Homeschool Education – Is it a Radical Or Right Choice? – Homeschooling

Is it really a radical choice for parents to decide to homeschool? Or should we applaud these parents for making the right choice about their children’s education?Some parents nowadays are thinking-out-of-the-box to make sure that their children don’t have only the best education but possess also the right values, principles and attitude toward life. There is an apparent increase in the number of homeschooled students. According to U.S. Department of Education, there are approximately 1,096,000 students who were educated at home in spring of 2003. It is a big leap (approximately 29% increase) compared to spring of 1999 which has only an estimated 850,000 homeschoolers.Let us delve as to why more parents are now taking the radical choice of opting for homeschool education for their children.Away from school bullying. This is one of the primary reasons cited by parents who homeschooled their children. School bullying is very prevalent nowadays. The National Youth Violence Prevention stated that there are over 5.7 million youth who are bullied at school. It is about 30% of total youth population in the United States.It is a disturbing situation with a negative impact to children being bullied at school. Bullied students live a stressful life as they become fearful with possible bullying incidents again. They are scared to be alone like being in the bathroom or in the hallway. Victims will have less interest in attending school also and even the task of riding a bus becomes a terrifying activity.This results in depression, low self-esteem, physical illness, loneliness and in worst cases, suicidal thoughts.Most bullied children also find it difficult to learn at school as they struggle coping with their fear and anxiety. They can hardly focus in the classroom.Other Safety Concerns. Homeschooler parents are worried about the safety of their children in the traditional school. Safety concerns include drugs, negative peer pressure and accidents. Some isolated cases include children being gunned down or murdered at school. Children’s safety at school is unpredictably at stake.Some homeschooler parents perceived that homeschooled children are safer compared to children attending a regular school.Quality Learning. Parents are the primary teacher and models of the children. A ratio of one teacher to two or three students makes a huge difference in the quality of education delivered to a teacher handling 30 to 40 children in a regular classroom.Also, the fact that it is their children, education is more personalized and the result is far better. Schedules for homeschool are flexible also so children are not forced to wake up early to catch the school bus and options for what the children want to learn for the day are possible.Better Person. Parents always want to instill good values to their children. It is one of their intention and hope that their children become a better person but when children attend a regular school, parents can no longer control the other factors such friends, schoolmates and school environment. These are external factors that can influence the children either positively or negatively.Oftentimes children acquire attitudes from their friends at school. Children are vulnerable to adapting certain manners or attitudes which are relative to the kind of friends or clique they mingle and hang out with. On some occasions, they are negatively influence because of peer pressure. For the child to be part of the group or to be labeled ‘cool’ at school, sometimes they do things out of their way.Parents of homeschoolers prefer to train and raise their children the way they would have wanted them to be. They believe that they are more effective in instilling moral and religious values.24/7. This is the best advantage of homeschool. Parents are with their children 24 hours a day 7 days a week.Experience parents always encourage new parents to spend as much time as they can with their children especially in their growing years. This is the stage where children are still dependent to their parents. Once they reach puberty, they now prefer to spend time with their peers and once they reach adulthood, they will spend more time with colleagues, friends and at work.Strong bond. As parents and children spend more time together than the average parents whose children are attending a regular school, the opportunity to develop profound bond and strengthened relationship is inevitable.Homeschool reinforces the value of family.Flexibility. There are parents who are always mobile because of work related issue. Some parents find homeschool very convenient because it allows them to travel without much constraint. Travelling can be planned anytime as there are no worries of missing the classes or interrupting school activities.It indeed gives more flexibility to parents and children to travel.Without doubt, homeschool education offers many benefits to your children and to you as parents though critics always question the socialization life of the homeschool children. Are they really being deprived of their socialization skills?Homeschool curriculum nowadays have supplement activities like pottery classes, museum visits, karate classes and so on. There are many institutions also that offer and organize different activities for homeschool children. If you can just do a little research and get connected with the right network or community of homeschoolers, you will be amazed with the available socialization opportunities for homeschool children.Socialization is not limited at school only. There are so many venues that children can develop their socialization skills.So, is it really a radical or right choice to homeschool? Parents know their children better than anyone else and so does the answer to this question.Statistics Resources: www.safeyouth.org, www.ed.gov

