Surviving Mom Guilt While Homeschooling Multiple Children

There are a lot of reasons we all have mom guilt. Parenting is a minefield of opportunities to “fail”. For those of us who homeschool, that list can be twice as long. When you have multiple children, there are even more things to do and worry about.

Self Care for Mama

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, I want to take a moment today to talk about self-care as a mom. I don’t mean spa days or girls weekends. Or that half an hour you take once a week to watch something on HBO. I mean real life, every day, not losing your mind.

Magic Monday: Penguins in Person!

What do you do when you are using our Orange Level: Wonderful World curriculum to learn about penguins, and there is an amazing aquarium nearby? You go see some penguins, of course!

To Co-Op Or Not To Co-Op. That Is The Question.

Co-ops are popular. They can provide you and your children with a sense of community and give children an opportunity to experience group learning. But, they can also create a different kind of stress in your homeschool and stop you from having your own best homeschool year possible. Are they worth it? It depends.

Special Needs Homeschooling – Homeschooling in Hard Mode

When you homeschool a child who has a learning disability, developmental delay or other challenges that make them different, homeschooling is much harder than it is for other parents.  It is like we are all playing the same game but the game is set to “hard mode.”

Magic Monday- Airplanes

Happy Magic Monday! Take a look at this great field trip one of our families went on to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. So exciting!

Time-Out is for Toys

In my child psychology class in college, I was taught the value of time-outs for children.  It was supposed to teach the child control and discipline, resulting in a well-behaved child. But they never seemed to deliver the promised results. Until I stumbled upon a new way to use time-outs.

Give them Scissors!

Scissors teach wonderful skills, build the brain and body connection, and prepare kids for real-life problems. Too many parents have told me they were afraid to give their child scissors. Kids need those skills and too many today lack good fine motor skills.