Tag: homeschooling teens

Prepared for the future: the one skill you’ll actually need

Prepared for the future: the one skill you’ll actually need

As my kids get older and near the end of their homeschooling journey, I hear more and more often that I need to make sure they’re prepared for the future. I bet if you have older kids, you hear that a lot, too. But can […]

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 […]

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? Reaching the last leg of the homeschooling journey (read: high school years) really feels like a huge leap off one platform to another; […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. 1. Independence Call it what you […]

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. Because a) I blog and b) we made […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 Real Life Things Kids Should Learn That Aren’t In A Curriculum

10 Real Life Things Kids Should Learn That Aren’t In A Curriculum

Reading, writing, and arithmetic are important, no doubt. But there are a lot of other things kids should learn that will help them function in the real world—and they’re not the things we are going to find taught in any curriculum. This list might be […]

Independence, Mom Guilt, and How To Deal

Independence, Mom Guilt, and How To Deal

I used to think that mom guilt would go away as my kids got older. I used to think that as my kids became more able and independent, the things for me to feel guilty about would lessen. Y’all? So. Not. True. Let me tell […]

Schedules and Routines: Some Kids Actually Like Them

Schedules and Routines: Some Kids Actually Like Them

When I first started this homeschooling journey back in 2007, I was pretty well convinced that homeschooling was all about freedom. Freedom in the sense that kids should be let to run free, spending all day doing what kids love to do. Who needed schedules […]

Setting Goals with Teens: Just Chill Out and Chat

Setting Goals with Teens: Just Chill Out and Chat

The older kids get, the deeper they dive into their own things. My teen sons spend a lot of time exploring their interests. At some point a few months ago, I started to wonder how we could use their interests to start them on the […]