Homeschooling – My Story – Homeschooling

There are many roads to homeschooling. Mine started with a conviction that it was a good thing to do. Why had I formed this conviction? Well I had been homeschooled by my mother before she sent me away to boarding school at the grand ol’ age of seven! Yes, I hear you gasp, she had no choice we lived in “woop-woop” so this was a fact of life for me and many of my contemporaries. Actually boarding school wasn’t such a bad place – in many ways it was one of the best schooling experiences I had, and by time I left school I’d had plenty of those. Three years into my schooling career we moved and I then attended a church-based day school. It wasn’t bad either really but before I moved on to Secondary School, we moved again and I ended my primary schooling and did my Secondary schooling at government day schools. By the end I had sampled a fair range – three countries, six schools, day and boarding, private and state.When theoretical merged with practical, the choice became a little blurred. Would I be wise to homeschool my beautiful baby girl or send her to school with all her little friends? I had a few years to think about that I reasoned. When she was about 2 years old, I took her to be examined by a specialist in ADD/ADHD disorders. “Yes” he said, “I’d have no trouble diagnosing her ADD”. Now was my beautiful girl going to wear a label throughout her life – NOT if I had anything to do with it. The wavering was over – despite the legislative hurdles at the time homeschooling was in.To begin with being a law-abiding citizen I had trouble coming to terms with the common understanding in the community that homeschooling was only legal if one was a teacher. Of course this was erroneous – I had every right to educate my children as I wished providing that they were educated, that’s why I live in a democracy!I attended my first homeschooling conference and approached a man whom I knew had been homeschooling for quite a number of years, he had a large family and some were even grown up and successful. “I wish to homeschool, how do I start?” It surely must be the question everyone asks. He looked me up and down and said: “Just do it.” Disappointed at the reaction and lack of purposeful direction I wandered away. What he said makes a great deal of sense now at the end of my journey but made very little at the beginning.By the time my little darling was five, I decided to start, figuring that I had a year to try homeschooling and if I failed miserably she could always just go to school. So I started schooling at home – now forgive me if I say that there is a world of difference between school at home and homeschool, but let me explain. School is mass education, up to six hours a day, particular subjects taught in a particular way – homeschooling is tailored solution – tailored to the teacher, tailored to the students, flexible and one-on-one. It was a journey from schooling at home to homeschooling and it took me a little while to figure it out.It was a bit of a struggle finding suitable material – in fact some I just couldn’t find, especially for the early reading, writing and spelling; so I helped write it! Thus I started as a partner in a literacy business.There were days when I thought it was all too hard, that I was not doing my children justice, that they’d be better going to school, that homeschooling was cramping my style because my children were with me 24/7. As I started finding material I was comfortable with (some of which was out of print – good teaching material is always ‘in date’ even if it’s ‘out of print’), and settled into a routine, it became easier. Funny thing was that every time I doubted some little thing would happen to give me determination to continue my path. Something like seeing a contemporary’s schoolwork and realizing my children could do better, or hearing school horror stories at the various social group meetings we attended.Day followed day and year followed year. As my children became high school age, I gave them the choice to continue homeschooling or attend high school. They all chose homeschooling, doing TAFE short courses as well as their schooling. When time came to go onto tertiary education, they had no trouble doing what they wanted to do. The first chose animation, the second hairdressing. The third is looking at real estate as a career and the fourth – well she’s got a couple of years yet to think about it. Looking back over the time now – hindsight is 20/20 – homeschooling is one decision I will never regret. It was one thing I did SO right.What always bemused me was the reaction I got from people when I told them I homeschooled. The most common question was “What about their socialization?” I often wondered if people asking the question really understood the meaning of the word. I wondered whether people really thought that we lived like hermits, shut away from the world, and shunning society. The answer I heard which I liked best was that if God intended children be mass socialized they’d be born in litters – however that didn’t suit every audience! Over the twenty years I’ve been homeschooling the attitude of people has changed from being quite hostile to one of admiration. Now I think I probably am doing what others lack the courage to do.Another question I got from homeschoolers and others alike was: “What are you going to do when they get to University?” I did endless research on the subject which just confirmed the process we eventually went through when my eldest tried to get into her animation course. Having picked a course she lodged her form with the Tertiary admissions centre with this course in first place. When the offers came out she’d been given her fourth place offer. She contacted the TAFE concerned and they asked if she had a student number – she had as she’d done short courses! Good they said, you are a continuing student. She also found it bemusing that her teachers and students in her class often commented that she “did so well considering she’d been homeschooled” – quite what that meant she didn’t have a clue! If you want to do something badly enough you will find a way to do that – if getting to university is your goal, I’ve no doubt you will achieve it.At the end of the road what was the most important things? Good discipline was certainly one of those – I would never recommend homeschooling to parents who cannot keep order and authority at home – that would make for a very unpleasant journey. Communication is important – your children will go through all the teenage angst but always leave the door open, and teach them never to let the sun set on their anger. Children are masters of justice – they are happy to go along with it if it is fair.Remember that the bedrock of education is literacy. Children (and adults) can educate themselves in anything if they can read, write and spell. It makes life a lot easier if they have basic numeracy – times tables, place value and understanding of the basic arithmetic functions. Recognize learning situations – far from keeping your children insulated from society, let them embrace it as the learning environment it is, challenge them to move out of their comfort zones – their security is to have you along for the experience. Keep it simple; do it well.

