Until Then, Dad

JMJ122  *I never took the time I had with my dad for granted, and I am so happy I didn’t.  It is not a good idea to assume that there will always be a tomorrow to make amends or to spend time with a loved one. Ring the School Bell 122/180 Days A bientôt j’espère,…

Setting Goals for Part 2 of the School Year

JMJ90  *How are you personally holding up?  If you are overwhelmed, is there anything you can delegate to your kids or get outside help with?  When my children were little, we temporarily included a housecleaner once a month, and a gardener, in our budget.  Now that I have built-in more affordable help (older kids), we…

How to Raise a Lifelong Learner

JMJ  *It’s not really part 2 of the school year, but it certainly feels like it.  We are not quite done with the first semester.  The majority of the states here in the U.S. require at least 180 days of instruction, but here we are, only on day 78!   Ring the School Bell 78/180 days…

How to Spot a Homeschool Mom

JMJ 53 *Her teenagers are still fighting to see who gets to sit next to her at Sunday Mass. She invites entire families to birthday parties.  Thus parties can involve huge numbers of homeschoolers running around in the backyard. She may still be driving a van, to load up with her kids and her friends’…

Count Your Homeschool Blessings Part 2

JMJ 52  *Feeling a negative attitude creeping into my day, I think it is a great time to count some more of my blessings!  When life gets crazy and seems unmanageable, it is time to count my blessings, and realize that the trials of today are temporary.  Some days are just going to be plain difficult….

Letting go of the Excess Sentimental Clutter in Your Life

JMJ 51  *Doodle Bear, along with a couple of other bags of cast-aways, were taken to Goodwill today.  I tried to find a home for Doodle Bear amongst our homeschoolers, but it appears most moms are also housing an overabundance of stuffed friends already!  Ring the School Bell 51/180 Days Farewell dear Doodle Bear, who…

5 Ways to Graduate from College Debt-Free

JMJ 49  *Now I know there are private schools where the chances of graduating debt-free are pretty slim.  If your heart is set on one of these schools, the idea is to graduate with the least amount of debt possible.  The following  ideas to graduate completely debt-free, might not all be popular, but they are…

How overuse of texting can physically harm you and your family

How overuse of texting can physically harm you and your family The following is a heartfelt video, created by my daughter Sabrina, for one of her university classes.  Both her and Melissa, my younger daughter, had to stop all of their beloved hobbies for months, while recovering from physical problems resulting from over-texting and ipod…