With multiple cups of coffee and limitless spoonfuls of love, Heather Hibl manages her homeschooling kids with a mix of being firm, soft, and caffeinated.Read More »
Jesus at Walmart: 10 Hilarious Homeschool Moments from Seton Families
"Daddy taught us that Jesus was angry because the people had turned the temple into a Wal-Mart."Read More »
Absent Without Leave: Learning to Live With My Gadabout Grandparents
by Kate Moriarty | My children's grandparents have become wild gadabouts. It started with a caravan.Read More »
Little House with a Big Heart
by Kerry Costanzo | It seems that the time has come. After nine years, our little house must be tired. Tired and busting at the seams. Its walls scream out in pain from being hit one too many times with soccer balls.Read More »
Why Grownups Don’t Get Stickers for Good Behavior
by John Clark | I went to school for the first five years of my academic life. During that time, if memory serves (and it decreasingly serves), I received many stickers on my papers. Somehow—and no one really knows why—stickers have become part of the primary academic life in America; they somehow signify achievement.Read More »
I’m a Wimp with Dentists… Could I be Brave for Christ?
by Alannah Smithee | I have to go to the dentist. Normally, not a big deal. At least, it isn't when you haven't been stalling. But I have, for quite awhile now, in fact. And I have lain in bed many a long night worrying about it because I just didn't have it in me to call and schedule a date to be tortured.Read More »
A Tribute to a Mother’s Hands
by Kerry Costanzo | I love the poem, "The Beautiful Hands of a Priest," and I began thinking the other day about how one could write a similar reflection on the hands of mothers. While a mother’s hands do not share the dignity of those of a priest, they nevertheless have their own special value.Read More »
6 Steps to Survival: How to Outsmart Your Kids… and Defend Your Dessert!
by Kerry Costanzo | Let's face it. In this kids-eat-your-treats-and-break-your-things world, it's every mom for herself. How many of you moms out there have faced this scenario: It's 11 PM at the end of another homeschooling day.Read More »
Homeschooling in the Here and Now: Earning Your Stripes
For the homeschooling mother of many, there's always more; more to organize and more to do. Always more little faces to wash, more nails to clip, more hair growing back into bright, smiling eyes, more boo-boos needing more band-aids and more baby teeth to brush.Read More »
‘It’s a Marshmallow World’: Homeschooling Woes and Fallen Snows
by Kerry Costanzo | Already behind in our schoolwork, now we are REALLY behind. I didn't want to be this behind. . . I really didn't. Yet, during those last months of pregnancy, the fatigue was so severe, and the couch was so inviting, and the coffee pot was so empty (I wasn't drinking it during pregnancy). . . well, the homeschooling suffered.Read More »
Catholic Kids and Sacramentals Don’t Mix?
The Catholic family home is often hazardous to sacramentals. Knowing that these sacramentals are symbols of holy people and things, we try to be respectful. We do. But there seems to be always such a clutter everywhere!Read More »
Homeschool Kids: Cooped Behind Bars?
Dominic de Souza shares how life as a homeschooling kid can be more fun than going to school with vivid imaginations at work!Read More »
Homeschool Mother wants Mini-Cooper, Gets Red Homeschool Bus
I have eight kids and, therefore, I am compelled to drive an exceedingly large van. A van which is, even more humbling still, an eye-catching, look-at-me-I'm-hideous! red. It is a monstrosity.Read More »
New Beginnings: The Reflections of One Homeschooling Mother
by Kerry Costanzo | Homeschooling is not easy. It can be really hard. For me, it is often really, really hard. Yet, it is the right things to do in life that can sometimes be the hardest. Homeschooling can be a cross, yet as we Catholics know, it is only in picking up and carrying our crosses that we can hope to follow Our Lord to Heaven.Read More »
No Tap Dancing on the Table: In Praise of the Family Meal
“Last night, I had a dream,” three-year-old Drew announces during dinner. “Oh?” I say. “Yes. There was an alien in my dream and you know what he said, Mom?” “What?” ...Read More »
“I am Not Going to Homeschool…!”
The Alessandrini Family’s unexpected discovery of the joys of Homeschooling. by Susan Alessandrini “I am not going to homeschool! I am not ‘that’ kind of mom!” When my husband originally ...Read More »
Appliances: Junk, Jokes and Joy
by Heather Hibl My appliances mock me. They know that I am relying on them to help make my day run smoothly, and they think this is hilarious. Many of ...Read More »
Laugh with Me!
“Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.” G. K. Chesterton Homeschooling is not without its tensions. Nothing truly good ever is. But one of the blessings of homeschooling is ...Read More »
Men in our society are often criticized for being perpetual adolescents. Yeah, maybe— but it’s not all our fault. I recently did a little research into the medical facts about ...Read More »