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Less Time Can Help You Be More Productive

Less Time Can Help You Be More Productive

I get a lot of questions about time management and tips that will help people be more productive with the time they have. Now, I’m not an expert—at all—but I do effectively handle a pretty full plate most of the time. I homeschool my kids, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Parenting is Hard: 9 Reasons Why

Parenting is Hard: 9 Reasons Why

I always knew I wanted to be a mom. I envisioned it as a blissful, magical thing of helping to raise up a generation of Awesome. But if we’re honest, there are a lot of things that aren’t on your radar until you actually enter […]

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 […]

Why it’s Important Your Kids See You Fail

Why it’s Important Your Kids See You Fail

Adults often tell kids winning isn’t important or all that matters is that you do your best.  But do adults ever model that to children? Let’s chat today about why it’s actually important for your kids to realize that Mom and Dad aren’t always the […]

CRRC Podcast 008: Why Your Kids Need You to Be a Green Light Person This Summer

CRRC Podcast 008: Why Your Kids Need You to Be a Green Light Person This Summer

Summer is on its way, so let’s talk about busting out of our routines and changing up some boundaries. Let’s get crazy real in episode 8 about things like summer vacation, how to be a green light person, and the simple fact that we’ve only go so much […]

CRRC Podcast 007: It’s How You Raise Them…Or Is It? (Nature vs. Nurture)

CRRC Podcast 007: It’s How You Raise Them…Or Is It? (Nature vs. Nurture)

Kids act the way they do and make the choices they make because of how they are parented, right? I say yes. I also say no. Let’s get crazy real in episode 7 about a little thing known as nature vs. nurture. What’s in this […]

Say No, Busy Mom. It’s Totally Okay.

Say No, Busy Mom. It’s Totally Okay.

The letters N and O make a small word, but it’s one that can pack a powerful punch! I know that you want to do all the things and help all the people. It’s in our nature—we are very kind and giving people, right? But there […]

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 […]