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Homeschooling Options for Busy Parents

Are you contemplating homeschooling your child? 

If so, I wrote a quick guide for you. There are so many choices, I wanted to give parents a short overview of what might work for their family. Included is information about online schools, traditional homeschooling, and unschooling options.

Following is an excerpt from my new ebook:


As I write this, many parents have been forced into a “homeschooling” situation as schools closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

That said, in the homeschooling groups I’m in, I’ve heard long term homeschooling parents warn that this might more aptly be called “panic schooling”. Homeschoolers get out of the house to explore and connect with other kids during normal times.

During this time many are trying to decide if they will send their children back to “traditional brick and mortar schools” or if they might want to give homeschooling a real try instead.

First off, I should explain that I never planned on educating my own child at home. In fact, his cousins had been homeschooled and I admired their mother for her efforts. But I always thought I’d never be able to do it myself.

I was self-aware enough to know I’d never have the patience to homeschool my only child and had no idea how she had managed it with three kids. 

And as a writer, working from home, those hours from eight to three were delicious time alone where I could get work done without interruption.

After an extremely challenging year that included bullying and an ADD diagnosis, I decided that my son needed a chance to experience a different kind of educational opportunity.

First, I applied to a charter school but he was put on a waiting list and my anxiety mounted as I worried about what we’d do if he didn’t get in. Sending him back to the school he’d attended since kindergarten was off the table for me at that point.

As I waited and wondered what was next, I spoke to the mom I mentioned who had been homeschooling my son’s cousins. I thought of her as a trusted friend but was confident, she’d never talk me into homeschooling.

However, she’d let me know about an online public school that her kids had recently transitioned to. It was a hybrid model that included online, at home schoolwork and onsite activities. She was so happy with the experience she’d had with the school, that I eventually scheduled a tour to see what it was like for myself.

Once my son and I took the tour and met the staff we knew it felt like the right place. 

As of this writing, he’s just finished his fifth-grade year at this online school. There was a learning curve for both of us, but in the end, it was the best decision we could have made for our family.

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That is the end of the excerpt from my new ebook about homeschooling options. Would you like to learn more? Have you considered homeschooling but don't know where to start? My quick guide will help get you started.

6 Helpful books for parents of school aged kids

6 Helpful Books For Parents of School-Aged Kids

By Melissa Uhles

I've been reading like crazy over the last few months. Whenever I hear about a good book I save it to my Amazon or library wishlist. Lately I've read some super thought-provoking parenting books. When I read something I feel like I have to share it!

Following are 6 helpful books for parents of school-aged kids.

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10 YA Books with all the feels

10 YA/Teen Books with All the Feels

If you like reading a YA book with “all the feels”, this post is for you!

This summer, I decided to attempt writing a YA book even though I’d never written in that genre before.
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Are you looking for great books to read this fall? Then you have to check out my book club roundup. I've included five books I know you'll love reading. Perfect fall reading! Discover them now! @penandparent.com

Book Club Roundup: 5 Books You’ll Love

By Melissa Uhles

Are you in a book club? If so, good news! I plan to regularly let you know about books I think you’ll love. Now you can share this list with your book club, start your own book club or just read these books by yourself.

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Are you an introverted parent or have an introverted child? Do you want to understand introverted moms and children personality types by reading books for introverted parents and kids? These best books for introverted people will help you thrive as a parent and teach your child to grow strong in an extroverted world. Check them out or save to read later. FREE PRINTABLE - Children's Book about an Introverted Skunk.

The Best Books for Introverted Parents & Kids

By Melissa Uhles

Are you an introverted parent or have an introverted child?  Ask yourself these questions.

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Easter is around the corner. Are you looking for Easter basket ideas for your kids that don't include candy? Give the gift of a book instead of candy this Easter and you'll have fewer cavities and a more engaged kid. Click through to read now or save to read later. #easterbasketideas #giftideas

The Ultimate Reading Guide to Boost Girl Power

By Melissa Uhles and Amber Roshay

Raising strong girls is on the minds of most parents. One way to help accomplish this is to line your daughter's bookshelf with books that will boost girl power. Young girls need to read stories with characters they not only connect to but also provide a reflection of leadership, strength, and perseverance.

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Want to become a better writer? Click through to discover the best writing books for authors, screenwriters, and blogger. #writingbooks | books for writers | writing tips and resources | novel writing tips | self-publishing tips @penandparent.com

The Must-Have Books for Writers

By Melissa Uhles

When it comes to writing, I’ve had my pen in lots of different pots.

I’ve written novels, short films, plays, blogs, marketing, and web copy. Each time I dive into a new type of writing I try to read a book or two to get some advice. For example, writing a novel is vastly different from writing a screenplay.

And writing informational nonfiction for a small business’s website that is concerned with their SEO also requires a different skill set.

Aren’t we all lucky there is a book on every subject to help us out.

Here are my 12 favorites:

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