How to Find Your Authentic Voice

When I was in elementary school, I declared that I'd be a writer. By high school, though, I was sure I'd go to law school. That too, changed over the years. In college, I had a professor ask me to consider switching my major to English because she enjoyed my writing so much; it would be a "waste of time" to pursue anything else. I wondered if she was high. (To be clear, I hadn't yet declared a major, so, perhaps I was high. No, really. Maybe I was. It was the late '90s and I don't need your judgment. Great, now I'm off track.) ...more
I loved this. You have eloquently put words to so many emotions I've been having about my ... more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2014 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! In fact, we're going to be culling out some great posts from the list below and paying you to feature them on BlogHer during the month of November to celebrate NaBloPoMo. ...more
In 5 years of blogging, I've never been 1st on a link list! Happy blogging, everyone! :) more

I Hate the Things You Love, Can We Still Be Friends?

I cannot tell a lie. Maybe it's because I've never been good at lying. Or maybe I'm still traumatized from that time in 1986 when I told my mom that I was going to a late movie with friends but went to a party instead and awoke the next morning to a note that said simply, "Call me at work about last night."  Regardless of the reason, I am all about telling the truth...even when it gets me in trouble. So, today, I have a few things I must confess to you. ...more
Oh This is great! I do have a lifelong crush on Dave, but I DO NOT understand the love of ... more

School Happens: Other Homeschool Moms Make Me Feel Bad

Here's the thing: I read other homeschool blogs and moms are smiling as they let their children lead the way through the grace of an "unschooled" environment. Johnny is off writing his own book about rocket science and Mary is learning to be a fashion designer as she sews her life away. They don't need math or regular structured learning because they're so damn smart already that books are pretty much a waste of time. That's so NOT what things look like here. I wonder, am I alone in this?...more
@kuikalono My first year was the hardest. I remember trying to work off the state website and ... more

School Happens: Other Homeschool Moms Make Me Feel Bad

Here's the thing: I read other homeschool blogs and moms are smiling as they let their children lead the way through the grace of an "unschooled" environment. Johnny is off writing his own book about rocket science and Mary is learning to be a fashion designer as she sews her life away. They don't need math or regular structured learning because they're so damn smart already that books are pretty much a waste of time. That's so NOT what things look like here. I wonder, am I alone in this?...more
@DawnBusseKorak I bet you're doing just fine! We are our won worst enemies. There have been days ... more

Homeschool Stereotypes: From the Hippie to the Jesus Freak

The word "homeschooler" carries with it all sorts of images, doesn't it? Right or wrong, consciously or unconsciously, most people hear that word and immediately conjure up a stereotype based on their own experiences, perceptions, or assumptions. You know you do it. I know I used to. It's alright. I don't blame anyone. I still find myself doing it occasionally, and I've been homeschooling for well nigh a decade. In fact, to make it more fun, I've turned it into a game of sorts....more
Yeah, we're pretty normal too. I like to think we take a little piece from each of ... more

I Don't Want to Be a Perfect Mom; I Want to Be a Better One

I can't be the mom I want to be, if I just keep doing the same things wrong. I'm a good mom, and I love my kids more than life itself. But, I want to be a mom that doesn't yell. A mom that doesn't appear to be angry or aggravated. I want my kids to grow up knowing they brought me joy each and every day. I want them to look back and picture me smiling instead crying....more
@nikonMom It's a tough balance to find. being a mom is not easy, but today more than any other, ... more

I Don't Want to Be a Perfect Mom; I Want to Be a Better One

I can't be the mom I want to be, if I just keep doing the same things wrong. I'm a good mom, and I love my kids more than life itself. But, I want to be a mom that doesn't yell. A mom that doesn't appear to be angry or aggravated. I want my kids to grow up knowing they brought me joy each and every day. I want them to look back and picture me smiling instead crying....more

School Happens: Other Homeschool Moms Make Me Feel Bad

Here's the thing: I read other homeschool blogs and moms are smiling as they let their children lead the way through the grace of an "unschooled" environment. Johnny is off writing his own book about rocket science and Mary is learning to be a fashion designer as she sews her life away. They don't need math or regular structured learning because they're so damn smart already that books are pretty much a waste of time. That's so NOT what things look like here. I wonder, am I alone in this?...more
@KateWhineHall I have those days, but I truly believe PS is not the answer for us. I believe in ... more

School Happens: Other Homeschool Moms Make Me Feel Bad

Here's the thing: I read other homeschool blogs and moms are smiling as they let their children lead the way through the grace of an "unschooled" environment. Johnny is off writing his own book about rocket science and Mary is learning to be a fashion designer as she sews her life away. They don't need math or regular structured learning because they're so damn smart already that books are pretty much a waste of time. That's so NOT what things look like here. I wonder, am I alone in this?...more
@jennincat I don't have RV. That would be so fun! But, I think I probably fall under the "happy ... more