As a woman who has already spent years researching and collecting what I like to have around to educate my kids with, I wanted to put together a list here for those who are feeling anxious or unsteady about being suddenly responsible for their child's education at home. This post is purely a resource post, but I will be following it up with some posts on common feelings as you settle into homeschooling, how to keep your kids motivated, and how to take care of your own mental health so you don't feel like banging your head against the wall constantly. Schooling at home can be a really beautiful thing, but it can also be very hard to navigate and acclimate to. Having a decent set of resources can really help everyone ENJOY their learning and add a little magic to the homeschool experience!
smarter the next time. So when my voice starts telling me I'm "less than", I remind myself that so many brilliant people have felt that before, so this is my reminder to persist. Maybe tweak things a little and examine where I need to make some changes, but still, persist.
All that being said, last week, I took a nosedive. Deep into my perceived failures. My house is messy. The dishes are piling up and on every counter. I haven't posted a blog post since Christmas. Urine is splattered around the toilets (because 3 boys). I am not getting as much done on my website or blog as I thought I would during my slow photography season. I'm finally exercising again when I can, but the pounds aren't coming off like they used to and my muscles all feel weird and rebellious. The floor under my kitchen table ALWAYS looks like a landfill. Am I covering everything I need to with homeschool? Will my kid transition well when we switch from homeschool to regular school? My kids are watching too many screens. I managed to miss two photo deadlines, AGAIN. And is it really already time to cook another EFFING MEAL?!
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If you are losing the clutter battle in your home, employ these techniques that I've honed through blood, sweat, and tears. And beer. And tears. And more beer.
At Reverie Home Collective, we're tired of traditional gift-buying guides for Father's Day. We know there are dads that love grilling, local beer, and chopping wood in your "dad plaid".
But we also know that there are dads that love drawing, cooking, designing, child-rearing, lounging around, etc, etc, ETC. Of course there isn't one type of dad (and frankly, it's insulting to think there is).
You dads are a dynamic bunch, and we set about to find something special for each of you.
We are a family living in a quirky-charming home on a handful of acres in Southern Wisconsin. We are on a 15 year plan to renovate our home slowly, working out of my prairie-side photography studio (Reverie Photography), homeschooling our boys, and finding ways to feed us around my son's endless list of food allergies. We tend to take life, break some rules, and live how we want...having an exhausting but magical time together. Reverie Home Collective is a space for all of us, but mainly me, to share our experiences - from the helpful to the embarrassing - with you all. Thanks for joining us here and thanks for putting up with my ironic ability to overshare about our introverted existence!