Three Ways to Cure Boredom this Summer

It’s been one week. One week since I tapped in and my kid’s teachers tapped out for the summer. One week of later nights, longer mornings, and playdates. So far we’ve only had a few mentions of the dreaded “I’m bored” phrase, and the kid that it came from could very well be in the middle of Disneyland and still claim they are bored. Boredom is a mindset. I look back on my childhood and how I endured the long weeks between summer vacation and the start of school claiming to be bored. I couldn’t figure…

Parenting through the Middle Years

It was around 4pm on a typical Wednesday afternoon. Efraim, my 6 year old, pulls up a chair next to me at my desk and starts working on his homework. While he’s working on number bonds and 4+2=6, I’m searching Pinterest for “chicken pasta” recipes. About 5 minutes into it he asks, “Mom, do you know what sex is?” My eyes shifts from the computer screen to his mischievous-looking eyes like he knew he said a trigger word. I say something like, “Oh, are you talking about someone’s gender- whether someone is a boy or girl?” Efraim: (Looking puzzled as…

Surviving Summer w/ Kids

Hello? Is this thing still working? I just had to go search for my password so I could login to my own website. Yikes! I guess it has been a while. Blogging is just too much to make a consistent habit right now. On top of daily life with five kids (who ALL need something different from me at the very same time every day), trying to edit/re-write a manuscript, & staying in a somewhat healthy rhythm spiritually/emotionally/mentally, I just can’t. So I don’t. But I do Instagram, so any random thoughts or ramblings tend to…

Our {Short} Homeschool Journey

This time a year ago I was diving head first into the world of homeschooling. Now, a year later, I’m kissing homeschooling goodbye and counting down the days till all FIVE of my kids head to school this fall. Here’s a little recap of our journey, what I learned through it, and why I’m changing course. Summertime is often when parents re-evaluate their education goals for their family, so if any of you out there are considering homeschooling, I hope this helps you in making your decision. Past School Experience Both of our girls started…