Dear Homeschool Mom….. IT IS OK!

This post is part of my Back To HomeSchool Series, see the Series Intro and index to all posts in the series here.

 

Encouragement for the homeschool mom you are doing ok!

 

Dear Homeschool Mom,

It is OK.

It is OK if….

…the kids spend all day in their pajamas.

…you don’t “homeschool” your 2-year-old (or 3, or 4, or 5….year-old).

…you give them cereal for supper from time to time.

…you lose your patience sometimes.

…you change your mind about curriculum….again.

…you drop everything and put them in front of educational shows for the day (week, month….).

…you don’t feel like you know what you are doing yet. It will come….or not.

…your schedule doesn’t look like the public school’s. If doing school on Saturday, or in July when it is 100 degrees, or at 8pm, is what works for your family, make the most of that July Saturday night!!!

…you need a large stash of chocolate.

It is OK if….

…you don’t attend every event you’re are invited to.

…you don’t volunteer or contribute to outside things as much as others think you should.

…your kids play outside all day on the first nice spring day and you call it PE.

…you count grocery shopping and cooking as home-ec.

…you don’t have a dedicated school room.

…your homeschool doesn’t look like public school.

…you go to co-op just so YOU can get some socialization.

…you never go to co-op.

…you only “do school” 4 days a week (or 3 – you really are ALWAYS doing school).

It is OK if….

…you need to vent to your best friend because they are driving you crazy. Hopefully, she homeschools too so she will understand!

…your kids actually look like “weird, unsocialized, homeschoolers.”

…you homeschool in the car/at the office/at the park or wherever.

…you don’t read out loud to them as often as you think you should (but do try!).

…you need a large stash of coffee or tea.

…you hate the curriculum everyone else is using.

…your kids aren’t in the exact same place or on the exact same level as their public school peers.

It is ok….

…to be proud of homeschooling and know it is right for your family.

…to blow off the naysayers, or even to tell them it isn’t up for discussion.

…to do things differently.

…to embrace the freedom that homeschooling allows!!

It REALLY IS OK!!!

 

Encouragement for the homeschool mom you are doing ok!

 

**DISCLAIMER: some states have specific laws about the days, months, hours in which you should homeschool. Always follow your state laws but know that it is ok to adjust to what works for you within those regulations.

I am not telling you to neglect your kids’ educations but I want you to know that if you adjust in ways that work for you during certain seasons or in difficult circumstances, or because you and your kids need a break that is OK. You don’t have to be perfect you just have to do your best!

What do you want homeschool moms to know is OK? Share some encouragement in the comments!

 

This post is part of the Review Crew Back to School blog hop! Check out the link up below to see more encouraging posts for homeschool moms!

Back to Homeschool Annual Blog Hop - 2017



A Double Book Review – Author Jennie Goutet

Read to the end for special sale information!

 

Review of Jennie Goutet's novel The Viscount of Maisons-Laffitte and memoir Stars Upside Down

 

Stars Upside Down

a memoir of travel, grief, and an incandescent God

Review of Jennie Goutet's novel The Viscount of Maisons-Laffitte and memoir Stars Upside Down

What it’s about:

At seventeen, Jennie Goutet has a dream that she will one day marry a French man and sets off to Avignon in search of him. Though her dream eludes her, she lives boldly—teaching in Asia, studying in Paris, working and traveling for an advertising firm in New York.

When God calls her, she answers reluctantly, and must first come to grips with depression, crippling loss, and addiction before being restored. Providence takes her by the hand as she marries her French husband, works with him in a humanitarian effort in East Africa, before settling down in France and building a family.

Told with honesty and strength, Stars Upside Down is a brave, heart-stopping story of love, grief, faith, depression, sunshine piercing the gray clouds—and hope that stays in your heart long after it’s finished.

What I thought:

Jennie shares her story very openly and honestly, including some very personal details. Her story involves struggles that many people face and you are likely going to relate to at least some of them. It takes us through her searching for herself and finding her faith, overcoming her demons (and addictions), and facing loss and grief and upheaval in various ways. Through it all she demonstrates how God was present in her life and how she found hope and healing. It is a lovely story written in a friendly way that makes it a pleasant read. If you want to feel like you aren’t alone in your struggles or if you need help seeing God and finding hope in hard times this is a great book to read.

