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Homelife, Homeschooling, Parenting, tweens and teens

Parent’s Guide to The Cat Returns from Studio Ghibli

Do you have kids who are interested in anime, but you aren’t quite sure how to navigate this area of interest? It can certainly be difficult for parents who aren’t familiar with the genre.

These posts about Studio Ghibli films were created to guide you while you navigate the world of anime.

It is my desire that this particular post will serve as a guide while you enjoy The Cat Returns with your children.

As always, use your own discretion when selecting movies for your family.

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Family Connections, Homelife, Homeschooling, Parenting

Parent’s Guide to My Neighbor Totoro from Studio Ghibli

Navigating the world of anime movies can be difficult for parents when they aren’t familiar with the genre. This is one of many posts that you can use as a guide so you can enjoy many of the films from Studio Ghibli with your children. Today we present, My Neighbor Totoro

As always, use your own discretion when selecting movies for your family.

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Homeschooling, Parenting, tweens and teens

Interview Questions for Homeschooled Kids

I want our home to be a place where my kids feel free to be themselves. It is my desire that each of my children feel known and celebrated for who they are.

When it comes to homeschooling, I want our annual plan to reflect each of my children’s unique set of strengths and their own personal goals. It is my desire that they feel like an important part of the decisions made about their education.

There are lots of ways to achieve these goals but most will require a parent who is committed to communication and willing to change and grow.

In that spirit, I created a survey that I offer my kids 1-2 times a year so I can touch base with their feelings about our home and our homeschool.

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Send Help. It’s May and there is Total Parenting Chaos

The other night I was scrubbing the house. Random stuff. Cleaning the appliances. Wiping doors and molding. Scrubbing kitchen drawers.

And I overheard one of my daughters wonder out loud, “What is mom doing?”

My other daughter replied, “Oh she is stressed. Just leave her alone.”

I wanted to laugh and I wanted to cry. I am sure I have done a little bit of both since that moment.

Because it is springtime.

And all of the parenting chaos, along with all of the pollen, arrives sometime in mid-April and sticks around for a few weeks causing complete and total parenting chaos.

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Homeschooling, Parenting

But What if my Child Doesn’t Have a Passion?

It happened for each of my homeschooled girls around the age of 12. 


They began to lose interest in the activities that made their childhood full of wonder and delight.

Playing at the playground. Making crafts. Hanging out with siblings. Playing pretend. Exploring science museums.

At the same time, they weren’t sure what to do with their free time and they didn’t want to fill it with more schoolwork.

Go figure.

I know that “they” say boredom is good for kids. And I am sure it can be. But that doesn’t mean that a bored teen is going to suddenly find new interests and passions simply because they were left to be bored.

Sometimes it takes more effort than that. And that is where I found myself.

At home with bored tweens. And they weren’t finding their passions through boredom.

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Holidays, Homelife, Parenting

Encourage Your Mom Tribe on Mother’s Day

{{Originally published in 2016.}}

Remember snail mail?

I do. In fact, I used to send snail mail all. of. the. time.

I was OVERLY organized about this. I had a planner that had pockets for card storage each month. This meant I could purchase cards months ahead of time and they would be ready to sign and send.

My Gema (grandmother) and I used to laugh about my organized mailing habits because she received her birthday card on October 29 even though I was in the hospital after having a baby on October 28. (I mailed it in the morning before I went into labor)

I think that was the final birthday card that I ever sent on time. Or at all. Ever again.

Motherhood completely disrupted my overly organized methods in all areas, including my ability to recognize special occasions.  I just couldn’t keep up with cards every month anymore.

But I missed sending cards!

I enjoy writing notes of encouragement to the people who are important to me so I became determined to find a solution to my disorganization.

Then it hit me…MOTHERS DAY!

Instead of keeping up with birthdays, anniversaries, and other events all year long, I could send letters to ALL of the people once a year.

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