Homeschooling the Perfectionist Child

The Perfectionist Child

Do you have a child that melts down over your slightest correction in their schoolwork?  One of my son’s tends to be this way.  Learning comes very easily to him.  He learned to read simply by watching his older brother’s lessons and now he can rocket through books far above the level typical for his age.  He picks up math concepts in a flash.  He has an eye for detail and the memory of an elephant. Even physical skills like riding a bike or sports come easily.  While this probably all sounds fantastic (and it is in many ways) the downside is it is tremendously difficult to challenge him.  As a result he doesn’t have much practice dealing with his emotions or working through mistakes.  When a mistake does present itself he tends to overreact and meltdown.  Pridefulness can set in and he can insist he is correct when in truth he is not.


Helping our children have the right perspective with mistakes they make in their schoolwork or in life, helping them analyze their own weaknesses, can be tremendously challenging for any parent.  These character flaws in our children can even seem magnified when we, as homeschooling parents, work alongside our children day after day.

To read the rest of my article about how to handle the perfectionist child please hop on over to the Homeschooling with Heart Blog.

What Is God Really Doing On The Rough Days?

What is God Really Doing On the Rough Days?

It’s was a rough day!  One child was up in the night with a fever.  Another has a pretty bad gash that may need stitches if the bleeding doesn’t stop soon.  The third one was displaying such an attitude that I felt about ready to rip my hair out with him! The washing machine quit working.  There is a huge stack of bills awaiting my attention and stressing me out.  Stomachs are starting to grumble for dinner and I have nothing planned.


I said a prayer… “God if one more thing goes wrong today I think I might just collapse in a heap and cry my eyeballs out until someone rescues me!”  That is when my husband texted to say he will be working later than planned. I sat down with a thump on the couch to catch my breath.  “God, what are you doing here? Why are you making it all so hard?”  I felt very alone.

And so it goes…. to read the rest of my post and see what God was doing for me on this day hop on over to:

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So You Want To Learn Shoot in Manual: The Exposure Triangle Part 2, The Basics of Shutter Speed

As an owner of a great DSLR camera I’m sure your goal is to take that thing out of auto and into manual mode so that you can have complete control over every photo you create.  Yesterday I brought you one step toward that goal when I introduced you to the exposure triangle and one corner of it known as aperture.  Today we will take a look at another component of the exposure triangle called shutter speed.

To read the rest of my post head on over to  Grace Tells Another Story where I am guest blogging yet again and teaching everyone how to get their DSLR into manual mode through an understanding of the three parts of the exposure triangle.  Today we are talking Shutter Speed!  See you there!


So You Want To Learn Shoot in Manual: The Exposure Triangle Part 1, The Basics of Aperture

When you buy a great camera it is with the intent of taking great photos right?  Why else spend the money? Now a days you could just simply use your camera phone for adequate everyday shots that document your memories.  The fact that you own a great camera tells me that you want better photos than what your phone can provide.  I’m here to do my best to teach you 3 fairly basic concepts that help you really put that camera  to the edge so that you can create amazing photographs.  The 3 concepts make up what is called the exposure triangle and they include Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO.

But if you want to read the rest of my post you’ll have to hop on over to Grace Tells Another Story where I am guest blogging and teaching everyone how to get their DSLR into manual mode through an understanding of the three parts of the exposure triangle.  My first post is all about Aperture!  See you there!



3 Ways to Make Your Husband’s Business Trips Good Experiences for Your Family

I believe some of the most difficult days of my life are the days that I have to juggle everything on my plate all on my own.  The days that I run this gig called parenting/homeschooling/mothering solo.  These are the day when my husband travels without us, usually for business.  I’ve been reflecting on his last couple of trips lately.  One of them went really very well for our family and the other did not.  Why the contrast? I’ll share that with you and perhaps I can help you and your family have a positive experience the next time your husband is away from home.


Today I am a guest writing over at My Joy Filled Life.  Stop in to read the rest of my Mom to Mom Monday’s post!  I don’t think you’ll wan to miss it!


Art in Homeschool: How to Make An Art Center! My Guest Post at Purposeful Homemaking!


Art in Homeschool: How to Make An Art Center! My Guest Post at Purposeful Homemaking!

I’ve always had a goal for my homeschooled children.  I’ve always wanted them to have open and free access to a wide variety of art materials and other “stuff” that they could use for creative expression and to enhance their dramatic play.

Once upon a time when I was a public school teacher I prided myself on the beautiful art center I created for my students.  I even…dare I say it…”tsk tsked” parents who cringed when their children came home with fingers and clothes stained with marker paint.

