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    by Published on 01-11-2020 12:09 AM
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    Hello SHSíers! Over the course of 2020, I will be doing featured articles on careers. While Secular Homeschool is mainly for parents, this will be an article(s) that you can share with your homeschoolers who may have an interest in that career.







    What do I need from you? I would love to chat/PM with members(or spouses or partners or ?) about their career, whether past, present or studying for future. From THAT info, I would create an article featuring you and your career.
    It would contain

    • a short bio about you
    • basic information about that career
    • several questions I would ask you personally(for example: Why did you choose this career? What is your favorite thing about it?)



    It literally will take you 10 minutes or less to answer my simple questionnaire. You may include a photo of yourself at your career or I can choose a stock photo in case you are camera shy like me!LOL


    I would love to feature 1 career per month, 2 if we get enough responses. You can be a tradesman, a crafter, an artist, a writer, a teacher, a SAHM(yes, this IS a career!), a sales clerk or even an astronaut. I donít care, I would just love to feature you and your career on SHS for 2020. And hey, if you have a graduated homeschooler attending college, interning or in a career field already and they would love to do it, send them along! THAT would be awesome!

    Letís show homeschoolers that they can be ANYTHING they set their minds to!
    I have several sign-ups already and our first article will be featured SOON! If you want to sign-up, comment below that you are interested and I will shoot you a PM. Look forward to hearing from you and getting our 2020 Career Day started!
    by Published on 11-15-2018 04:59 PM
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    2. Secular Homeschooling,
    3. General Homeschooling,
    4. Parenting
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    Are you a Pinterest fan? Do you love to countdown to the holidays, but are concerned about the religious overtones of most advent calendars?

    Guess what?

    Secular Homeschool has their very own Pinterest board dedicated JUST to Advent calendars!

    Get some ideas!
    Project with the kids!
    Project for the kids!
    Surprise the kids!

    Countdown to Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah or Winter Solstice or whatever you ...
    by Published on 03-07-2016 10:02 AM
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    2. Secular Homeschooling,
    3. In Other Words,
    4. Parenting
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    To interact with Dale's original forum post, click here.


    Hi everybody! Iím Dale McGowan, author/editor of Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers. Thanks for inviting me as a featured poster.

    When Topsy asked what topic Iíd like to start with, the question of identity and community came to mind immediately.

    About five years ago, I posted this question on the Parenting Beyond Belief Facebook page: ďHow do you help your kids achieve a sense of belonging?Ē Iíd been thinking about this as my son Connor entered high school. He seemed a little disconnected from others in an unhelpful way.

    The comment thread quickly exploded into two camps. Some expressed outrage at the question. It brings to mind tribalism, division, us vs. them. One said, ďThis doesnít sound like something an atheist parent should even ask! It sounds like a question from a religious parent!Ē Another said it was ďVery disappointing. Iím a member of the human race, thatís all I need.Ē ...
    by Published on 10-12-2015 06:45 AM
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    2. General Homeschooling,
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    To join the discussion on this subject, head to the original post in the forum.


    You wish for it with every breath. You pray for it to whatever god, rock, or spaghetti monster will listen. You hide in the closet in hopes that you might remember what it sounds like.

    Silence.

    But for the homeschool parent, itís as elusive as Sasquatch or Nessie. Possibly even a figment of your imagination, since you canít remember the last time it actually made an appearance in your house.

    UntilÖ..
    [cut to the inside of my house this morning]
    Iím typing furiously on my keyboard, answering one of the many emails I received since I last logged in. The hubs and my son who still lives at home have both long since left for work. The dogs (both in their twilight years) are lightly snoring on their respective beds. The only sound I hear outside of the clacking of my own fingers hitting the computer keys is the squeak of the mail truck pulling up to the curb. My heart leaps. I jump up excitedly and wave to our carrier from the window. Not because heís brought anything important, mind you, but just because heís there. A hit of the drug I didnít even know I would become addicted to - - human connection.

    Thereís just something about homeschooling, isnít there? Beyond the learning together, the frustrating battles of wills, and the spontaneous laughter. Beyond the financial sacrifices, the messy rooms, and the late night discussions. Itís that connection - - that complicated camaraderie - - that surprises you most. And when the end of it looms near, thereís only so much you can do to prepare.

    But prepare we must. Because Iím convinced there is no empty nest syndrome like Homeschool Empty Nest Syndrome. One minute you are up to your eyeballs in glue sticks, map outlines, and high school transcript drafts. And the next minute you are finding excuses to wake up your dog to have someone to talk to. Those maddening, curious, magnificent kids whoíve turned our lives upside down are going to leave us. What are we supposed to do to be ready for that?

    Trudge through those memories (and STUFF!) together
    Take some family time as their months with you wind down to pare down the homeschool paraphernalia. Going through all those old books, papers, and projects is balm for the soul, a

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