When Back-to-School Isn’t Picture Perfect

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What do you remember most about the back-to-school season of your youth? The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, perfectly tipped crayons and a clean backpack? Picking out a cooler lunchbox? Laying out your first day’s wardrobe, complete with scuff-free school shoes & coordinating hair accessories? Making plans to sit next to your best friend before someone else […]

10 Tips for Parenting Teens With Wisdom & Love

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We’re all familiar with the common conflicts between parents and teens, situations like: “My teenage daughter is addicted to her phone, and if we take it away for punishment, she acts like her life is over! How can I be firm without becoming public enemy No. 1?” Although the technology has changed, the battle between […]

Homeschool Mom on a Mission: Nina Taylor

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Welcome to our new monthly feature, Homeschool Moms on a Mission! We believe that ALL moms have a unique mission to serve the family that God has blessed them with, raising their children diligently with God’s wisdom and love. Homeschooling moms are also on a mission to be primary educators for their children. In this […]

Ask a NextGen Homeschooler: How Can I Breathe Life Into My Homeschool Curriculum?

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Welcome to “Ask a NextGen Homeschooler.” It’s your turn to ask the authors of NextGen Homeschool — formerly homeschooled moms who are now homeschooling our children — to weigh in on your homeschooling questions. From the practical to the personal, all questions are welcome! This week’s question comes from a NextGen Homeschool reader: My husband […]

Five Places to Find Spiritual Refreshment

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Every journey requires times of rest to regroup and restore physically and mentally. As homeschoolers, we know this all to well: It’s easy to burn out when we don’t pace ourselves and take necessary breaks. It’s no different with our spiritual journey. If we’re running full steam ahead ourselves and constantly pouring out to others […]

Considering Homeschooling? Trust Your Calling

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Recently a good friend of mine surprised me by asking if we could get together to talk about homeschooling. I wasn’t surprised that she might consider it, but I was surprised by the timing and eagerness to get it all figured out right now — months before the school year’s end. My friend summed up […]

When the War of Words Wears You Down

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You may have noticed a little lull in new posts on NextGen Homeschool this past week. I’ll be honest: We’re a bit worn out. Not simply busy or overwhelmed with our families, our homeschooling, our work, and our schedules, but a little worn down by the war of words that recently appeared after Rosanna’s blog […]

Top Homeschooling Posts of 2013: Homeschool Encouragement

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Welcome to NextGen Homeschool’s Top Homeschooling Posts of 2013 Series! This week we’ll be sharing the top homeschooling topics — and most viewed posts — of last year based on the number of reader views and pins at NextGen Homeschool. Pin this page so you can refer back to each topic as needed: It’s a […]

30 Days of Thanks: A Letter to My Mom

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Join us in 30 Days of Thanks! We will be posting all month at NextGen Homeschool about some of the things we are personally thankful for, and when we do, the post will include a link-up at the bottom so you can share posts of your own on the topic of thankfulness. If you don’t […]

When Should I Consider Changing Curriculum?

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I recently had a conversation with a homeschooling mom who was new to our state and already feeling unhappy with the public online schooling program she chose to enroll with here in Colorado — and what made her feel worse is that she thought she was “stuck” for the year. Depending on your state, your […]

Hearts for Home Blog Hop & Link-Up #36

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NextGen Homeschool’s “What’s Working Wednesday” is taking a break: We’re now co-hosting the fabulous “Hearts for Home” weekly blog hop & link up every Thursday with a group of inspiring homeschooling mama bloggers! The Hearts for Home Blog Hop is a weekly blog hop that begins every Thursday morning. The theme of this blog hop […]

Harried Homeschool Mom? When to Get Help

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I am a strong believer in the idea that life happens in seasons. And I freely admit that this past season has been a hectic, stressful, and busy one for me. I needed serious help, and I couldn’t seem to get it from my own family. Not because they refused to give it, but because […]

All Good Parents “Homeschool”

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I truly believe that all good parents are equipped to teach their children at home — because they are already doing so. From the moment a child is born, parents lovingly teach and direct him/her. We patiently teach them how to eat, how to walk, how to talk, how to use a toilet, how to […]

An Open Letter to the Doubting Mama

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Unlike most homeschooling mamas today, I had opinions — and concerns — about homeschooling years before I became a mother. I was homeschooled in high school, so the idea of homeschooling was always in the back of my mind when I considered my own future family. However, being a homeschooled mama didn’t guarantee that I […]

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