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What to Do when Dad Isn’t on Board

Amanda shares her own story of a husband who was against homeschooling and will give advice on what to do if: a) Dad is completely against homeschooling, b) He will allow it, but isn't very excited about it, or c) He is supportive, but doesn't offer help.

Things I Wish I'd Known

Having homeschooled three children who are now all in their twenties, Diana has an almost limitless list of things she wishes she'd known about homeschooling and parenting! Come and learn from her mistakes, which are told in the unique style of her transparent humor. Prepare to laugh (and, perhaps, cry) and to emerge refreshed. (for moms only)

Attention, Obsessive-Compulsive Perfectionist Control Freaks: C.H.I.L.L. O.U.T.!

As an obsessive-compulsive perfectionist control freak herself, Rachael Carman discusses how we can often be our own worst enemy when it comes to taking advantage of freedoms of homeschooling. Are you tied to your plan? Do you shiver at the idea of change or adjustment? Are you missing out on significant moments because you are focused on the trivial? It’s time to C.H.I.L.L. O.U.T. and give control of it all to God—He is faithful.

Keeping the H.E.A.R.T. in Homeschooling

As Tracy Klicka has experienced, it is not always easy for a homeschooling mom to keep her focus, her joy or the hearts of her children. More than academics, homeschooling is about growing in God’s grace for both parents and children! If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure.

Living the 80% off Lifestyle and Loving It

With five children, Jen has mastered the fine art of 80% off living. As homeschoolers, we’re continually attempting to create new ways to shave our budget, and when Jen survived a long period of unemployment, she mastered that fine art. She’ll walk you through meal planning and grocery budgeting and most aspects of home management. She’ll encourage you with practical ways to slash spending.

Saying “Yes” to God until You Can Say “Yes” to Your Man

Every young woman longs for the day when she can say “yes” to the man she loves, though waiting for the right one and the right time can be hard. What can a woman (of any age!) do to experience hope and joyful patience while waiting for that day? Not only currently the mom of five teenage and adult daughters, Tracy was also a widow for three years, waiting on God again for a godly husband. (Note: There will be encouragement for wives as well, on saying “yes” to God even after we’re married.)

Sanity’s in the Freezer (Melanie)

Learn how to have real meals again! Don’t worry if you have tried once-a-month cooking and didn’t like the mess. Melanie didn’t like that either! Find out how to feed your family well on less money and how to serve great dinners with minimal time in the kitchen and no stress. This workshop, popular from Ontario to California, will give beginners in the kitchen a place to start and veterans new and refreshing ideas. Great for teens, too.

Balance Is the Key—Time Management for Mothers (Cheryl)

This workshop will focus on how moms feel they have to do everything. See how they can biblically determine their daily schedule. This workshop will focus on basic time management skills with an emphasis on moms applying it to their daily lives and homeschool schedule.

Mary Homeschooling in a Martha World (Ronda)

Balance, that’s what it is all about. Yet we live in a culture with the daily demands of a busy world, trying to do everything. Like Martha, we love Jesus and really want to serve Him through homeschooling our children, but we sometimes struggle with weariness, feelings of inadequacy and are overwhelmed by our responsibilities. The Lord will calm our anxious hearts and give us His extravagant love right in the midst of our circumstances, so that like Mary, we can keep first things first and choose God’s best for our families.

The Mommy Spa

Dear Mommies, this workshop is the spa visit you need, the break you never get and the gift of encouragement that you so richly deserve. Come away and be refreshed, rejuvenated, recharged and filled up so that you have something to give to your children. This session is all about you—the faithful homeschooling moms who daily sacrifice your own lives for the sake of your children. Let’s celebrate you!