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Surviving and thriving as we head back to (home)school

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The other day this picture popped up on my On This Day page on Facebook. It was our very first “official” day of homeschooling seven years ago with a kindergartener, preschooler, toddler, and a baby on the way. We were so excited about getting started that we kicked off our homeschool journey in mid-July with ABC123-shaped pancakes, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and first-day-of-school photos on the porch.

Seven years later and I can sat confidently that I still love homeschooling just as much as I did then. Sure, I better understand the ups and the downs, the good, bad and ugly, but I wouldn’t trade it in for all the bonbons and pedicures in the world.

I have, however, learned the importance of taking care of myself if I’m going to stick with it for the long haul. As we head into back-to-school season, that means…

1. Always having a stash of chocolate on hand.

My chocolate of choice these days is Moser Roth Chili Dark Chocolate from Aldi, kept in the fridge so it’s nice and cold. But whatever your chocolate preference, be sure to keep a stash on hand so you can enjoy a few squares (preferably by yourself…even if it means hiding in the laundry room!) when your nerves are starting to fray!

2. Avoid the comparison trap.

Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “Comparison is the thief of joy,” and this is especially true for parents and homeschoolers. Rather than worrying about what everybody else is doing better than you, focus on your priorities and values and the needs of your children. I’m not saying you shouldn’t ever ask for curriculum recommendations or get ideas from someone else. But if you get stuck playing the comparison game, you’ll never be satisfied and everyone will suffer for it!

3. Find your style.

I’ve never been especially fashionable, and for a few years there I was downright frumpy. And then one day my baby sister pointed out that something as simple as wearing earrings with sweats can make a huge difference. That set me on a path of figuring out my style, which still includes athletic gear (for the comfort, not the function – ha!) at home. And when we’re heading out, whether for coop, a play date, or church, I choose clothes—and shoes—that make me feel confident!

4. Make time to be alone—or to connect with friends.

As an introvert, it’s critical that I have time by myself each day after spending the morning carrying on 5 or 6 different conversations at once and the afternoon interacting with coworkers. For me, that means heading to bed with the baby and spending a couple of hours reading in silence. For the extroverts among us, your need may be different. After spending the day with kids, you may need some good adult conversation, whether it’s walking with a neighbor or chatting with your best friend on the phone. Either way, make sure you’re filling your energy reserves so you can get up the next day and do it all again!


Famous Footwear is your one-stop shoe store. From sandals to booties, they’ve got styles for the whole family at affordable prices.

Like these Women’s Brie Ankle Boot by Carlos Santana. I’m always slow to adopt a new trend, but I’ve been eyeing booties since spring. A couple of weeks ago I texted my mom and sister a screenshot of these for their approval, and I was excited they get their approval.

I’m still figuring out how to style them, but that’s half the fun!

How do you survive the back-to-(home)school season? Which shoes from Famous Footwear would you like to add to your wardrobe?

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