Not all daughters turn into their mothers

My dad is a planner, a list maker, an organizer, a rule regulator and a contract creator. As a kid, I loathed the "family meetings", the inescapable discussions about curfews or "house rules", and the endless lectures if you broke any of those rules. I didn't just push the boundaries, I tried to re-draw them, … Continue reading Not all daughters turn into their mothers

Things I don’t say out loud

Outside the closed door, voices trickled down the hall. The Hare sat in a chair, feet planted firmly on the edge, legs bent while balancing an electronic game on her knees. I waited patiently on the doctor's table. As I tightened my pony tail, the slickness of my hair reminded me that I hadn't washed … Continue reading Things I don’t say out loud

Be Enough Me: Now What?

School has been in session for about three weeks now. It has been a series of late nights and early mornings. Homeschooling feels like a full-time job. I prep lesson plans, set out supplies, create projects and deadlines. I have even started planning field trips and special rewards for completed units. Laundry and housekeeping wait … Continue reading Be Enough Me: Now What?

Home-school hit our house like a tornado

The last five years I enjoyed cleaning my house, doing laundry, meal planning and grocery shopping while both of my children were at school. Completing a run or workout, taking a shower, and getting some writing done was also a piece of cake in a quiet, organized house. I knew that homeschooling The Hare this … Continue reading Home-school hit our house like a tornado

Where summer ends and school begins

Late nights of snuggling in my bed with the kids, watching television or movies, still smelling of suntan lotion and lake water, will be replaced by set bedtime and routine. Waking up hours after the sun rises, staying in our pajamas until noon and eating breakfast for lunch, will be replaced by brutally honest alarm … Continue reading Where summer ends and school begins