The secret to sanity at home.

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It’s February. Are you feeling it, fellow homeschool mom in the trenches? It’s so easy to let our mood slide with the weather into the gray, foggy blahs. We can feel trapped, low, crabby. In the first episode of our new podcast, The Scholé Sisters Podcast, we talk about how levity – lightheartedness, humor, cheerfulness – is a burnout prevention method. When we sink into seriousness, into get-it-all-done mode, into self-importance, we’re bound to be pulled down, lose our joy, … Read More

Meditate on truth.

posted in: homemaker, podcast 2

Organize your attitude #4 Meditation is rather hip right now, but the kind of meditation I am speaking of is not emptying our minds, but rather filling them. The Psalms speak of meditation, and in the New Testament we are exhorted to meditate on what is good and true and upright and beautiful. Think on these things. We are thus commanded with good reason: it is good for us. It is good for our attitudes. It is how we keep … Read More

Practicing early home education – Plato on preschool

So often it is the mothers of three-year-olds, maybe five-year-olds, who are most concerned with educational principles and theories and practices. I know I was. My commonplace quote from today justifies this preoccupation. The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being is a collection of the writings about education from Plato to the modern era, the writings that have informed the development of western civilization and classical education. Teaching does not begin with … Read More

Mothers are children, too.

posted in: mother, podcast 5

This is a devotional I gave at my sister-in-law’s baby shower on Saturday. As I’m sure you’ve already felt, beginning your family starts a seismic shift in your life. For the past number of years, you’ve faced milestone decision after milestone decision. What college should I attend? What major should I pursue? Who will I marry? Is this the one? What sort of job should I look for? What job should I take? Where will we live? Should we buy … Read More

Change the story.

posted in: mindset, mother, podcast 2

Organize your attitude #3 What we think matters. While it’s still awkward and uncomfortable, we accept the story God is telling in our lives and tell it to ourselves. We can take the reins and “take every thought captive.” We can change our thoughts. And by changing our thoughts, we can change the story we see ourselves acting. Notice the story. Our racing thoughts include an interpretation of what is happening to us. What is happening? What does it mean? … Read More

Keep realistic expectations.

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How to organize your attitude #2 A potent attitude poison is unrealistic expectations. When we make a to-do list full of our own pet projects when our time is actually taken up with our children and their needs, we’re going to be grumpy and feel our children are getting in the way. Instead, we need to put them on our to-do lists and make sure we meet their needs before we add more in. When we think that we can … Read More

What makes a good teacher? – Plato on learning & teaching

I’m reading The Great Tradition this year, and posting about it as I go. I’ve had a few people ask about a schedule, but I’m not committing to anything but slow progress. I’m taking a page from Brandy on slow reading and sitting down most days to read two or three pages at a time. Today’s commonplace quote is from page 4. I told you I am reading it slowly! This selection is from Plato, the first philosopher on education … Read More

How to focus on habits not results

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Or, Four Focused Ways to Build Habits So much goal setting advice out there focuses on achieving certain outcomes. We’re supposed to set our eyes on a particular result we want to reach and work until we get there. Maybe – maybe – this works with projects, but very little of our lives at home are project-based. Most of our time is spent in the day-in, day-out routines that build our home and family. Listen to this post! SO038: … Read More

A teacher must pay attention.

What is education? I love to collect quotes on what education means. Definitions are important, because without them we can be using the same word but with entirely different understandings of what we’re talking about. Without understanding what it is we’re trying to do each and every day with our children, we flounder and fall back on our defaults – what’s easiest rather than what’s best. Knowing definitions is utterly practical. CH057: A Teacher’s Attention So today’s quote, still from … Read More

One Quick Hack to Improve Your Plan

posted in: homemaker, podcast 10

Write your plan the night before and supercharge your day. The day was over. The kids in bed, the house quiet. Time to sigh, breathe deep, and decide how to relax. I glanced down and I caught sight of my daily index card plan I’d made that morning. Ugh. I’d totally forgotten about it after the hubbub of the day had begun. I had begun with such high hopes and ended up feeling like I’d simply held on for dear … Read More

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