Sponsor Thank You: Davonne Parks, Organizer

The Homeschool Blog Awards wouldn’t be possible without our great sponsors, so we want to take some time to thank them!  Please remember to visit their website and social media links to show your appreciation.

Davonne Parks, Organizer

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Every homeschool parent needs to learn how to manage their time wisely if they want to make the most of their homeschool days. As a fellow homeschool mom, Davonne Parks really gets that.

And, in order to become more efficient in her own life, Davonne learned how to manage her time so she could start being on time. She also spent months learning how to make her home go from chaos to clutter-free, and she’s spent years refining those techniques.

Then she took the tools and lessons she learned and she turned them into incredibly helpful, well written, and easy-to-read eBooks.

Davonne’s books include hilarious embarrassing stories, practical tips, inspirational quotes, gentle encouragement, and fabulous suggestions that any mom who’d like to be a little more organized or timely can benefit from.

For the Blog Awards, Davonne is generously giving away 20 copies of Chaos to Clutter-Free and 20 copies of 28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person!

Plus, anyone who subscribes to Davonne’s blog will receive a complimentary copy of her eBook 101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms!

You can connect with Davonne Parks and get helpful encouragement and tips about organization, simplicity, and heart-filled motherhood on her blog, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Four Resources to Help You Organize Your Blogging Life

Every blogger needs a little inspiration from time to time, as well as practical ideas for keeping their thoughts organized!

I’ve seen some great blogging organization and inspiration articles this month, and today I want to share some of my own favorite blogging organization resources.

Four resources for organizing your blogging life!

1) My Blog Plan by Hedua.

I love, LOVE this planner. It has everything I need to stay organized with my own post ideas, contributor and guest posts, deadlines, social media, blogging to-do’s, etc. Plus it’s super cute!

If you’d like more blog planner ideas, check out Renee’s post of top ten planners, or North Laurel’s list of favorite FREE blog planning resources.

2) Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer.

This is hands-down the BEST book I’ve ever read for work-at-home moms! Tricia is very real and honest, and in addition to fantastic work-at-home tips and realistic scheduling ideas, I felt like she was giving me permission to do something I love in addition to raising my children.

3) Pinterest.

I have an entire board dedicated solely to blogging and writing! Any articles I read that have excellent marketing ideas, writing inspiration, monetization tips, etc. get pinned onto this board so I can find them easily when I need to.

4) Facebook.

Even though I unfriended everyone on Facebook, having a Facebook account has been vital to my blogging organization. I’m a member of a few closed/secret groups for the sites I contribute to and it’s really nice to be able to simply log in so I can see updates and news from the site owners.

Bonus Item: A tidy house.

While this isn’t technically a physical blogging resource, I absolutely can not be as creative when I’m surrounded by a mess! Investing the time upfront to create a clean environment not only benefits my entire family, but it also allows me to be able to work guilt-free because I know my home was taken care of first.

I wrote a little bit more about how to organize your great ideas here, and I wrote about Pinterest organization here.

And if you’re struggling emotionally with finding a balance, then in addition to reading the book Balanced, make sure to read this short post about when your children just need you.

What’s your favorite blogging organization tool?

Davonne (11 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”


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Three MORE Truths Every New Homeschool Mom Should Know

Last week, I told you about three Homeschool Truths I’ve learned in my six years of homeschooling. Now I want to share three more Homeschool Truths that, had I really known them at the time, would have helped me tremendously when I first started homeschooling:

Three more truths for homeschool moms. The encouragement in this article is amazing!

1) It’s important to offer grace liberally.

You’re going to be making a lot of changes. So will your kids and your husband. While this isn’t an excuse to allow tempers flare or to let the house become a continual state of chaos, it is a reason to extend grace as all of you learn to adjust to the new norm.

Don’t just stop at offering grace to those within your home, though. Chances are that friends and relatives are going to have a ton of questions and concerns about your decision to homeschool.

Answer their questions lovingly and with kindness, but if others won’t relent, simply state, “I understand that you want what’s best for my children. My husband and I want that as well.” Then change the subject and ask how they’re doing. If they still won’t ease up, politely end the conversation and walk away.

2) The first year of homeschooling will be one of your absolute hardest years.

I heard this advice before I started homeschooling. So I decided to start homeschooling when my oldest daughter was four because I assumed that preschool surely couldn’t be very difficult!

I’ve since learned the first year isn’t difficult because of the schoolwork itself. Not at all. For me, that first year was difficult because selfish behaviors I didn’t even realize I had were ripped right out from under me. I was left flailing around, desperately trying not to fall flat on my back.

I also had to work through deep fears that I was going to screw up my children, regardless of that fact that, statistically, homeschool kids consistently outperform their public-school peers academically, socially, and spiritually.

And I needed to learn how to schedule my time and manage my home while still teaching school (I failed miserably in this area; my house was a complete disaster for quite a while).

Encouragement for new homeschool moms - you will get the hang of this!

The good news is that it does get easier and you will find a groove as you become more confident, so don’t give up!

3) It’s important to find support!

If my father-in-law hadn’t given me a little pamphlet he’d seen about a local homeschool support group, I don’t know how I would have survived that first year.

I called the number listed and cried hard as I blubbered to the poor soul on the other end about how stressed out and overwhelmed I was.

I vaguely remember hearing something like, “Oh, she’s in preschool? It’ll be okay, I promise. You can do this. Why don’t you join us for an event next week?”

Bless that woman’s heart, she was so nice and gentle and didn’t tell me I was insane for sobbing over preschool work! I nervously drove to the activity and was immediately put at ease by the wonderful people of all ages who welcomed us into their hearts.

A few of my closest friends are also women I met at various homeschool events. We’ve bonded over stories of homeschool struggles and successes. That support from someone who understands has been invaluable and, as a wonderful bonus, our children have become best friends as well!

And now, beginning our sixth year of homeschooling? I love the fruit and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

“For whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Galatians 6:7-8 (NKJV)

What would you add to this list of encouraging truths that every homeschool mom should know?

{PS Don’t forget to read three other Truths for new homeschool moms here.}

Davonne (11 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”


***See the Light Christmas special for HOMESCHOOL POST readers: 25% off BIBLE STORIES 5 DVD Boxed set + FREE SHIPPING. Over 17 hours of content including 15 stories and 15 complete step-by-step art lessons. Code to use: HSP http://www.seethelightshine.com/store/bible-stories.html
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