How to organize thoughts

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If you’ve wondered how to organize your life, you’ve probably also wondered how to organize thoughts about your life. If you’ve ever tried to be a more happy mom, then maybe you’ve realized how important your thoughts are to shaping your life – or at least your perception of your life. Even our thoughts – especially our thoughts – need to be organized. Let’s dig in and figure out how to make that happen. A mind is a terrible thing … Read More

Beat perfectionism with iteration – Get Organized #5

Perfectionism slows us down and prevents us from making real, meaningful progress. If you want to know how to organize your life, know that one of the first things you have to do is overcome perfectionism. Perfectionism paralyzes our organization attempts. We need strategies for beating perfectionism so we get organize life and get things done. Iteration, or iterating plans, is how I beat my own perfectionist tendencies. If you’re a recovering perfectionist, this strategy will end your procrastination as … Read More

Get organized at home – #1 Shift your mindset

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The podcast is back, better than ever! Let’s kick it off again with a 5 episode special on how to get organized at home. If you want to know how to organize your life, this is how you get started. You can listen to the podcast version or watch the YouTube version or read the post – however you like to get your tips and tricks delivered. When you’re ready to dig deeper and get these steps established in your … Read More

The Importance of a Sense of Humor

A sense of humor is mandatory if we want to escape or recover from homeschool burnout, or even simple motherhood burnout. A homeschool lifestyle requires our attention – and the attention we give our kids will either be critical or humorous. Which do you think will be more effective? Let’s look at how to cultivate our sense of humor. A sense of humor connects us Science has proven it. Laughing together, sharing a joke, being amused at the same thing … Read More

The Self-Care You Need is Spiritual

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Online conversations quickly devolve, and none more quickly than those centering on self-care. Yet, this conversation has traction and persistence for a very valid reason: We so ardently wish to not burn out, but to continue doing the good work set before us. We want to be effective. But we aren’t sure how. We’re weary in the good works God has given us, even though the Bible says we shouldn’t be. As with most online “discussions,” each person comes to … Read More

Becoming a lifelong learner.

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This started off as an introduction to my talk at the Learning Well retreat, but grew too unwieldily. It got the ax in my presentation, but now finds a home here. Learn more about the upcoming retreat at the end of the post! So. When my oldest child was 5 years old – 10 years ago now! – I was twenty-six years old. I had read stacks of books about homeschooling because I was about to embark on the project … Read More

What hospitality taught me about homemaking

Pull out the glasses, set the table, time to get ready for company. Ever noticed that funny feeling where you turn on a different persona, a different ability to handle life, at least momentarily, when you open the door or answer the phone? It shows us our actual ability to exhibit self-control. Too often, our tone and tactics with our kids do not. When we jump on them, pester and harp, then switch it off immediately if someone walks in … Read More

It takes work to rest.

I remember being so weary, so tired. There was so much to do. So much to do, in fact, that it seemed a monumental task just to decide what to do. My fatigue was compounded by the fact that most of my “so much to do” was made of small, menial, basic tasks. There were dishes in the sink, crumbs on the floor, laundry everywhere. There were meals to make, which would mean more kitchen clean-up and more dishes – … Read More

What do I do when my kid complains?

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It will happen. “I hate this book!”

 “Do we have to do Morning Time?” “There’s no point in learning algebra!” When it happens, you have not failed. Pick up your shield of imperviousness, homeschool mama; these complaints are not about you. They are not even about what you are studying. They are growing pains. Learning is growing, and when it’s happening, there are times it is uncomfortable, difficult, or tense. Of course, that doesn’t make it ok. Truth: Complaining, grumbling, … Read More

What a marriage book taught me about parenting teens

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I picked up John Gottman’s The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work after years of curiosity. I had heard about his “love lab” several times over the years, first in a Malcolm Gladwell book, and I was intrigued with the notion that he claimed to be able to predict divorce with surprising accuracy after a few minutes’ observation. Now, I’m not concerned about my own marriage, but I have seen divorces happen and wondered, “When did the slide begin? Did … Read More

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