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The Psychology of Letting Go (with a Success Story)

The Psychology of Letting Go (with a Success Story)
Letting go is tough. It's even tougher when you are a homeschool parent. Being with our children 24 hours a day provides its struggles, yes, but it provides such great joy, as well! There can be success along the way. Joyce and I have worked together for years as part of my Gold Care Club, getting all her homeschool records tidy. It was by far one of the most challenging situations I've seen. Her daughter had...
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Guest — Lee
I'm so glad this helped you! Thanks for sharing. Lee
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 08:48
Guest — Homeschool Mom
I am almost to this stage, and this post was very helpful! Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information!
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 07:41
Guest — Robin
I love you Lee!
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 12:04
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Disapproving, Insensitive Relatives Translator (DIRT)

Disapproving, Insensitive Relatives Translator (DIRT)
Disapproving, Insensitive Relatives Translator (DIRT) Hi there, Mr. HomeScholar here. . . In response to my Homeschool Mom Decoder, readers asked me to create a translator to help homeschool parents deal with disapproving, insensitive relatives. You know the type ... the ones who make you feel like DIRT. Here is your very own copy of my Disapproving, Insensitive Relatives Translator, or DIRT.  (For my French readers, it is called the "Translator Universalle for Relatives Disapproving"). Consider it...
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Guest — Laurene
Excellent! I shared it to my FB also. A great encouragement and reminder that the naysayers are AFRAID of our success! I have a ... Read More
Saturday, 19 October 2013 13:52
Guest — Karen
Love your "French translation." This is pretty funny. Thanks, Lee!
Saturday, 19 October 2013 09:06
Guest — Panama resorts
Great post but I would like to show you that I think there is problem with your RSS feeds as they quite simply appear to not be wo... Read More
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 10:35
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Top 10 Threats from Playing Pokemon GO

Top 10 Threats from Playing Pokemon GO
This is a 5 Alarm Alert for all parents who have children with smartphones. The latest craze to hit the culture is an augmented reality app called Pokemon GO. Released on July 6, this app is now the number one download in the Apple store and has been installed on 5.16% of all Android devices in the U.S. It may soon even outperform Twitter, according to Forbes. Chances are, if your kids have a smartphone, it...
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Guest — John
Pokémon Go is not a "threat" to our children. The app doesn't install itself and parents who aren't aware of the apps on their chi... Read More
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 15:33
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Agreed, John! Parents must stay involved and informed. Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Thursday, 04 August 2016 21:06
Guest — Elisabeth
I live in the neighborhood where thugs were luring people out to commit armed robbery. These are the teens that are in the youth g... Read More
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:35
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Screen-Free Week Activities

Screen-Free Week Activities
Screen-Free Week Activities Don't forget that Screen-Free Week starts in just a couple of days! May 2-8th is Screen-Free Week! It is so important for children to get screen-free time and time in nature. Here are Screen-Free Week activities for children of all ages to enjoy next week!15 Screen-Free Alternatives for ToddlersScreen-Free Week: 100 Fun Kids' Ideas10 Off-Grid Backyard Games for Your Family80 of the BEST Activities for 2 Year Olds15 Fun Ways to Keep Your...
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Why Participate in Screen-Free Week?

Why Participate in Screen-Free Week?
Why Participate in Screen-Free Week? Earlier this week, I shared, What is Screen-Free Week? Now you may be wondering, "Why Participate in Screen-Free Week?"Why should your child participate in Screen-Free Week?Because ... this is your child on technology! Check out these photos of zoned out kids watching TV.Because ... screen addiction is taking its toll on children. "Parents, grateful for ways to calm disruptive children and keep them from interrupting their own screen activities, seem to be...
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What is Screen-Free Week?

What is Screen-Free Week?
What is Screen-Free Week? Screen-Free Week is a week designed to help you cut down on screen time and enjoy family time instead. It's an international event, so anyone can participate! Don't worry, you can still use screens for work and your child can still use screens for homeschool.Screen-free time is so important, as I share in my book, TechnoLogic. It's important to show kids that they can have fun without screens! This is a great time...
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What People Do NOT Post on Social Media

What People Do NOT Post on Social Media
What People Do NOT Post on Social Media I'd been having a few bad days in a row. Dropped my phone in the toilet before church ... power outage during an online class with 1500 people registered ... that kind of bad. And you know what I was thinking? About what people do not post on social media.People rarely share the bad stuff online - they usually share only the good stuff. Very few of my...
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Guest — LC
TRUTH!!!! I am so over FAKEBOOK!!!
Monday, 02 May 2016 09:12
Guest — Ruth
Liz, Have you ever heard the song Stain Glass Masquerade by Casting Crowns? Their message is all about "the plastic smiles" and th... Read More
Saturday, 16 April 2016 07:06
Guest — Elisabeth
This is so true! Thank you for this reminder.
Friday, 15 April 2016 17:31
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Learning is More Important than Teaching

