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OK. I think I am ready to give myself permission. I am ready to commit. I am ready to say that I am homeschooling ALL of my kids this year. Last year when people asked me why I homeschooled Elle, my short answer was “personal revelation.” This year my short answer to this common question will be different.…

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Permission

School starts up here in less than two weeks and I have yet to register my kids. I am strongly considering homeschooling all of them this year. I am giving myself a few more days to decide. Then I’ll have to sign papers either way to make it official. But before I can commit to bringing my children home, I would have to give myself permission for a few things:…

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The Cost of Homeschooling

I am mostly confident about my decision to homeschool Elle. Except for when I am not. As I walked through the halls of my kids’ elementary school during Parent Teacher Conferences, I peeked into what would have been my daughter’s 6th grade classroom. A twinge of self-doubt shot through my veins.…

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The Case for Goals

As Crew and I snuggled in my bed this morning, I brought up the topic of New Year’s Resolutions and suggested that we should set some family goals. His reply surprised me. He said, “New Year’s Resolutions are stupid. They only last for like one week.” When did an 8 year old kid get so skeptical?…

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Ready! Fire! Aim!

I thought I wanted to homeschool, but I wasn’t sure how to do it. I didn’t know what curriculum to use; I didn’t know if I would like it; I wasn’t sure how to schedule the day; I wondered how the kids would do. I worried about long term effects and short term logistics. I questioned my own patience, time, and skills. I just didn’t KNOW.…

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I Like You Too

Crew had a rough morning the other day.  He stole a bite of Locke’s eggs at breakfast, so Locke clawed him — which led to the girls laughing. Crew got embarrassed and lashed out at the girls and clawed them.  They clawed him back and then a chase around the kitchen bar ensued. Meanwhile, I yelled, “Stop it!” from the sink over and over and louder and louder until someone finally listened. The girls apologized, sat back down, and didn’t say another word. Crew kept up the antics with blaming and yelling. Finally, I grounded him for the day. (This is NOT a story to illustrate wonderful discipline or our morning routine.  I am using this story to make another point.…

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Dating a Dream

Ever since my post on Dare, Dream, Do, I have been letting myself dream bigger and dream more. I have been letting myself think outside the box; I tell myself it is okay to not do what everyone else is doing. I have tried not to be discouraged by logistics or finances or limitations or other people’s opinions. I’ve just let myself dream to my fullest capacity.…

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The Over-Rewarding of Children

Having a blog is dangerous. Before a blog, you just keep your alternative thoughts in your head. You smile and nod at people as they walk by. You sit in church and PTA meetings and look normal. But once you have a blog and start writing about honest feelings and strong opinions, your brain gets exposed. People may relate to you or they may think you are ridiculous.…

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Dare, Dream, Do

My biggest regret in my life thus far is that I didn’t dream big enough. For many years, I only let myself think about really realistic goals that worked within my religion and my family.…

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Staying Home

I have this limiting belief that good moms go places with their kids and take them on excursions. Good moms plan fun activities and give their children new experiences. So when I can’t or don’t do this, I have some guilt. I engage in some negative self-talk and think that I am a bad mom.…

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