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High School

Competition and the Homeschooled Teen

One disadvantage of homeschooling is that there is no competition.  Our teens often have no idea where they stand in comparison to other teens, so they have no idea what they are really good at.  And it turns out that Mom’s opinion about these things does not always carry that much weight. When Miss 16 […]

Not Finishing the School Year

So, we are not going to be able to finish this school year properly. In fact, we are significantly behind, and that really bothers me. Some of it was unavoidable:  we had a bumper garden harvest and illness.  However, the girls could have been farther along if I had been a bit more organized.  Or […]

Review: Setting the Records Straight by Lee Binz

Over and over, I see homeschooling families sending their teens to school because they are afraid of destroying their chances for higher education.  But you do not have to be afraid to homeschool high school.  Ordinary families can be successful and they can get their children into college, sometimes even on scholarships.  In Setting the […]

Is There Life after Homeschooling?

Many years ago I talked to a cashier, a former homeschooling mom, whose life fell apart when her teens unexpectedly went to school.  For a year, she suffered from depression and was unable to do basic tasks around the house.  In fact, it was not until she became a cashier that she began to recover. […]

Review: Hot Buttons: Bullying Edition by Nicole O’ Dell

Some issues are so sensitive, controversial, confusing, and potentially life-changing that youth culture expert Nicole O’Dell calls them Hot Button topics.  She has written a series of Hot Buttons books that I desperately wish I’d had years ago.  A few days ago I reviewed Hot Buttons: Image and today I’m privileged to tell you about […]