Help! I’m Falling Behind in Homeschooling

Have you ever felt like you were falling behind in homeschooling? Maybe you feel that way right now. Let's take a look at some reasons why you might think you are dropping the ball on your child's education. And hopefully you'll find some encouragement as well. 4 Reasons You Might Feel Like You're Falling Behind You are moving at your child's own pace. You're trying to do too much. Life circumstances have slowed you down. Disorganization has gotten the best of you. Moving … [Read more...]

How to Break the Busyness Cycle for Moms

Everyone says they are busy these days. Life has a way of taking over our best intentions to slow down and savor the moments. Busyness looks different for everyone. Some people thrive on filling their days with enjoyable activities outside the home. Other people prefer to stay home and enjoy life within the quiet (or chaos) of their own four walls. There is a limit on the number of activities a person can squeeze into their schedule though. At some point, all of us will feel weighed down … [Read more...]

What To Do When You and Your Spouse Disagree About Homeschooling

It's a difficult situation to be in. You want to homeschool your children and your spouse believes it is best to send them to a traditional school. What do you do? Pray Prayer is the best weapon you have when disagreements enter into your marriage. It's easy to pray for your spouse's opinion to change but an even better prayer is for unity in your marriage as you make decisions for your family. Pray that the Lord's will would be done and that you and your spouse would come to a peaceful … [Read more...]

Helping Your Homeschool Child Deal with Sibling Distractions

A few days ago I shared (on Facebook) the picture below of my daughter doing her math work with her little brother on her lap. He was happily coloring all over her worksheet while she tried to stay focused on the work in front of her. While she enjoyed snuggling with him during school time she also struggles with sibling distractions that slow her down and make it difficult to focus. A Facebook follower asked if my older kids ever struggle with staying focused with all the little sibling … [Read more...]

Taking Time to Nurture A Child’s Heart

This post was originally written on November 18,2012. I like being on time, especially to church. Coming together as believers to worship our Savior and Lord seems like a fitting reason to try to be on time. But today I was reminded that the Lord cares more about how our hearts are when we approach His throne room of worship than He does about the time that we arrive. My son was in tears this Sunday morning as I tried to get him ready for church. He stood still like a silent statue with … [Read more...]

For the Weary Christian Mother

For years I tried to be a good Christian woman. I read books and blogs that informed me on how I should act and how I should run my home. I was tired. I was filled with regret over the mistakes I made yesterday and the day before. I was weighted down by my long Christian to-do list. I was weary. And I wondered how that verse in the Bible could be true. The one that says that God's yoke is easy because it didn't feel easy. I knew that the Christian life was not suppose to be a piece of cake. I … [Read more...]

I Don’t Want to Homeschool Anymore (Part 2)

Read Part 1 Here It just didn't seem possible for me to adequately educate my older kids with all the other demands on my time. Unless God was going to miraculously supply my kids with knowledge and wisdom then someone else was going to have to step in to do it. "I don't want to homeschool anymore," I told my husband. "I'm just too tired of trying to figure out how to make a hopeless situation work." My husband continued to remind me of why we were homeschooling. We were living life with … [Read more...]

Homeschooling with Little Ones: There’s More To It Than Just Keeping Them Quiet

It can be quite a challenge trying to home educate older children with little ones around. I don’t know how many times I went to bed feeling like a homeschool mom failure as I contemplated the school work that was neglected and the huge amount of time that the little ones dominated that day. I remember spending hours poring over homeschool blogs for practical tips on how to homeschool with little ones around only to be discouraged when implementing those ideas didn’t bring about the desired … [Read more...]

Encouragement for the Stressed-Out Homeschool Mom

There were a lot of late night chats with my husband this past month about how stressed-out I had been with homeschooling and motherhood. The new year had bombarded us with numerous appointments (that interrupted our school day), sickness (that caused all school work to come to a halt) and the daily demands of keeping house and feeding eight individuals. Laundry had been left for days on the floor of our family room, dishes had gone unwashed until they were needed again for another meal … [Read more...]

Turning Annoyances into Blessed Opportunities

It amazes me how quickly I can go from boasting to a friend about how amazing my children are to grumbling about how difficult they make my life. In a culture that sees children as creatures that demand our time and drain our finances, it is easy for me to embrace the world's view of children when life gets chaotic and the children start annoying me. But God says that children are a blessing. They enrich our lives, remind us to cling to Christ and bring glory to God the Father. While Jesus' … [Read more...]