grade levels in homeschooling. I asked how many people in my circle of peeps were homeschooling a child 7th grade or older. Innocent enough question, I thought. And it was for the most part. It […]

Interviews with Homeschoolers: Two Brothers

Interviews with Homeschoolers: Two Brothers

Want to know how someone feels about their life as a homeschooled kid? In my opinion, it’s best to go straight to the source. I present to you two unedited interviews with homeschoolers. Namely, my two sons. (My sons are now homeschooled teens, but these […]

Anxiety About Homeschooling High School? Don’t Say This.

Anxiety About Homeschooling High School? Don’t Say This.

It’s not uncommon to have some anxiety about homeschooling high school. The high school years tend to bring out every single worry and concern that we successfully kept hidden while doing elementary art projects and morning basket story times. And it doesn’t help at all […]

Homeschool Mom Friends: The 7 Types You Need

Homeschool Mom Friends: The 7 Types You Need

Hey, fellow homeschooling mom! We all need homeschool mom friends, right? Here are the seven types of friends every homeschool mom needs in order to sweeten up life and get through the day with minimal scarring. Homeschool mom friends #1: the new homeschooling mom I love […]

Reasons Older Kids Don’t Read (as much as they used to)

Reasons Older Kids Don’t Read (as much as they used to)

Remember those days of hauling out massive stacks of books from the library? When the potential overdue fines for that stack of books was a real financial threat? I remember those days. That was our life not too long ago, but things are different now. […]

When to Change Homeschool Curriculum, and When to Push Through

When to Change Homeschool Curriculum, and When to Push Through

You bought that shiny curriculum because your research on it (and the knowledge of how your kids think) told you it would be perfect. You bought that curriculum because your kids said it sounded good. Because you thought it sounded good. Because your friend uses it […]

Want Independent Homeschoolers? Teach Them These Two Things

Want Independent Homeschoolers? Teach Them These Two Things

Years ago as a brand new homeschooling mom, I would hear people gush about the fact that homeschooled children are so darn independent. I looked into the future and assumed our days would eventually play out with us going about our own thing, exploring our […]

Homeschool Family Relationships: How to Handle Always Being Together

Homeschool Family Relationships: How to Handle Always Being Together

How many of you decided to homeschool partly because you wanted lots of that togetherness that comes with homeschool family relationships? Ok, now fess up. How many of you, at some point in your homeschooling journey, have looked at these wonderful people you have all […]

When Dad is Against Homeschooling

When Dad is Against Homeschooling

Uh-oh. That thing where dad is against homeschooling, but you’re completely in love with the idea. How do you deal with this? This is actually one of the more common questions I get at The Hmmmschooling Mom Facebook page and it’s generally along the lines I […]

The One Thing At-Home Moms Should Stop Assuming

The One Thing At-Home Moms Should Stop Assuming

All the at-home moms in the room, raise your hand. Oh, good! I see you! Now tell me: how often have you received a phone call or text like this: “Our daycare gal is sick and I can’t take the day off work. Can I […]

Homeschooling Older Kids: 5 Ways it Can Get Harder

Homeschooling Older Kids: 5 Ways it Can Get Harder

As luck would have it, we’ve been at this homeschooling gig for awhile. We’re now entering the high school years, and while I don’t want to change the path we’re on, I can definitely admit there are some things that can get a little harder […]

Why I’m Not Going to Bad-mouth Public School

Why I’m Not Going to Bad-mouth Public School

As a member of the homeschooling community for almost a decade now, I hear a lot of public school bashing and bad-mouthing. Maybe that shouldn’t surprise me. I mean, as a homeschooler, shouldn’t I be anti-public school? Oops. I didn’t get that memo. Here are six […]

5 Tips to Help Your Kid Rock at Music

5 Tips to Help Your Kid Rock at Music

I received a copy of Garage Band Theory free and was compensated for my time. Opinions belong to my sons and myself and we were not required to give a positive review. Rock on, fellow musicians. Rock on. As a guitar-playing, singing mama, I was […]

Homeschool Pride: It’s Gonna Mess You Up

Homeschool Pride: It’s Gonna Mess You Up

It’s perfectly fine to be proud of our work as homeschooling parents, right? Perhaps. But watch out—I’ve found six ways that homeschool pride can actually mess up our homeschool experience if we’re not careful. (Don’t want to read the whole post? You can listen instead […]

Why Homeschool Labels Don’t Matter

Why Homeschool Labels Don’t Matter

If soup cans didn’t have labels, we wouldn’t know if we were buying tomato or cream of celery for lunch. But when it comes to labeling what kind of homeschooler we are, do homeschool labels hurt us more than help? (Don’t want to read the whole […]

Tech Limits: How we Deal with Screen Time and the Internet

Tech Limits: How we Deal with Screen Time and the Internet

Tech is a part of all of our lives, right? So how do we handle it when our kids want to use tech, electronics, and the internet? Should we have tech limits? Should we just let them run free with it? Or does it depend on […]

7 Ways Homeschooling is Like Gardening

7 Ways Homeschooling is Like Gardening

If you’re anything like me, you like to spend time in the garden. Recently I realized there are some aspects of gardening that remind me of things we have to deal with on our journey as homeschooling parents. Here are seven similarities I’ve discovered— Weeding (or dealing with the […]