Tools to Help You Bloom as a Homeschool Mama

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Daisy in summer garden with dzarling rain drops

Although I’m a NextGen homeschooler and had a positive personal experience with homeschooling, I struggled with many of the same doubts and fears — the “big fat lies” — that all homeschool mamas face, and I didn’t homeschool from the start. In fact, it took me several years to grow my faith and develop confidence to […]

Find Freedom From Your Homeschooling Fears

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FindingFreedomFromHomeschoolingFears

Fear often holds us back in our homeschooling journey and robs us of the joy God has in store for us as we teach our children and create deeper relationships with them. I have yet to meet a homeschooler who hasn’t struggled with some of these fears — myself included. I find that on a daily basis, […]

Homeschool Mother’s Journal: June 13th

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Homeschool Mother's Journal

Welcome to the June 13th edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as we journey […]

Learning Continues Despite Life’s Distractions

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Stress. Woman stressed

Even after 10 years of homeschooling, my biggest challenge is still consistency.  Because of our lifestyle — owning two busy donut shops  — my plans are interrupted on an almost daily basis. Add to that the recent chaos of building a house, selling a house, moving to the new house, and the overall distraction of having […]

Spring Dilemma: Must We Finish Curriculum?

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Must We Finish Curriculum?

With the joy and sunshine of spring comes this very familiar reader question each year: “I feel like the end of this school year is coming much faster that I want it to, and I’m worried that I need to finish every textbook and lesson from the curriculum that we’re using right now. I don’t want […]

Finding Relief for Homeschool Burnout

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FindingReliefHomeschoolBurnout

There are many reasons why homeschooling parents can experience burnout during the school year. It could be seasonal (a long winter), topical (curriculum feels stale), or more personal (family crisis, illness). It may even get to a point that you feel like throwing in the towel — but it doesn’t have to stay that way! […]

Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Fear

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-Fear

Fear often holds us back in our homeschooling journey and robs us of the joy God has in store for us as we teach our children and create deeper relationships with them. I have yet to meet a homeschooler who hasn’t struggled with some of these fears — myself included. I find that on a daily basis, […]

Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Not Qualified

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-NotQualified

One of the top reasons for not homeschooling that I hear from parents is that they don’t feel qualified to teach their children. They believe that if they don’t know Chemistry or Calculus, or whatever the subject, this lack of knowledge will hinder their child’s education. Personally, I don’t struggle with this concern or give it merit because: I have always loved learning. […]

Homeschool Mother’s Journal: February 21st

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HomeschoolMothersJournalNGHS

Welcome to the February 21st edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as we […]

Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Being Overprotective

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-Overprotective

There seems to be an epidemic of helicopter parenting in our country today… Or maybe it’s just in my suburban neighborhood. But I also notice it a lot in the homeschooling community. In fact, for many parents, being able to better protect their children is a major reason they decided to homeschool. Although I agree that it is our responsibility […]

Homeschool Mother’s Journal: February 7th

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HomeschoolMothersJournalNGHS

Welcome to the February 7th edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschooling mothers to share our hearts as we […]

Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Sensitivity

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-Sensitivity

When I first started homeschooling more than 10 years ago, I felt a lot of pressure and judgment — not only from outsiders, but also family members and even my own children. For those first few years, I was very sensitive and defensive of our choice to homeschool. I also had a tendency to try to make our […]

Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: The Schedule

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-PerfectSchedule

I am one of those list-making/calendar-posting/digital-app-updating Type A mamas who thought I would have no trouble keeping it all together once we started homeschooling. After all, I’m a former editorial manager who steered multiple magazine sections like a tight ship, with an assignments timeline whiteboard up in my office leading the way and a project management spreadsheet keeping all my team members on track. Making sure […]

Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Perfect House

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-CleanHouse

If you are expecting to have the same clean, picture-perfect house you had (or imagined you would have) when your kids left the house for six hours a day to attend school, you may be striving for the unattainable as a homeschooler. The reality is that you and your children are now at home most of the […]