Homeschooling Isn’t What it Used to Be, Or is It? – Homeschooling

Home education in North America is changing, and I’m not sure that it’s for the better. Much of what I observe through working with homeschooling families is very different from what I experienced with my own children several years ago. Today, I would like to open a discussion and perhaps get some feedback from some of you.When I began homeschooling almost twenty years ago, we were a rare breed. There were so few people teaching their children at home that the average person had never heard of it, nor could people understand why we would make such an unusual educational choice. I remember being shy when discussing schooling at home, and when people asked me what I was doing, I mumbled nervously.In time, I developed confidence and my attitude changed from apologetic to proud. I became an ambassador of home education. The more responsible, outgoing homeschooled kids that I met, the more I wanted to shout to a critical world, “Socialization be hanged! Look at these kids!”In the early days of this movement, parents wanted to know why and how to homeschool before they would commit. I can’t remember anyone who casually agreed to do it. No way! In order to pull your children out of school twenty years ago, you had to be radically different, solidly focused or just plain crazy. Never did I hear anyone say, “Oh, heck! Let’s just homeschool this year and see how it goes.”Today, homeschooling is almost commonplace. It seems that everyone knows someone who homeschools, and unfortunately, it also seems as if all of us know someone who has homeschooled poorly. Stories abound of that one, odd homeschooling family that someone knew from someplace. Although not everyone understands it or accepts it, the concept itself no longer seems weird. It no longer shocks anyone. And it no longer requires naked courage to take it on.Because it’s acceptable, it’s so much easier to try it out. A person doesn’t need a burning passion, a firm commitment or a solid philosophy. In fact, many new homeschoolers don’t even know why homeschooling is a good option or how to homeschool well because they have never taken the time to find out. They don’t need to, because they aren’t risking as much today. Rather than studying to find out how to succeed, many just jump in and hope for the best.I remember reading piles of books, attending support group meetings and visiting homeschooling families before I agreed to take it on. I spent an entire summer investigating. It wasn’t an easy sell, but once I was sold on the idea, I charged forward–scared but determined, inexperienced but equipped.Not so today. At least, not everyone. And so we have many people homeschooling for the wrong reasons. And I would have to add that there are many homeschoolers who should not be doing it. Might I say that homeschooling is not for everyone? I hate to say it, but in some of the cases that I have seen in the past five to ten years, the kids would have been better off in public school.Now that I have made such a bold statement, I’m going to leave the discussion and let you mull it over. I hope that some of you will post comments.In my next article, I will continue my thoughts and tell you why I, a committed homeschooler, would dare to speak such heresy.

