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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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10 Tips to Start the School Year Right

August 1, 2016

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by Karen D. Koch Before you read this, get yourself a cup of tea and take a deep breath. For many of us, the school year is quickly approaching and, if you are like me, you’re wondering, once again, what you have gotten yourself into with this homeschooling thing.  I have just begun my 14th homeschooling year, […]

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Eating Frogs for Breakfast

November 12, 2015

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by Karen D. Koch One of the dilemmas I’ve faced in 14+ years of homeschool is “getting it all done.” Of course “it” is often a vague idea in my head, with a never-ending list of things to do, to learn, to memorize, to write, to experience, or to perform. Aside from homeschool there are a […]

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Wewease the Secwet Weapon!

January 16, 2014

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by Lindsey Lambert Are you like me, and you do not live in a self-cleaning house? You cannot afford a maid?  Are you having trouble keeping your housework under control while you add teaching school to all the many other jobs you have, like cooking, taxiing, nursing, etc.? Did you know that, as a homeschooling […]

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