Homeschool Balance


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  1. Heather M.

    It’s so important for us women to have a little self checkup from time to time! Thanks for pointing out these 3 practical areas to start. Jesus needed rest and so do we at times. Here’s to a healthier you this summer! Thanks for sharing 😉 Happy to be your neighbor at #wisewomanbuilds link up!

    1. Erin Post author

      Thank you for the kinds words! You are correct about Jesus needing rest as well, that is an excellent point.

  2. Kayla

    Not at all, but it’s my personality to not Don’t get me wrong, there are things I wish I mommed better at, but I’m ok with a weight and balance system to measure my effectiveness as a Mom! I love Pinterest and turn to it for everything. Most recently, how to put a harness on a chicken. My kid fell asleep before she had a bath, but she had fun taking her chicken to visit her great grandparents, so I feel like that’s good enough! But the Pinterest Mom, like you said, is nothing more than and idealistic personification of the best in all of us! And that’s awesome, because what good would Pinterest be if the ideas were crappy or even mediocre?! It would be of no help to anyone.
    P.S. I also discovered today, thanks to Pinterest, that the evil, minuscule, orange, gnat things are often called “No See-ums” and I made a Pinterest mixture of witch hazel, lysterine, and tea tree oil that actually helped! Soooo.. it’s ok that I forgot to shock the pool!?

    1. Erin Post author

      Yes! That’s exactly what Pinterest was meant to be I think, a tool. The problem is that sometimes we are so hard on ourselves that we forget that! Plus you are absolutely right that motherhood is about balance, it’s impossible to accomplish it all constantly. Most of them time I don’t think our kids even notice the things we didn’t get to, so it’s just really us placing pressure on ourselves. So now excuse me while I go mix up a gnat killing mixture. ?

  3. Kellie

    I really liked your description of the baby years as the “blurry years” and how while the babies grow up, you start to find your old self once again.

    1. Erin Post author

      Thank You! That’s exactly how I feel right now, like I’m discovering a whole new world, plus one I had forgotten was there.

  4. Gale

    Wonderful post. I will add one caveat/suggestion. Yes, chain yourself to the washer and dryer BUT I disagree with folding and putting everything away every load as that is inefficient. Fold everything that wrinkles and stack them in stacks by owner on top of the dryer (or table or baskets or whatever you have). Hang stuff right away that has to be hanged. Everything else (socks, underwear, towels), put in clean baskets OR on top of the largest bed in the house (put clean sheets on it first). Make sure to stop adding loads to the washer/dryer at least 2 hours before bedtime, then as soon as that last load is done, have everyone together sort the socks and undies and fold towels together, then put those and their clothes on top of the dryer and put it away. It gets it done so much faster (no multiple trips to all ends of the house throughout the day, or missing socks that have to be put aside to be matched later…or at least not as many).

    1. Erin Post author

      Good idea!! I have a thing about unfolded laundry so that’s probably why I do it immediately. Your way sounds much more efficient though! I will have to try it.

  5. Jen | Practical, By Default

    This: So now why shouldn’t you homeschool? Because you don’t want to.
    Yup pretty much. In my Working Homeschool Mom group I am blown away daily but moms that are making homeschooling work for them. If you really want to, you can. 🙂 Great article!

    1. Erin Post author

      Thank You! I feel like it’s a HUGE undertaking, but if you want it bad enough you will always make it work.

  6. Glenda Cates

    Wonderful tips and I agree about taking lots and lots of pictures and don’t do like me and depend on your phone and not download them and print them out or you might lose them. As this is what happened to me more than once.

  7. Kristen

    Fantastic tips…such a great idea to take a break when needed. When I was teaching, I always fit into my schedule easy days for the kids – when we watched movies & documentaries, did crafts, worked on projects, etc – even though I taught high school. Just need to remember that now that I am homeschooling!

    1. Erin Post author

      Yes!! Sometimes we have to slow down to be more productive if that makes any sense at all.

  8. Janet

    Some wonderful ideas! I especially like the laundry soap/quarters at the laundromat. I think we’ll do that one! May God bless you and your family as you spread His love!

    1. Erin Post author

      Thank You for the kind comment! That is one of my favorites as well. We camp quite a bit in the summer and plan to do the same at the bath houses.

  9. Brandy

    I couldn’t find you on Pinterest. I clicked the link. It said no board found. Could you maybe email your link to Pinterest.

  10. Kathryn

    What a great giveaway!! My husband and I just decided to homeschool for next year. My girls are 6 and 3. I can’t wait! Your giveaway had me at the first item. A prayer journal sounds amazing! I have a lot to learn on this journey.

  11. Deanna Ray

    I was jus saying to another mom considering homeschooling that I have become more patient since homeschooling! I totally agree with your expectations! I have also learned to be more flexible (which is also not one of my strongest charter traits). I know I am doing what God wants for me and my family and continue to learn in our homeschooling journey! Love your site!

    1. Erin Post author

      Thank you so much for the comment. I struggle with flexibility as well. I find it amazing how much we can grow and learn on this journey 🙂

  12. Lee @ Dragon'sEyeView

    I passed! Not only did I pass, but I qualified to give the exam…with one dragon perched on my shoulder and another one galumping along behind me! Oh, that was the dog…who needs to be walked 4 times a day because the yard is too muddy for him to go out an play!
    SO true – love it! 🙂

    1. Erin Post author

      Oh thank you so much! That means a lot to me. These were all pretty much real life scenarios here. LoL

  13. Holly

    Hello 😊
    I have tried a number of times to get your offer for the free homeschool portfolio. For some reason it is not working. Is there another way or link i am missing? Thank you😊

  14. nicole

    Stag 6- the Convert

    When your child/children now not only answer those pesky socialization questions for you, but by the end of their 15 minute conversation with the now ‘so sorry they asked’ adult, will have almost converted them to homeschooling. Oh and your 3rd grader had now informed you, that you WILL be homeschooling through high school, as there is ‘no way they can go back to the confines of ideology based public school (why did you let her watch those history documentaries?)….

  15. Heather

    Thank you for opening yourself up and sharing this. I homeschool my older (middle school) children,and feel led to begin homeschooling my second grader as well. He has learned a lot this past year in traditional school, and I often second guess my ability to give him what he needs. Thank you for your encouraging words!

    1. Erin Post author

      Thank you so much for the sweet reply! I don’t know why we always doubt our abilities so much. Sometimes it’s just so hard to break through those doubts though. Best of luck on your journey!