Handling Depression in Teens, Interview with Natalie Mack

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This week on the Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Handling Depression in Teens with Natalie Mack.

Handling Depression in Teens, Interview with Natalie Mack

Handling Depression in Teens, Interview with Natalie Mack

As homeschooling parents, we wear many hats and play multiple roles in our children’s lives. One such navigator of life is military wife, homeschooling mom, and business owner, our Cousin Natalie Mack. Natalie talks about the importance of being aware of the unique challenges our teens may face, especially when it comes to mental health. She and Vicki also discuss the impact of military life on teens as well as how to support them in prevention of and in response to handling depression in teens.

About Natalie Mack

Natalie, a retired Navy chaplain spouse, has been adjusting to this new phase of life recently. Four of her five children have graduated from college, and now all that’s left is their 10th grader to homeschool. 

But throughout the homeschooling years, this military family has been serving their country. This often required moving at the drop of a hat, so Natalie is used to adapting to new challenges, or big changes, of life.

Alongside homeschooling, she runs a consulting and mentoring business called Natalie Mack, where she focuses on military homeschooling. She also works with HSLDA as the military community outreach coordinator. As you can see, she wears many hats, just like all homeschool moms do!

Military Life and Teen Adjustment

Military families serve their country as a unit, and the adjustments required during frequent moves can be mentally, emotionally, and physically challenging for everyone involved. While some children may embrace change with excitement, others might struggle with the constant adjustments. 

Military kids do not always have a choice in these moves, which can lead to bouts of depression or difficulty adjusting. As homeschooling parents, we have the advantage of spending more time with our teens, allowing us to identify potential signs of depressive episodes or adjustment difficulties.

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Teen Depression

Be vigilant in observing any changes in your teenagers’ behavior. Depression in teens may manifest as:

  • increased isolation
  • lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • excessive sleep
  • irritability
  • bouts of anger.

It is crucial to differentiate between normal teenage development and signs of depression.

The winter months, particularly in certain regions, can bring about a condition known as winter blues or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Teens, in particular, may feel the effects of SAD more intensely due to their hormonal changes. 

The lack of sunlight during this time can affect our teens’ optic nerves, impacting their emotional well-being. Symptoms of SAD can range from:

  • feeling down and lethargic
  • to experiencing difficulty concentrating and sleeping excessively. 

In order to help them, teach them some coping skills for teenage depression can help, for instance:

  • light therapy and
  • increased outdoor activity are important interventions to consider.
  • If you notice a persistent pattern of negative behavior or a decline in their overall well-being, seeking professional help from a pediatrician or mental health counselor is advisable.

Practical Tips for Supporting Teens

So, what can we do to help our teens during these challenging times? We use coping skills for teenage depression. First and foremost, it’s essential to rule out any underlying biological factors by consulting with a pediatrician or family doctor. Sometimes, physiological issues like anemia or thyroid imbalances can mimic depressive symptoms. 

Once we have ruled out any medical concerns, we can explore therapeutic options. Many teens find counseling to be beneficial and even trendy. It provides a safe space for them to express their feelings and work through any challenges they may be facing.

Because we homeschool and are with them all day, we have the opportunity to model healthy habits for our teens. Encouraging them to spend time outdoors, engage in physical activities, and maintain a balanced diet can make a significant difference. Nature has a calming effect on our minds, and even a short walk can help activate our brain’s healing centers. 

Practicing gratitude and finding moments of laughter can boost serotonin levels and promote a positive outlook. Look for ways to add this into your everyday conversations with them and, if necessary, go look for your teen just to spend some quality time with them.

Sometimes regular "doses" of nature can help
teen's blues.

Coping Skills for Teenage Depression

Lastly, there is no shame or blame in dealing with depression. It is crucial to approach this topic with compassion and understanding and to create an environment free from shame or blame.

As parents, we may feel a sense of guilt or worry, but it’s essential to remember that seeking help is a positive step towards healing. Depression is a treatable condition, and with the right support, our teens can overcome it.

Avoid attributing their struggles to a lack of faith or personal failures. Instead, listen attentively, offer empathy, and reassure them that seeking help is a sign of strength. Encourage open dialogue, allowing your teen to express their thoughts and emotions without judgment.

Homeschooling provides a unique opportunity for teens to explore their interests and plan for the future. However, the uncertainty and pressure associated with decision-making can contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression. 

Engage in conversations surrounding their aspirations, provide resources, and offer guidance where needed. Starting fresh is a normal part of life, and your support can help alleviate any fears or doubts they may have.

Handling Depression in Teens with Natalie Mack

As homeschooling parents, we have the privilege of being intimately involved in our teens’ lives. By recognizing the unique challenges they face and using coping skills for teenage depression, we can better support their mental well-being. You are not alone in this journey, and together, we can create a nurturing environment where our teens can thrive.

Check out Natalie Mack’s Tedx Talk and other resources at her website.

Thank you to Seth Tillman for editing this episode and to Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for writing this blog post!

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Why High Schoolers Need to Write Research Papers

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Why High Schoolers Need to Write Research Papers.

Why High Schoolers Need to Write Research Papers

Why High Schoolers Need to Write Research Papers

Let’s talk about the often dreaded task of writing research papers in homeschooling. Is this topic taboo in your household?

We understand that while some students may enjoy the process, many find it challenging and overwhelming. However, there are several benefits of writing research papers, such as:

  • developing critical thinking skills
  • character development and
  • preparing students for future endeavors

It is one of those things we need to embrace, imperfections and all, so let’s dive talk about it.

The Benefits of Writing Research Papers

First of all, there are academic benefits from writing research papers:

  • learning about a specific topic in-depth
  • practicing following styles like
    • APA
    • MLA or
    • Chicago

Seeking Outside Help

Sometimes, parents may not feel equipped to teach research paper writing, or the dynamics between parents and students may become tense during the process. In such cases, it is perfectly acceptable to seek outside help. 

We encourage homeschoolers to connect with experienced writing teachers who can provide the necessary guidance and support. There are many options these days:

There is no shame in admitting that writing is not your strong suit. We all have different strengths and weaknesses as homeschooling parents. The important thing is to find support and guidance in the areas where we need it. 

