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

5 Things I Learned in July

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So I’m going to take a page from Anne Bogel and sharing 7 5 things I learned last month as a way to work in a personal, chatty post every so often (well, every month is the plan). Plus – watch for it – I plan to do Quick Lit also and post about July in Books tomorrow. For now, though, here are 7 things I learned in July (because we should, you know, always be learning and growing): #1 … Read More

July in Books

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We all need more book posts in our lives, don’t you think? I thought so. Here’s a new monthly series – and I hope you’ll share your July reads in the comments, too! My book budget, bookshelves, and husband might not thank you for participating, but I do. ;) Books I Finished Well, this is a poor way to start. Unless you count Acts and Romans, I didn’t finish any books in July. Was it July when I finished Deep … Read More

How to use personality to make a better homeschool plan

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Does your homeschool plan take each child’s personality into account (and yours too)? Build a better homeschool plan when you understand personality typing. When my homeschool plan met multiple personalities There was a time where every single one of our homeschool days began with tears. If it wasn’t tears, it was a fight. Why, I wanted to know, was my usually cheerful, obedient, good-natured son breaking down every morning? It made no sense to me, which made me more irritated. … 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

Homeschooling High School: Align Your Expectations

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So we’ve successfully finished our first year of homeschooling high school. In many ways it was not different; we just took the next step. We didn’t drastically change anything about the workload or the process or the system. His level of work did increase, but it was simply another incremental increase in work of the same kind, not a completely different experience. I had planned to share 3 tips for homeschooling high school, but before I do that I thought … Read More

It takes work to rest.

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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

Secrets That Save the Day When Dad Works from Home

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My husband has worked from home for over 5 years now. The novelty has worn off and we’ve established our patterns. We’ve been married for over 17 years and get along quite well. We are, for the most part, on the same wavelength, and understand each other’s mindset, manner, and methods. We can (and do) tease each other, and we naturally pull together to accomplish desired ends (both being IxTJ personalities helps). So working from home was a smooth transition … Read More

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