Days like these.

Life happens. All kinds of life happens to everybody all the time. Sounds kind of obvious right?  You would think so, but for me it was a concept that took me some years to get my mind around in relation to home education. Family members get sick, pregnancy (for me) made me quite poorly, we move…

Do 5 Things

Introduction- This blog post is part of a series called #100waystohomeeducate. We are conducting a blog hop across the pages of many different families to show just how rich and diverse home education is, and how personal and unique  it is to each individual family. To read the full series, please visit Jax at liveotherwise. Yesterday’s…

Pondering Personal Responsibility.

Adulting is hard work. One of the areas I struggle with,  is working out where my rights start to impose upon the rights of others, and what action do I take when they do? How do I go about that in such a way that I do not become a slave to other people’s thoughts and feelings while…

Don’t smash the egg.

Today I read this quote and I thought it was poignant to what we do when we decide to take the momentous step of home educating our children. The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg; not by smashing it.  – Arnold Glasow We’ve all had those kinds of…

Divide and Conquer. Not I.

If there was ever a political climate for divide and conquer to work, it has been in the past 12 months. And it is today. Brexit. Trump. Race. Refugees. Home education. There has never been a more fertile soil for sowing the seeds of change by turning the people upon themselves. So what is divide…

It’s all fun and games..

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye! This phrase rumoured to have originated with Roman wrestling in reference to eye gouging, was once just an idle parenting phrase of mine used to describe those moments where kids injure themselves not too seriously while rough housing. That was until last Wednesday. The day…

Owning My Own Story

Sometimes life teaches me incidental lessons, that I didn’t see coming. These are the serendipitous moments of life, where I learn something great about myself. When I say great, I don’t necessarily mean ‘yay that’s fantastic’, I mean great as in epic, revolutionary or momentous, for sometimes those lessons are seasoned with pain. Yet they always…

Houmous pizza moments.

Last week, I began my mission to reclaim the art of slow. I stumbled across Carl Honore‘s book In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed some years ago when I found myself with adrenal burn out. I had spent the past 14-15 years in a whirlwind of university, falling pregnant, getting…

What they don’t tell you about parenting.

Being a parent is tough! It’s great, I love it, it is rewarding, it is filled with joy, giggles,  love and twinkly sparkly fairy lights most days. It’s garnished with glitter, mud, unicorns, the Tardis, Minecraft, rainbows and frogs. Then other days, it is bloody hard work. It’s helping your kid through a break up theirs or yours,…

What blogs I am reading this week #1

I am afraid to say, that the reality of my life is that I watch way more YouTube vlogs than I read blogs. I tend to go down this route so I can watch things on the go. Reading a blog, means  I need to physically sit down to do it, something I am not…

What advice would I give new home educators?

On Friday, I had the lovely experience of sitting with some home educators I don’t get to see very often, and others I had met for the first time. As the conversation went on, and people got to know a little more about each other, I was asked the question, ‘What advice would you give…

Word for the Year 2017

Every year for the last little while, I have joined my friend Leonie in choosing a word to help define our years. Some years some of the family also join in, which makes it really lovely. I have never been very good with resolutions, I find them difficult to make and stick too. I don’t…