Cook, wash, teach, taxi, host, clean up, aaaaand repeat. That sequence sums up the rhythm of most of my days. I’m a stay at home mom teaching our four kids at home. I certainly do not need one more thing added to my “to-do” list, right? So why in the world would I freak out and start a “mom blog?”
I spend more than a couple of hours each week crafting examples for my blog, writing posts, and creating pretty images that Pinterest will hopefully love. My blog is the one thing on my “list” that doesn’t really have to be done. It’s completely optional, my choice. Why struggle??
Contentment is defined as a state of happiness or satisfaction. That ought to be easy, right? Life is mostly good in these parts. In all honesty I am blessed beyond belief. kids, husband, family, friends, home, vacation. Life truly is good.
I blab constantly to my amazing, yet sometimes spoiled kids, about how great their lives are and how they should be more grateful, more content. Easier said than done.
Don’t we all have memories of blowing bubbles as a kid? It’s a classic kid activity. I also have some pretty sweet mom memories of blowing bubbles when my kids were just square, chubby toddlers. This bubble recipe takes blowing bubbles to the next level.
These bubbles, though, they’re big. Making them isn’t passive. This bubble recipe results in a whole body activity that calls for standing, moving, and playing! It’s just as tempting to adults as it is for kiddos. It’s just the kind of fun summertime ordered.
We aren’t big on elaborate gifts for holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s day here at our house. We try to make it a special day which mostly involves scheming on the kids part and handmade gifts. These fathers day free printables are a simple way for your child to make a special keepsake gift.
When my husband and I met we were young; the first day of our first year of college. There was never anyone else after that day. It’s been “us” ever since.
We joke about what percentage of relationships that began the first day of college and are still going almost twenty years later.
I have a love hate with technology for my children. I see the potential for technology to literally teach them anything they want to know. Technology can connect them to the world in a way that wasn’t possible to imagine when I was a super awkward cool 12 years old walking around with my Discman. With a little internet safety savvy that big wide world/technology connection can continue being a positive!
Limits. It’s all about technology serving us and not the other way around. This is a difficult balance even as an adult. We found a simple little tool that has helped us get a handle on internet safety and has ended the “five more minutes” argument.
Growth mindset is kind of a buzz word lately. I’m all in when it comes to self help or anything that will inspire me to be a better version of myself. This growth mindset idea really struck a nerve in me because it’s something I struggle with and I see popping up in my own kids. These growth mindset quotes are just little snippets I like to remember to keep myself looking forward!
I’m not good at trying new things. Let me rephrase that; I’m not good at trying new things in front of other people. I love learning new things but I prefer time to process and practice them without an audience. I hate being the center of attention and being at the center of an audience because I’m failing at something is something I try to avoid at all costs.
My memories of middle school and high school basically subsist of trying not to draw attention to myself. While I was figuring out what was going on around me my go to strategy was to fly under the radar. Who wants to be different? (It wasn’t me.)
I think that’s somewhat of a universal experience for kids as they mature. Everyone wants to fit in somewhere. That’s why I set out to find some books about homeschoolers as main characters that would be appropriate for older kids; specifically middle school and high schoolers.
When we first started homeschooling and people asked which school my four kids attended I would kind of mumble the words “We’re homeschoolers” under my breath. Saying they didn’t go to school and sit in a classroom all day just seemed weird. Two years later and I’ve come to adore the label of “weird homeschooler.” As proud as I am of our families educational choices it is nice when my kids can see our lifestyle reflected in the books they read. I set out on a mission to uncover some children’s books that feature homeschoolers.
Reading books featuring homeschoolers make my little homeschoolers feel connected!
Homeschooling is becoming more mainstream all the time and I was shocked at the amount of books I was able to find that feature homeschoolers as characters.
How homeschool is portrayed in these books varies as wildly as homeschool does in real life. I love that. Homeschool looks different in every family!