Combating the Holiday Rut

Homeschooling Through the Holidays

Reading Magazine Sitting on Stack of Books

Well, Mom, it’s that time a year again. If you are a homeschooling mom you know, the struggle is real. The gap between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can be a difficult time to stay on track. With so many things going on the motivation to keep schooling can just wane.

Of course, the kids aren’t going to complain at all that they have the month or even two off. After more years than I’d like to admit having this happen, I have come up with some ideas to keep accomplishing work throughout the holiday season.

So, mom, I present,

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Responsibility Before Recreation

Summertime Scheduling Tips and Ideas

Summer Time Fun with the Family

Summer is fast approaching. And with that, our kids will be spending much more unstructured time together. This proposition comes with its positives and negatives. Many of my homeschooling friends are anxious for the break from such a strict regimented schedule. Although most of us are still doing at least something educational through the summer, it is hopeful with a little less responsibility.

While this break is nice to have, we have a mantra in our house. “Responsibility before Recreation.” What that means is before we are allowed to do something fun we need to have our responsibilities finished.

I have found that even though it’s summer we need to have some structure still in place for our day. If not chaos and mayhem ensue. Pretty quickly I realize my children don’t always like each other and the bickering starts. I’m not a creative genius by any means but from trial and lots of error I’ve had to come up with a plan for our summer, so we all survive unscathed.

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Being a Shopping Survivalist

How to Get Groceries with a Gaggle of Littles

citrus produce in crates shopping

I survived! I made it! I went shopping with five kids under the age of six. And I am proud to report not a single breakdown! This accomplishment is huge.

I made four different stop and managed to get all of my groceries for the week. Yeah, I can barely believe it myself.

If you are a mama of littles, you know the relief after a successful shopping trip. You also know the look of an unsuccessful excursion. The whining, the crying, the begging, the throwing, the random things in the cart at checkout. Sometimes it keeps me awake at night.

But this week I made it.

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