Homeschooling

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 […]

Always Together: How to Handle Relationships in A Homeschooling Family

Always Together: How to Handle Relationships in A Homeschooling Family

(Don’t want to read the whole post? You can listen instead by pressing play on the podcast player above.) How many of you decided to homeschool partly because you wanted lots of family togetherness? Ok, now fess up. How many of you, at some point […]

When Your Husband is Against Homeschooling

When Your Husband is Against Homeschooling

One of the more common questions I get at The Hmmmschooling Mom Facebook page is something along the lines of, “I really want to homeschool our kids, but my husband is against it. Do you have any tips on how I can convince him it’s […]

The One Thing At-Home Moms Should Stop Assuming

The One Thing At-Home Moms Should Stop Assuming

“Our daycare gal is sick and I can’t take the day off work. Can I just drop the kids at your house tomorrow?” Check the back of your neck. Did the hair just go up? Are you clenching your teeth? Is the voice in your […]

5 Reasons Homeschooling Gets Harder As Your Kids Get Older

5 Reasons Homeschooling Gets Harder As Your Kids Get Older

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 get harder about homeschooling as […]

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 […]

How We Deal With Electronics, Screen Time, and the Internet

How We Deal With Electronics, Screen Time, and the Internet

I am often asked how we deal with technology use at our house—things like screen time, electronics, and the internet. What limits do we have in place? How much time do our sons get to spend online each day? What websites are they allowed to visit? Before […]

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 […]

“It’s Normal”: What Every Graduate Needs to Hear

“It’s Normal”: What Every Graduate Needs to Hear

Dear Graduates, 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 […]

Snacking in Different Countries: Universal Yums

Snacking in Different Countries: Universal Yums

So, my boys like to eat. My boys also like to “try stuff”, if it has to do with food. So when a friend in my favorite homeschooling group told me about Universal Yums, I knew it would be just the thing for us. Universal […]

Three Reasons Why Homeschooling is More Awesome When Dad is Involved

Three Reasons Why Homeschooling is More Awesome When Dad is Involved

  Mama, kudos to you. You’re rockin’ this homeschooling thing in a hard core way. You’re totally slayin’ it. But let’s face it—sometimes it doesn’t matter what you say or how you say it, it just isn’t the same as if it comes from someone else. […]

Seven MORE Things You Should Stop Doing If You Homeschool

Seven MORE Things You Should Stop Doing If You Homeschool

A couple years back, I wrote a piece called Seven Things You Should Stop Doing if You Homeschool. I’m still homeschooling and still taking notes. So, for your entertainment and enlightenment, here are seven more things we should stop doing if we want to harness […]

Following Your Interests: The Hidden Harm

Following Your Interests: The Hidden Harm

This whole following your interests thing has almost become a buzz phrase. “Homeschooling is so great because it’s all about following your interests!” And it’s true, as homeschooling families, we have time to follow our interests. We have the ability to pour ourselves into the […]

It’s Because They’re Homeschooled: No, Actually It’s Not

It’s Because They’re Homeschooled: No, Actually It’s Not

  Recently, one of my sons was involved in a group “thing” with a bunch of kids around his age. Apparently his level of participation wasn’t on par, and I was pulled aside for a chat. “Just keep encouraging him to participate…I want to see […]