3 Financial Myths About Having Older Children

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One of the best aspects of spending so much time on YouTube is the people I “meet.”  It is so much fun to get to know others who enjoy watching videos.  Many of those folks are bloggers, too.  One such person, is Liz. She has been frequent visitor to my YT channel and even started her own channel about a month ago.  Her YT handle is The Frugal Libertarian, and her blog is, you guessed it, frugallibertarian.com.  One of the things I most appreciate about Liz is that, though we don’t have a lot in common, we can connect over the things we DO have in common.  For instance, we are both mothers and frugal.  Let’s be honest, those two things connect most of the women I know 😉

Anyway, Liz asked me if I would consider doing a collab with her.  She wanted to talk about some financial myths about having kids.  Liz is the mother of young children, and she has had to deal with SO many critical comments about her purchases that were based on financial myths- including a lecture from her pediatrician who felt that only the most expensive formula was acceptable!  She wanted to share her experiences and encourage mothers of young children, but she thought I could add to this as a mother of older children.  Of course, I have also had my share of criticisms based on financial myths, so I agreed to join her.

I know all of you mothers of older children are fighting battles, especially now as it is Christmas time.  There is so much pressure to buy bigger and better.  Don’t buy into it (literally or figuratively)!  You can have happy, healthy kids without over-spending- at Christmas time or any other time!  Here are 3 Financial Myths About Having Older Kids…

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7 Things I Am Glad I Didn’t Do As a Homeschool Mom

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We’ve been enjoying the wonders of nature this weekend as we have had a rather large snowstorm come through. Our family lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, to the east, and we don’t get too much precipitation of any kind.  The mountains usually block a good portion of it.  In order to get any significant accumulation, the storm has to come up from the South.  Well, this time, it was a doozy!  We were snowed in for several days.  Thankfully, the power stayed on, and we maintained our heat.  I am also pretty thankful that we had enough food to get by.  Because we almost never get snow, I didn’t take the warnings too seriously.  I didn’t rush out for bread and milk (or coffee or meats or veggies or other foods that would have been helpful to have on hand if I had known we would not be able to leave our house for days).  Like I said, it all worked out.  Yesterday evening, we were able to get our truck down the treacherous hill that is our only way out and park it in a neighbors driveway- which made for a chilly walk at 4 AM when I had to take Rick to work.  With only one vehicle, I am still in charge of taking everyone back and forth.  I tell you, nothing will wake  you up like trudging up a snowy hillside at four in the morning.  I haven’t even had my coffee yet.

It was a fun weekend, though.

Aside from the concerns about power, food, and travel, it was good to have a reason to stay home for once.  I went outside and played with my children everyday.  We cooked tasty things from scratch (did I mention that I got a beautiful Kitchen Aid mixer for Christmas?), played board games, watched movies and football games, and generally lazed around to our hearts content.  It was beautiful.  I told Rick that, if we were more prepared (wood stove and lots of food), I could live like that for a long time.

Needless to say, not much homeschooling took place.

I saw all those homeschool moms post on Facebook about their children rushing to finish school before playing in the snow.  Maybe I am just getting older (I like to think more experienced), but I am not stressed about that stuff anymore.  In fact, I don’t think I ever really was SUPER stressed about homeschooling.

While my homeschooling experience hasn’t been perfect (after all, there are some things I wish I had done), there are some things I am glad I didn’t we didn’t do, like…

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How We Homeschool High School (and graduate “early”)

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All of my children graduate (or will graduate) at around 16 years old.  I have found that this is not an uncommon thing for homeschoolers.  When we lived in the DC area, many were able to graduate early and head into college.  This was when I first got the idea that Brian could graduate by 16.  In our new home state, parents more often take advantage of dual enrollment, which allows their homeschoolers to take college classes while still doing high school at home.  We haven’t yet, but it’s a consideration.

Here’s how we have done our homeschool’s high school (and graduate “early”) .

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The Secret to Preparing Your Homeschooler for the Future

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Warning- This blog post will save you hundreds of dollars on curriculum and years of stress if you read it all the way through and follow my advice.  I guarantee it! 

In just a few short months, my younger son, Ricky, will be finishing high school.  I almost can’t believe it.  When my oldest son graduated, it didn’t seem so strange.  Brian was born, it seemed, ready for college.  Ricky is my baby boy.  He’s my happy, smiling little boy.  I don’t care if he’s reaching for 6′ tall, has a job, a bank account, and is getting his license.  All I see are those chubby cheeks I used to kiss like crazy when he was a baby (he’s going to love it when he reads this).  For that boy to be heading toward college is amazing to me.

He is graduating early by conventional standards.  Ricky will be 16 in September and graduate high school in November if all goes as planned.  Brian graduated in a similar fashion.  He turned 16 in February and graduated in March, so he has Ricky by about a month.  Briana, if she graduates according to plan, will graduate at 15, just a few days before she turns 16.  She just wants to beat her brothers and be the quickest graduate.

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