When we acknowledge our limitations and give ourselves permission to seek assistance, we empower ourselves and our homeschool high schoolers. Then, they can excel in areas where we may not feel confident.

Why Are Research Papers Important?

Research paper writing is not just about academic skills. It’s also about character development and critical thinking. In today’s information-rich world, we have access to an overwhelming amount of information, where facts and opinions are readily available at our fingertips. 

Our teens have grown up in this information-saturated environment, but not all information is reliable or accurate. That is where research papers come in. They teach our teens how to evaluate the information they find. 

It is like learning to sift through the Niagara Falls of information and discern what is trustworthy and what’s not. 

Filtering Information and Broadening Perspectives

By writing research papers, our teens develop strong critical thinking skills and learn to navigate the vast sea of information available to them. They learn to filter out misleading or biased sources and recognize different perspectives on a topic. 

This broadens their understanding, fosters open-mindedness, and equips them to interact with diverse ideas and people. These skills extend beyond the research paper and find relevance in everyday life. As they grow into adulthood, they will be better equipped for

  • analyzing news articles
  • evaluating online information or
  • engaging in meaningful discussions.

Research papers offer an ideal platform for honing these skills, which are essential for their future, whether they are headed to college, the workforce, or any other path. 

Builds Perseverance

Plus, research paper writing also builds perseverance. This comes from the process as it requires multiple drafts and revisions. 

Writing a research paper is not a one-and-done task. It takes time to do careful research, evaluation, and synthesis of information to create a coherent and well-structured paper.

If you or your teen feel inexperienced or under-experienced in writing research papers, do not worry! 7Sisters has you covered in the realm of research paper writing! We offer research paper writing guides for:

These guides are affordable and designed to be user-friendly, with step-by-step instructions and different syllabus options to fit your schedule.

Overcoming obstacles and completing a research paper teaches our teens that they can do hard things. It is a valuable life lesson that will serve them well in any endeavor they pursue. 

Life Preparation

While some students may argue that they will never need to write a research paper outside of homeschooling, the skills they acquire during the process are invaluable. 

The ability to think critically, evaluate information, and communicate effectively will serve them well, regardless of their chosen path. These skills are transferable to various situations, such as:

  • verbal communication
  • online discussions or
  • even job interviews. 

Writing research papers helps to equip students for a future that demands strong analytical thinking and effective communication.

Research Papers

As you go on the research paper writing journey, remember that it is not just an academic exercise but a preparation for life, shaping your teen’s thinking and enriching them as individuals. 

Join Sabrina and Kym for this helpful discussion.

For more help on research papers, check out these posts:

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool & Humor for writing this blog post and for Seth Tillman for editing the episode!

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How to Get Teens Interested in Writing

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Get Teens Interesting in Writing.

How to Get Teens Interested in Writing

How to Get Teens Interested in Writing

We all know that not every teen loves writing. Some find it boring or just do not see the point. Other high schoolers struggle with the writing process, so they want to avoid it. But the truth is, writing is a skill that they will need in life, whether it’s for school, work, or personal communication.

The teens who do not naturally love to write need inspiration and short writing assignments to build their skills and confidence. When you can give them fun or useful writing assignments, reluctant writers often find that they do not mind writing after all!

So let’s explore some ways to get teens interested in writing and make it more enjoyable for reluctant teens.

Create An Experiential Resume

One practical way to get teens to enjoy writing is by helping them create an experiential resume. This type of resume focuses on their non-paid experiences, such as service work, competitions, or community activities. 

It’s a great way for teens to showcase their skills and interests without relying solely on traditional job experience. When teens see their completed experiential resume, they tend to feel more confident. It is a great way to get them interested in writing!

For help with the experiential resume, 7Sisters has a short, no-busywork, downloadable guide for teens.

Write Cover Letters 

Another useful writing project for teens is learning how to write a cover letter. These letters are essential when applying for jobs or internships, and having a template or guide can make the process much easier for teens. 

7Sisters has a simple, basic cover letter guide that can guide homeschool high schoolers through the process/

Practice Filling Out Job Applications

Filling out job applications is another form of writing that teens will encounter. While it may not be an essay, it is an opportunity for them to practice writing and persevere through the process.

Encourage your teens to complete job applications, whether on paper or online, and support them in developing this important writing skill.  These skills will come in handy for teens job hunting as they prepare to enter the workforce or pursue their own business endeavors.

As teens prepare for the real world, they will need specific short-form writing skills. The Professional Writing Bundle provides a comprehensive guide to writing business letters, complaint letters, organizational newsletters, product reviews, and more. 

These skills are valuable to get teens to enjoy writing and will come in handy by equipping them for success in various professional settings, like becoming entrepreneurs or working in a service industry, among other areas.

Do Fun Writing Projects

But writing does not have to be all serious and practical. It can also be fun! If your teen has not discovered the joy of writing yet, consider starting with simple and enjoyable writing projects, like silly poetry couplets or short stories. 

Get teens interested in writing by allowing them to be creative and playful with their writing, where they can discover the joy and satisfaction of expressing themselves through words. These activities help them develop essential writing skills without feeling overwhelmed:

  • Fun or Nostalgic Projects
    • Engaging teens in writing can be achieved by connecting their writing assignments to personal experiences. Encourage them to write family narratives (sharing funny or memorable stories from their family history). 
    • 7Sisters also a Creative Chronicling guide, a fun writing project not only helps homeschool high schoolers develop storytelling skills but also creates a meaningful keepsake.
    • Another creative and fun project is writing tall tales allows teens to unleash their creativity and imagination while practicing character development and dialogue.

Essays and Research Papers

Of course, it is also important for teens to develop their research and essay writing skills– even for reluctant writers. Essays and research papers are essential for developing critical thinking and communication skills because these types of writing help them clarify their thoughts and effectively communicate their ideas. 

While not all teens may be college-bound, these writing exercises help them refine their thought process, express themselves coherently, and learn to research and analyze information effectively. 

You can start teens out with a simple report by downloading our freebie on research papers for reluctant writers. 7Sisters also gives step-by-step guidance and short lessons in our APA research paper writing guide can help teens gain confidence in their ability to tackle these more complex writing tasks. 

