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    Published on 09-21-2010 06:53 PM
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    by Tammy Takahashi

    We all choose to homeschool for different reasons. But once we are here, we have the freedom to allow fear, anger, regret, or pain drive us, or to find peace and reduce suffering in our family, regardless of what happened before we arrived in the house of homeschooling. Our moment is now, and opportunity for peace is in every moment.

    5 unique ways to find peace while homeschooling

    1) Time. We live a life where our time is our own. Because of this, we do not have to be in a hurry. There are times when it's important to rush a bit, but overall, we do not have to hurry to make decisions, hurry up our children's interests, or be anxious about how long it takes to get something done. We can let things go until a better time. This is a gift. It is up to us not abuse this gift, however, and ignore that things have to be done at all. Having unrestrained time is an opportunity for us to learn how to manage our lives, enjoy the moment, and determine what's important to do based on what is good for our families, ourselves, and the world we live in. We can try to squeeze time, but we don't have to. We can live in time like a stick floats down a stream to get where it's going.

    2) Disagreements. We have the freedom to disagree and let it be OK. It's not a requirement that our children agree with us, or that we convince them of our opinion, simply because there is an assignment or for the purpose of getting or giving a grade. ...
    Published on 06-21-2010 10:31 AM
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    2. In Other Words,
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    With all the recent talk of housekeeping and chore systems, I thought I would take a moment to share the system that my family uses. It is a one of a kind system (although I suspect a few of you use it too), based loosely on the principles and wisdom of Erma Bombeck and The Three Stooges. So, of course, you know it is not only funny, but effective.

    Anyway, here it is. (The secret is out of the bag now!)
    by Published on 06-11-2010 09:28 PM
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    2. Secular Homeschooling,
    3. In Other Words,
    4. Parenting

    You will be extremely happy to know that you have nothing in common with me. You glide along through life like a leaf down a crystal stream. You tend to steer in the direction everyone else is steering, and the road ahead of you is well lit and mapped out. Your children have been welcomed with open arms by everyone they’ve met, and your home is a bastion of peace, harmony, and good will. Best of all, your homeschooling experience has been the most rewarding and inspiring era of your life, and you’ve never doubted your calling for even a moment. See? I told you that you have nothing in common with me.

    Me . . . well, my life has been slightly different. My leaf tends to get stuck against every wet rock of the stream, my steering has been out of alignment for as long as I can remember, and the road I am on has been steep, winding, and many times even closed ...
    Published on 01-23-2010 10:01 AM
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    2. Parenting

    Copied with permission from the blog: Rational Jenn

    So here's a surprising development: Morgan has a perfectionist streak that is driving us both crazy!

    Now I am myself what you might consider a Reformed Perfectionist, so I understand her feelings. I reformed myself though, when it became clear to me that my perfectionism-which I had always regarded as a good thing-was actually a paralyzing force in my life. If I couldn't do something perfectly, then why bother even attempting it? Consequently, the things in my life-my ...
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