Should-Be-Dones

When you are a homeschooling parent, and even more so, when you are a homeschooling parent with a special needs child, your life can be one endless list of things that should be done. At any given time: The house needs cleaning, sorting, or clutter-busting. The kids need clean clothes, meals, or exercise. Your spouse…

Asking for Help

Asking for help is hard. My parents were always the ones who fought over who paid the bill.  I remember my mom throwing cash into the window of a relative’s departing car, rather than “owe” her the price of a dinner.  This is where I come from.  As a result, I have always found it…

Thank You: It’s Only Polite

When my kids were little, every time they interacted with strangers, I felt a little boost of pride.  Once, my kids were polite. My parents cared about politeness.  My mom had an old copy of Emily Post, where we would look up the proper way to do things.  Which fork goes where.  How long you…

Is Halloween Over?

  Halloween and Christmas are good gauges for growing up. As parents, we’re never quite ready for the changes.  They always seem to come too soon. But our kids let us know, in little, silent ways, when something, that was once important, loses its allure. The past few days, I’ve been reading a lot of…

Priorities

When your main occupation is schooling your children at home, sometimes it’s hard to decide what comes first.  What should you concentrate your energies on?  What is highest on the list, among so many things of great importance? When we first began homeschooling in 2010, it all seemed pretty clear to me.  Just getting my…

Eating Amphibians, and Other Good Advice

I found this scribble in an old notebook which encapsulates my year in a few lines: Another year has slipped away, Another year has gone. A slimy frog escapes my grasp Into a slimy pond. Slippery subjects The favorite homeschool advice of a friend of mine was to eat that frog. By this, she meant…