Here are more tips for helping teens get their research papers done.

How To Get Teens Interested In Writing

Writing may not be every teen’s favorite activity, but when approaching it in practical and engaging ways, we can inspire them to discover the value and enjoyment of writing. Not every teenager will all of a sudden fall in love with writing when you do these tips, but it still helps get teens to enjoy writing a little bit more and develop the necessary skills and confidence to succeed throughout life.

Let’s encourage and support our teens on their writing journey, helping them unlock their potential and thrive in any future endeavors!

If you have any questions or want to hear about other parents’ experiences with getting their teens interested in writing, join the 7SistersHomeschool Facebook group. We’re all here to support and learn from each other.

And a special thanks to Seth Tillman for editing and to Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for writing this blog post.

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Shakespeare: Fun, Online Course

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Shakespeare: Fun, Online Course.

Shakespeare: Fun, Online Course

Shakespeare: Fun, Online Course

For years, parents of homeschool high schoolers asked us for some Shakespeare materials. As you know 7Sisters curriculum is mostly homeschool and mostly fun- no busywork but good education.  Finally, Sabrina captured the Shakespeare work she has done with our local homeschoolers with a self-paced online course. It covers one semester of high school Shakespeare experiences.

Our goal is to help homeschool high schoolers experience Shakespeare the way he intended – as entertainment! Let’s dive into the details of this fun Shakespeare online course and share how it can transform the perception of Shakespeare.

Breaking the Shakespeare Stereotype

Do you remember your high school days when studying a Shakespeare play felt like a chore? It’s time to leave those cringy and boring experiences behind. We understand the struggle all too well.

Here’s the thing: we have found a way to make Shakespeare fun and enjoyable for our own kids! And now, we want to share that experience with all of you!

Shakespeare was an entertainer, writing for both the educated upper classes and the common people. His plays are filled with universal themes and relatable characters. 

Once you start approaching his plays with the intention of being entertained and connecting with the characters, you will be blown away by the power of his stories! His works explore universal themes and relatable characters that transcend time and place.

It’s a new perspective on Shakespeare that changes everything. 

So, that’s exactly what we share with teens in this Shakespeare online course. It’s a one-semester course where they will explore four plays: two tragedies, two comedies. Not only that, we even dive into some Shakespearean sonnets. Our aim is not to turn teens into Shakespeare experts, but to help them appreciate and enjoy Shakespeare’s work.

The Course Structure

This self-paced online Shakespeare course is designed to make learning enjoyable and stress-free. The course is hosted on the Teachable platform, which provides a user-friendly interface for seamless navigation. Once you create a free account, you can easily purchase the course and access the sixteen individual lessons. Each lesson includes a video where Sabrina shares her insights and thoughts on the week’s topic.

Study Guides and Homework

There is a bundle of Shakespeare study guides as the framework to accompany the online course lessons. (We also offer them as individual guides for specific plays like:

These guides provide Shakespeare education with analysis, vocabulary exercises, and summaries of the plays. Homework assignments are based on the study guides, allowing students to engage more deeply with the material, and they include recommended performances to watch.

Parents can easily grade their teens’ work using the included answer keys, and there is also a chance for students to write responses to prompts that explore the universal themes in the plays.

The Magic of Shakespeare’s Sonnets

In addition to the plays, the course also includes two weeks dedicated to Shakespeare’s sonnets. These beautiful poems offer a different perspective on his writing style and allow students to explore the power of language and emotions. 

By analyzing and discussing select sonnets, teens can unlock the beauty and depth of Shakespeare’s poetry.

Shakespeare Education: Engaging with Shakespeare’s Plays

One of the key aspects of our online Shakespeare course is watching performances of the plays. You will receive high-quality recommended productions available for free on YouTube, ensuring that accessibility is not a barrier for your kids to get their Shakespeare education.

After watching the plays, students are encouraged to discuss and answer questions related to the characters, themes, and their personal connections. This interactive approach helps teens develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for Shakespeare’s work.

Lifetime Access and Co-op Opportunities

We believe in the importance of sharing resources within families and homeschool communities, so here’s the best part: once you purchase our Shakespeare online course, you’ll have lifetime access to it, meaning younger siblings can benefit from it in the future. Just like our ebook curriculum, we want you to be able to use it with multiple children or even share Shakespeare within your homeschool co-op

Speaking of co-ops, if you’re interested in doing the course with your co-op, reach out to us at info@sevensistershomeschool.com, and we’ll work out a generous discount for you to ensure everyone can participate without violating copyright.

Free Download: Expressions that Shakespeare Gave Us

As a fun teaser, we have a freebie on our website that explores expressions coined by Shakespeare called Expressions that Shakespeare Gave Us. It’s a fun download that introduces you to some of Shakespeare’s famous quotes. 

You will be surprised to discover how many common phrases actually originated from his works. It’s a great way to get started and realize just how much Shakespeare has influenced our language.

Shakespeare: Fun, Online Course

Don’t let past experiences or preconceived notions deter you from exploring the magic of Shakespeare with your children. With passion and expertise, our self-paced online Shakespeare course offers an engaging and enjoyable journey that your teens will not only appreciate but also connect with the characters and themes on a personal level. 

Embrace the opportunity for your kids to experience the joy and entertainment that Shakespeare intended, and let us guide you through this remarkable literary adventure!

If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to reach out to us. We are here to support you in your homeschooling journey. We value our 7Sisters Siblings community and love seeing it grow!

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool & Humor for writing this blog post!

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How Many Credits Do You Need Each Year?

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This week on the Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How Many Credits Do You Need Each Year?

How Many Credits Do You Need Each Year?

How Many Credits Do You Need Each Year?

If you have been wondering about how many credits your teens need to graduate, you are in the right place! What does it look like each year? Let’s talk about how many credits you need each year for homeschool graduation requirements and make it a bit more practical to understand and follow!

Do you know how many credits your teens need to graduate each year? If not, it’s quite alright as we all know how confusing it can be to figure out the yearly breakdown, especially when we often focus on the overall number of credits needed for graduation. So let’s make it practical and dive into the details!

Understanding State Requirements

First things first, it’s important to meet the minimum credit requirements set by your state. Each state has its own set of credit requirements for high school graduation. While some homeschoolers choose not to follow state requirements, most of us do. 

