Press the Pause Button

  When you are feeling calm, peaceful and in control, you will have a calm, peaceful homeschooling family. Do you ever feel like you would like to press the ‘pause’ button on life? You are enjoying life, there’s lots going on. You are making progress with the children and you appreciate all the different aspects of your life.  But things … Continue reading

The Same Scene All Over the World

“When my son was four … he was in the Nativity play…. the three boys came in – four-year-olds with tea towels on their heads — and they put these boxes down, and the first boy said, “I bring you gold.” And the second boy said, “I bring you myrhh.” And the third boy said, ‘Frank sent this.’ ” – … Continue reading

The Value of Thanks-Giving

This week, when my American friends are celebrating that wonderful time of ‘Thanksgiving’, and as I look forward Advent which starts on Sunday, I want to share with you from a little devotional written by Sarah Young.  The book is ‘Jesus Calling’: “Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity. That is why I have instructed you to give thanks for everything. … Continue reading

What’s For Dinner?

I was having a very busy day recently, and I finally plopped down, mid-afternoon with a cup of tea, took a breath and considered what else I needed to get through before dinner time.  Then it dawned on me that I didn’t have a single thing planned for dinner. I wasn’t worried because I just thought that I would produce … Continue reading

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

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

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

A Change of Gear

It’s that time of year again! It’s time to slow down.  Northern hemisphere homeschoolers are slowing down for the summer, and southern hemisphere homeschoolers are starting to feel tired and ready for a winter break after a very busy term. At our house we have been working hard, and we truly are ready to take a break.  We are going … 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

Don’t Be Afraid to Change

Just thinking some more about the address given at my daughter’s university graduation a fortnight ago, the wise man giving the address told the young graduates that if they find that what they are doing has become so stressful that they are unhappy in their work they should not be afraid to move on. I thought this was interesting as … Continue reading