Kids Cooking is the BEST Gift Ever

Our family prefers experience gifts to knick-knacks. There are tons of ideas for fun, but why not pair an experience with some good old-fashioned life skills, like kids cooking? When my oldest daughter was about 11, I signed her up for an online cooking class. Every week we watched a video together, printed out the […]

7 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s less than a week to Christmas. Stressing much? If you like to shop in a real store, prepare your body armor. If you want to shop online, make sure you upgrade shipping to get your gifts in time (and even then, there’s no guarantee). Last minute Christmas gifts don’t have to be a disappointment. […]

My Definition of Homeschool Leans Toward The ‘Life Is School’ Philosophy

Learning happens in everyday life

Many people debate the definition of homeschool.  Is it school at home?  Is it school outside of a government building?  Is it school at all? I, personally, prefer to call it lifeschool.  We learn as we live.  That learning takes place in the context of family, and we take advantage of opportunities, such as teaching […]

Building Character in Children Should Be A Parent’s Priority

11 reasons why building character is important

Character. What does it mean? Well, it’s hard to say. I looked at five different dictionary sources and none of them had an exact definition for character beyond the personal traits that make up someone. Wishy-washy. So, I’m going to give a go on defining character. Character is the moral traits a person should exhibit to […]

Bad Homeschool Days Are Inevitable

25 ways to survive them

As we start another year of homeschooling, let’s talk about real life. There are going to be bad homeschool days, sooner rather than later, where you wonder what in the world is going on and why you ever thought this was a good idea. Anyway you dice it, raising kids, in general, and homeschooling them, in […]

The Secret to Homeschooling Success

As a 13-year homeschooling veteran, I have one secret

Today is Day 1 of Homeschool 2017 at our house. My thirteenth year of homeschooling. I’ve graduated one child, and have four more to go. You won’t hear me brag about any of mine being geniuses. But so far, everyone can read, write complete sentences, and do basic math. They have some general idea of […]

Developing Relationships Is Hard Work That Pays Big Dividends

True wealth comes in strong relationships

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. In Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34, Jesus tells his followers to not bother with stockpiling things that will erode and rust or things that can be stolen. Instead, he encourages them to invest in treasures that are not affected by decay. There are few things in this […]

10 Advanced Parenting Hacks That Every Parent Should Know

How to move from novice to pro parenting

Beginner Parenting, better known as common sense, involves knowing the normal things from which to protect children.  You know, like fires, climbing on the roof, or running in the street.  The catch to being a Beginner Parent is that children don’t have much common sense.  On top of that, they like to test your theories […]

Step 5: Overload Won’t Get You More

Six ways to stop the rush

If there is one word to describe our culture today, it’s overload. Everywhere you look there is more to see. More to hear. More to try. More to buy. Our smart phones don’t make us any smarter. They make us hyper-aware of things that don’t have anything to do with us. Our brains explode with the […]

Interrupting Summer For A Word About Homeschool Planning

Use media to add sight & sound to learning without adding headaches to your day

While we’re officially on summer break from homeschool, that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking ahead to how I want to plan for the next school year. Is homeschool planning ever very far away from the mind of the homeschool mom? No. It’s not. Sometimes, it’s like voices in my head. Not like Jack Nicholson in […]