If you are unsure about your state’s requirements, you can check your state department of Education or reach out to organizations like Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) or National Homeschool Advocacy for guidance. 

Typically, states require between seventeen and twenty-six credits, with the majority falling between twenty and twenty-four. If you are a member of HSLDA, you can also access this information through their resources.

General Guidelines

Although there’s not ONE right way to homeschooling high school, we have gathered some practical guidelines based on our experience raising our own high schoolers and advising others in our local community. Let’s talk about some of those guidelines now that have worked for us over the years. 

Keep in mind that these are not set in stone, and you should always do what is best for your teens. 

College-Bound Teens

Let’s shift gears and talk about college-bound teens. In addition to meeting the state’s homeschool graduation requirements, college-preparation homeschoolers often need to go above and beyond. 

Colleges may look for a higher level of rigor or specific courses on the transcript, so it is a good idea to research the colleges your teens are interested in to see what they are looking for in incoming freshmen. This can help you determine if your teen needs additional credits or more challenging coursework.

For example, some colleges may require three years of World Language, even if your state only requires two. They may also expect four years of Social Studies, Math, and Sciences, even if your state only requires three. It is important to tailor your teen’s transcript to meet these expectations and showcase their interests and strengths.

(Here is more on what college-bound teens should be doing.)

Some motivated teens may have the goal of graduating in three years instead of the standard four

  • This is certainly achievable, but it requires careful planning and a heavier academic load. 
  • By dividing the total number of credits required by your state by three, your teen will need to earn more credits each year. They may need to double up on certain subjects or spread out credits over multiple years to meet their goals. 

Teens Bound For The Workforce

If your teen is not-college bound and aims to enter the workforce after graduation, meeting the state requirements is usually sufficient. 

Divide the total number of credits required by your state by four to determine the number of credits needed per year. 

  • For example, if your state requires twenty credits, your teen would need five credits per year. In states with higher requirements, such as twenty-four credits, your teen would need six credits per year.

If you are unsure whether your teen will be headed towards college or go straight into the workforce, sit down with them to have a serious discussion about their future. If you still cannot come up without a clear path, try some Career Exploration

Another class or two never hurt anybody, and they may be grateful for that if they do decide to go to college!

Regardless of the career path your teen chooses, certain subjects are typically required by most states. These include:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • History/Social Studies (such as American History, World History, Civics, and Economics)
  • Social Sciences
  • Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and other elective Sciences). 

Some states may have additiona. requirements, such as:

Although these are the typical subjects required by state, it is important to check your local area for any additional homeschool graduation requirements.

Building A Strong Transcript

One of the great things about homeschooling high school is the flexibility to customize your teen’s education. If your teen has a specific interest or career goal, you can build elective credits around that. This not only adds depth to their transcript but also shows their dedication and passion. 

For example, if your teen is interested in History, they can earn elective credits in specialized areas like World War II or European History. There is no limit to the number of credits your teen can earn as long as they are honestly earned. 

You can create a transcript that reflects their unique interests and accomplishments. Just make sure to keep a balanced approach and avoid overwhelming your teen with too many credits.

For college-bound teens, it’s also important to demonstrate a higher level of rigor on their transcript. This can be achieved through challenging coursework and advanced placement (AP) classes. 

It’s crucial to prepare your teen for the academic demands of college and show admissions officers that they are ready for the next level.

How Many Credits Do You Need Each Year?

Homeschooling high school allows you the flexibility to customize your teen’s education according to their goals and aspirations. When you understand the credit requirements for graduation, you can ensure your teen is well-prepared for their chosen path, whether it be entering the workforce or pursuing higher education. 

You’re not alone in this homeschooling adventure. We’re all in it together, and we’re here to support you every step of the way!

If you have any questions or need support, join the 7Sisters Homeschool Facebook group. It’s a wonderful community where you can connect with other homeschoolers and get valuable advice. 

Don’t forget to explore the resources available on our website, including free articles and downloadable curriculum. Our curriculum has been designed with input from teens themselves, ensuring a meaningful and engaging learning experience. We even offer special discounts for co-ops and reimbursement-friendly options for certain states.

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool & Humor for writing this blog post!

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When Mom Is Tired of Homeschooling

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: When Mom Is Tired of Homeschooling.

When Mom Is Tired of Homeschooling

 

When Mom Is Tired of Homeschooling

Homeschool burnout. It’s definitely real.

We all have moments where we feel exhausted and overwhelmed. There are days when we feel like giving up and taking a very long break from teaching. We have all had those moments where we have jokingly picked up the phone to register our kids in school.

However, deep down, we know that homeschooling is the right choice for us. What are you to do in these moments? Let’s dive into some practical tips to help you navigate those challenging moments when you are tired of homeschooling. (Caveat: there are times when we must quit homeschooling, or that it is best for us for one reason or another- there’s not ONE right way to educate your kids!)

Acknowledge Your Feelings

It is essential to remember that it is okay to feel tired of homeschooling and that there are strategies to overcome homeschool burnout. First things first:

  • acknowledge your feelings of exhaustion and frustration!

Homeschooling can be a demanding task, with demanding kids, and it is natural to feel overwhelmed at times. Remember, homeschool mama self-care is vitally important. (BTW- check out our Cousin Teresa Wiedrick’s delightful book: Homeschool Mama Self-Care. You will be glad you did.)

Remember that feeling tired does not make you a bad homeschooler or parent. Give yourself permission to feel and recognize that it is okay to take a break when needed. 

Take a Step Back

It is important to give ourselves permission to take a step back and take a break. Whether it is an hour, a day, or even longer, giving ourselves time to recharge can make a big difference. 

Try having a brutally honest conversation with yourself about your current season in life. Talk to your spouse or your teens to reevaluate your homeschooling journey and remind yourself why you chose this path in the first place. 

Oftentimes, simply making a decision and realizing you have options can be freeing and energizing.

Embrace a Change of Pace

When you are feeling burned out from your current routine, consider shaking things up a bit. Try scheduling your homeschool activities differently or take a temporary break from your regular curriculum. 