Should You Buy Home Ice Cream Makers? – Buying Home

Ice cream is one of those snacks that feel good in the mouth no matter what time of year it is. It will cool you on a hot summer day, comfort you in the cold winter and you can enjoy as much of it as you want in the spring and autumn. Regardless of the type, slimming or fattening, this dessert is delightful in the mouth.The trend in many homes today is making their own delicious ice cream or other desserts to complement the meals being served for dinner. Owning an home maker is exciting and liberating. There are some things you must consider before buying home ice cream makers:How often do you eat ice cream?
If you do not eat that much, home ice cream makers will only serve to enhance the décor of your kitchen. Be honest when faced with the decision to buy or not to buy. Are you buying it because all your friends are buying? If however you or your kids are an addict, by all means get one. Whipping huge amounts of it will be cheaper than buying. Only be ready to dedicate some hours to preparing the ingredients, if you are using a manual maker. An electric one works faster and is a better option if you are short of time.Is there enough space in your kitchen for this home maker?
Unless you will be making this delicious dessert for a couple of people only, small home ice cream makers will not be of much help. If you will be whipping up for lots of people, then you need a bigger machine with a much higher capacity. If your kitchen is squeezed, you may have to look for another room in the house with more space, where your machine can fit. This is something you must determine before making your purchase, otherwise you won’t have a place to store it when you bring it to your squeezed home.Other things you must put into consideration when you shopping for this home maker are price and availability of ingredients. The two are dependent upon your budget. Keep searching until you find a good quality machine whose price fits within your budget range. Be sure also that you can get the ingredients needed to make a variety of flavors locally and at a cheap price. This way you get to save more.

Buying Homes For Sale By Owner: The Pros And Cons Of Doing This – Buying Home

A good number of people are interested in buying homes for sale by owner or FSBO homes. Buying these types of properties are sometimes inevitable because of the agent’s unwillingness to do negotiations with owners. Let’s take a look at the different pros and cons of buying homes for sale by owner that you need to keep in mind before you decide to do so.More Profit From Negotiation Without The Presence Of A Buyer’s AgentThe process buying a FSBO house usually involves negotiating without any help from a buyer’s agent. This can really be advantageous for the buyer since the buyer’s agent will charge him a commission. The agent will be paid a certain percentage of the sale price of the property as a commission. Aside from this, the buyer’s agent will also be entitled to get a percentage of the difference between the listed price and the purchase price. Moreover, hourly fees as well as promotional expenses add up to the tab.It’s important to take note that the buyer’s agent won’t gain any benefit from getting the buyer the best deal because the commission that he’s going to get will be based on the purchase price. Because of this, the agent may be tempted to forget the best interests of the buyer. A good advantage of having a buyer’s agent on the other hand is that this real estate professional can help market the buyer as someone who’s serious about buying a property while helping him handle paperwork and other important legalities. A good agent will appraise the property and will try really hard to get the best deal for the buyer without thinking about loss of commission.Advantages And Disadvantages Of Negotiating With An OwnerDoing direct negotiations with an owner can be really advantageous since the seller’s agent won’t be present in the scene. This decreases the chances of the price of the property from increasing because of the agent’s attempt to gain more commission. Through this, the buyer can expect that he’s going to spot a lot of cheap properties for sale. However, there’s a danger of the owner not being reasonable enough and him overestimating the value of his property. Because of this, negotiations can become harder and the buyer may be forced to reconsider his offer.It is evident that buying FSBO homes involve quite a number of challenges for people who are aspiring homeowners. The seller, on the other hand, also needs to handle the task of marketing his property without the help of an agent. This is why FSBO homes are advised to people who are confident about buying properties without any help from an agent.