Why Art?
I view art as an avenue for creative development of course, but also for problem solving, and even scientific learning for children of all ages. Then of course there are all of the great fine motor skills the little ones develop.

But then an amazing thing happened.  I had my own children and I found that allowing my children open access to paints and markers and scissors and MESSY stuff drove me batty! I was just too exhausted to clean up after their messes. So I held off for a very long time. I kept scissors hidden, paints up high, glue locked away. I became that parent that I used to “tsk!” to. Yes, we really do change after we have children!

Today my oldest is seven and the baby is now 3l  I decided it was high time that I brought everything out of hiding and taught my kids how to cleanup after themselves! They are highly capable. I believe if I trust them with a little, then eventually I can trust them with a lot. I took a deep breath and took the plunge.
To read the rest of my post on our family’s new art center please visit Purposeful Homemaking.


Our Get Out Of Debt Story Is On Purposeful Homemaking Today!

I shared with Purposeful Homemaking our story of how my family paid off $55,000 in debt… on one income.  You’ll have to go check it out!  It really is a testimony to how good God is!


They say ignorance is bliss. So I guess I lived in blissful ignorance for a while.Truthfully I was placing an unfair burden on my husband.  For years I let my husband manage all of our money. We had no budget. If I needed something, I just asked if we could afford it and being the agreeable man that he is, my husband generally always said yes.

After all, I was generally only asking for things that we needed and rarely for anything very expensive. Then one day someone told me they had misplaced a check I had given them and so it had never been cashed. I was bothered by this since I had given this lady her check more than four months before. I should have known that it never cleared. I went home that day and asked my husband about it. It turns out that he just hadn’t been keeping up with reconciling our checking account so I offered to look it over. One thing led to another and I started digging into EVERYTHING not just the checkbook.

I discovered we were about $55,000 in debt beyond our mortgage.

Click here to read the rest of the story!


Homeschooling In Connecticut… Guest Post At A Glimpse of Our Life

Homeschooling in Connecticut

Do you want to know which is the absolute best state in the country to homeschool?  Connecticut!  Yes, tiny little old Connecticut!  Hard to believe such a tiny rather obscure state could be so awesome but it really is.  Why?  Well I’m glad you asked… let me tell you!

For those curious to know, because I would be, Connecticut is a non-reporting state.  Yes, that is right, we do not HAVE to fill out a notice of intent.  It isn’t required.  If you want you can just do your thing and no one will ever bother you.  It is all perfectly legal and I have to say, that is such freedom.

There are other reasons homeschooling rocks in Connecticut.  Where else in the entire country can you take a short train or car trip and hit not only New York City to the west but Boston to the north?  The plethora of museums and cultural experiences in these two cities is staggering and all it takes is a day trip!  Oh and the history! So much history in this area of the country it is dizzying.  Or if you prefer just turn south and before you know it you’ve hit the ocean!  We are so centrally located right here in tiny old Connecticut.

To read of my article about homeschooling in Connecticut please visit A Glimpse of Our Life!  Jennifer has collected an array of articles that highlight the best homeschool friendly places to visit across our glorious country.  Post a comment and let me know that you stopped by!

Have You Ever Thought of Cloth Diapering? Guest Post at Purposeful Homemaking!

It was about 7 years ago when I started contemplating whether or not we would cloth diaper. They are certainly environmentally friendly and after all, are very cute. Despite the fact that the initial investment can be rather pricey, they actually save a bundle of money over the long run!  It’s a win/win all the way around!  Well, except for the fact that I’d have to wash them.  Now that did not seem like a very happy chore at all.  But I’ll get into that.

Cloth diapering my 3 children was one of the better decisions I’ve made.  If you want to learn more about exactly how that is done check out my guest post on how to cloth diaper at Purposeful Homemaking.

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Rediscovering Homemaking at Purposeful Homemaking Blog

I lived in a clean, well cared for home as a child. My mother did absolutely everything. Ok, not everything. I did have my own assigned chores. I was responsible for at least my own laundry, running the dishwasher, picking up anything out of place around the house, and vacuuming.

When I grew older and had a job of my own, I learned to iron my uniform and anything else I wanted wrinkle free. I’m pretty sure I had to do some routine bathroom cleaning as well.

It all had to be done before my mother came home from work. She often worked two jobs to make ends meet.

I frequently had all evening to finish my chores. Being a typical kid, I always waited until the last moment to get my stuff done. I usually finished just as she pulled into the driveway. That drove her nuts! But I got it done before she got home…right?

These few chores I learned to do, I learned to do them pretty well…..

Becky Zale of Purposeful Homemaking Has a great mini-series of blog posts by a variety of writers on her blog this week. I suggest you check them out. To read the rest of my article click on the image!