Category Archives: life with kids

Taking Back Homeschool Joy–with Crafts (or Surviving Crafts with Variations on a Theme)

Joy. After 7 years of homeschooling, I’ve had years where not all gears clicked; we may have been successful in many areas, but not everything went the way I wanted it to. Last year, I noticed the joy from certain … Continue reading

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Knoebels with 3 Kids and $100?

A few years back, I wrote about 12 Mom Reasons Why Knoebels is the Best Amusement Park. An interesting point made by some readers: the idyllic scene I’d painted of a family enjoying the day together (without hand-stamps), content to spent … Continue reading

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Hershey vs. Knoebels

I grew up going to Knoebels Amusement park, and then I moved to Central PA with Hershey very close by. We went to Hershey a few years, paid for by my husband’s work, but were turned off by the high … Continue reading

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Being a Good Sport Parent

Watching my son in Little league last season transformed me as a baseball parent. It was my son’s third year of Little League baseball (year 5 playing the game if you count tee-ball). I was transformed by an attitude change. … Continue reading

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Writing a Novel in 9 minutes a Day? Is that Possible?

“The 9 Minute Novelist”–the title of an article I read in 30-second intervals while at a coffee shop with my six-year old.  This article in Writers’ Digest was made for someone like me. Maybe the fact that I have to … Continue reading

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Ever Feel Like You’re the Least Favorite Teacher In Your Homeschool?

Yeah, it’s saying something when you’re the least-favorite teacher in a  one-room-schoolhouse kind of situation. But I’ve felt it. The weirdest part is, I’m used to being popular. I was a favorite camp counselor, a beloved student teacher, and the … Continue reading

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Review: Phonics Museum Reading Program

Confession: I looked into the Phonics Museum curriculum, originally, because of its theme. Not because it was classical ( a very specific philosophy of education I did not espouse at the time). Not because it was made by Veritas Press … Continue reading

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Books My Son Likes: Flora and Ulysses

I have a middle-grade son who is not a natural reader. Reading is just is not what he’d choose to spend his time doing. He has many interests that compete with reading, so if I find him reading a book … Continue reading

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Three Quick, Nutritious Go-To Breakfasts

I have three needs when it comes to feeding my kids breakfast: 1) Quick, not demanding 45 minutes of productive morning time, 2) real food, not from a box, 3) containing protein to power them, and preferably vegetables with the enzymes … Continue reading

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A Late Reader a Gifted Reader?

Why does our culture think “earlier equals better” or “earlier equals smarter” when it comes to kids reaching milestones? Do we really think that babies who walk at 10 months are smarter than babies who walk at 14 months? Does … Continue reading

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