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. You need to be your child’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. It’s not difficult to unfold your child’s natural talents. You don’t have to stress out, read every parenting book or worry about getting the perfect curriculum.
Not that raising children isn’t stressful. I stress out sometimes. I’m not perfect. But I’m working on living in the moment, letting go of angst, and I’ll share how that’s going with you.
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
I want to keep you informed about the homeschooling world at large, so I created the series Worthy Reads. It links to some of the many homeschooling articles in the media, as well as articles on parenting, education, and anything else I find helpful or interesting.
My series Inspire Kids features videos or other content on the Internet that my kids love. Maybe yours will too.
I am working on a series of e-books that I hope will be useful to you. Topics include early motherhood (that one’s finished! click here), homeschooling preschool thru kindergarten, how to start a storytelling ritual in your family, Georgia field trips and more.
My boys were born in August 2006 & 2009. My husband is a history professor, and he has also changed lots of poopy diapers.
*I did do some things I’m proud of, though, which you can find out below, if you’re still reading:
- I have written a weekly column for The Barrow Journal on motherhood, homeschooling and daily life for four years. I have published non-fiction in Athens Magazine, Georgia Backroads, Atlanta Homeschool, and I have read several essays on Georgia Public Radio.
- 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 that’s still one of my personal projects.
- I married my best friend and had two beautiful boys.