About Shelli

Mama of Letters is written by Shelli Bond Pabis : shellipabis (at) gmail (dot) com


My Professional Bio:

Shelli Bond Pabis is a writer, photographer and homeschooling mom to two boys. She is senior editor at home / school / life magazine, and she has written a weekly newspaper column about daily life, homeschooling and motherhood for five years. Her non-fiction has appeared in Athens Magazine, Barrow JournalGeorgia BackroadsAtlanta Homeschool, home / school / life, and she has read several essays on Georgia Public Radio. She chronicles her family’s homeschooling journey on her blog, mamaofletters.com

My Personal Bio:

I am a champion of moms, dads and children.

You don’t have to homeschool, stay at home full time, adhere to a certain parenting style or obsess about your child’s future to be a good mom or dad. You just need to love that child like no other. Pay attention to them and find out who they really are. And then be your children’s champion.

I want to mentor my children and inspire other parents to be mentors to their children.

I was a creative kid, and I still am. Very Visual. Nature Lover. Introverted. I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was ten years old, and while I had a great mom and a few memorable teachers, I left home and college knowing very little about self-discipline, financial matters or how to build a career in my chosen vocation.*  I know I would have benefitted from more intentional mentoring from an adult who could see my talents and help me develop them in a practical way.

I want to inspire parents to support their child’s interests, and I want to give you tips on how to do this. 

I hope that by sharing my story, you’ll be inspired to follow your child’s interests, let them play, spend relaxed time with them, give yourself plenty of breaks, and not worry so much about what other parents are doing. (If that means you need to stop reading my blog, then by all means do that.)

Our homeschool priorities in no particular order:

Play : Nature : Learning how to learn : Storytelling : Play : Let Them Move : Teach Compassion

Our homeschool is mostly child-led.

We use project-based homeschooling techniques.

We use storytelling liberally.

I am planning to work on a series of e-books that I hope will be useful to you. Topics include early motherhood (that one’s finished! click here), how to start a storytelling ritual in your family, homeschooling preschool thru kindergarten, Georgia field trips and more.

Currently I’m working fiercely for home / school / life magazine, working with a small but awesome team, writing truly useful articles and inspiring blog posts, sending out its fun, monthly newsletter, and helping an awesome community for homeschoolers grow. I hope you’ll check it out and consider subscribing!


My boys were born in August 2006 & 2009. My husband is a history professor, and he’s a great grocery shopper too. 


*I did do some things I’m proud of, though, which you can find out below, if you’re still reading. (And by the way, thanks for reading.)

  • I finished a bachelor’s degree in English, and even though that hasn’t helped me get the jobs I really wanted, I know that reading classic literature made me a better person. I’m not being sarcastic.
  • I worked in London, England for six months at an old-fashioned film developing photo shop, and I traveled around those parts a little bit.
  • I worked at the Ben Epps Airport in Athens, Georgia from 1996-1998, and I miss all those characters I worked with something fierce. It’s the only time I’ve witnessed true teamwork.
  • I lived in Japan for one year as an assistant language teacher on the JET Programme.
  • I sang the Titanic theme song during karaoke to an entire gymnasium of Japanese teachers, students, and their parents.  After I did that I figured I could do just about anything.
  • I volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in the Philippines.
  • I traveled around India for three weeks. I became an adult there.
  • I read Gone with the Wind.
  • I wrote two novels. I finished NANOWRIMO once. Someday I will write fiction again.
  • I made wonderful friends by either taking or teaching adult continuing education classes, and I hope I get to do this again someday.
  • I became a green pinky gardener. The kill : alive ratio is about even now.
  • I became a pretty good photographer, and sometimes people even pay me to take their photos.
  • I married my best friend and had two beautiful boys.


Please e-mail me. I need more grown-ups to talk to. shellipabis (at) gmail (dot) com

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5 Responses to “About Shelli”

  1. I have ‘met’ so many amazing folks in this blogging community… I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. If you choose (or have time) to accept, here are the directions: http://mommyverbs.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/award-paying-it-forward/


    • I am so flattered! Thank you so much! I’m very tempted to do this because I enjoyed reading your post, but years ago I told myself I wouldn’t accept awards anymore. (Mama of Letters had another life before I started homeschooling.) After a few awards, I felt like I would be giving them all to the same people, and that’s not fair, but I didn’t know enough bloggers! Not so long ago, I turned down another one, so I think I better stick to that policy. Again, I really appreciate it though. Thank you so much!


  2. Shelli, I agree with you about storytelling! We do this as a part of life with our 5 year old. I have a blog about homeschooling projects that I would love for you to check out if you have the time or interest.
    Keep up the good work!
    Good thoughts, Karen



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