Self Love noun the regard for one’s own well-being and happiness   As parents we spend a large amount of time teaching our children the fundamental building blocks of healthy relationships. From kindness and compassion, to forgiveness and resilience. I’ve joked before that the ultimate aim of parenting is “a happy, balanced, confident child who knows their arse from their elbow and won’t grow up to cause world war three”. Jokes aside, a happy, balanced, confident child is the main aim of the game here. But even with all our blessings in life – our education, inherent privilege and good…

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I’m not homesick exactly. But this week the reality of what life in the UK would have entailed has been inescapable. For this week, had we remained in the UK, Clara would be starting school. And I’m not sad that she isn’t exactly. It’s not that simple. I don’t wish we were back there either. But there’s something about watching the lives of her little friends back home moving on to school that feels like the chasm of distance is widening more. Even if we weren’t going down the home schooling route, Clara would still be in pre-school here. And…

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  Planning a schedule for homeschooling can feel completely overwhelming. I know. I didn’t make a plan last year, I winged it from day to day, week to week. And it really showed. This year I have a new found determination not to fail at the first hurdle and to actually take control of the homeschooling situation. For this to be a success however, planning ahead is vital.   Decide On Your Schedule Honestly I cannot emphasise this point enough. I made a huge error last year in not deciding on a schedule and implementing it. Trust me, you need…

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  When I first embarked on this homeschooling journey I admitted to being somewhat reluctant, but really I was just totally overwhelmed. Completely out of my depth in a way I have never been before. I didn’t know where to start, or who to ask for help and support. Whilst not being the mainstream way to educate kids, for a family that travels it’s actually an incredibly practical solution. Practical in that it’s cheap (compared to international schooling), and free of traditional schedules that would make travelling tricky. However it does require a little (or a lot) of creativity on…

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Well here we are. September is just on the horizon with a new school year, and guess what? We’re still homeschooling. Putting the children into conventional school has been a serious consideration this year. We’ve even been and looked around several options locally. But nowhere feels quite right, so it’s back to homeschooling for us. It’s a decision that I’m surprisingly okay about. I’m still no teacher by any stretch of the imagination. The last year was spent unnecessarily beating myself up that the kiddies will be ruined by this homeschooling debacle, which they haven’t been. And I think, finally,…

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