Plan a unit study week focused on a subject (such as these unit studies based on movies) everyone is interested in or embark on a field trip that sparks creativity and excitement. 

When you introduce something different to your normal routine, you will give your brain a pattern interruption and activate your creativity.

And let’s not forget the power of prayer. Seeking guidance from God can provide us with the wisdom and strength we need to overcome exhaustion when you are tired of homeschooling. 

Prioritize Self-Care

It is almost too easy to neglect self-care as a homeschool parent when you are so focused on your homeschool high schoolers’ education. Even though you already know that taking care of yourself is essential for your overall well-being and homeschool success, it is still one of those things that can fall by the wayside.

To prevent that, make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating healthily, and engaging in regular exercise/fitness. You do not even need to commit a fitness queen- just a minimum effective dose of self-care can help.

If you or your teens need time alone, create space for quiet activities like reading or watching a movie. Understanding your family’s needs and finding the right balance is key.

And when exhaustion rears its warning, allow yourself a “sick day”, or a day off, and rest. Doing this mindfully teaches your teens the importance of taking care of their own physical and mental health.

Engage in Fine Arts

It is important to model healthy ways of dealing with fatigue and stress rather than taking it out on our family members, which is more prone to happen when we are drained.

Instead of continuing the cycle of burn out, choose to have a creative day! By calling it a “Creative Day,” you and your teens will be engaging in activities that bring you all joy and laughter. (Log those as Fine Arts hours.)

Fine arts can be a wonderful outlet for both parents and children, providing a break from the usual routine and allowing us to express ourselves. Give your brain a break and simply just “do” without thinking.

When you are tired of homeschooling, you can take a day to focus on creative activities like painting, nature sketching, or watching a drama performance. Engaging in the creative process also releases oxytocin, making you and your teens feel better.

And here’s an unexpected perk: Keep a log of your fine arts activities to track your progress toward transcript goals. Yes – these types of activities count in fulfilling transcript requirements! 

Seek Support

Let’s not forget the power of community. Reaching out to other homeschooling parents for support and encouragement can make a world of difference. 

Seek opportunities to connect with different people or homeschooling families. Plan activities together or trade homeschooling days to provide a change of scenery. 

The 7Sisters Homeschool Facebook group is a great place to connect with like-minded individuals who understand the challenges of homeschooling. Share your feelings, seek advice, or simply find encouragement from fellow homeschoolers. 

Remember, you are not alone in your exhaustion, and together we can lift each other up and find renewed energy for our homeschooling journey. (For more ideas  check out these sanity savers for when you need a homeschool break from our Cousin Angela Taylor at Schooling with Grace.) And overall, as our Cousin Natalie Mack shares in this post: God’s grace covers our doubts.

When Mom is Tired of Homeschooling

Homeschool burnout is a common experience for many parents, but it does not mean you are failing. If you are feeling tired, know that it is okay to take a break, seek support, and prioritize self-care. 

 Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for this discussion and stay encouraged, take care of yourself, and keep embracing the adventure of homeschooling!

Remember, you are the 7th sister, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

You’ve got this!

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for writing this blog post and to Seth Tillman for editing the podcast.

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Helping Overachieving Teens Find Balance in Homeschooling

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Helping Overachieving Teens Find Balance in Homeschooling

Helping Overachieving Teens Find Balance in Homeschooling

You know it if you have one: an overachiever. Some homeschooling high schoolers cannot stop! While being an achiever is a good thing, teens who cannot find the place where enough is enough are in danger of burnout or anxiety issues.

While not all teens are overachievers, it is important to address the concerns of parents who notice their capable teens heading towards burnout. Let’s dive into the topic of helping our overachieving teens find balance in homeschooling.

Understanding Overachieving Teens

Overachieving teens, especially in the homeschool community, value accomplishments. So they engage in numerous academic and extracurricular endeavors. These teens do not necessarily  they love everything they do. Rather, they think they need to do these things in order to get to the next place in life as successfully as possible.

Whether they engage in NCAA-type athletics, academics, or arts, these teens tirelessly build impressive transcripts. They are aiming for competitive colleges. Whether driven by the desire for a full-ride scholarship or a competitive transcript, these teens can be at risk of hitting a wall halfway through junior or senior year. 

Anxiety, burnout, and panic attacks may become issues if we do not address overachievers’ need for balance. Here are some ways you can help.

Setting Realistic Expectations

As a parent, it is crucial to sit down with your teen and reflect on the expectations you may have unintentionally conveyed. Discuss whether a full-ride scholarship to an Ivy League school is the only path to success. Help your overachieving teen understand that there are other colleges and career paths that can lead to fulfilling lives. Not every teen needs to attend an Ivy League school or obtain a full ride scholarship. 

Realistic expectations can alleviate the pressure and allow teens to pursue a healthy balance in homeschooling between academics and personal well-being. 

Be honest and clear on your part on what your expectations are, and then let them say what their expectations are. Then, talk about how realistic these expectations are, really! See if they can be reeled in to find a healthy level of lifestyle and achievement.

Clarify Their Goals

Encourage teens to clarify their ultimate goals for college and beyond. Does their career path require an Ivy League degree? Many fulfilling careers do not.

Also, it is crucial to understand that not every excellent student secures a full-ride scholarship. Accepting this realization (knowing some things will be out of their control- including scholarships) can alleviate undue pressure on overachievers. 

Happiness is often a common goal for teens, but what does happiness mean to them? Research suggests that individuals who contribute to the greater good tend to experience greater happiness. Sometimes, overachievers who are stuck in all-day academics feel better and more balanced with they add service projects to their schedules.

Discuss the importance of finding meaning and purpose in their pursuits, whether through their career or personal hobbies.

Also, it is wise engage in financial literacy discussions to help them understand their future needs and goals. Incorporating financial literacy, into goal-setting discussions can guide teens in aligning their career aspirations with realistic financial goals. Tools like the Career One Stop website can provide valuable insights into salary expectations and suitable career paths.

Exploring Career Options

To avoid burnout, it is wise to guide your teen in exploring realistic career options which can help support their overall goal. Incorporate Career Exploration, including researching different careers and their corresponding salaries to help them set achievable goals. 