 

The Viscount of Maisons-Laffitte

 

Review of Jennie Goutet's novel The Viscount of Maisons-Laffitte and memoir Stars Upside Down

What it’s about:

Single moms are not supposed to fall for rich French aristocrats!

There’s just no way he will ever choose her.

Is there such a thing as Prince Charming? Chastity didn’t take a teaching job in France to find hers, but a woman can dream, n’est-ce pas? If the father of one of her students–the Viscount Charles Jean Anne Monorie de Brase–is the best local example of princes, Charming or Otherwise, Chastity is ready to put aside any thought of falling in love again.

She’s had enough of his arrogance and would prefer him to keep his distance, yet it seems there is no avoiding each other. With the ongoing pressure of a repentant ex-boyfriend, a nefarious drug dealer, and an art heist that spans the decades, Chastity and the viscount are thrown together by circumstances she would soon rather forget.

As the intimacy between Charles and Chastity deepens, they must decide if their love is enough to bridge the gap between their disparate worlds, and if happily ever after can exist outside of fairy tales.

What I thought:

I read this book shortly after it was released. It is a sweet, beautiful story! It is also completely clean so you don’t have to worry about stumbling across a scene with more detail than you need. It is engaging and keeps you turning the pages. If you need a few hours to relax and escape into another world this would be an excellent choice.

 

Review of Jennie Goutet's novel The Viscount of Maisons-Laffitte and memoir Stars Upside Down

RIGHT NOW both of Jennie’s e-books are on sale on Amazon for 99 cents (sale available in the US, UK, and Canada). The sale is good through Sunday February 19th so hurry and get a copy of both today!

 

You can also follow Jennie on her social media platforms to read more of her writing learn about upcoming book releases:

Twitter  – Facebook – Instagram – Pinterest – Blog –  Author site

 

I received a free copy of Stars Upside Down in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine alone.

The Polygamist’s Daughter Review

I am adding a new feature to my blog with “self-care” or “mom time” ideas. These will include crafts, hobbies, and leisurely reading suggestions for taking a little time for yourself here and there! Here is my first post in this category.

The Polygamist’s Daughter Book Review

This is an inspiring story about an amazing woman with an unspeakably painful past who escaped her father’s polygamous cult, overcame her circumstances, and created a better life for herself. She now shares her experience and the hope she found that got her through.

I “met” Anna through a very close friend of mine who also happens to be a close friend of Anna’s. She added me to the review group that Anna runs about a year ago, but The Polygamist’s Daughter ended up being the first book I got to review due to her taking a break from running reviews while finishing up her own book. I almost missed my chance to review this book because the sign up came out in the middle of my move but I was lucky enough to make the second round of advance readers!!

I received this book days after having a baby and it was a couple of days before I was able to start reading. Once I did I couldn’t put it down. Even my husband commented on how quickly I read it. Even with all the tasks of caring for a newborn, I got through it in just two or three days.

my review of The Polygamist's Daughter book

Anna shares heart-wrenching memories from her childhood. She and her siblings and other family experienced things that nobody should have to go through. It is mind boggling how adults can accept such a life but there is a vast amount of mental abuse and manipulation involved in cults like the one from which Anna escaped. The writing itself is engaging and the story flows seamlessly, making it hard to put the book down even though the story itself is so sad and painful.

It is not an “easy read” so don’t misunderstand me. The content is hard to digest and can be triggering for many who have experienced trauma in their own past. Be prepared to work through your own issues while reading this book.

One thing that struck me is how much grace flows through Anna’s writing. Even when discussing people who treated her horribly or situations that no child should ever have to experience I felt hope, love, and grace shining through the words. I could feel her love and care for her family members and her desire to see them also escape the mental and physical bonds that held them.

Anna blesses us all by combining her gift of writing with her past experiences and sharing the hope that can be found even in dark circumstances.

my review of The Polygamist's Daughter book

The Polygamist’s Daughter will be released March 21 but you can go ahead and pre-order a copy from Amazon to get it as soon as it is released. It is currently on sale for over $5 off the cover price, nobody knows when the sale will end so order today!

If you pre-order Anna’s book you are also invited to join her Facebook pre-order book club where the author herself will offer Q&As, prizes, live videos and more. (See the group description for instructions to join.)

I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, all thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

If you plan to read The Polygamist’s Daughter and/or join the Facebook book club let me know in the comments!