November 30th, 2015

One Little Thing at a Time

(This is an old column of mine that originally appeared at Inside Catholic. Just like yours, my life is still ridiculous, but some of the details are different from what is described here. The message still applies, though.)

My life is ridiculous. Do I need to tell you this, or can you reach that conclusion all on your own when I tell you that I am a homeschooling mother of

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October 16th, 2013

We’re all blind

Well, I’ve been reading homeschooling articles again. Homeschool Blindspots by Reb Bradley was a recent one that made me think, and bookmark, and then go back and read again. Mostly because it made me uncomfortable. Which could be a good thing. We all need to be challenged sometimes.

But then, I am not sure I can take any more challenging right now. I’m pretty tired.

I’m tired of being second-guessed

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October 5th, 2009

A Good Option for Kids Online

I just set up a second computer for kids’ schoolwork in an upstairs bedroom.

More and more of the kids’ schoolwork is requiring the use of a computer — we definitely needed this. But an internet-connected computer in a private room makes this mom of growing kids worry.

So I decided to set up this computer with a wireless USB adapter. Now this school computer can only access the internet

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August 18th, 2009

Raphael’s Triumph

Raphael’s reaching milestones this summer. Come read the details at Faith & Family Live.

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September 14th, 2008

Potty Training Help

Now here’s what it’s all about.

If God created the internet for no other reason, it surely was so that mothers could help and support other mothers through the potty training process.

Excellent advice. Moral support. Practical considerations.

It’s all there. Go now.

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June 2nd, 2008

Big Boys

Already, we have boys who wear shoes that are too big for my feet. We have jeans in the laundry that I can’t imagine belong to any person once small enough to have grown inside me. We have wrestling in the backseat of the van that I dare not break up for fear of losing a limb. We have passionate discussions about sports in which I know better than to

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May 22nd, 2008

Safe Surfing

Do your kids go online? I like to have bookmarked pages of “approved” sites for my older kids to visit when they have computer time and I thought we could share some good ones today. Where do your kids like to click?

Also, I don’t dare let my kids Google, even with a filtered search. Can anyone recommend a “clean” and kid-focused search engine or collection of links?

UPDATE: shutting

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May 2nd, 2008

Back to the Barn

Kateri started work yesterday. That’s right. My little girl has a job. A job, people!

Well, she’s not actually getting paid or anything, but the stable where she has taken riding lessons for the past 8 years has offered her a “work for riding” opportunity. She works in the barn and grooms the horses in return for free riding.

Well now, riding is worth more to this particular 13 year

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