What I learned from homeschooling through crisis

homeschooling crisis

We’re entering our sixth year of homeschooling. More than half of our homeschooling years, so far, were marked by crisis and trauma. The feelings of my inadequacy to keep up the academic home front were strong. However, I knew in my gut that homeschooling isn’t just school at home, it is a family philosophy of sorts where life is our learning medium and academics aren’t the end all be all. Plus, I wanted to be with my kids to help them process everything that was going on in our life. In hindsight, I’m glad we stuck it out because it taught me a lot, too.

City meets County | Lesson #1

City meets county #1

We had a youth (we’ll call him Jay), who aged out of an inner city foster care system, live with us for the better part of the last year. When we started this journey (even after taking in three older children through adoption), we didn’t even know what we didn’t know. Because this also happened during a season of intense crisis for our family, it’s taken me a while to process our time and all the lessons learned let alone get to the blog about them. I was going to make it one post but decided it was better taken in small bites.

DIY Sunscreen

sunscreen blog

One could go crazy bouncing between the sunscreen-all-year-round-anytime-you-go-out-of-doors camp and the we-need-more-vitamin-D-in-our-lives-and-sunscreen-is-in-the-way camp. I haven’t really given much thought to it because I’m really not together enough to sunscreen my kids religiously–or even semi-regularly. I do know, however, that when I decide we need sunscreen I want one with minimal to no toxins. The last thing I want to do is slather my children’s largest organ with chemicals I cannot pronounce.

Turns out that #DIY #sunscreen is pretty easy and used ingredients that mostly I already had on… Click To Tweet