Stop Counting Raisins: Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude at Home

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Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

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Flabbergasted, I turn to meet his eyes. “Did you just count the raisins?” Continue reading

Worry is Like a Car Alarm: Homeschooling Worriers

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Worry is Like a Car Alarm: Homeschooling Worriers

Let’s face it: Who can focus on math with a mind full of worries? In this episode, Cait and Kara discuss what it is like to homeschool little worriers.

Are you parenting a World-Class Worrier? Do you have a child who asks BIG questions in the middle of the night? Are you homeschooling a child who struggles with fears? Please know that you are not alone. Your sisters are in the trenches with you and in this episode, they share tips, tricks, and resources to try with your little worriers. Continue reading

When a LOVE of reading unfolds slowly

When a love of reading unfolds slowly

Written by Kara Anderson 

I took a picture.

Not one to share, not even one on my phone or camera because lately that doesn’t always go over so well. (Growing up and all that.)

But I took a little mental picture and deposited it in my brain bank.

Because it was good and special and important. Continue reading

I Want a Milkshake: When Dad Works A Lot

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The Homeschool Sisters Podcast #3:

I Want a Milkshake: When Dad Works a Lot

In this episode of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast, Cait and Kara discuss what it is like when dad works or travels a lot.

It can be stressful to be the only adult on duty, 24/7. Bedtime becomes more challenging, washing machines break, and the last thing you want to think about is dinner.

Cait and Kara have been there, too, and they have some survival strategies to help you through it. From games to fantastic audiobooks to dinner picnics, we’ve got you covered! Continue reading

Mothering A Worrier

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Mothering a Worrier What Your Little Worrier Needs to Know

Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

Something happens this time of year. Somewhere between the sandy toes and the watermelon slices, the worry creeps in.

Usually after dark.

Summer is supposed to be an endless string of leisurely days filled with swimming and catching fireflies and eating popsicles and reading your weight in delicious books. Continue reading

What’s That Noise! Summer Survival Strategies

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The Homeschool Sisters Podcast #2:

What’s That Noise! Summer Survival Strategies

The transition to summer can be a tricky one. Finding a rhythm that works for all members of your family is no small feat. As a homeschool mom who has been running full throttle all year long, you need a break. But is a break even possible? While you fantasize about ice cream sandwiches and leisurely summer reading on the front porch, your children might be craving more structure and routine. Continue reading

Reclaiming Sundays

Written by Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera

I have a lot of “things” that I think are just-me-things.

And one of those things for a long time was something I thought of as Sunday Night Panic.

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I recently saw it described as “Smonday” – that moment when the weekend becomes the start of a new week, and you know it’s happened because you can feel it, and also, maybe you’re kind of yelling at everyone. Continue reading

We’re Out of Bread: Homeschool Overwhelm

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We’re Out of Bread: Homeschool Overwhelm

In this first episode of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast, Cait and Kara discuss homeschool overwhelm.

As homeschooling moms, it can be a challenge to balance everything! From homeschooling to laundry to dinner to self-care, it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed and overextended.

But not to worry, we’ve got some ideas! From brain dumps and bullet journaling to Cait’s Year of Nope, your sisters are on your side. (But out of bread, because life.) Continue reading

The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

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The Homeschool Sisters Podcast is Coming Soon!

Cait and Kara are two homeschooling moms doing this homeschooling thing out right beside you. On this podcast, we talk about real life homeschooling, books, caffeine addiction and surviving and thriving through these wonderful years.

We don’t have it all figured out, but one thing we know for sure is that homeschooling is a lot easier when you have a sister by your side. Continue reading

The Year of Nope

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Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies.

I am someone you can count on.

A friend.

A helper.

A good girl.

When I set my mind to do something, you can bet I’m going to do it well. And if you ask me to help you with something, you can be doubly sure that I’m going to knock that ball clear out of the park.

It’s in my blood to help the heck out of things. Ask me to give you a hand and of course I’ll say yes. It’s what I do…  Continue reading