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10 Things to NOT Ask the Homeschool Mom

Some lighthearted humor to start the day.

1. What happened to the house today? Even if there are scraps of craft paper on the floor and stuck to the table and there’s toast from breakfast still sitting in the toaster and a huge pile of legos sitting there right in the middle of the living room, just let it go. Find something creative to say about the clutter. Like this —  it looks like you guys exercised your creativity today!

2. Seriously? Macaroni and cheese for dinner again? Some days, macaroni and cheese is an excellent and needed option for dinner. And just so you know, they have gluten free mac and cheese options as well. Sometimes mac and cheese is the save the sanity go-to dinner option.

3. What did you get done today?  Even if there is a stack of papers on the table, a mess everywhere, and only 14 math problems got completed – they still worked. So best to tuck the what did you get done away and simply ask how the day went and listen to all the amazing things that were accomplished.

4. Do I have clean underwear anywhere?  Don’t even touch the laundry subject. Simply step away, walk down to the dryer or the 5 full clothes baskets, and begin digging.

5. Could so and so drop by in 10 minutes?  Always, and I repeat, always, give warning. I prefer to have a good six hour warning before someone comes over. Then, at our home, we commence operation clean up.

6. Did you wear that shirt yesterday? Shirts can be worn more than once. That’s okay. In fact, simply grab a cardigan, throw it over and call it a day. Add a side pony tail and spice up the look.

7. You owe the library what??  Library fines are simply par for the course. Honestly, just begin to budget in library fines and call it all in the honor of learning. I figure we’ve already purchased the “L” and “I” in the library sign outside of our library.

8. In all your spare time could you organize this large event?  Ha. Spare time. Never, ever, and I repeat ever, tell a homeschool mom {or any mom in that instance} that she has a bunch of spare time.

9. Oh, you let the kids watch television?  Seriously, moms, some media is okay. There are moments in our lives where it is simply okay to turn on Kipper the Dog so that we can make something besides the above mentioned macaroni and cheese for dinner. Let it go. Some media is okay. Media all day? Even though you could slap the educational tag on it? That’s not okay.

10. How do you do it?  I know this is meant kindly and out of curiosity, but often this gets me {and the other homeschool mom} wondering how in the world they actually made it through the day. Instead, a simpler and sweeter way might be this: you amaze me, you homeschool mom who gets up at the crack of dawn and survives on coffee and who still smiles at the end of the day and can sing the grammar song with the best of them and who goes to bed content. Try those sweet words instead.

In the spirit of fun, what are some things that you can think of to not tell to a homeschool mom? And, grin, homeschool moms, I think you’re pretty amazing.

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Time Traveling Prayers

On Saturday, I got a Facebook email from a homeschool mom acquaintance of mine. But it was from Tuesday – four days earlier.

One sentence of it was:

My nephew’s wife is in labor as I write this and my sister has bypass surgery on Thursday.

My first thought was, “Oh, I’ll pray for all of them.”

Then I thought, “Wait – that was last week – those events are already over.”

Then I remembered that classic movie (and I use the term “classic” very loosely here), Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Time travel is an amazing thing.

Throughout the movie one of the heroes would say something like, “We really need to borrow a car. Oh! How about this: tomorrow let’s travel back to yesterday, take your dad’s keys and then put them in this bush over here!”

Then they would reach into the bush and grab the keys.

“That couldn’t happen,” you say.

And for the most part, you’re right.

But remember this: God isn’t just everywhere – He’s everywhen.

Which means if I pray for my friend’s sister on the Saturday after her surgery, God will know this on the previous Thursday. Therefore my future prayers would be applied (whatever that means) to the past events.

God gets to play, in real life, the game that Bill & Ted played in the movie.

Because, well… He’s God.

So I pray for future events and past events!

Have you ever prayed for someone that you know suffered before they died? I’ve done that — prayed that God eased their pain and gave them peace. I know He knew I was going to pray in the future for that, so I’m sure He probably took care of it back then.

Think it’s crazy still? Keep reading…

Ma used to tell me that God works in mysterious ways. Which means if I can think of some mysterious way He works, then He probably can think of something even more mysterious. Time traveling prayer seems pretty mysterious to me. I mean, have you read this verse in the Bible?

1 Peter 3:18… For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive,[d] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits — 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.[e] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand —with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

No doubt He’s probably got some way to take prayers in/from 4th dimensional space, also. When I figure out how that might work, I’ll be praying that way too!

No matter how you pray, it’s safe to say that the world could use a lot more of us doing it. If you have a prayer request, feel free to leave it in the comments. We would love to pray for you!

P.S. I prayed for my friend’s sister and her nephew’s new baby on Saturday. And found out on Monday that everything went well. Thank you, Jesus!

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A-Z of Why I Homeschool


Why do you homeschool?

A. Because I’m crazy. I’ve never said it was easy.
B. Because I love my kids. And actually enjoy spending TIME with them.
C. Because I love Jesus and the public school doesn’t. Nor does their curriculum.
D. Because public schools teach evolution as a fact. And teachers are not allowed to open discussion about ‘design’.
E. Because public schools provide “socialization”.
F. Because private schools are not much better than public schools (I used to work at one).
G. Because field trips are so much better in off season.
H. Because we like to take a LOT of field trips.
I. Because I get to blog about it.
J. Because the time I have with my kids is short enough as it is. I had them to raise them (not let someone else do it).
K. Because I get to pick my kid’s friends, but not their friend’s boogers.
M. Because I get to learn along with my kids! Life-long student, YEAH!
N. Because it’s fun. Most of the time.
O. Because I make a better lunch than the cafeteria. Most of the time.
P. Because homeschooling allows us to set our own schedule and take family vacations around Dad’s work schedule.
Q. Because I get to teach towards my kid’s talents.
R. Because I have a serious book fetish. And book case fetish. And mechanical pencil fetish…
S. Because of the AWESOME HOMESCHOOL CONVENTIONS. Like the one in Houston next week… that Jenn and I will be at!
T. Because we used to move a lot (husband’s job), and it would have been torture for the kids if they had been pulled in and out of schools and forced to try and catch up with homework.
U. Because we feel the Lord calling us to lead our kids (and don’t like where the public schools are leading kids).
V. Because there aren’t drug pushers or child molesters in my home… and I can’t always say the same for public schools.
W. Because learning doesn’t always have to be done at a desk.
X. Because ADD doesn’t have to be medicated if you are homeschooling. ADD kids are gifted and wonderful! Just like ADD Moms!
Y. Because Jesus was homeschooled. And he homeschooled his disciples.
Z. Because my kids are worth it.

Maybe it’s time you got out a notebook and made your own little A-Z list to refresh your resolve for the 2011-2012 school year. You can even be clever and make it all alphabetically correct. Example: “Q is for Quaver (our homeschool music curriculum)”… “F is for Field Trips (taken at off-season)”…

I wrote this little list way back in 2006 on Sprittibee but decided to freshened it up and shared it again. The info is thankfully just as relevant today and I’m still plugging away at my homeschool mom duties… five years later.

Scary thought: I have a 5 month old in my house. I may be in dentures before I STOP homeschooling.

That’s fine with me. I feel truly blessed to be able to be with my kids every day. You won’t find me thrilling that they are out of the house… but I’m certain that I would thrill if they all of the sudden started to do all their chores without me nagging!


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