Grace · Homemaking

When My Home Feels Out Of Control

The past six months have been some of the most difficult of my entire life. My youngest son was hospitalized for almost two weeks in October, and our family has been reeling ever since. Simple things seem hard – Cleaning schedules Meal plans Homeschooling consistency The laundry I have yet to get these basics back… Continue reading When My Home Feels Out Of Control

Homeschooling · Learning Differences

Why Brave Writer Is Such A Big Deal

I read something about Brave Writer almost every day. Blog posts, Instagram, Email marketing, and Facebook have been screaming at me about this program for over a year now. My closest online, homeschooling friends have been raving about the “lifestyle” and “poetry tea time” in a way that rivals how plenty of moms sounded when… Continue reading Why Brave Writer Is Such A Big Deal

Survival Mode · The Explosive Child

The Best Thing You Can Do To Help An Explosive Child

“I am going to write a doctor’s note for you stating that you have a serious medical condition. Perhaps this will help you get respite care from someone.” After months of crippling headaches, a stabbing sensation behind my right eye and shooting pains down the right side of my body, I finally went to see… Continue reading The Best Thing You Can Do To Help An Explosive Child

Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

The Truth About Homeschooling Children With Special Needs

We have been homeschooling my fourteen-year-old son since he was eight years old. Last week he went back to school. He is enrolled in a Medieval History class at a private school, as part of a homeschool hybrid program. He wants to go. He wants to get away from his little brother. He wants to… Continue reading The Truth About Homeschooling Children With Special Needs

Autism · Chronic Illness · Lupus

Seen and Unseen Disabilities (what I learned when my son used a wheelchair)

The day I ordered my son’s wheelchair was not a good one. Just pressing the “ship now” button made my heart hurt. After years of autism therapies and anxiety medications. After years of doctor’s appointments and educational evaluations. After years of learning everything possible about his sensory system and urgent need for tactile input. After… Continue reading Seen and Unseen Disabilities (what I learned when my son used a wheelchair)

Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Learning Differences

Top Online Reading Programs For Learning Differences (that you can actually afford!)

I remember clearly the first time my youngest son sat down at the computer for a reading lesson. He was eight years old and had been struggling for years with standard curriculum approaches. He was totally defeated by his lack of progress. I was totally defeated by his lack of progress. With only two months left… Continue reading Top Online Reading Programs For Learning Differences (that you can actually afford!)

Homeschooling · Learning Differences · Special Education At Home

How Do I Know My Child Is Making Progress?

“There…in the…wa…wa…water was a boy.” My youngest son struggled to read the sentence. Again. I tried to encourage him, my heart sinking. “Good. Keep going.” As he worked harder than any eleven-year-old boy should have to just to read The Story Of Ping, I thought to myself, “Surely by this time next year he will… Continue reading How Do I Know My Child Is Making Progress?

Homeschooling · Sensory Processing Disorder

Movement and Learning For The Older Child

“I can think of better ideas, Momma, if you just let me walk around.” My eleven-year-old son was narrating a story, as part of our writing lesson for the day. I was typing his words as he spoke them and had asked him to stay close to me so I could hear him spin his tale.… Continue reading Movement and Learning For The Older Child

The Explosive Child

My Explosive Child Has Lost Control – What Do I do?

I heard the sound of glass breaking before I could get to his room. I ran in, and a book flew past my head and hit the wall behind me. My son, crying, out of breath, and full of rage, had completely lost control. He was swinging his arms wildly and pacing. He was muttering,… Continue reading My Explosive Child Has Lost Control – What Do I do?