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Homeschoolers get negative comments from time to time.

It’s just a fact.

But let’s be real.  From the time you have your first child, you are bombarded with opinions from well-meaning family and friends (and sometimes critical strangers) who feel they need to share with you exactly where they stand on whatever it is your are doing with and for that child.

Of course, once you take a step out into the world of homeschooling, it can seem like you stepped in front of a firing squad.  Those negative questions and comments come at you so fast, you hardly know how to respond.

So, how should you respond to negative comments about your homeschool?

Let me tell you how I deal with it…

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7 Things I Wish I Had Done More When Homeschooling

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We’ve talked about things I wish I had done and things I am glad I didn’t do.  Now, I want to share the things I wish I had done more.  These are the real successes- the things that worked well enough that I wished I had been able to pour my whole heart into them.

It wasn’t always possible.  There were limitations, many my own.

It’s the final installment in my reflection series, so here are 7 things I wish I had done more.

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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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Homeschooling When Mom is Sick

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As you all know, I have been sick with the flu for a while.  Briana was sick, too, for a few days, but she was mostly sick over the weekend.  Monday came, and she was ready to learn.

Lately, with both of her brothers in college, she is like a machine when it comes to school.  She wants to learn as much as she can as quickly as she can because she wants to graduate before her brothers.  She may or may not.  We have been considering dual enrollment as an option for her.  If we did that, we would hold off on her graduation for a little while.  I don’t think I will mention this to her just yet.  I like the initiative.  Besides, no decisions have been made.  We shall see when the time comes.

Anyway, she is ready for school.  I am still sticking close to the bed.

What’s a sick mom to do?!

Luckily, I have some backup plans.  That doesn’t mean that I literally have a substitute come and teach my children (although it sometimes happens that a grandparent, sibling, or friend is around who can fulfill the teacher’s role).  It means, instead, that I have plans for any event that requires me to be less than hands-on during the homeschool day.

Here are some ideas that we use for homeschooling when mom is sick.

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