Homeschool Mom Confessions: I Don’t Like Hands-On Activities

I have a confession to make. I write and speak a lot about the importance of hands-on activities as part of children’s learning experiences, but I really don’t like hands-on activities. It’s shocking, I know ....more

I Almost Missed It

Every October for the past five years we’ve gone on a field trip to the petting farm. The kids get a hands-on tour of the farm complete with chasing chickens, holding baby ducks, and all the animal poop one could hope for. ...more

Homeschool Mom Confessions: I Still Worry About Socialization

I have to admit that this fear takes me by surprise because I’m not just a homeschool mom: I’m also a homeschool graduate (K-12). I have friends and acquaintances from all over the world. I know from personal experience that socialization is more than just spending time with twenty or thirty kids the same […] The post Homeschool Mom Confessions: I Still Worry About Socialization appeared first on The Mommy Mess ....more

The One About Balance

I’ve been struggling to find balance in life lately. Parenting, homeschooling, marriage, business, blogging and...more

Homeschool Mom Confessions: How Do I Measure Success?

Every year I’ve started my school year with “This is going to be the best year ever!” Then somehow, by the end of our 30th week, looking to the final stretch of 6 more weeks…I want to mourn. Did they learn anything? Are they going to make it? ...more

How to Make a Homemade Halloween Costume Without Losing Your Mind

I’ll be honest. I’m not a fan of making homemade Halloween costumes. I miss the years that making a trip to Target and picking out a Pokemon costume off the rack was good enough ....more

Homeschool Mom Confessions: I’m Just Winging It

My belief that parenting is basically a giant experiment kinda bleeds over into my homeschooling philosophy. Sure, you can get plenty of advice from books and other parents, but at the end of the day, you have to figure out what works for each unique child… Apart from some college, my entire school career was […] The post Homeschool Mom Confessions: I’m Just Winging It appeared first on The Mommy Mess ....more

Our Anniversary, Parenting, and Throw Up

We celebrated eleven years of marriage this past Saturday. It was a quiet, relaxing, kid-free day. We ate sushi for lunch and Mexican take out for dinner ....more

Homeschool Mom Confessions: I’m a Conflicted Mother

What happens when you’ve poured your heart and soul into homeschooling your children and then, all of a sudden, the kids grow up? They need you less, learn on their own, and everything you’ve been dedicated to for years suddenly looks different. With one 10th grader who seems to need very little from me these […] The post Homeschool Mom Confessions: I’m a Conflicted Mother appeared first on The Mommy Mess ....more