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I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on what makes homeschooling easier than public school AND what makes it harder. I’ve also spent a lot of time trying to decide why I kept going. | hard truths about homeschooling | Is homeschooling hard | Is homeschooling worth it | homeschool truths | Disadvantages | Is it difficult to homeschool |

4 Tricky Truths That Make Homeschool Hard

Is homeschooling hard?I’m not going to lie … it is hard. And anyone who tells you differently isn’t telling the truth.It’s also wonderful, glorious, delightful and exciting. SCROLL TO WATCHBut I think we do a disservice to anyone who is learning about homeschooling to not tell the entire truth about homeschooling.Because if you’re trying to […]

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A successful homeschool routine takes into account 3 simple principles: 1. Planning the “right” amount to do 2. Embracing the mess 3. Allowing things to change. Let’s dig in and talk about all three of those. | Homeschool Routine | Homeschool Mistakes | Homeschool Schedule | Perfectionism Homeschool | What is the best way to homeschool your child |

3 Easy Mistakes to Avoid When Creating Your Homeschool Routine

When I was a new homeschool mom, creating a homeschool schedule and a homeschool routine felt a little overwhelming.What subjects should I include?How much could I actually accomplish?What if I missed something, and my kids had huge holes in their education? SCROLL TO WATCHSo I created massive color-coded homeschool schedules. I broke the day into […]

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How do you fight the homeschool battle and win? If you get a few key things in place, you’ll find that you have fewer battles and more peace in your homeschool. | Homeschool bad attitude | Homeschool defiant child | How to motivate homeschool child | homeschool battles | Uncooperative homeschooler |

Battling a Bad Attitude in Your Homeschool

At some point, if you homeschool, you will fight the fundamental homeschool battle.You’ll be trying to motivate your kids. Trying to get them to do their math … or spelling … or reading. SCROLL TO WATCHAnd instead of gleefully going along with your plan, your kid will push back. They’ll be defiant. They’ll say “no.” OR […]

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There are ways to put together a homeschool schedule that works. And you can do it without losing the flexibility that homeschool offers AND requires. Today I’m sharing what a “typical” homeschool day looks like. | Homeschool schedule | Typical Homeschool Day | Homeschooling Schedule Multiple kids | Day in the life of a homeschool mom | Homeschool mom routines |

A Typical Homeschool Day: What Does It Look Like?

Are you temporarily homeschooling during the national shutdown? You may also want to check out Temporary Homeschooling: How to School at Home During an Emergency. SCROLL TO WATCHOne of the questions I hear all the time from new homeschool moms is “what does a typical homeschool day” look like?And it’s an interesting question to try and […]

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Your relationship is the MOST important thing you can focus on. Here's a quick guide to homeschooling during the coronavirus outbreak and quarantine. | School Closed | Short Term homeschooling | School at home | Emergency homeschool | Temporary Homeschool | Quarantine | Covid 19 | Coronavirus |

Temporary Homeschooling: How to School at Home in an Emergency

An emergency has brought your children home from school and now you’re homeschooling. You weren’t expecting it, and you certainly haven’t had time to plan for it. Now what do you do? You probably have lots of questions swirling in your head. You probably feel a little (or a lot!) overwhelmed and probably a bit worried.How is […]

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Some days homeschooling is just hard! We’ve gotten to the point (after 15 years) where we get a lot of “pretty good” days. Want to know how we’ve done it? | Hard Homeschool Days | When Homeschooling is hard | Homeschool bad days | Homeschooling when its hard | Homeschooling easier | Is homeschooling hard for parents |

What to Say in the Middle of a Hard Homeschool Day

Some days homeschooling is just hard!The kids are struggling and whining and crying.You’re struggling … whining … and crying.Nobody wants to do their work. Everyone is fighting.  SCROLL TO WATCHThe phone is ringing. The entire neighborhood is at your house. You’re trying to teach while also serve another family in need — or just maintain your sanity.Hard […]

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These steps have saved me tons of money and tons of false starts. I’ve been pretty successful overall with my choices. And since these steps can be applied by any homeschool mom, they should also work well for you! | Homeschool Curriculum | Best Homeschool Curriculum | Homeschool curriculum choices | How do I choose a homeschool curriculum? |

3 Simple steps to pick the perfect curriculum

Choosing the best homeschool curriculum can be daunting!So many choices. So much variety. So many options. SCROLL TO WATCHAnd each claim that they will help your child love learning. That they will be the “right fit.” That they will help you as a mom homeschool successfully.And the reality is each CAN be the right homeschool […]

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3 Signs your kids are getting TOO much screen time!

3 Signs your kids are getting too much screen time

How much screen time is too much?How much screen time should my kid have?What is a healthy amount of screen time per day? SCROLL TO WATCHAre screens bad for you no matter what?I don’t know a single mom (homeschool or not) who hasn’t thought about these questions!We ask them at park day. We ask them at […]

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When you don’t WANT to homeschool anymore (But think you still should!)

When you don’t WANT to homeschool anymore (But think you still should!)

It happens even to the best homeschool mom …You’ve got your homeschool year planned out. It’s full of fun activities and awesome field trips.You’ve got the perfect curriculum (if there is such a thing!) and the perfect school room. SCROLL TO WATCHAnd then things start to fall apart.The kids don’t want to do that amazing […]

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Create a successful homeschool -- No More Comparing

Create a Successful Homeschool — No More Comparing

Would you like to know one of the easiest ways to become a better homeschool mom? AND turn off the homeschool mom guilt and fear?It doesn’t have anything to do with curriculum or schedules or homeschool plans. SCROLL TO WATCHIt doesn’t have anything to do with homeschool field trips or activities.It doesn’t have anything to do […]

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