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Priceless Sanity-Saving Tips From Seasoned Homeschool Moms

One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is that, contrary to that whole socialization myth, you are not alone.

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For many of us, the school year is halfway up, and so is our sanity. Whether you’re homeschooling a fresh-faced kindergartner or your very last highschooler, challenges are bound to show up.

Maybe you’ve come up on a hurdle with math comprehension, or a major life event has thrown a wrench in your lesson plans, or you just still haven’t quite fully recovered from the holiday break.

One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is that, contrary to that whole socialization myth, you are not alone. Many of other homeschooling families have gone on before you and learned incredible things about overcoming the difficulties that we sometimes encounter. And, lucky for you, many of them have blogged about it.

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So, if you’re heading into the second half of the school year with a few more gray hairs than when you started, this list of the best sanity-saving ideas and encouragement from our favorite homeschooling bloggers is for you!

Don’t fight against your child’s unique learning style, work with it!

This is truly one of the best reasons to homeschool, especially for parents who have had to pull their struggling kids from public or private schools with set curricula. Take the Learning Style Quiz from Homeschool On! to get a better idea of your kid’s style, and run with it!

Come up with a balanced schedule.
If you’re naturally Type A and a bit of a hyper-planner, you may need to loosen up. If you’re constantly falling behind on reasonable goals, you may need to focus on planning just a tad more. It’s not as hard as it may seem to have a flexible homeschool plan that works for your family and satisfies any state requirements, you just need to find balance, and Cornerstone Confessions has some great tips to help you on your way.

Guide your children toward independence.
Who says homeschooling doesn’t prepare kids for the real world? If anything, you’ll do a better job of it if you guide your kids into the mastering discipline and doing a fair amount of their schoolwork independently. This is especially effective with interest-led learning, and The Well-Planned Gal is the expert on it!

Don’t leave out life skills!
Budgeting, grocery shopping, small repairs, entrepreneurship, and so much more, nearly everything you do now as an adult is something your kids can, and probably should, learn from you. Not only do these life skills help to fill requirements for basics like math and science, this is yet another area in which homeschooled kids can have a huge advantage and a leg-up into adulthood. Plus, many hands make light work. If your teens learn to cook breakfast for their smaller siblings, that’s a weight off your shoulders!

Need “me” time? Get up long before the kids do.
As you work on finding that balanced schedule that works for your family’s needs, don’t mistake yourself for a robot and neglect the quiet time we all need! For many homeschooling parents, the golden hour for “me time” is early in the morning before the kids are up. You’re wide awake, you can grab your coffee, get into the Word, and truly prepare yourself for the day ahead.

I won’t lie, homeschooling is not an effortless, self-maintaining lifestyle. It takes work, and a fair amount of it. But, if you find yourself trudging onward joylessly through the week, take a moment to breathe, re-evaluate, and look to the seasoned home-schooles out there for guidance.

 

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New Zealand Madman Bravely Chased by ‘Good Guy’ with a Gun

As with any act of gruesome horror, there is always a shining light, somewhere in the darkness, that rekindles our belief in the human spirit.

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 The sheer horror and terror of what has occurred in New Zealand stands at such close proximity at this time, that it is difficult to fully gauge its gravity.

It has certainly shocked the nation itself, as New Zealand isn’t known as a dangerous, or even particularly excitable, place.  The serene and unfathomably gorgeous surroundings, along with the California-like dichotomy of beaches and ski mountains within hours of one another, lends the Kiwis the unmistakeable air of “chill” that one normally reserves for Malibu or San Diego.

In fact, this rampage claimed the lives of more New Zealanders than an entire year of homicides would have in the country.

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But, as with any act of gruesome horror, there is always a shining light, somewhere in the darkness, that rekindles our belief in the human spirit.

That’s right; a good guy with a gun.  It’s the same story that we hear time and again, all over the globe, and it rings fundamentally true in nearly all aspects of life.

It is not enough to hope and pray for the bad guys to turn the other cheek.  No; we must also hope and pray that good men will not stand aside and do nothing in the face of such evil.  And, by God, let’s hope they’re armed.

 

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Fair Haven, Vermont’s Newest “Mayor” to Take “Office” Tuesday

Mayor Lincoln will take the reins, (no pun intended), on Tuesday, after beating canine competitor Sammie Viger in the bizarre mayoral race.

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When it comes to community fundraising, there are no shortage of unique and inspired ways in which Americans can help one another out.

Between the candy bar cartel, the car wash cabal, and the bake sale barons, local communities throughout our nation have long found interesting and unique ways to stash a little extra cash for a shared project.

Now, one town in Vermont is taking things a step further, allowing residents the opportunity to put a name on the mayoral ballot for a mere $5, with the cash raised going to the creation of a new public playground.

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But there’s a catch

A 3-year-old goat in Vermont beat out more than a dozen other pets for the title of honorary mayor.

Lincoln, a Nubian goat, was chosen by residents in Fair Haven, a town of roughly 2,500 people that sits along the border of Upstate New York, to serve as mayor for one year.

The goat was among 15 other animals on the ballot in the running for the honorary position. Lincoln beat out several other animals, including cat Sassy Towle, a dog named Stella Heibler and a gerbil named Crystal, for the job.

Lincoln took 13 of the 53 votes cast, just surpassing a dog named Sammie Viger who took home 11.

The young, female goat will lead the town’s Memorial Day parade later this year, dressed to the nines in yet to be revealed “custom sash”.

And while the fundraising stunt only brought in around $100, local officials are hopeful the exposure that Lincoln brings to the town will be beneficial in as-of-yet unknown ways.

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