Category Archives: Challenges

Hard Lessons

We live in a neighborhood that is in transition. That’s a nice way of saying that we live in an area that is; labeled as blighted is often a dumping ground for the unwanted sometimes called the ‘hood (even by … Continue reading

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Not That Kind of Gross

This morning I was looking up the requirements/restrictions on claiming an elderly parent as your dependent. Em peered over my shoulder, “Gross income? That’s silly.” Homograph This Homographs are words that are spelled the same and sound the same but … Continue reading

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Teaching Responsibility

Apparently, it is crunch time in my daughter’s little academic world. And it is interesting to see how she reacts to it. Menopause has its benefits – I’m far more patient now than I used to be. If I were … Continue reading

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How About a Mental Health Day? (and other stories)

As the weeks and months have marched on, I can see clearly the path that this blog will be taking. I’m sharing that vision, along with an Em update, below… Great Grades “Hey Mama, I almost forgot, here’s my quarterly … Continue reading

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Raising a Strong Woman

I have been thinking about strength and resiliency lately. What it takes to be strong, to bend with life’s misfortunes, to not break. And, raising a daughter, this has been especially important to me. I don’t want her to be … Continue reading

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What Did You Learn Today?

Having my dad living with us has continued to provide me with powerful lessons – moments that reveal to me my own shortcomings, mannerisms and attitudes handed down to me by my parents. One of them – the compulsion to … Continue reading

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Fits and Starts

Today Em will be back at Whittier. I slept poorly for the second night in a row, my thoughts occupied with running through our options… try again with Kauffman return to Whittier augment Whittier with a touch of homeschool during … Continue reading

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The Official First Day of School

Overall, Em’s first day of school went well, except for one concern, and it is a big one. At least for me. Em has two Language Arts teachers, Ms. L, who is her homeroom teacher, and Mrs. W. As I … Continue reading

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Changes – Here, There and Everywhere

  You may have read the last entry and thought “end of an era.” And you may have figured there would be no more entries. And perhaps it is. And perhaps there won’t be. But I doubt it. For now, … Continue reading

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And This is Where I Cry “Uncle”

Before 1997, I hadn’t even heard of the word “homeschooling.” I moved back home to Kansas City, Missouri when I was 27, with my almost nine-year-old in tow. Down the street from us was an odd-shaped house full of children. … Continue reading

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