Category Archives: life with kids

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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Six Lessons from Employing Mr. Mom

So, in a rare twist of events, the back-to-back scheduling of two conferences forced an untried scenario: Daddy home all day (and even some nights) alone with the kids while I was away–for 6 days! We’ve done a few days … Continue reading

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