This is Harder Than I Thought

Today is a significant day.  Today is the last day that I will be the mother of a teenager.  We’ve been parents of teenagers since February 1992.  That’s 23 years and three months of living with teens. And tomorrow that will end when our ‘baby’ turns twenty. Well she’s pleased about that.  And I’m pleased too, in many ways.  But … Continue reading

Do You Work?

Do you ever get asked if you work? Hmmm…  How to answer a question like that? A few years ago one of our young adult children brought a new friend home.  I like meeting people and I was soon chatting with this guy, finding out about his interests and his family.  The big thing that I remember is the way … Continue reading

How The World Views Homeschooling Mums

Life has been far from ordinary recently as we have moved from a busy suburb to a house in the country.  We are now delighting in the wonderful view we have and being entertained by the lambs escaping from their paddock, running across the lawn and then struggling to get back to Mama, or the sheep getting into the orchard … Continue reading

The Well-Behaved Child – Book Review

The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline That REALLY Works! By John Rosemond  Why I Read This Book This book is different to any other parenting book I’ve read.  I was hooked on page one.  And I was turned off on page two.  But someone I trusted had recommended it to me, so I persisted in reading through to the end and I’m … Continue reading

Progress Report

I’ve been ‘on sabbatical’ for just over three months and I’ve been spending very little time at my computer.  I’ve been online since 1995 and I’ve never spent so little time on my computer.  The interesting (and almost scary) thing is that I’ve not been missing it at all. Real life has been (is) full, busy and time-consuming.  I have … Continue reading

How to Improve Your Homeschooling Efficiency

Life is so busy in a homeschooling family.  Often it’s happy busy, but sometimes it’s stressful too. One way to handle the busy-ness is to make a list of things you need to do. It helps you to focus. It increases the chances of things being done. It helps prevent things being forgotten. But a to-do list needs to be … Continue reading

How I Homeschooled in a Small Space

Have you ever seen those beautiful photographs of wonderful home-school-rooms, beautiful book shelves and lots of play space?  Little desks for everyone and masses of charming pictures and shelves groaning with equipment. I find the pictures pretty scary because there is no way I can compete with that sort of setup.  In fact, when we had a big house and … Continue reading

The Easiest Way to Enjoy Homeschooling

It’s easy to overthink how we might homeschool.  It’s easy to overplan and overworry and overreact.  It’s easy to get in a muddle and lose direction. But it’s also easy to enjoy homeschooling. I’ve got a short list of things to do and things to avoid which will help you to enjoy homeschooling.  Do have a small group of homeschool friends you … Continue reading

I Have Stopped Homeschooling

Our youngest child has tidied her desk, sorted her shelves, and packed her best work into a box to go into the attic to be kept. She has tidied her wardrobe and drawers and is preparing to go off to Bible School for six months. It feels momentous, huge and scary. For me, not her. It’s 27½ years since we … Continue reading

Ways to Enjoy Wonderful July

Have you noticed how everyone is always amazed at how fast time flies?  They gasp and comment and wonder where the time has gone as if it’s something new and surprising.  But we know it’s not new, and we shouldn’t be surprised.  We are already half way through 2012.  We are about six months away from Christmas if we look … Continue reading