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Moms and Dads of Boys, Please Don’t Ignore This

In a bitter twist, after I’d hopped onto Facebook Live and spent 20 minutes talking about Lewis Howes’ book The Mask of Masculinity and a sobering, insightful article by Charlie Hoehn written in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, I woke up the next morning to news of yet another school shooting.

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How Do I Prevent “Summer Slide”?

You’re dying to know, aren’t you? How do you prevent “summer slide” from happening to your kids? Gonna hit the pause button here for a sec, and keep you in suspense for just a bit.  Let’s talk about “summer slide”.

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A Weekend With Unschooling Mom2Mom’s Sue Patterson

“What are you really afraid of?” she asked me softly, looking right into my eyes.I was sitting on a couch in a beach house right next to Sue Patterson, a woman I’d followed on Facebook for several years, a woman I consider to be one of the wisest voices within the unschooling community. I’m not […]

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What 5 Gurus in Personal Development and Entrepreneurship Can Teach Homeschoolers

Why do you homeschool the way you do?  How did you come to the style of homeschooling you use? Do you homeschool the way you do because it’s what you know and are comfortable with?  Did you research the different styles and choose one that resonated with you?

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7 Things I Want You To Know About My Late Reader

Having a “late” reader when you’re homeschooling brings with it some unique challenges.

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7 Things I Want You To Know About Homeschooling A Late Reader

At this point, I’m an old hat at this.  I’ve been there, done that, and earned the trophy. Not one, but two, of my children have been (or are) struggling readers.  Homeschooling them has brought us some difficult challenges which I talk about in that article. Here, though, I want to talk about the parent who’s homeschooling a […]

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9 Things I Tell My Struggling Readers To Encourage Them

Not much breaks a mother’s heart more than hearing her dejected, defeated child fold her arms on the table in front of her, drop her head onto her forearms, and mutter, “I’m so dumb.” I never thought I’d hear that again after I embraced unschooling.  I heard it a lot from my oldest daughter when she was […]

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5 Things You Should Know About Homeschooling Toddlers And Preschoolers

 I know.  I get it.  I was there myself way back in 2003.   You’re so excited and nervous to homeschool your kids that you can’t wait to jump in.  You want all your ducks lined up in a row just so.  You’re wondering… What should my kids be learning when they’re preschool-aged?How do I teach them […]

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Homeschoolers, It’s More Important Now Than Ever: Build Community

This post is a call to action for each and every homeschooler out there: be proactive and build your community. We Americans cannot ignore the growing crisis in our country anymore. In the wake of yet another school shooting, we’re going to hear a lot about guns again.  But guns aren’t the problem. Guns don’t fire on […]

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