Following Your Child’s Lead is Essential to Their Happiness {and yours}

Jumping

It trips parents up. Often. We assume that we know what will make our kids happy - and they don't.  Occasionally, when introducing something new, we're right. Last week, I took the girls to a local trampoline park knowing they would all love it. My youngest sat for 45 minutes insisting she wanted nothing  to do with it. Eventually, she jumped. She loved it. I was right. Earlier that day, my 10 year-old auditioned for a big role in a play. I wrote about it here.  I was certain that she really wanted it. I was certain that she just didn't know how much she wanted it. On Saturday, when we were told that she didn't get the part, (even … [Continue reading]

My Top 5 Vendors to Visit at GHC

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What part of attending a homeschool convention do you look forward to most? Meeting other homeschooling parents? Gaining inspiration and being encouraged by great speakers? The desperately needed change of scenery? Curriculum shopping? Even if you are just browsing, it can be inspiring (and overwhelming) to walk into a hall of vendors and see all of the many homeschooling options up close. It's a great way to find new products that you may not have known about, as well as talk to company representatives who can help you determine if their products would be a good match for your child. Here are my Top 5 Must See Vendors at the Great … [Continue reading]

How to Support your Child’s Passion for Performing Without Becoming an Obnoxious Stage Mom

Playing Toto

"I will never be a stage mom like that," I swore.  It was 1991, in San Diego, California. I was younger. Newer. Blonder. My roommate, Miss Indiana … [Continue reading]

The Winter Blues {Photo Friday}

winter in newtown

It just won't melt. The snow, the ice, the gloom continues to sit still and hang on, while we are desperate to move on.   This photo was taken at … [Continue reading]

Unit Study Ideas: Exploring a Career in Medicine

Ben-Carson-Spotlight

One of our favorite ways to learn about a new topic in depth (without pressure, worksheets or textbooks) is to read a biography and study the life of … [Continue reading]

Yes, I Miss Summer. And Babies.

Sunset Swim

It snowed again today. It was a mere 5 inches (I'm guessing).  The first 3 or 4 storms of the season are charming. We stay inside, build a fire and … [Continue reading]

Seeing Wicked in a Blizzard

nyc in winter

If you live anywhere in the U.S., you can probably relate to the headache (and backache) caused by recent weather events.  SoCal friends: stop … [Continue reading]

How to Make a Homeschool Convention a Memorable {and educational} Road Trip

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In certain parts of the country, homeschool conventions are pretty common. If you miss one, maybe you can find another one easily within the same … [Continue reading]

Smiling Yoga {with Cats}

Yoga makes him smile.

It's been 29 days since we began practicing yoga daily at our house. The girls love it. The cats do too. For me, it has been nothing short of … [Continue reading]

7 Tips for Using a Convention to Refocus your Homeschool

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  There comes a time in a homeschool mom's life when she needs to take a step back from the daily routine and evaluate whether or not her plans are … [Continue reading]

Top 50 Homeschooling Blogs Nomination

Voiceboks.com, a parenting website with the subtitle “The Voice of Parenthood,” recently nominated Adorable Chaos in their Top 50 Homeschooling Blogs … [Continue reading]

From Overwhelmed to Grateful

Christmas Baking

Note: This was written in the midst of the Christmas rush and forgotten about until 10 minutes ago. Although the holiday craziness is finally over, … [Continue reading]

The Best of Adorable Chaos 2013

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

Looking back, 2013 has been a difficult year for us in many ways. The year began with the deepest sadness (and often fear) following the tragedy in … [Continue reading]

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Homeschooling Moms

Christmas Gifts for Mom

My nephew and my mother had the following conversation the other day: Nephew (6): Why don't you have the new Skylander's game for your Wii … [Continue reading]

First Snow – Wordless Wednesday

First snowfall in Connecticut

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and … [Continue reading]

High School Homeschool Lessons with Uzinggo

Uzinggo Math and Science Review

There is one aspect of homeschooling high school that has worried me for quite some time. How do I teach higher level math and science? I am all for … [Continue reading]

Fashion, Cats and Lyme – The Week in Chaos

cat reading a book

Let me start by saying...I feel like my mind trapped in a thick fog.  This makes writing in complete sentences a challenge.  I spend a fair amount of … [Continue reading]

Thanksgiving History Freebie and Homeschool Convention News

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I'm so happy to be partnering up with Great Homeschool Conventions again this month to bring you the latest convention news and a terrific freebie … [Continue reading]

Empire of the Mom

heart rock, rock shaped heart

We've been studying the middle ages in our homeschool lately. Specifically, we've been looking at the end of the Roman Empire. The empire fell for a … [Continue reading]

Ignite Student Leadership Course Review

homeschool leadership training review

Are you a leader? This is the first question posed to students in the Ignite Student Leadership Program. It offers a fresh perspective by helping your … [Continue reading]