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How to Become a Ballerina (When You Grow Up)

Growing up homeschooled in the eighties and nineties gave my little sister and me the time, focus, dedication, drive, and commitment that it took to fulfill (almost) every little girl’s dream: becoming ballerinas.

Of course there are little girls who scoff at tutus and tiaras and dream instead of cowgirl boots and mud pies (like a certain someone I gave birth to) but “When I grow up I want to be a ballerina” is a common wistful sigh on the lips of plenty of feminine youngsters.

So, little one, how do you become a ballerina?

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What NOT To Put On Your (Homeschool) High School Transcript

When preparing your homeschooled high schooler’s transcripts for college admission, there are a few things you simply must include: English, Math, and History spring to mind.

But there are several more that you should simply and safely leave off, no matter how proud your little genius sprout is of them.

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6 REAL Money Saving Tips for Cheapo Homeschoolers

Living on a budget is an art, one that I’ve got down to a science.

Always here to help, I thought I’d share of my best kept secrets with you, because let’s face it: those “money saving tips” you see on Oprah or in the glossy women’s magazines? They aren’t helpful to us normal people.

And by normal, I mean not normal, of course. We’re homeschoolers; we’ve never been accused of normalcy, right?

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Confessions of an Accidental Unschooler

In the efforts of full disclosure, I wrote this many moons ago. Since then, my kids have unschooled, homeschooled, dual schooled (charter high homeschool program mixed with college), Waldorf schooled, and … um, I think that’s it.

Anyhoo.

Back in 2011 or so, this was my headspace. Perhaps you relate.

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Roadschooling: A Survival Guide for Homeschool Road Trips

Roadschooling. Is it a thing? Schooling while on the road? Do you need a sketchy-looking, decked out schoolbus? Will any old Mommobile do? Can you really use your road trip times and not skip school?

It is totally a thing.

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I Don’t Care If You Homeschool

Choosing to educate your children at home, at a public school, at a private institution, or a boarding school, is a polarizing decision, and not one that any parent makes lightly.

When the choice is made, the aftermath arrives: anxiety, guilt, fear, and the overwhelming feeling that everyone is talking about you behind your back.

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Should I Homeschool? (A quiz for REAL moms)

Are you wondering, “Should I homeschool my kids? Is homeschooling the best option for me, and for my family?

Sometimes life is easier when it comes in a lovely, organized list. I mean, how many times have you thought to yourself: Self, I wish these kids following me around came with an owner’s manual?

Or is that just me?

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The Well-Rounded Homeschooler

Being well-rounded is a goal we most likely all have for our children. We want them to be good at everything, or at least we do when they’re shiny and new.

After a while, our standards lower just a tad: during middle school years we just want them to shower occasionally and speak with a modicum of intelligence instead of grunting for food like a zoo animal.

I think we tend to forget that no one is perfectly well-rounded. Case in point: Yours Truly.

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How To Write Your Book When You’re Also Homeschooling Your Kid(s)

Since this blog is a bit about writing and a bit about homeschooling (and maybe some rantings if I’m feeling saucy), I thought today we’d combine the two.

Because there have to be more than one of us who are nutty enough to try to do both at one time, right?

Homeschooling and writing … never the twain shall meet. Or shall they? Well, of course they shall.

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Have You Done Enough? Parenting This Side of Heaven

“Are you Mom enough?”

The title was almost more jarring than the photo that accompanied it: a young, beautiful mom breast feeding her nearly four year old, on the over of Time, 2012.

Am I Mom enough? I wondered, while inwardly the contents of my bra were wincing in a painful sympathetic reaction. Read more

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