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New Year’s Resolution: Minimalizing

December 27, 2017

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by Karen Koch Sometimes more is just more. For the past school year, I have been deeply pondering minimalism. No one in my house is  wearing diapers anymore, and my first two children are mainly self-sufficient at this point, so maybe I just finally have enough sleep and time to think about this after 17 […]

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Out of the Cocoon

December 17, 2017

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by Christina Rivera, CHEA volunteer Membership Coordinator Like a butterfly or a moth that comes out of her cocoon; so blooms a homeschool mom when her babies start to gain maturity. This is a beautiful thing to experience; welcoming all the blessings from many long challenges. I’m sure, if you’re right in the middle of […]

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Making Christmas Choices

November 30, 2017

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by Jennifer Pepito, Featured Speaker, 35th Annual CHEA Convention Christmas is right around the corner, and the holidays present us all with many choices. We can choose to cuddle with our children by the fire and read stories together, or go shopping. We can choose to bake cookies together or wrap presents. We can choose […]

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Sticker Shock

November 27, 2017

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by Rebecca Kocsis Homeschoolers live in their houses all day–every day. Contrary to our traditional schooling counterparts, who are often out of the home for the better part of the day, our homes are well occupied.  Because they are well occupied, our furnishings have a way of developing that lived in look well before their […]

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Homeschooling and the Sandwich Generation

November 26, 2017

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Helpful Hints for Homeschool Families Caring for Aging Grandparents by Mindy Chenault As I sat waiting in the hospital with my sister and my dad, I knew that our family’s Christmas break plans were never going to materialize. My mom had suffered a stroke sometime around Christmas. Waiting for the neurologist to read results of […]

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Making Holidays Meaningful

November 13, 2017

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by Karen D. Koch Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday—probably because of family and food, and the noticeably lower materialistic nature (and hence, stress) of the day.  During the two years I lived overseas back in the 1980s, it was the holiday I missed the most. We made our own Thanksgiving there, but it […]

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Truth from the Trenches of Motherhood and Homeschooling

October 13, 2017

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by Janelle Knutson Anyone else have a rough day? I won’t even begin to explain the day I’ve had. Let’s just say that homeschooling 4 kids, along with a 3 year old who is testing limits and a one year old who has learned to climb just about anything, can make for a difficult and […]

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8 Ways to Ease the Mental Load

August 5, 2017

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by Karen D. Koch I’m weary of being The Knower of All the Things. I’ve been reading lately about the Mental Load women carry (not to mention the emotional load, but that’s another blog post). One article said that for women/mothers (and I’ll add homeschoolers), the mental load of being The Knower of All the […]

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Two Incomes and Still Broke? Thoughts During Tax Season

February 10, 2017

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by Karen D. Koch Years ago when we had our first baby (two months after college graduation) and another on the way about 15 months later, I stumbled on a book at our local library called Two Incomes and Still Broke: It’s Not How Much You Make, but How Much You Keep by Linda Kelley, 1996. We were […]

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Homeschooling with Little Ones

January 24, 2017

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by Janelle Knutson It can be quite a challenge trying to home educate older children with little ones around. I don’t know how many times I went to bed feeling like a homeschool mom failure as I contemplated the school work that was neglected and the huge amount of time that the little ones dominated […]

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