Category Archives for Mindset

How to Answer the “What About Socialization” Question

If you haven’t had someone ask you “What about socialization?” … then wait a few minutes … it’s coming. This question seems to show up over and over again in homeschool conversations with people outside of the homeschool world. And knowing how to ANSWER that question can feel a little tricky! Today I’m sharing the […]

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#1 Top Question to Save Your Sanity in the Fall

I hope you’re in the thick of summer vacation — family trips, lazy days at the pool, late-night movie nights with the kids. But if you’re anything like me, you’re also heavy into thinking about the next school year. What you’ll study AND what you hope your school day will FEEL like. Every year about […]

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What to Say in the Middle of a Hard Day

What do you say to yourself in the middle of a particularly hard day? Are you telling yourself this is a “but a moment” and “this too shall pass”? Or are you sure the day is “a disaster” and “I’m failing”? How you speak to yourself in your head makes a huge difference as to […]

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How To Conquer Homeschool Mom Fear

Sometimes the biggest thing that gets in the way of having a homeschool that really works is the fear that it’s NOT working. You look around and see all the amazing things that other people are doing — on Facebook, on Pinterest. Or you hear about it at the local park day — the kid […]

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What REALLY makes a good homeschool day?

Question: What does a “good” homeschool day look like for you? Answer: For me, a good homeschool day is one where everybody is willing to engage in some kind of learning. When they were little that meant that they would play the games I had created or wanted to read the books I had chosen. […]

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Long Road Perspective of Successful Homeschools

One day at a time … one day at a time … Homeschool success is NOT built in an instant. It is full of messy disasters, unintended detours, and collossal failures. It is ALSO full of delightful moments and exciting discoveries. And you never know which is coming today. But if you show up today […]

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Why You Need to Celebrate Today

Hey you! Do you take time to celebrate? No — not “it’s birthday time and we need to have a party” celebrate. I mean really CELEBRATE! Celebrate the first time your kid writes the letter “s” the correct direction … or the fact that your two boys made it 15 minutes without trying to kill […]

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You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are

Hey you! You’re doing better than you think you are. On any given day, you are trying your best to give your kids a good education. Now — what YOU think is your best — and what you are actually able to give — may not be the same thing! You may think your best […]

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Turning “I can’t!” into “I CAN!”

I once asked my six year old to pick up some food that had fallen on the floor during dinner time. I knew she would be squeamish—it was peas and mashed potatoes, after all—so I offered her a paper towel to protect her fingers from slimy cold food and lots of encouraging words. She still collapsed in […]

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How to Manage Your Fear of Failing

It’s going to happen. Fear and doubt … the two little nemeses of homeschooling … will creep into your mind when you least expect it. One moment you’ll be going along — planning dinner, doing laundry, prepping for the school day — and the next … Your 7 year old won’t be able to read […]

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