Visit college campuses, attend college tours, and look for scholarships that align with their career aspirations. By doing so, you can help your teen understand the possibilities and make informed decisions without overwhelming themselves.

3Ws Self-awareness page freebie from Vicki Tillman Coaching

Download this 3Ws Self-awareness page freebie from Vicki Tillman Coaching

Building Self Awareness and Time Management

Teach your overachieving teen the importance of effective time management. Conduct a time audit to help them visualize how they spend their time. Encouraging teens to perform a time audit can reveal imbalances in their daily routines. 

Often, overachievers focus heavily on academics while neglecting self-care, socializing, and sleep. Overemphasis on academics at the cost of social interaction or adequate sleep is a recipe for long-term issues.

Encourage them to strike a balance in homeschooling by making adjustments to their schedules. Ensure they are getting enough sleep, engaging in social activities, and taking care of their physical and mental well-being.

Educational resources like the 7Sisters health curriculum can help teens understand the importance of sleep and overall wellness, fostering a more holistic approach to their activities.

Learning From Leadership

In cases where teens are involved in extracurriculars with strong leadership, like sports, it is wise to discern the healthy and potentially harmful influences these figures may have on them. Sometimes you have wonderful role models of coaches, but sometimes they are a little quirky in their personalities. So you need to look into their leadership more to see what kinds of things they are learning from this coach and if they are healthy. 

Developing Self-Awareness

Help your teen develop self-awareness by asking them to reflect on their emotions and actions. Encourage them to journal or have conversations about how they feel, why they feel that way, and what actions they can take to address those feelings. 

Fostering self-awareness can help them make healthier choices and prevent burnout. They can look at the log over time to see where a lot of their time has gone. This can help them visually see where their time is going.

Teaching teens the “three Ws” – What am I feeling? Why am I feeling this? What am I going to do about it? – aids in developing self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Applying these questions to themselves and others fosters empathy and realistic goal setting. (Here’s a freebie 3Ws journal from Vicki’s life coaching website.)

Sometimes overachieving teens have a strong-willed streak. Here’s a post to help.

Supporting Friendships and Relationships

Recognize the importance of friendships and relationships in your teen’s life. We recommend that overachieving teens spend quality time with friends regularly. This social interaction is vital for their emotional and mental health. Encourage them to spend quality time with friends and engage in activities outside their academic pursuits. 

If you need to make an assignment to socialize with their friends, then make it an assignment. There is nothing wrong with giving them a homework assignment of spending at least some time every week in person in real life with some friends.

Sometimes it is just necessary to have friendships in a digital format, but they need that friend time.

Helping Overachieving Teens Find Balance in Homeschooling

Finding balance in homeschooling is essential for overachieving teens to avoid burnout and lead fulfilling lives. We want our teens to be healthy and productive people that, in the long run, glorify God by their personalities and their choices and behaviors. 

If you are the parent of an overachiever and need some other ideas, one of the coolest places to discuss things is at the 7Sisters Homeschool Facebook Group.

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for writing this blog post.

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GPA on Homeschool Transcript- How to Handle it!

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GPA on Homeschool Transcript- How to Handle it!

 

Are you wondering about the complex and stressful GPA for your child’s homeschool transcript? Well, fear not! There are effective strategies and resources available to help you navigate the intricacies of calculating GPA on a homeschool transcript. With a little help, you can ensure that your homeschool high schoolers’ academic achievements are accurately reflected.

To help you along, here are a few insights about GPAs, along with practical tools you can use to figure them out!

There’s Not ONE Right Way To Handle GPAs

Even though some families are lucky enough to be in an umbrella school or a charter school that does the GPA figuring, even in those situations, moms may still want to use a different method of choosing the GPAs. That’s okay.

The thing is, there is no right way or wrong way to do GPAs. If your child is college-bound, you will most likely need to include GPA on the transcript. However, non-college bound teens do not necessarily need GPA (unless they are going to a trade school that requires it). 

Understanding GPAs

The GPA is a way of summarizing, academically, what your teen has done successfully (or not) in their homeschool journey thus far. It is like a second eyeball on how well your child is doing overall in his or her courses. You can quickly figure out an overall GPA at the end of each of their high school years- or wait until senior year.

We 7Sisters, at the end of each year, we calculate the GPA for that year. For example, at the end of freshman year, we will figure out that year’s GPA. Then we will update it each year. Therefore, at the end of sophomore year, it will be the GPA for freshmen and sophomore year, and so on.

One pro about handling the GPA in this way is that your teen gets to see how much progress they have made. This is especially nice if your teen (or mom) has a little bit of a rugged start to their freshman year. Seeing their GPA go up year after year gives many teens a sense of accomplishment.

On the other hand, you may simply wait for senior year. That is okay in many circumstances.

Sample homeschool transcript

Here’s an example of a homeschool transcript.

 

Decide How Often You Want To Calculate The GPA

You need to decide – and stick to – how often you calculate your homeschool high schooler’s GPA by choosing one of the examples above. 

BTW- Sometimes once your teens have applied to college, different colleges may want a mid-senior year GPA update. 

Decide To Have A Weighted Or Not Weighted GPA

The next thing you need to decide is whether or not to have a weighted GPA. Some courses in some schools are weighted, so if you have a teen taking an AP course one of those schools instead of getting an 4.0 for an A grade, they might get a 4.5. This means they get more weight on a higher-powered course.

However, you do not have to have weighted GPAs in the courses in order to have your teens standout on college applications. That is because colleges use special algorithms when evaluating submission applications of the students. Colleges will not compare apples to oranges – or unweighted courses of students against weighted courses of other students. Instead, colleges have a way using their algorithm to unweight the weighted courses in order to make fair comparisons.

If you do not want to have weighted GPAs, that’s perfectly okay. (We 7Sisters and our umbrella school did not weight grades- and we have helped hundreds of teens get into the colleges of their choice). So, for our homeschool high schoolers, an A was a 4. 0. 

Also, if you want your teens to receive an academic scholarship, deciding to weight or not weight courses will not affect their chances. It did not hurt our teens nor any of the ones that we have advised over the years. 

Ultimately, it is completely up to you whether you decide to have weighted GPAs or not.

Remember: There’s no standardized anything in transcripts or education. You just do the clearest and best job that you can, and trust God through the process.

