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How to Decide when to end the Homeschooling Season

My daughter has decided that she wants to go to school.  “Regular school.”  With the school bus that picks her up at 7 AM and drops her back at home at 2:30 PM…every single day. 

No more staying up late watching tv or playing.  No more sleeping in until her body tell her it’s time to wake up (or the neighbor’s dog noisily announces his dislike for the neighborhood’s stray cats).  No more play time at noon, interrupting school so we can run errands for our family business or quick kisses throughout the day just because we’re together.

I feel a bit conflicted.  Perhaps “a bit” is an understatement.  Since she’s been born, I’ve been teaching her at home.  How to walk, how to sign (so we could communicate before she decided to talk), how to color, how to share, how to read.  I am not ready to relinquish my school teaching role to someone else.  

My husband and I agree that we want to do what’s best for her.  But if this is indeed the best decision, it is one of the hardest I’ve ever made. 

I’m not ready to let her go into the big world.  It’s not so much that I want to protect her from it because she is exposed to the world as we live and play in it.  It’s that I want her with me, as long as possible.  And I want to learn with her and enjoy her tender and sweet spirit.

Tomorrow, I call our local school and set up a meeting or possibly an opportunity for her to spend the day in class.  This is another step in the journey called parenthood…letting go, trusting God and accepting that eventually we have to let them go.  I just never imagined it would be this hard.

This brings me to my checklist that is useful for parents deciding whether to send their children to “regular school.”

  • Is the child thriving at home?
  • Is the local school district known for offering a good education?
  • How will the family dynamics be affected if one child goes to school and one stays home? 
  • Is the child strong enough emotionally and academically to succeed in brick and mortar school?

Ultimately, every family makes their own decision.  There is no right or wrong decision, just what is best for each family and for each child.  These are the questions I will be asking myself this week. 


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When Laughing is More Important than School Work

Some days, we just can’t seem to get motivated to finish math worksheets or read literature. 

My children might wake up and decide to play superheroes, race Matchbox cars or paint together.  The latest distraction is the tire swing my son’s occupational therapist assures me will help him burn off excess energy.  Since hubby installed it, my Sonshine has been able to focus more, especially since he knows he gets breaks during his challenging phonics classes.  

I usually don’t worry too much about the kids’ spontaneous play time because we are caught up with school work and have only a few more lessons to complete before summer.  However, some days its easy to wonder if we’re doing enough.

On these days, I remember why I teach my children at home.  We are building relationships, learning how to relate to each other, learning to love our neighbors, completing state requirements, completing house and yard work and having fun together.

My children are affectionate, and they love to laugh.  As much as possible,  I want to laugh with them while they still want to and are able to spend time with me. 

We are not “doing school” at home.  We have a flexible schedule, time to pursue their interests and a variety of  entrepreneurial activities.  In my mind, these activities are as important as learning how to read, write and perform complicated math in their heads.

And quite honestly, we have lots more joy, fun and laughter when we are relaxed and when my students at home have some freedom in deciding our daily schedule.


Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day can be a joyous occasion of celebrating the ups and downs of motherhood.  But it can also cause pain for women who are not mothers or who are forgotten by their children.  In honor of women, I decided to post this list.  

Medical Info Women Should Know

Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.

Q: I’m two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.

Q: What is the most reliable method to determine a baby’s sex?
A: Childbirth.

Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she’s borderline irrational.

A: So what’s your question?

Q: My childbirth instructor says it’s not pain I’ll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.

Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
A: Right after you find out you’re pregnant.

Q: Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labor?
A: Not unless the word “alimony” means anything to you.

Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.

Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby’s diaper very quickly.

Q: Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
A: When the kids are in college.


1. Everyone around you has an attitude problem.
2. You’re adding chocolate chips to your cheese omelet.
3. The dryer has shrunk every last pair of your jeans.
4. Your husband is suddenly agreeing to everything you say.
5. You ‘re using your cell phone to dial up every bumper sticker that says: “How’s my driving.”
6. Everyone’s head looks like an invitation to batting practice.
7. Everyone seems to have just landed here from “outer space.”

8. You’re sure that everyone is scheming to drive you crazy.

9. The ibuprofen bottle is empty and you bought it yesterday.


10. Cats’ facial expressions.
9. The need for the same style of shoes in different colors.
8. Why bean sprouts aren’t just weeds.
7. Fat clothes.
6. Taking a car trip without trying to beat your best time.
5. The difference between beige, ecru, cream, off-white, and eggshell.
4. Cutting your hair to make it grow.
3. Eyelash curlers.
2. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made.

1.  Other women.

Whether you’re a mom or not, your life has been positively affected by a woman.  May your day be filled with smiles as you celebrate the beautiful women in your life! 

I’m Just a Mother? Excuse Me?

Thank you, Tammy at Speak in Love, for posting this encouraging reminder. Cheer up moms, and share your unique vocational title!

Speak In Love

I’m wrapping up my stay at home mom series today.  I’m sure as a stay at home/homeschooling mom myself shades of this topic will continue to find their way into my blogs.  My kids are growing so fast and even though next year will be my final year of homeschooling I know I’ll always be a stay at home/homeschooling mom at heart.  Home truly is where my heart is. 

When I told Cliff’s step mother, Sue, that I was blogging about stay at home motherhood, she went and dug up the following little gem.  She told me that someone gave it to her years ago and she thought it would be good to share.  I have found it online, but the author remains unknown.  Enjoy!

I’m Just a Mother? Excuse Me?

A few months ago, when I was picking up the children at school another mother I knew well rushed…

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