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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 […]

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 […]

Review: Hot Buttons: Image 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 the Hot Buttons books to help parents talk to their teens about hot button issues like image and many more.  How I wish I had had these books years ago! Image is an important […]

Review: Clear Winter Nights by Trevin Wax

When Trevin Wax wrote Clear Winter Nights: A Journey into Truth, Doubt, and What Comes After, he did not mean it to be a conventional novel, but rather “a narrative about two people engaging the big questions of life”.  Even so, the characters are so realistic and loveable and their conversations are so compelling that […]

The Official SAT Question of the Day

If your teen is planning to take the SAT, it’s a good idea to practice.  You can spend huge amounts of money on SAT prep classes, or you can buy a practice book as we did.  However, the valuable first step we take is free:   in grade 11 we start doing The Official SAT Question of […]