What’s the Best Time of Year to Buy Home Improvement Products? – Buying Home

Completing a future home improvement project while saving money takes an inordinate amount of planning. So when is the best time of the year to tackle those home projects that will ensure you save money while in the process of improving your home and biggest investment in your life?What’s the Best Time of Year to Buy Home Improvement Products?Generally the best time of year to stock up on home improvement products is during holidays. Retailers try to capitalize on the increased foot track with appealing discounts. If you can plan far enough ahead you can save thousands of dollars on large-scale projects. Next, when the season’s change, you will find mark downs as stores clear out the old merchandise to make room for the next seasons products. Know your wheelbarrow needs to be replaced? Make it last through the summer and you can save up to 25-50% by buying one in September.Discontinued patterns can also be snagged at a large discount. Not sold on any particular pattern? Ask your local tile store where the discontinued tile is. Just be sure to buy a few extra to ensure you can make it through your project taking into account possible breakage, plan on 2-3%.Purchase a product for your home renovation December-March to take advantage of the typical slow time for renovation sales. Come fall, contractors are completely booked as people return from vacations and try to prepare their home for the upcoming holiday season.Looking to Upgrade Your Home Décor?The best time to shop for new décor is during July when discounts are generally 25-50% off due to the early summer peak wedding season. Retailers offer bargains to attract wedding registrants and guests alike. Linens on the other hand are cheapest in January when “white sales” can net you up to 60% off. Plus new bedroom sheets are a great way to give a room a fresh look for a small investment. April and may are great times to buy cookware as stores try to capitalize on sales to new graduates. Additionally, October and November are great times as stores run sales in hopes of capturing buyers gearing up for their holiday festivities.Beat the Heat on your Wallet by Tackling Projects in the Summer!The best paint bargains can be found during those times of the year that people don’t want to be outside in the heat painting. Those are the summer months of June through August. If you’re planning any fall renovations or hosting people over the holidays, buy paint in the summer for the best deal. Additionally buying your garden items at the end of summer can save you a substantial amount of money as Garden Centers clear out summer inventory in September, generally offer 30-50% discounts.Hardware – Father’s Day is a great time to shop for new hardware. Stores regularly mark down prices to take advantage of all the manly shopping. Thanksgiving and Christmas are also good times to buy because retailers have sales to clear out merchandise.How about Inside the Home?Start the year by scouring for deals when special financing is available to help after your increased holiday spending. Window treatments from blinds and shutters to drapes and shades are an easy way to spruce up your look. Now we better spruce up those floors and waiting until the end of the year in late November and December will secure your bargain flooring finds when retailers slash prices to close out the year.If you take the time to plan out your home projects with your calendar year you can save a substantial amount of money in your home repairs, both inside and out. Don’t forget to remain flexible in your search for the best deals. Be ready to choose a different patter, style, or color and you can net even more savings. Plus if you spot a good deal but don’t yet have the project planned, consider investing now to save for your future renovation. Happy home improvement season!

Personal Training and Homeschooling – It’s Not Just For the Gym – Homeschooling

After attending a local gym recently and working with a personal trainer, it became apparent that there are several benefits from working with a fitness trainer that apply to homeschooling as well. Focusing on those common denominators in the form of comparison, what tips can you learn from a fitness trainer that will benefit your homeschool program? The core tenets of a training program include pushing yourself harder than you think you can go, keeping yourself accountable to an objective partner in your success, and overall strength and growth training. Focusing on the same vision for your homeschool program will allow you to take your educational program to a higher level and give your students skills that will serve them well in college and beyond.Most students do not want to push themselves too hard, whether students in school or students in the gym; in fact some do not like to push at all. However, every homeschool student has had one experience or another in which they do very well on an assignment and gain a sense of pride from that work. The “surprise” from finding out that they can do more than they think they can, is a realization that you should be capitalizing upon in your homeschool program. Has your student surprised themselves in this way? Have they pushed beyond an expectation in their homeschooling? If so, be sure to serve as their trainer in education; be sure to emphasize the ability it took to accomplish that goal so that they can replicate that effort. A homeschool student who sees their ability to keep pushing higher will be a student who will learn to set higher goals.Accountability is another benefit of taking on a fitness trainer, and that is also true for homeschoolers. Most people will fall off the treadmill, figuratively speaking, if they fail to take a partner in their fitness program, and likewise, so will homeschool students. Homeschoolers need to regularly see and have accountability partners in their education. That can come in the form of a parent, a homeschool coach, a friend, etc., but be sure that your student has someone to whom they are accountable with definable goals, measurements, and standards of expectation. Similarly, as the homeschool parent, you should have this type of partner as well.Scheduling gym sessions causes a person to open up their schedule to make room for that gym time that is important for overall health, and likewise, homeschoolers need to ensure that their school schedule is given a top priority. Medical appointments, sporting practices, and extracurricular activities should be included in a homeschool program, but those events and activities need to be scheduled after the school work is given top priority, not the other way around. It should not be a problem to add in extra activities into a homeschool family’s life, but plan your work first; make it important to your day, and the primary focus and purpose in your homeschool training.Taking the time to focus on your homeschool program from a personal training model, we can see that the effectiveness and health of your program will increase. Building solid standards for educational achievement, raising expectations beyond the comfortable, staying accountable to a coach, and prioritizing your activities will be skills that your students need to learn as well. Involve them in the planning and visioning of your homeschool goals and objectives. Allow your students to take ownership of their training in this way, and from that sense of responsibility, your students will gain new confidence in their strengths and abilities as homeschool students that can be applied to later learning.Having the opportunity to push themselves while in middle school and high school, in order to see what they are capable of, while surrounded by a supportive accountability team of parents and advisors, will serve your homeschool student well. This “stretching” and “toning” of their academic muscles is exactly the type of unique gift that homeschool students can take advantage of, allowing for the individualized needs of each student and their distinctive abilities.Set a high standard for your homeschool program; increase your expectations, and see where your students can perform – then raise the standard again!

