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Homeschool Planner Reviews

  In this episode the moms review four homeschool planners, including printed, online and wall sized.   Some links in this episode: Tina’s Playlists on YouTube Eduplace.com Seize the Year Calendar by NeuYear.net (Purchases made through this link help support the Savvy Homeschool Moms!)   To see the full show notes, including a LOT MORE links to all the resources mentioned, please visit our website: The Savvy Homeschool Moms, episode 37.   To subscribe to or download our show, check us out on iTunes, or our website.     This episode is sponsored by... read more

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler, part 2

  In this episode the moms chat about some great YouTube channels, catch up on listener recognition and share three more day in the life interviews!     (You can hear part 1 here. And part 3 here.) Some links in this episode: TedTalks about “Dinosaur Shape Shifters” Sketch Tuesday Banned Book week   To see the full show notes, including a LOT MORE links to all the resources mentioned, please visit our website: The Savvy Homeschool Moms, episode 36.   To subscribe to or download our show, check us out on iTunes, or our website.     This episode is... read more

Interview with PJ Jonas of Goat Milk Stuff

  In this episode the moms chat about getting started with the new school year, their curriculum choices for the 2013-2014 school year, and share their interview with PJ Jonas, homeschooling mom of 8 from GoatMilkStuff.com.   Some links in this episode: Goat Milk Stuff Blog http://www.collegeplus.org/prep workbox system   To see the full show notes, including a LOT MORE links to all the resources mentioned, please visit our website: The Savvy Homeschool Moms, episode 35.   To subscribe to or download our show, check us out on iTunes, or our... read more

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler, part 1

  In this episode the moms chat with Aubyn, Krista and Janeen, three homeschool moms who share their "typical" homeschool day with us.   Some links in this episode:   Winning with Writing Obon Donna Young    To see the full show notes, including a LOT MORE links to all the resources mentioned, please visit our website: The Savvy Homeschool Moms, episode 34.   To subscribe to or download our show, check us out on iTunes, or our website.     This episode is sponsored by Moving Beyond the Page – homeschool curriculum for hands-on, creative, and gifted... read more

How to Explain to a Sighted Toddler That His Parents Are Blind

By Kristen Witucki for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers     Langston knows my husband and I can’t see. That we are both blind. He never points at things and always attempts to verbally describe something to us. He knows that if he wants to show us something he can’t describe, he needs to bring it to us or us to the site. He even manages to show us where our dog threw up without having us touch it directly or touching it himself. “Mess,” he says in disgust, “mess, mess!”   Last August, a job teaching English and creative writing at the West Virginia... read more

Treasured: Remants of my Late Daughter's Life

    By Suzanne Leigh   I have the first outfit I ever dressed you in two days after you were born — gray sweatpants and red shirt (back then I was unfamiliar with infant girl clothing customs). I have your favorite baby and toddler outfits — a cheetah coat, a halter neck dress, a lilac frock with Peter Pan collar (actually they were probably my favorites).   I have a pacifier, a diaper bag, a bib with “I love my Daddy” on it and notes taken from an infant first aid and CPR class (the phrases “turning blue” and “three sharp slaps between the shoulder blades” are... read more

My Five-Year-Old Still Has a Bottle

By Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers     My five-year-old-daughter has a bottle of milk every night. Should I say my five-year-old-daughter still has a bottle of milk every night? Many people would add the modifier—and I can’t fault them for this. I haven’t made even one attempt to wean her from that ritual. No surprise, our shared attachment to her bottle stems back to her babyhood.   One of the biggest adjustments I had to make as a fourth-time mom but first-time adoptive mom was to become comfortable with the bottle’s... read more

Poem: In Fever

By Sheryl Paul   In my four year old’s feverish state We slip between the worlds together. I, the island, and he the little boat who anchors himself to my shores, his small hot limbs wrapped around me as if I am his tree of life.   Which I am, and he mine, and together we swim through the currents, sometimes close, sometimes holding the space that rises up to meet each stage of independence. But tonight I will not let him go.   He reaches for me in sleep, the fever stirring delirious words from his lips and quaking his limbs. I soothe every one. I... read more

What I Want To Teach My Daughter About Kissing Frogs

By Kristina Cerise   As the parent of a young daughter, I am on the receiving end of frequent “Wait ‘til she’s dating” comments. The implication is that I should be dreading the day she is ready to date. But, the truth is that I want Daughter to date. In fact, I hope she dates a lot. A lot of people. A lot of times.   I want her to practice getting in—and out—of relationships.   I want her to learn to identify the personality traits that bring her joy as well as those that bring sorrow.   I want her to learn how to heal a broken heart without growing the scar... read more

Family Planning: Are the Financially Stable the Only Good Parents?

  I always knew I wanted to be a mother. After struggling to find my path in this life, endlessly searching for what would make me happy, the only thing I was ever certain of was that I wanted to have children. Unfortunately, it didn’t come easy for us. In fact, it nearly bankrupted us just to have our first daughter.   I was at Cornell when my body went haywire, and we discovered it may take some time for me to get pregnant. I’m grateful we got started when we did, because I almost ended up with a hysterectomy and no children at the age of 33. Adding fertility... read more

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