The GPA is a way of summarizing your teen's academics.

Calculating the GPA: Decide What The Lowest Passing Grade Will Be

One of the things you will need to do in calculating the GPA is to decide what is the lowest passing grade that a course can have for transcript.

For our 7Sisters’ high schoolers, our lowest was underneath a C. (Sometimes, if our teens got this grade, we had our teens retake the course until they had mastery… because in homeschooling we are more after mastery than we are GPA.) 

In many traditional schools, a D is the lowest passing grade. Unfortunately, for teens aiming to go to a competitive college, a D on the transcript is not going to work very well for them. Even if they passed the course, it will not give them any kind of benefit in a competitive situation. Instead, it will work against them. 

NOTE: On transcripts, you should include is a key that’s on the transcript, a legend like on a map, that shows how grades are assigned. 

7Sisters Homeschool has an editable PDF transcript that you can download and use yourself and fill in the legend yourself. 

Calculating the GPAs: Determine What Percentage Will Be Assigned To Each Letter Grade

Now that we have discussed the theories and understanding of GPAs, let’s talk about actually figuring them out. For your courses, determine what percentages are going to be assigned to each letter, such as A, B, and C. 

For instance, we know that a 100 on a test would mean an A, and that is easy to figure out. But you will also want to know what the lowest A would be, because every school has a different determination on what the low end and high end of each grade letter is. 

In our case, with 7Sisters students:

  • The lowest A would be a 92 or a 93
  • The lowest B might be an 82 or an 83
  • The lowest. C might be a 72 or 73

It’s a very simple way to calculate the grades and the GPA if you just have A’s and B’s and C’s.

However, many traditional schools get very complex by having  A’s and A minuses and B’s pluses and B’s and B minuses and C pluses and C’s and C minuses. You can do this too, if you want to, because there’s not one right way.

For instance, you might say that:

  • the lowest A might be a 93 but
  • an A minus might be a 90 and
  • the B+ might be an 87, a
  • regular B might be an 83
  • and the lowest B be an 80,
  • and so on down through the letters.

Caution: Don’t do this randomly or change the way you do it halfway through the semester. Once you decide the way you’ll calculate the grades and GPA, be sure to stick with it to make things easier on yourself. Put that in your course description up front or in your syllabus so that you have something to back up in your records.

This way, when you have to fill out the guidance counselor part of the college application, you will know what your teen will be using for colleges, and you will be able to really quickly explain how you assign grades in your homeschool. (BTW- you can find tips for the Common Application, including the guidance counselor portion, in this post from our friend at BJ’s Homeschool.)

MORE Calculating the GPAs: Assign the Overall Percentage and Grade Points Of A Class

At the end of a semester and again at the end of the year, you will assign course grades. This might be an accumulation of tests, papers and course work (but we also included attitude as well- similar to class-participation grade).

Once you have the overall grade, you will take that average and assign it a grade point. For instance:

  • A = 4 (92 to 100)
  • B = 3 (82 or 92)
  • C = 2 (73 to 82) 

If you are doing the complex one, you can break that down further this way, for instance: 

  • A minus might be a 3.6
  • B plus might be a 3 4
  • B might be 3.2
  • B minus might be a 3.0. 

You can get as complex as you want as long as you keep how you are grading stated within your course descriptions or your syllabus so that you have a record for it. This grading system will also be included in the legend on your transcript. 

GPA and transcripts! You can do this!

Assign Grade Points To Courses

Once you have decided the grade points, decide which courses are going to get those grade points.

You do not have to give a grade point to every single course you could. In our case, we just gave a grade point to the core courses because that showed the guts of their academics and the things that they would mostly be facing in their first couple of years in college, the general education courses.

Core courses usually include:

  • English/Language Arts
  • Math,
  • Social Studies
  • Sciences
  • World Languages

These are courses that would receive a grade point because they are the core courses. The remainder of the courses are considered to be electives. We did not include these in the GAP. However, some families choose to give everything a grade point, including all the electives. Do what is best for your family.  

Get the Grade Point Average

Each core course, for us, gets an assigned grade point, and to keep up with this, you can create a spreadsheet. Add those grade points up, just old-fashioned math, and then divide it by the number of courses in order to get the grade point average.

For instance, if you had five courses such as language arts, math, social studies, science, and world language, you would add up all of the five grade points. Once you add those up, divide by five, and that would give you the average GPA, or grade point average. This grade point average is what goes on the transcript.

As mentioned, some of the transcript services automatically calculate the GPA based on the courses added. If you use a transcript service like this, you don’t have to do the math yourself. And if you want to add more courses in there, like electives, especially if those are really powerful for your teen and you really want to show those off, you can throw those in the GPA too. 

GPA on Homeschool Transcript

As you can see, there is no right way to do this!

Once you have all this together, what happens is then you have a nice GPA that goes on the transcript in the way that’s best for you and your teens. And when they go to apply for college, they have something that is understandable to the colleges they’re applying to. 

This accumulation of grades and averages inspires your teen also because they see how hard they have worked and a literal progression of that hard work. It ends up being a huge motivator!

If you want to access a GPA calculator, you can do that here.

More Resources for transcripts and GPAs

GPA and transcripts! You can do this!

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for writing this blog post!

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Teens and Complicated Christmas- Special Replay

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Teens and Complicated Christmas

Some years are just tough! What if you or a family you know has experienced: illness, divorce, financial or family loss, or other difficult situation?

Though the rest of the year might be challenging, when Christmas comes along, it can be really hard for teens (and adults) to know what to do with their feelings. It is hard for them especially if their feelings are not such “Christmas-y” feelings.

How do you help teens (and the rest of the family) in complicated Christmases?

The first way to help teens (and parents) deal with complicated Christmases? Start with getting rid of “musts”.

One must is the need to have fancy, expensive Christmases. It is good to talk to teens- be real with them. They are old enough- after all, lots of them are taking Financial Literacy courses.

One way Sabrina’s family has handled financially tough Christmases, it to share with each other the gifts they would love to share together. They can even draw pictures, make collages or other creative ways to have fun with the “wish I could give you” gifts.

Next, Christmas can get complicated with scheduling. It is good to over-communicate about it.

