Homeschooling

Where did the homeschooling high school community go?

Where did the homeschooling high school community go?

It’s a commonly asked question once you reach the years of homeschooling high school: where did the homeschooling high school community go? (Don’t want to read all these words? You can listen instead by pressing play on the podcast player at the top of this […]

Homeschool Moms: You are Not Always the Best Teacher for Your Kid

Homeschool Moms: You are Not Always the Best Teacher for Your Kid

You are an amazing teacher. You are kind and good and hardworking and full of knowledge and many other things that a good teacher should be. But, having said that, there is something we need to get straight. You are not always the best teacher […]

Should You Quit Your Homeschool Co-op?

Should You Quit Your Homeschool Co-op?

Homeschool co-ops. They’re a thing. Should you join one? Are you in one? Is it working? If things go awry, how do you know if it’s time to (gasp) quit your homeschool co-op? (Don’t want to read all these words? You can listen instead by […]

Dear Graduate: It’s Normal (A Reality Based Commencement Speech)

Dear Graduate: It’s Normal (A Reality Based Commencement Speech)

Dear Graduate, Thank you for inviting me here to speak to you. I know you’re expecting I’ve come to tell you the world belongs to you and then inspire you to go out and conquer it. To take the bull by both horns and throw […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Save time and money on college with CLEP test prep

Save time and money on college with CLEP test prep

College is expensive. The mere thought of a university education—and the crippling debt it can incur—strikes fear into the heart of most anyone who plans on attending. But lean in close, friends, because I’d like to tell you about a little thing (that apparently not […]

10 Things I’ve Been Called in 10 Years of Homeschooling

10 Things I’ve Been Called in 10 Years of Homeschooling

Upon reaching the decade mark in our homeschooling journey, I took some time to reflect on the many things I’ve been called over the years. The irony is that for every thing I’ve been called, I’ve also been called some thing that is completely the […]

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 […]

How to teach writing to high schoolers…when it came naturally to you

How to teach writing to high schoolers…when it came naturally to you

Friends, the time has come where I need to teach writing to high schoolers. But I’m having a bit of an issue. See, I’ve always been a writer. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t creating stories and writing them down. Writing came naturally to […]

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? I apparently failed to get that memo. Here are […]

6 Things Homeschooled Teens Need From Their Parents

6 Things Homeschooled Teens Need From Their Parents

Homeschooling older kids can sometimes seem tricky—it’s easy for parents to feel increasingly unsure of where they fit in the scheme of things. However, I think we tend to make things trickier than they need to be. Here are 6 things homeschooled teens need from […]

Homeschooling Teens: 5 Ways It’s Easier

Homeschooling Teens: 5 Ways It’s Easier

While there are challenges when homeschooling teens, there are also many ways that homeschooling becomes easier and more enjoyable as your kids grow and mature. Here are five ways that life is more awesome when you are homeschooling teens. (Don’t want to read all these […]

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 […]

The Best Homeschooling Advice from a Teen

The Best Homeschooling Advice from a Teen

As homeschooling parents, we’re always looking for the best homeschooling advice. But are we asking the right people for the advice? After a recent conversation with my son, I’m looking at homeschooling advice in a different way. (Don’t want to read all these words? You […]

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 […]

Homeschoolers: Stop Freaking Out About Holiday Family Get-Togethers

Homeschoolers: Stop Freaking Out About Holiday Family Get-Togethers

Aw, holiday get-togethers with extended family. All the togetherness, food, conversation, and… …the questions. The judgement. The desire to hang out at the punch bowl and add a lil’ something to it because you just know Uncle Matthew is going to be on your case […]

Teach Kids to Cook: 7 Cooking Tips You Forget

Teach Kids to Cook: 7 Cooking Tips You Forget

Are you trying to teach kids to cook? Great! But you should really read this first. As soon as my sons were tall enough to reach the kitchen counter (while standing on a chair), we had them in the kitchen helping us cook. So one […]

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 […]