As an academic and an overall education junkie, the concept of homeschooling was always very appealing to me. I knew I could easily meet or exceed what was being done in the schools. Plus, my experience had already taught me I could reach my kids in a way that was best for their needs and personalities, too. Since my husband also supported independent learning, the decision was practically already made. That’s why, when he offered to take full financial responsibility for making homeschooling possible, I ended my full-time career and came home to my first two children, who were just 3 and <1 at the time (we had another child a few years later).
I initially only viewed homeschooling as a means to academic superiority. Quickly, however, I discovered the myriad of other benefits to it, too. I enjoyed the privacy and independence it brought, the flexibility in scheduling so I could work and complete outside projects, the ability to choose my kids’ friends and activities, plus the health and safety aspects of it, too. My kids were raised in freedom, but given a rigorous academic curriculum and access to full-time supervision and support. They grew into responsible, diligent and socially conscious young gentlemen who were quickly snapped up by colleges and scholarship committees not only for their grades, but also for their commitment to their individual pursuits and goals to improve the future.
I’ve never looked back on that decision to invest in my kids and create a life of learning for our whole family. It wasn’t always easy, but it has been a journey I wouldn’t trade for anything else. Even now that I’m no longer homeschooling full time, our family still does life together, seeking out each other’s company, and respecting one other for who we have evolved into being.
Because I am so passionate about homeschooling, I have had the amazing privilege of writing about it, counseling other parents, and speaking to groups of families over the years. I love sharing the secrets of our success, but I also love explaining that some things weren’t so successful, too. As I look back over the last 20+ years, I see that some of the systems I tried or developed are very much worth recommending to others — so I do. But, I can also see the things that got in the way of our success and caused me or my kids much more frustration than they were worth. Reflecting back, I see the role I played in it, too. It’s important to me to help others avoid the things I learned the hard way.
I would love to assist you as you find your place within your homeschool family, and as your pursue a top-notch education for your children. Coaching in this area can focus on academics, as I described was my focus when I initially started homeschooling, too. I specialize in homeschooling high school to college, securing big acceptance letters and big scholarships, too. Coaching can also focus on the other aspects of homeschool life, however. I teach women how to reclaim their time and smoothly transition throughout the day, still meeting goals and reaching their highest potentials, but without the exhaustion or burnout they may be at risk for.
Standing for your excellence without overwhelm,