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Parenting Fears: Driving Test Day

It’s already four o’clock and I haven’t eaten lunch. This isn’t normal for me.

I pause and think about it and realize that my stomach is in knots. No wonder I haven’t eaten. There is an ache in my stomach making me feel ill, but I am fairly certain that I am not sick. It’s not that kind of ache.

It is the sort of ache I get when I am stressed, so I start to think about it.

Am I stressed? 

I can’t think of any particular stressor at the moment. Typically the root causes of this type of ache are the kids’ schedules, work, or homeschooling. But as I mentally think through my list, I can’t identify any deadlines or projects that are weighing on my mind.

I start to think about my schedule for the next day and the knot in my stomach tightens. This time, I feel seriously ill.

Then it hits me. I am avoiding any thoughts about one particular event on the calendar tomorrow.

My oldest child is taking her driver’s test.

And despite my brain’s refusal to think about it, my stomach is in knots.

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Over 15 Activities for January Family Fun

January is a great time to connect with your kids.

Ok.  So anytime is a great time to connect with your kids, but January has a few unique qualities that you can take advantage of right now.

It’s dark.  It’s cold.  And sometimes, if you are lucky, it is white.

All of these qualities make this the perfect month to cozy up and connect as a family. To make it a bit easier for you this month, I’ve compiled a list of ways you can make some family memories this month.

Over 15 ideas for January family fun. Take advantage of the dark, the cold, and the coziness of winter.
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December Homeschooling

It’s that time of year when the magic of Christmas meets the requirements of homeschool and I attempt to find enchanting ways to bring them together.

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Perhaps I could teach lessons while wearing Christmas antlers, but I haven’t bought a pair….yet.

In the meantime, here are some ideas we are trying this season:

December Homeschooling: Games

We add a few new board games to our game collection every December. In the past, we opened one a week, but this year I just pulled them both out right at the start.

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Five Homeschool Social Media Accounts You Aren’t Following But Should Be

We know many of the big names in the world of social media. You know, the pages and accounts with thousands of followers.

And those pages are fantastic with plenty of good information.

But hidden in the corners and around the bend are tons of homeschooling moms who are sharing their wisdom and their journeys on their social media accounts.

Today I want to share five smaller accounts that inspire me, brighten my facebook feed, and encourage me on my parenting journey.

We all know the big names in social media, but today I wanted to share five accounts you might not be following but probably should. They inspire and encourage me in my homeschool journey.

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5 Tools that Spark Meaningful Family Conversation

Conversation is an important part of our family life and an important part of our homeschool.

Meaningful conversation contributes to the atmosphere of learning in our homeschool and it enhances our relationships with one another. My kids are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, and ideas with me and others. They learn to defend their point of view, explain their reasoning, and consider what someone else has to say.

Conversations give my children the room and freedom to process what they are learning. We might talk about current events, the plot of a book, or whether parallel universes truly exist.

Our Brave Writer Lifestyle has taught me to value our conversations just as much as I value any part of our homeschool, sometimes even more. I’ve learned that everything doesn’t have to be in a book, on a worksheet, or written down at all.

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Art of Fall Mixed Media Workshop Review

I love doing art with my kids, but I need a little guidance when it comes to project ideas and creativity.

I am willing to gather the materials and join in the fun, but it helps to have someone else design the plan.

That is where the courses at the Masterpiece Society have saved me from hours of digging around for ideas to copy from Pinterest. This fall we began working on the projects in the Fall Mixed Media Workshop and we are all having fun while creating unique pieces of art.

{{NOTE: Coupon Code for the Workshop included at the end of the post!}}

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