Look for a Company Who Buys Homes for Quick Cash – Buying Home

If you want to sell your house fast then the foremost thing that you must do is look for a company who buys homes. These firms have cash in hand and can directly buy your house. In a couple of days your sale can be put to close and you can receive the correct amount of money for your home. Therefore, it does not matter which situation you are in because if you need to sell your property then this will be properly the ideal option for you. By getting instant cash in exchange for your house you can get your life back on track and start anew.An organization who buys homes does it without taking into consideration the situation it is in. Hence, whether you possess an ideal house or the one which requires renovation it really does not matter as you can buy it anyhow. With the correct firm you will not have to pay any commissions or go through any hassles of negotiations. These firms will solve all your issues. They generally possess the required monetary potency and flexibility which aid them in placing an offer in a short time.It will be possible for you to get a firm and fair deal that is competitive. With this kind of a firm you can be certain that your house will not stay in market for very long. The transaction can be brought to a close fast without any hassle. You should select a firm that comes with a proper track record which you can depend totally. With the exact firm you will find that it has the authority to sell your house quickly and directly.Selling a house quickly is not a very difficult affair as long as you contact the right company. You have a busy life and with the right firm you can simply remove the hassles, of paper work and negotiations. The house buying firm you opt for will manage all your dealings from beginning to the end. So, without any further hassle you should look for a company which purchases houses fast without any type of difficulty. Once, you decide to sell the home it would be ideal if you can find a cash buyer who can close the deal immediately. A cash buyer will charge the home value and make the deal by making the payment in cash.Cash property buyers can make straight deals and there is no hassle of hidden charges. This is the perfect solution for those who desire to sell house within a short time span. With a genuine company you can have sell home cash opportunity that ensures fair dealing and good price for your home. By selling your house you can be relieved and have complete peace of mind.