Teens often have jobs that keep them busy during the holidays. Not only that, but they often have special events and performances…along with their siblings (and their parents). SO much going on.

  • So, over-communicate. Keep a calendar and talk about it.
  • Also, give and model grace about all the schedule juggling (and help teens remember to give and model grace also).
  • Help them remember to ask about what they want or need to do. AND we parents can try to frame our requests as questions, not demands.
    • They need to learn that when we say “yes” to something, we are automatically saying “no” to something else.

What if the complicated Christmas includes someone being sick?

Help your teens understand that it is okay to rest if they are sick. It is okay for it to be hard. Help them to think creatively and resiliently on ways that the family can make something good happen- despite (or after) the sickness.

It is really hard for teens if someone they love has died.

Well, truly, loosing a loved one is hard for the whole family. Teens often feel the loss during the holidays acutely because they are in the developmental phase where they are thinking and feeling deeply.

It helps to understand how to grieve as a family if we use the metaphor of concentric circles:

  • The person in the most center circle is the one who is most deeply affected by the loss of the loved one.
    • That person will need to have the most input on what they will need or can handle during this Christmas season.
    • Let them know that “NO” is a complete sentence. If you or your teen cannot handle a Christmas event this year, it is okay.
  • People on the outside circles, are less affected by the death of the loved one.
    • They need to tell those in the inner circles how to grieve or to put their grief away so that “Christmas isn’t spoiled”.

What if your family has experienced divorce?

While we may wish it had never happened, sometimes families experience divorce. Christmas are always complicated after a divorce: where will the kids be on Christmas day, what will happen with the old, family traditions, how will everyone feel because there are two places kids need to be during one holiday?

Sabrina, who has been through a divorce, recommends:

  • Have a no-slam policy.
    • It does NOT help kids feel good about Christmas, when a parent talks ugly about the ex. This is really important for teens.
  • Create new traditions.
    • Some of the old traditions must be put away. See if you can start a new tradition.
  • Make safe spaces.
    • If one of the kids get upset and cry, allow it and love on them.

Join Sabrina, Kym and Vicki for a discussion on helping teens through complicated holiday seasons.

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Handling Holiday Homeschool Hassles- Special Replay

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Handling Holiday Homeschool Hassles- Special Replay

Handling Holiday Homeschool Hassles

Let’s talk about Christmas. Yay! It’s the season to be jolly… Or the season to feel behind on everything. As we approach the holidays and there are lots of normal homeschool things going on in the month of December. There are lots of unusual homeschool things going on in the month of December.

This week on the podcast, Sabrina, Vicki and Kym would like to to encourage you to think through your Christmas break:

  • Your exciting expectations
  • Everyone’s Christmas break needs
  • Your Christmas break wants

Then you can plan wisely for a good Christmas break. (Because during the holidays, if you do not plan, you get what you plan for!)

Clarifying expectations as a way of handling homeschool holiday hassles

Sabrina’s teenagers liked to think of Christmas break as break from homeschooling. They did not have to think about pre-calculus or chemistry labs or research papers over a two-week break.

But sometimes mom has a different expectation.

  • Mom might be thinking about homeschooling through the holidays, as in: there is going to be break for a day or two and then maybe a week of catching up on lessons that have fallen behind.
  • Or maybe Mom wants to have a chance to do some fun Christmas unit studies for a week or two. (Check out Twas the Week Before Christmas Bundle for fun learning activities for the whole family.)
  • Or maybe there is going to be break for a day or two or three or four or five, but there’s also going to be travel and some house cleaning.

If teens’ expectations and Mom’s expectations are different, there can be a lot of disappointment about Christmas break.

So communication and goal setting together might be a really good idea

Parents, try to give teens at least some of what they would like while setting clear goals for Christmas break:

  • Homeschooling expectations
  • Holiday special events
  • Relaxation and refueling expectations

Working the homeschool triage

Over the holidays, there are so many competing activities and competing people around the holiday season:

  • Visits with folks that you don’t usually get to see
  • Family gatherings, parties and special celebrations
  • Christmas plays
  • Fine arts productions
  • Concerts
  • Cookie baking day

All the while, for homeschool high schoolers, there are often looming  deadlines

  • mid year reviews
  • big co-op project
  • research paper that’s been assigned for umbrella-school or online-school class

Vicki’s family always treated the competing needs and wants kind of like “Battlefield Hospital”:  you triage them.

What is a homeschool triage?

  • You do the most critical and time-sensitive things first.
    • For instance, if we have an SAT coming up or a mid year review and we are significantly behind, they are prioritized. They get worked on first.
  • The things that are not going to be much trouble, you do that last.
    • Vicki’s kids like history, so that subject gets bumped to the middle because they will get caught up on their own because they just do that for fun.
  • In the middle you do the things that are good to do and will take some attention but are not critical.
    • In Vicki’s house, that would be electives like Career Exploration. It can wait until after the holidays.

Don’t forget your own self-care

So how can we take care of our own needs? Sometimes homeschooling moms get exhausted while handling homeschool holiday hassles.

We often can find a way of handling hassles that is going to be accommodating and respectful of everybody’s needs.

Think about the beauty of the community that you have:

  • homeschool community
  • family community
  • neighborhood community
  • church community

Can you and another mom in your community work out some “rest times”? For instance:

If I have your kids at my house one day so the kids can have a sleepover, you can sleep in. Then they sleep over at your house, and I get to sleep in.

One of the things that Vicki needs is a time when nobody’s talking to me. So, in January each year she goes on a silent retreat for a weekend. The kids have “sleepover” with just dad or at a friend’s house.

Sabrina has a blended family with seven kids between them-several of them married. It is unrealistic or them to say,  “we would really like to see everybody either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day”.

So instead, they have a Merry New Year’smas sometime in the month of January when people’s calendars actually will cooperate. On that day, (Saturday or a Sunday afternoon) they do a big open house potluck get-together. That’s what we love one another. That’s how Jesus is glorified, right?

Another great self-care idea is to check out our Cousin Teresa Weidrick‘s self-care for homeschool mama’s resources:

There are some hassles. That’s okay. Face it and then give yourself a break!

Handling Holiday Homeschool Hassles

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