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.

What do sick days look like when you homeschool?

Most of us remember exactly how we spent our sick days as children. I’ve thought about how my children will remember sick days when they are adults. The way I teach them to think about their bodies now, and how I show them they are cared for, is by establishing patterns they will have as adults.

Quilting a Map of the United States

I’m a crafty mom. Not sneaky. I mean, I really like crafts. And sometimes, my love of crafts and homeschooling combine to make some interesting choices. I have wanted to make a map quilt to go along with our history studies and I finally got around to it this weekend!

Bed Schooling

As homeschoolers, we can and do homeschool everywhere and anywhere. Sure, we all picture homeschooling at the kitchen table, or maybe in a separate room of the house. But that is just one way to homeschool. A few years ago, I went through some health issues and I ended up inventing “Bed schooling.”

What does a Homeschool Parent do all day?

Ever try to explain your average day to someone who doesn’t homeschool? Has your partner ever asked, “why didn’t you get that done today?” If so, this is the post for you. Commiserate with us on the never-ending pile of dishes and endless lectures about Minecraft. What did you do today?

Taking stock of 2018. Looking forward to the future!

At the end of each year, I like to take a moment to reflect on what I did over the last twelve months and what changes the year brought to me and my family. As I look back on this past year, I realize that 2018 was a huge year for me. I am going to take a moment here to toot my own horn. Sometimes, we need to do that.

Homeschooling for the Holidays

Are you on winter break yet? I hope so! Taking a break from normal routines helps you regroup and re-energize. Take a few weeks off during the winter. Make crafts, bake cookies, watch holiday movies and visit family. Those things are just as important as the school work we will pick up again in January. Heres why!

10 Things Every Homeschooled Kid is Getting For Christmas

It’s Christmas shopping time! That means it’s time to re-stock the school supplies and pass them off as gifts. Homeschooling families all need to stock up on the same essentials every Christmas. We just do. Here’s my list of gift ideas for every homeschool family. Look over my list and see. Is your family getting these 10 things this year? Be honest.

My Favorite Toys — Board Games for Problem Solving and Strategy

From an OT point of view, board and card games are the best. Games promote fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, planning, social skills, and problem-solving. However, as a mom, some games just aren’t fun for a wide range of ages. Here are my winners–games that work for kids (and adults) of all ages.

Failure and the Non-typical child

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of articles about letting your children fail. Let them forget their homework on the table. Let them loose things. Miss deadlines or not have lunch. Don’t stop them from failing. I really hate those articles.