Learning is More Important than Teaching
As homeschool parents, our goal is NOT to teach; our goal is for the kids to LEARN. I could have taught my kids "at grade level" and they wouldn't have learned a thing. Instead, I gave them curriculum at their ability level, and then they had to learn what they didn't already know. I believe that older teens MUST learn how to teach themselves. If our children go to college, they will be expected to learn...
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Guest — Sarah
Thank you for this article. It is very encouraging to know that others nudge their kids into self-teaching. Joanne Calderwood wrot... Read More
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 07:54
Guest — Rosemary
Dear Lee, Thank you! I have been doubting our home schooling approach until I saw this article.
Saturday, 25 May 2013 13:08
Guest — Teresa
I absolutely love this! I definitely needed this as I am looking into another school year. I will remember this and put this to ... Read More
Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:51
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Top 10 New Year's Resolutions

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions
Top 10 New Year's Resolutions Happy New Year! No year will feel complete without a little self-reflection and commitment to improve in the coming year.1. Lose WeightEliminate homeschool clutter.  No resolution appears more consistently on every list than losing weight.2. Get in ShapeGet your transcript done. Getting in shape and losing weight always seem to go together.3. Break a Bad HabitCover the core consistently.  Even acknowledging you have a bad habit to break can be embarrassing.4....
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How to Say NO in 3 Easy Steps

How to Say NO in 3 Easy Steps
How to Say NO in 3 Easy Steps 1. Say it        2. Explain it          3. Walk away Your priority is your children and your family. Your job is to educate them, and that's important! Don't feel guilty when you must say no to someone (or even say no to something awesome!). Put your priorities first: children and family. Everything else is great, but optional. Say no when you need to. You have my permission....
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Deanna Pathio
Oh how I appreciate this message! When I worked, I had a leadership position and my manager told me once that my position would te... Read More
Saturday, 06 January 2018 03:58
Guest — Cindi
It all started with Eve, you know. She just couldn't say no and women have been paying dearly for it ever since. LOL I think we wo... Read More
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 19:52
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
You're right, Cindi! I served in the church nursery when my children were little---for years! Whenever it was my turn to help, I w... Read More
Monday, 14 March 2016 22:43
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Newbies Make EXCELLENT Homeschool Parents

Newbies Make EXCELLENT Homeschool Parents
Newbies Make EXCELLENT Homeschool Parents Parents new to homeschooling, listen up! You and your spouse can be EXCELLENT homeschool parents, regardless of your skills, because you LOVE your child. That's what ensures your success. You want them to do well, and if you have a weak area, you can find resources for that. But because you love your child, you will be motivated to find those resources. A school teacher might not be as motivated to...
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Guest — Brit Stanford
I SO needed to read this today! I'm totally new to homeschooling - and it can be totally overwhelming trying to believe that you c... Read More
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 14:36
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What WILL Make You a Better Home Educator?

What WILL Make You a Better Home Educator?
What WILL Make You a Better Home Educator? Sometimes homeschooling high school can feel overwhelming, confusing, frustrating, and panic-inducing.What is the difference between "pedagogy" and "pet a doggy" anyway? And does it even matter? Well, statistics show that homeschoolers do a better job of educating their children regardless of the parent's educational background. That means knowing words like "pedagogy" isn't going to make your children better. So, if you are trying to weigh the pros and cons...
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Guest — Lisa Salan
I cannot thank you enough for this post! This is exactly what I needed to hear today, Lee, and is what I feel deep down is the rig... Read More
Thursday, 12 November 2015 11:40
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Lee will love your kind words too! Thank you. Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Thursday, 12 November 2015 13:41
Guest — Nancy
Boy, did I need to see this today! Thanks Lee!
Thursday, 12 November 2015 08:56
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Solutions and Prevention of Massive Yearlong Cheating

Solutions and Prevention of Massive Yearlong Cheating
Solutions and Prevention of Massive Yearlong Cheating You know how bad things can happen to good people? Well, massive yearlong cheating can happen within good families, even with sweet children. While uncommon, it does sometimes happen. There are things you can do once you recognize a problem - and things everyone can do to prevent it from happening to them.What do to when you recognize the problemThese are different options that parents have when their high...
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Guest — Deanna M
This post was such a breath of fresh air!! Last year I found that my 9th grader had cheated the entire way through his Algebra. I ... Read More
Friday, 16 October 2015 06:47
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Deanna, My son did the same! I'm so proud of you for showing your son that there is a price to be paid, and calling him to account... Read More
Saturday, 17 October 2015 18:20
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Reporting SAT Scores To Colleges

Reporting SAT Scores To Colleges
Reporting SAT Scores To Colleges I was just talking to one of my Gold Care Club members about the cost of sending SAT scores to colleges. Without planning, it can get priceyWhen you register for the SAT test, the student can indicate up to four college recipients during registration. Only four score sends are included with your registration; you have to pay to send additional scores. I believe that it is $11-$12 per college when you...
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Summer is an Easy Time for Hard Topics

Summer is an Easy Time for Hard Topics
Summer is an Easy Time for Hard Topics Having "The Talk" about porn. Yikes! Yup, you just have to do it. No exceptions.It's hard to get everything covered during a school year. Math, English, Science, History - it can all be pretty overwhelming on its own, without adding anything extra. So can I make a suggestion? This summer, spend a little time covering one of the most important topics in this strange new world of constant...
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Guest — Elisabeth
Thank you for addressing such a hard, but essential topic of discussion for our kids!
Friday, 17 July 2015 18:17
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Thank you for your encouragement, Elisabeth! Having had a teen who struggled with porn, I’m really thankful that Lee brought it up... Read More
Monday, 20 July 2015 11:12
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