You've probably noticed it takes time to update software on your new computer, to wash your (or your child's) massive laundry pile, to organize your cluttered closets, to read about how to use, clean, upgrade and store your newest insert latest gadget here. Simply put: it already takes an awful lot of time to maintain what we own – so … Continue reading The Freedom of Maintaining Less Stuff
I had a mom tell me the other day that I have it all figured out. I had to laugh because she couldn't be further from the truth. As moms, especially homeschooling moms, no matter if you're new or seasoned, we're all still trying to get it right. The only thing I can say is … Continue reading No More To-Do Lists
When did everything become so complicated? I love visualizing humanity's timeline on earth – from whenever it began whether it be 1,000,000 or 6,000 years ago and a line graph heading straight to today. The line proceeds low on the graph until say, we created civilizations and governments and weapons and farm tools where it rises just a bit. But in … Continue reading A Simpler Life
Since we homeschool year round we believe our kids are constantly learning – there's no beginning and there's no end to one's curiosity and pursuit to the depth of knowledge – so I'd be lying if I said we "break" for summer. Rather, we shift things around. Summer, for us, has turned into "let's dig deeper and … Continue reading What our Unschooling Summer Looks Like
The future always seems to occupy a large part of our brain. And whether we believe in fate or God's timing or simply the law of nature, pondering our child's future is something no parent can escape. That's when, as a homeschooling parent, I get excited. I get excited knowing our children have the space to grow as … Continue reading Real Learning + The Future
We're Christian Unschoolers so we often get strange looks when asked which homeschool "style" we tend to use. Well, we use many of of them. We use none of them. It kind of depends on the day! So I thought I'd set out and (instead of reinvent the wheel), share a collection of my favorite eight … Continue reading Top 8 Unschooling Myths
Strange things weigh us down in the 21st century; technology, our phones, the need to be accessible 24/7; our jobs, deadlines, gossiping co-workers or friends; tasks like laundry, dishes, and constantly tidying up; financial stress like student loans, medical bills and mortgages; health issues like cancer, obesity and heart disease; and first-world problems like coffee orders … Continue reading Let This Burden GO
You heard that right. Independent Followers. Our generation has seen the dawn of some amazing societal advances including but not limited to things like the computer, video games (quick shout-out to Atari!), cell phones, the Internet, electric cars and safer child car seats, to name a few. But our generation has also witnessed, in my opinion, … Continue reading Raising Independent Followers
A recent opinion piece in the New York Times suggests the drive to success is making our kids sick. Is it really "the drive to succeed," as the article suggests? Because as far as I know my kids could care less about success. What they do care about, however, is pursuing their daily passions. When … Continue reading Is School Making Your Kids Sick?
When you hear the term "Christian" and "Unschooling" you naturally think the two are innately ironic terms. I'll dive deeper in another post about this soon because it's really not as dramatic as you may think. Put simply, we homeschool eclectically using child-led activities, with our own twists and desires. All homeschoolers, whether they believe it or … Continue reading What is Christian Unschooling?