How to help your young entrepreneur start a small business

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Written by Kara S. Anderson.

During the summer, my daughter came to me and told me that she wanted to buy a computer.

She’s a writer and poet, and she wanted a laptop.

And she wanted to buy it herself.

My kids have always wanted jobs. They’ve asked to do lemonade stands, and they’ve asked to do dog walking, which was a little outside of my comfort zone because I don’t let them go beyond our block.

A child becoming a dog walker basically meant I was becoming a dog walker supervisor, and I already have a job that I love, thankyouverymuch.

But this time, my daughter had another, bigger idea.

She wanted to start a candle company.

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Soup on the Sidelines: An Ode to My Crockpot

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Soup on the Sidelines: An Ode to My Crockpot

Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

In a recent episode of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast, Kara and I chatted about my fall survival strategy: Soup on the Sidelines. And then it came up again in our last episode.  And then I had a listener ask me to explain Soup on the Sidelines in more detail.

Here it is, you guys.

Buuuuut…

I have to tell you something first: I don’t really love to cook.

wish I did, but I don’t.

And if we are being really, truly, super-duper honest here: I spend more time dancing in my kitchen than I do cooking in it.

(True story.)

What I’m trying to say is that Soup on the Sidelines is less Martha Stewart and more S.O.S.

Soup on the Sidelines has saved my bacon this fall. So, if this post helps one frazzled sister out there, this post was worth it.

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Live your reality, not your Instagram feed

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Written by Kara S. Anderson

Join me in an experiment:

While reading this post, I want you to open up Instagram. And I want you to scroll …

I want you to think about how you feel as you see the images go past. Are you jealous? Are you sad you didn’t do that thing, whatever it is, when your kids were younger?

Do you feel less-than?

How often are you able to be genuinely happy for the people you see in your feed without adding something to your mental to-do list, or feeling bad?

Now, I want you to look around your home. I want you to think about your kids, and your circumstances.

Because today I want to talk about what I think is one of the keys to successful homeschooling – living your actual reality.

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How to Create a Lazy Unit Study in 5 Steps

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Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

In a recent episode of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast, Kara and I chatted about trying to get back into the September swing of things.

At the time, we were both knee-deep in interest-driven unit studies. Kara’s kids were all about survivalism and camping, while my kiddos were on a nutrition kick.

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What camping teaches kids

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Written by Kara Anderson

Sometimes I get kind of crazy ideas, and then later freak out about those ideas.

In the first episode of this season, I shared how we were doing a camping/survival/outdoors unit study – it seemed like such a good idea because my kids were so into it.

But then one night I woke up around 4 a.m. thinking to myself that camping is not school, and maybe I needed to scrap the whole thing and buy some math textbooks and finally learn the Timeline Song.

Luckily, what I’ve learned about kid-related -4 a.m.-panic-wake-ups is that the next day, my kids usually do something great that reminds me that we’re OK; and that probably my kids will not end up as Baby Drivers.

That happened – and so I decided to double-down and we booked a cabin for our first-ever Anderson Family Camping Expedition.

We didn’t get crazy – there was a gas station 2 minutes away from the campground, and our cabin had an air conditioner.

BUT, it was the perfect start for us and guess what – it showed me that kids (and adults, ahem … ) really can learn a lot from camping.

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High School through Preschool: How We Manage Multiple Ages

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High School through Preschool: How We Manage Multiple Ages {A Guest Post from Alicia Hutchinson, Founder of Learning Well Community} | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

Written by Alicia Hutchinson of Learning Well Community

I homeschool a freshman in high school. I also homeschool a preschooler. People ask me all the time how we homeschool multiple ages.

Hahahahahaha! I have no idea.

We just do. And somehow, the one-room schoolhouse thing actually works. I’m just going to be honest and tell you that we had a total groove thang going on with my then 11, 8, and 5 year old. But I went and threw another baby into the mix and yes, it’s been a little challenging learning how to mesh all these people.

High School Through Preschool {Guest Post by Alicia Hutchinson of the Learning Well Community} | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

Now, we have a 15-, 11- (will be 12 this summer), 9-, and 4-year-old residing in the Hutchinson Academy of Learning and yes! It can be done!

I’m not going to say it’s easy, because it’s probably been the hardest part of homeschooling since my youngest was two or so. But I’ve also been at this homeschooling gig for long enough to know that each year is different and current circumstances don’t mean forever circumstances. And choosing to press forward rather than throw in the towel has it’s rewards.

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Summer School for Homeschool Moms

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Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

I’m sending myself to summer school this year, you guys.

First, allow me to back up a bit…

Last week, Kara and I had a chat about what I like to call Poolside Professional Development.

Before I was a homeschool mom, I was a school psychologist in Boston… and I loved professional development days. I always returned home feeling rejuvenated and inspired.

The problem is, homeschool moms don’t get professional development days. No one is going to pay for me to attend a conference in the big city.

But homeschool mamas need time to plan and feel inspired and rejuvenated too.

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Homeschooling Essentialism: Make Things Simple Again

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Written by Kara S. Anderson.

Cait and I post sometimes over at a place called Simple Homeschool. We both love it over there – we love the community Jamie has created, and the mission behind Simple Homeschool.

Still, sometimes I make homeschooling more complicated than it needs to be. I’ll see something another homeschooling family is doing, and think we need to do that too. I will forget about our particular strengths and weaknesses, and try to do something that isn’t our thing.

Or I’ll just try to do too much. I’ll set my expectations really high, and then get frustrated when we inevitably crash and burn.

And so recently, I picked up my worn copy of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown, and I decided to read it specifically as a homeschooling mom.

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Easy Summer Learning for Homeschoolers, After-Schoolers, and Lifelong Learners

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Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

We are year-round homeschoolers. We didn’t plan to homeschool year-round, but the again we never planned to homeschool.

Year-round homeschooling works for our family for several reasons:

  • Philosophy- I believe that we are learning all the time
  • Maternal anxiety reduction- I second-guess myself less often when we learn in the summer months
  • Cooperation levels- I have learned, time and time again, that my children do not transition easily from no structure to more structure. It backfires every time.

And although we homeschool year-round, our homeschool routine goes through seasons. 

Summer is just… lighter. Our summer homeschool routine is flexible. We can school on the patio, at the lake, by the pool, in the car. Continue reading