Your Kids and the Facts of Life, Part 1

Have you had that talk about the birds and the bees with your oldest child yet? Maybe your kids aren’t old enough yet… or maybe you know the time is fast approaching but you feel a little awkward bringing up such a delicate subject?

This summer, I read an excellent book that helped me tremendously in talking to my daughter about the facts of life. Growing Up in God’s Image. When I realized that the author sometimes goes to our parish, I realized that here was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Here is Part 1 of an interview with a veteran homeschool mom of ten kids, Carolyn Smith, on teaching your children about human sexuality.

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How to Avoid Homeschooling Burnout – Part 2

In last week’s post, I offered some suggestions about running the school part of homeschooling to avoid homeschool burnout. This week, I want to talk about managing the home part of homeschooling. For many of us, it is not the schooling part that’s throwing us over the edge, it’s the household work and the outside activities that we have to do in addition to educating our children at home.

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How to Avoid Homeschooling Burn Out – Part I

When I was a highschool teacher, I noticed that many teachers would burn out by February. Being a highschool teacher was challenging but it was not nearly as difficult (or rewarding) as homeschooling. In my experience, homeschool burn-out was not something that only happened in the month of February. When my kids were really little, I was often burnt out even by the end of the day!

Granted  I no longer have any toddlers or nursing babies. I can actually sleep at night, and that makes a world of difference. But over the years, I have  also learned that avoiding burn-out really begins at the start of the school year. Here are some tips about managing the school part of homeschooling:

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