Archives for August 2010

Sunday Showcase: Link Love

Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, is hosting a Back to School week with giveaways, advice, and fun.  I’ve had a sneak peek at the giveaways and the topic line-up and many of them  will be appealing for non-homeschooling families, too.  So, be sure to check out Simple Homeschool this week!

Small Steps, Big Changes: Developing a New Routine 15 Minutes at a Time

Sometimes, as an outsider looking in at another family’s routines, it is easy to wind up feeling discouraged or overwhelmed. If you’ve been feeling that way during our series on rhythm and routines this month, I want to gently remind you that most family’s routines probably didn’t fall into place in one day or even one week.

In fact, a common trend I’ve noticed among families who have steady rhythms in place is that these routines evolved for them over time. Some of their routines are still evolving.

They make small changes and adapt along the way. They tinker. They adjust. They take baby steps.

If you are a parent wondering how to begin making changes to your child’s current routines, or if you just want to know how to get started creating rhythm, my advice to you is to keep it simple. Start small. Set realistic goals. Give yourself time to make changes.

Specifically, give it 15 minutes.

You might be surprised at what a difference the adjustment of a quarter of an hour can make to your days. Making over your entire day all at once? A daunting task. Making small changes, with big benefits, just 15 minutes at a time? Now that is something you can do!

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Let’s Talk: Back to School – Reader Questions and Advice

The following post is by Simple Kids editor Kara Fleck.

It is that time of year again:  time to start thinking about getting the kids ready for going back to school. In our area, the kids are heading back to classes on Monday.

The Simple Kids email box has received a few questions about back to school, but as some of you know, my family homeschools so this isn’t really my area of expertise.

Let’s Talk

I thought I would share those  questions here and then open up the comments and let our readers give their answers.  I know some of you are seasoned veterans at the whole back-to-school thing and I look forward to reading your wisdom. [Read more…]