homeschool high school
homeschooling

Choosing Curriculum to Homeschool High School

Next semester, my son enters high school. Homeschooling high school is a whole different level of commitment. There’s more work and more pressure. The count down to college and career has begun. And although I’ve done it once before, it’s still a little scary . . . and a little exciting.   He’s feeling it, too. “Mom, is this going…

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tearing down confederate monuments
culture, Politics

Dismantling History. Should We Destroy Confederate Monuments?

With faces masked, company logos covered and under the protection of police snipers, New Orleans has begun to tear down the confederate monuments of its past. The first to go? The Battle of Liberty Statue, commemorating an insurrection of white citizens angered by the mixed race Reconstructionists. Back in September, we walked down Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. My son…

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How to make Mother's Day More Meaningful
family, holidays

How to Make Mother’s Day More Meaningful

I don’t know about you, but bringing up Mother’s Day as a homeschool mom seems sort of . . .  I don’t know . . . anti-climactic? Where’s the surprise? And a child’s simple joy at surprising mom? I mean, you could gather all the supplies and leave the room. But we all know how that would turn out. And…

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How to Overcome Challenges in Your Homeschool
faith, family, homeschooling

How to Overcome Challenges in Your Homeschool

We all face challenges in our homeschools. Whether it is special needs, unmet expectations, attitude, behavior or our own lack of motivation, we all have those days when we wonder whether it is all worth the effort. How do we overcome challenges? Unfortunately, for most of the challenges in life, there is no magic formula. Otherwise I could title this…

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helping children navigate life
faith, family, Life, parenting

How to Help Your Child Navigate Life

Children grow up. They move out. And they bring with them the not-so-quiet confidence of youth not yet tempered by experience. How they navigate life through the transition depends a lot on the relationship you have built with them up to this point. We are standing at the cusp of this transition with our eldest. The subtle shifting from directing…

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Is God good
faith, holidays

Is God good?

A recent comment, words of encouragement. “You will again call God good.” Pause for reflection. I’ve cried out in anguish with a sorrow so deep there were not words to attach to the prayer. I’ve cried out in anger over sliced hot dogs, snipped drawstrings and safety fences that in the end were not enough to spare my little boy…

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