Avoiding Homeschooling Burnout – Homeschooling

Those of us who have been homeschooling for some time are familiar with the enthusiasm and willing commitment to a new homeschooling year in early September followed by a sense of feeling rushed and overworked somewhere around Thanksgiving. Homeschooling begins to feel emotionally like a burden instead of a worthwhile family journey and we feel fatigued and forgetful of which multitask we are performing! These are the signs of homeschooling burnout. Most homeschoolers can recognize the symptoms but some feel helpless to find a remedy that is more than short term symptom relief. Unless a real remedy is found, newer homeschoolers can even decide that it is all too much for them and the journey of homeschooling comes to a dead end that brings the child back into public school for the wrong reasons.Here are some helpful tips for finding a real remedy for homeschooling burnout:1. When you start to feel stressed out at even the thought of another homeschooling day, put the problem temporarily on hold and do something that you know will re-energize you at the start of the day such as meditation, prayer, yoga,or working up a sweat with a short exercise video. Make sure that you begin your day above the battlefield of stress, otherwise you will be carrying yesterday’s burdens into the new day.2. Once you feel refreshed, allow yourself time to look at the issues that concern you about homeschooling. That may be difficult when the baby is crying and the children are reluctant to do their chores! You will probably have to make sure that you do this process when you are able to create a quiet space for reflection perhaps on the weekend when your spouse can help with the children. Begin this reflection process by remembering why you made the decision to homeschool in the first place. Consider the goals and vision that you carry for your homeschooling family. What has happened to make you fall short of your working goals or to lose your sense of vision? Really look at this without blaming yourself, your spouse or your children for falling short of your dreams and goals. I think its a good idea to actually write this information down so that you can look at it more objectively.3. Once you have identified the problem, look for creative ways to find a real solution to these stresses, not just momentary relief. One of the common causes of stress can be things like overcommitments in your homeschooling schedule. Are you spending more time in the car going to co-ops and field trips and play dates and music/dance lessons than you are spending time together at home as a homeschooling family? Families work best with a rhythm to the day and if you feel that has been displaced by being away from home too frequently, then cut back on your outside activities. Another big stress is the feeling that you are not connecting with your child in your homeschooling.Perhaps your style of learning and your child’s are different. You will have to be flexible and adapt your expectations to what you can identify as the learning style of your child. How can you approach the material differently so that you can more effectively reach your child’s innate desire to learn and draw this forth from the child? Remember too that as a child matures, what may have worked before may not work now. You will need to look at the developmental stage of your child and see if the material is really meeting those developmental needs. Another major stress can be when you and your spouse are not sharing the same homeschooling vision for the family.Your roles may be different but a couple should share a fundamental sense of agreement on how to approach homeschooling. If that is not the case, then it becomes important to work out the difficulties with your spouse so that you have a more unified approach with the children. Sometimes relatives that do not support homeschooling can really add to that stress but if the couple is clear about their goals, then eventually other relatives will get the message!4. Once you have developed a new plan for restoring or re-envisioning your homeschooling journey, then implement that plan on a day by day basis. Listen and watch for signs that things are working better and fine tune and adjust your plan based on the feedback you get from the family. That doesn’t mean throw it all out if you meet some resistance! Simply be aware of observing how your new attitude and actions affect the family and readjust things as necessary.5. Be patient with yourself. Give yourself some time to succeed and make sure that you eat well, sleep well and go to bed at night with a sense of gratitude for the ability to change and grow as a family together. Make time to see friends and laugh together.Then, instead of feeling like a candle being burned at both ends, your healthy attitude will be a steady and encouraging light around which your family can rally.If you take the time re-envision your homeschooling goals and find creative and balanced ways to meet them, you should be able to avoid homeschooling burnout. This, along with a daily dose of relaxation, laughter and healthy living, creates a good recipe for a happier homeschooling lifestyle. Enjoy your homeschooling journey!

Who Are Rent-To-Buy Home Deals Suitable for? – Buying Home

Over the past few years, the rent-to-buy home deals have enjoyed a steady rise in popularity due to the growing property prices and the ever tougher mortgage requirements. They are designed to help you purchase a house after a period of renting. There are no special requirements to enter into such a deal and the terms and conditions are quite flexible. Find out when this strategy is an effective option.Bad CreditIf you currently have bad credit, you will find it extremely difficult to secure a home loan. Even if you get approved, you can expect to pay a much higher mortgage rate. With a rent-to-buy home deal, you can have your dream home right away. You agree to a rental term after which you will have the opportunity to purchase the house at the initially set price, which cannot be changed.A chunk of the rent will go towards building equity in the property. That way, you will have several years, typically between three and five, to repair your credit and to apply for a mortgage. Since your contributions will be discounted from the price, you will have even higher chances of getting a loan due to its smaller size.Foreclosure and BankruptcyIf you have gone through foreclosure or bankruptcy, you will have to wait for a year or two before you can apply for a mortgage and purchase a house again. You can use this time to build equity in the property that you want to purchase via a rent-to-buy deal. That way, you will have better chances of approval when you apply for a home loan eventually.Insufficient SavingsAt present, most mortgage lenders require house buyers to place a deposit equal to some 20% of the value of the property. This is quite a lot of money especially for young families with a lot of expenses. If you do not have sufficient savings, but you have saved a considerable amount of money, you can go for a rent-to-own deal. This will enable you to secure a home loan at a later date. Just keep in mind that the deposit which you make as part of such a deal cannot be refunded so you will have to make serious commitment.No Stable EmploymentMost lenders will reject your mortgage applications if you have changed jobs frequently over the past two years. If you plan to settle in and to stay on your current job for a longer period of time, you can readily use the rent-to-own option. When the time for making a mortgage application comes, you will have the employment stability required by the lender.You can have your dream home with a rent-to-buy deal.