A metaphor for moms of teens

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Teenagers are a lot like newborns. They need lots of sleep, they need to be comforted, and they need to be fed in short intervals, roughly every 3 to 4 hours.  Instead of dirty diapers, now they have smelly hormones and stinking attitudes. We didn’t get angry or upset by diapers, and we don’t need get upset when issues flare up. We remind them to shower regularly and purchase deodorant, hygiene products, and other grooming supplies for their bodily needs. … Read More

How to keep your to-do list short

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Keeping your to do list short beats decision fatigue and jumpstarts motivation. We all know the feeling: There’s just too much to do. When you feel that way, make your to do list shorter, not longer. Really. Do you ever feel like the more you have to do, the less you actually get done? That’s a real thing that happens for a real reason: decision fatigue. The first step that you have to do to prevent decision fatigue and then … Read More

5 Tips for Using Math-U-See

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Is there more angst spilt in homeschooling over any subject more than math? Math is a subject none of us want to mess up. Once our children hit middle school, people start asking how we think we’re going to teach upper level math competently. And we wonder that ourselves, too, even if we don’t like being asked about it. It’s possible to wing math in the early years, but because math is a consecutive skill, where one concept builds upon … Read More

How to manage a to-do list

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It’s easy to make a to-do list, but not so easy to follow through with it. Is the problem with our list or with us or with both? We all need to know how to manage a to-do list, because we all have things we need to get done. There are three basic steps you need to take to manage your to-do list: Make your list reasonable and prioritized. Look at your list every day. Revise your list once a … Read More

Simple Daily To-Do List on an Index Card

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Have you ever been frustrated trying to use a planner? Have you ever worried that you spend more time making a plan than doing it? I have a quick planner hack that streamlines the process and keeps me focused on the most important things to do each day: a short daily to-do list. I know, planners are pretty. They’re fun. But a lot of the ones that we can buy pre-printed, packaged, ready to go are actually over kill. They … Read More

How to Homeschool When Dad Works from Home

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My husband has worked from home for over 7 years now and we’ve been homeschooling – educating nearly entirely at home, being home all day – for 12 years. When your family is home-based like this – by choice or suddenly and out of necessity – everyone will need to offer one another grace and mercy and kindness. A single person’s selfish ambition can’t control the situation, whether that’s the father’s desire for quiet, the mother’s desire for everyone to … Read More

The first thing to declutter is your attitude

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This has been declutter month at Simply Convivial, and it’s not too late to join. Even a week is still time enough to make some great progress and gain skill and practice in decluttering. With the sudden upending of normal has come – for most of us – unexpected time at home, and so we can channel our energies and our time into small-scale decluttering progress. But decluttering the stuff is really the least important kind of decluttering we can … Read More

Make decluttering a habit

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Is decluttering a project you’ll finish? Will you experience a magical happy-ever-after when decluttering is finally complete in your home Nope. Sorry. Won’t happen. Decluttering is a habit you need to build. I wanted to talk about the decluttering habit because there’s this rumor floating out there on decluttering (from experts and gurus) who say that “decluttering can be done once and for all.” That it’s a project you finish and check off and be done with (which is really … Read More

5 Things I Learned in February

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Every so often it’s good to stop and reflect and assess. Rather than continuing to barrel forward, we can pause and learn about our own needs, our own patterns, our own situations – then make choices and plans that are smarter and more effective. Here are some things I learned in February. 1. After multiple intense days with little sleep, I need to plan for a do-nothing week. In February I went to a speech & debate tournament in Portland … Read More

Grocery Shopping with Kids

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Take your kids with you to the grocery store. Yes, really, especially when they’re 10-and-under. I totally understand why most people opt to do their grocery shopping in the evening or on weekends, when they can go alone. Sometimes I do, too. But I try not to make that my normal routine, because I think it’s good for the kids to get to the store, too. That doesn’t mean I think everybody must, or that everyone should do it the … Read More

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