A Charlotte Mason Discussion Meeting

I am having a Charlotte Mason Discussion Meeting on 17 May 2016 in Franklin.  This is for you if: You are a woman interested in knowing more about Charlotte Mason and her philosophy of education You already know about Charlotte Mason and you want to discuss her ideas with others You want to expand your understanding of a Charlotte Mason … Continue reading

Why Homeschool Through the Teen Years?

It’s easy to homeschool little people, but when a child is going into the teen years many parents wonder about sending their child to school.  It’s a pity really, because homeschooling through the teen years has many advantages. I asked some young adults who were homeschooled through teen years what they thought of the experience.   The first two I asked … 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

Thoughts on Homeschooling Success

Happy New Year! At about this time of the year most people will have given up on their New Year Resolutions, which usually consist of trying to lose weight, living more healthily, and going to bed earlier.  For homeschooling parents, we can add promising ourselves to read to our children more frequently and to shout at them less. When we … Continue reading

Long-term Effects of Day Care

I don’t usually discuss or publish this sort of thing at Homeschool Family Life, but for various reasons, this subject is important to me at the moment. So I am stepping out of my comfort zone to share this with you. This little article is from Jonas Himmelstrand, founder and director of The Mireja Institute, Sweden. He has been a consultant in business for … Continue reading

Books for You for Advent

The month of December can be a few weeks of stress and chaos as we try to fit in all the extra activities and preparations for Christmas, or it can be a rich time of thoughtful and prayerful preparation for this wonderful celebration of the Incarnation. More than likely though, it will be a bit of both. Having a personal Advent devotional book is … 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

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