How Perfect Are You?

‘If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well’ ‘Never, never, never, never give up.’ These sound like good mottos, don’t they?  They encourage us to try hard, to improve and to do our best, don’t they?  Or do they,  accidentally or on purpose, in subtle ways, encourage perfectionism? While there’s nothing wrong and a lot good about aiming to do your … Continue reading

What is the Difference Between a Vision and a Goal?

We all have dreams and visions for our children and our homeschooling, but sometimes (often) things don’t go the way we expect or would like. Some events are out of our control, but sometimes we can actually behave differently and get a desired result. To help you to achieve your desired results, you need to have a clear understanding of your … Continue reading

Home Education in its Fullest Sense

It’s funny how one experience impacts on another, isn’t it? A few days ago, I was email-chatting with someone who was thinking about moving to live in New Zealand and we had talked about the advantages of living in different places.  Then at the weekend, Philip and I went to Tiritiri Matangi  for the day with our two teenagers. And I found myself … Continue reading

How You Can Teach Those Difficult Subjects

When you started considering homeschooling did you wonder about how you would teach those difficult subjects that are not your strong subject, or that you failed at yourself at school? Were you afraid that your child would miss out because you couldn’t teach him? Homeschooling doesn’t mean that your child needs to miss out on what you can’t teach him. … Continue reading

July is a Good Month

July really is a good month for taking a break, having a rest, catching up with friends, being refreshed and generally having a change of pace. Both for you and for your children! I took July off from homeschooling and from writing articles for Homeschool Family Life and that gave me time to catch up, and work on things like cleaning … Continue reading

7 Tips for Coping With Negativity

Have you ever had someone say something rude to you about homeschooling? You are not alone. When you are homeschooling, you are going against the grain.  You are running counter-culture.  So it stands to reason that you will face opposition.  That’s okay; it comes with the territory.  Coping with negativity is part of what homeschooling is about. How you choose … Continue reading

What Homeschoolers Can Learn From Shakespeare

Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Julius Caesar (Act II, Scene ii) by William Shakespeare Many people consider homeschooling but never even get started because their fears destroy their desire for this wonderful lifestyle. Others start homeschooling but don’t enjoy the experience because they are constantly afraid that they are not … Continue reading

How Do You Keep Your Children Safe Online?

Facebook for Homeschoolers? Over the Easter holiday break, our youngest daughter, (16 years old) finally joined Facebook.  She had been resisting joining, partly because of all the negative press she had received from her dad and me about it.  And she had held off for a very long time. But things had reached a point where she was one of the … Continue reading

6 Ways to Save Money at the Supermarket

(And three frustration relievers to make the trip more bearable) Rising food and fuel costs mean that we are constantly being challenged to make our dollars stretch further. And as homeschooling mothers, we really need to stretch those dollars, as most of us are managing on one salary.  I’ve got a few tips here to help you shop wisely and … Continue reading

How to Succeed at University

By Celia Walmsley I recently graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts, even though I never sat a single school exam. My first exam (not counting driving test and music exams) was when I was twenty, and I was okay with it.  It wasn’t scary, I didn’t freak out, and I didn’t fail! I have found … Continue reading