1 Super Easy Way To Build Your Business While Homeschooling

1 Super Easy Way To Build Your Business While Homeschooling

Homeschooling or building your business; what are you going to do today? That’s how it feels sometimes, right? That you have to choose between your business and homeschooling? Though it’s popular in our culture to deride stay-at-home moms, I’ll tell you what… They work harder than most of people who work 9-5. When you add homeschooling, their job is 24/7! Now throw building a home business into the mix, and it seems you don’t have a choice BUT to make a choice. Homeschooling or business… But what if there was a way to turn that “or” into an “and”? Well, there is, and I’m going to share it with you in this post. I can’t promise that it will end the struggle with time management, but it is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. Involve Your Kids Including your children in your business is a powerful educational and business-building tool. You should seek to involve them as early as possible, and as much as possible. Not only is it a great means for them to learn business, math, economics, writing, people-skills, speaking, and more, it can take a lot of the pressure off of you, and free you up to do the tasks that only you can do. However, in this post, I’m going to share with you one very specific task your kids can help you out with that will produce a win-win-win situation for you, your kids, and your customers! Have Your Children Write Thank You Cards A thank you card is what it sounds like. It’s just a nice little hand-written card...
Why You Should Start A Family Home Business

Why You Should Start A Family Home Business

Overwhelmed. This is how many stay-at-home moms feel today.  Their husbands have to leave the home for work, and they must try and manage raising multiple children, grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, laundry, and often homeschooling all on their own. This is a tall task. Stress and the shear weight of the to-do list creates a crushing burden that leads to fatigue and despair. If you are a stay-at-home mom, you probably know what I’m talking about. But is this just the reality for stay-at-home moms? Do you just have to accept that overwhelm is a part of life? Absolutely not! 1 Peter 5:7 tells us that we are to cast all our anxieties on God, because He cares for us. The results aren’t up to us, but God. All we can do is our best.   You are only one person, and you can only do so much. What doesn’t get done, or doesn’t get done perfectly, you just have to give yourself grace.  That said, I also don’t believe the current arrangement of the wife handling all of the homemaking and most of the child raising on her own is the way things ought to be.  The solitary housewife is actually a novel concept, and is only about as old as WWII. When we read Proverbs 31 the word “family” is never even used. However, we do find the word “household” used repeatedly. In Biblical times, a household didn’t just include the nuclear family, but also often extended family, employees, and servants. Families doubled as businesses. It was this family enterprise that Proverbs 31 describes the excellent wife...
How To Be Joyful When There Is Nothing To Be Happy About

How To Be Joyful When There Is Nothing To Be Happy About

Sunsets are a celestial phenomenon that few can deny the beauty of. The sun sets everyday, though not all sunsets are equal in majesty. In Ohio during the winter, you rarely even see the sun behind the perpetually gray monster that is our winter sky–sunsets are rarely spectacular.   My family and I traveled to Florida for three weeks several years ago (before we moved to Florida), and there, the sunsets were awe-inspiring every day. The sinking ball of fire would stain the sky and clouds varying shades of orange and red as sun dropped behind the ocean. Incredible.   I found myself thinking after one such sunset, “Where has all of this been? It’s the same sun that shines on Ohio.” It’s incredible how a sunset in one location can be magnificent, and yet, non-existent in another. The only variable that determines how glorious a sunset appears is your perspective.   Perspective.   How many other things are there that would take on a whole new glory if we only changed our perspective? How about mundane everyday tasks? Or stressful and painful situations? Is there nothing we can do? Are we at the mercy of our circumstances? Or can we find a new perspective and see things in a positive light despite our circumstances?     I’m not saying ignore our negative circumstances or pretend they don’t exist. I never pretended the winter sunsets in Ohio were to-die-for. I’m saying  we can intentionally find a different perspective, a real one that exists—like the sunsets on Captiva Island, Florida.     Behind the clouds, the sun is always shining....
Time Wasted In School: The Core Classes

Time Wasted In School: The Core Classes

In part 1 of this series, I examined all of the time spent outside of class during the 7 total hours in the school building. Part 2 described the wasteful nature of electives. In part 3, we will be moving on into the core classes. Surely less time is wasted in such important classes as Math, English, Science, History, and foreign language. It's harder to actually assess how much time was wasted in these classes, as it would fluctuate depending on teacher and time of year. However, in pretty much every class I've been in, only about half the class is actually spent on actual instruction. What I've learned about teachers, is they like to talk. I may have had to teach myself most of Honors Algebra II, but I did learn a lot about my teacher's personal life, credit card debt, and opinions on social issues. For example, she once expressed her opinion that she didn't think it right that the woman should always have to take her husband's last name when married. This led to class time being consumed with debate on this issue, not mathematics. Debate is nice, but not when you're paying a lot of taxes to be taught Math. What was especially frustrating was when we would get to the end of the class time and the teacher hadn't finished teaching all the material. She would blame us for being too talkative, and then just tell us to figure out the rest of the material for ourselves and do the homework (homeschooling). Even at public school, it's up to students to learn There was no going...
Time Wasted In School: The Electives

Time Wasted In School: The Electives

Click here to read part 1: Time wasted in public school outside of class Now that we've cut away all the trimmings of public school, we can now get to the meat—the actual classes. In public school, you have the four core classes: Math, English, Science, and History. On top of these four, a foreign language—usually Spanish—is often taken, along with two other electives. I usually avoided electives when I attended public school part time, as they were deemed too wasteful by my parents and myself; however, there were a few electives that we thought would be beneficial, such as Public Speaking and ACT/SAT prep. Looking back, I didn't receive much benefit from these classes, and there was a lot of time wasted. In fact, the reason many of my peers gave for taking these two classes was that they were looking for easy electives which required little attention and came with a light homework load.   The Busy work that is Electives   In the whole semester I took Public speaking, I only had to give three real speeches. There were a total of five “speeches,” but I don't count the other two. Of these two, one speech involved reading a children’s book aloud to the class, which, in addition to making me feel pretty foolish for reading such a book to a bunch of teenagers, didn't seem like public speaking to me. I already knew how to read a children’s book. I wanted to learn public speaking, you know, like standing up and having to give a speech in front of a lot of people. But the teacher...
Time Wasted In School: Outside of Class

Time Wasted In School: Outside of Class

It's a common fear I've heard expressed among those who homeschool: too much time is wasted, or more specifically, “Are we doing as much as the public schooled kids are doing???” I'm not going to juxtapose these two different modes of education in this post; however, I will give an account of my experience in the public schools in regards to how and where time is spent to illustrate just how much time is wasted in our government-provided education institutions. I can't speak for everyone's experience in public school, all I can speak on is my own experience in the schools I was in. Now, just what kind of public schools did I attend? According to Newsweek, all three of the high schools in my school district—including the one I attended— are considered to be among the best high schools in the country. As the school district’s website says, “The district has received the State of Ohio’s highest possible rating, Excellent with Distinction, for nine consecutive years, bolstering its statewide reputation for academic and extracurricular excellence.” I attended the public elementary, middle, and high schools in this top school district. You would be hard-pressed to find better schools in the country. So if there is any public school standard you want to compare your homeschooling with, I would say you can't go wrong with my school district. And yet, as “perfect” as these schools are, the amount of time wasted is unbelievable. With this post, I decided I wanted to add up the time spent in school each day, and subtract from that total all the time wasted in...