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I know that I keep bringing up home/school/life, the magazine I’m writing a column for, again and again. I’m just so impressed with what editor Amy Sharony is pulling together with a staff that could fit around a dining room table—and I mean one without the extra leaf installed. Her team is working hard to get this thing off the ground, to expand their readership, and I believe so much in the project that I’d like to help them.

(A little preview, just for you readers: my column in the upcoming issue is a letter from me now to the just-beginning-to-homeschool, seventeen-years-ago me. I had so much to tell that earnest, naïve young mother! Advice on everything from math to teachers’ plan books. On what does and doesn’t matter, in the long run.)

I would love for you to check out the magazine. I’ll make it easy, for ten of you at least. I have ten free downloads of the current issue. Leave a comment here in the next week, before midnight Pacific Time on Thursday, September 18. I’ll have a random number generator select ten comments, and I’ll pass along those free download codes.

We may as well have some fun with those comments. In your comment, tell us a favorite bit of homeschooling or parenting advice. Just a quick line or two is fine. I don’t want to keep you from commenting because I’m asking for too much.

Let’s pretend that we’re gathered around the dining room table, dishing.

Comments are now closed, and winners will be contacted via email. If you’re just arriving here now,  enjoy the fantastic advice offered in the comments!


the hardest part

September 2, 2014
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Coming home to the empty bedroom is the hardest part. She took all the things she loved, and cleaned up the rest. Filled bags with old Vans and ballet flats to donate. Now her room looks like a fake teenage bedroom in a suburban housing tract model home. The week before she left, she brought [...]

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i have a picture of you on my heart

August 5, 2014
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I’ve been rereading my mother’s journals for an essay that I’m working on, and rediscovering nuggets like these: H at three, when I asked him to put away one set of toys before taking out another: “I’m not into that.” Lulu at five, working out the nuances of words: “Is plump a nicer way to [...]

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summer reading

July 3, 2014
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“Which is all well and glorious, these homeschooling days of wonder. But there are other days wracked with a whole different sort of wonder, particularly if you are a parent. Why can’t he write a paragraph by himself if schoolkids his age can? Should I push her to read instead of listening to audiobooks for [...]

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this is 49

June 9, 2014
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Recently I had a birthday. Also recently I read This is 38, a post I loved from Lindsey Mead on being, well, thirty-eight.  And then I read This is 57, from Cynthia Newberry Martin. Here’s one for the decade in between. This is 49. 49 is watching my oldest graduate from college. 49 is not [...]

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just another witness to homeschooling

May 2, 2014
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I’m kicking off this post with a quote from a pope. I’ll bet that wasn’t what you expected when you showed up here today, and I hope you’ll bear with me. I’m going somewhere with this, and it has nothing to do with religion. Last Sunday at Mass, this line came up in the homily. [...]

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lemony snicket is our man

April 7, 2014
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Since we’ve been talking about college application essays, I might also add that Lulu wrote two application essays on Lemony Snicket. Apparently this was a bad idea, as she got wait-listed at both schools. Then again, one might assume that a school which wait-lists applicants who write essays on Lemony Snicket has a severe lack [...]

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in which she bashes traditional schooling

March 31, 2014
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photo by Lulu When we last met here, I was tearing my hair out at the wait for Lulu’s college application results. I knew there might be a few restless nights of sleep involved, but I never imagined how much I would worry about the essay she’d written for her Common App. L. heard from [...]

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the wait

March 21, 2014
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It’s mid-March and a hellish time if you happen to be seventeen or eighteen years old and have applied to colleges. Some colleges have started sending out their acceptances and rejections, via email and sometimes letter. Most are coming in the next week or so. Meanwhile my girl waits, on the very precipice of the [...]

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