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Why I Stopped Reading All the Best Homeschool Blogs

I Was Homeschool Blog Heavy

I’ll be the first to admit that I love reading homeschool blogs. I love digesting almost any good homeschool lit.

Give me a list of all the best homeschool blogs, and I become completely consumed. In fact, I was ecstatic when one site I wrote for made a list.

I even love homeschool conferences. Live or virtual.

But, in the precious name of Productivity, I had to stop cold turkey.

No more spending hours reading all the best homeschool blogs or books.

There is just WAY too much content between them all. And I can’t get to every new email. Well, I can. But at the expense of something else in my life.

If I want to have a passably organized home? Nope. Definitely not if I want to build a business, or keep a client.

And at some point, I think I would like to – oh, I don’t know – educate my children.

Now, before you go closing the browser window, let me clarify.

I still read SOME of the best homeschool blogs. But I had to be ruthless and cut out the ones that were not entirely in line with my family’s vision.

Why?

Because single homeschooling parents need to be more laser focused than their partnered counterparts.

Yeah, some days it sucks when you can’t conveniently, and free of charge leave the kids with someone else. But, that’s the way it is.

So a diet of nothing but homeschooling blogs just won’t cut it. You will be missing vital ingredients for your success.

Your money will stay ‘funny,’ parenting will not be enjoyable at all, and you will most surely slip into depression because you did not take time to replenish yourself.

Changing to a Balanced Blog Intake

On the other hand, if you want to provide for your kids, a good helping of career and finance blogs and websites are essential. If you work outside the home, you may have to keep up with what is going on in your industry, attend conferences or training. And getting a grip on finances is crucial for any head of household.career and finance blog

I can’t stress enough the importance of a healthy portion of good parenting blogs or websites. Think about it. Just because home education and career take a hit one day, you don’t have to become the White Witch. That’s where good parenting counsel can help.parenting blog

And you must find a way to replenish yourself. I know lots of parents will save this for later, but this is not an option, single homeschooler. You can be no earthly good to your kids or your clients if you are running on empty. Whether it’s a lifestyle blog, a place of worship, a life coach, a walk in the park while listening to affirmations, or a full body massage – discover what works for you. 

Bonus points if you can find all you need at one site.

With this balanced diet, you can make your way prosperous as a single homeschooling parent.

But don’t think you have to stick with the same menu forever. Who knows what information and encouragement you will need next year. The blog list I have today may completely change in a year. It’s definitely not what I was reading last year. (Oh, yeah. I was trying to read a little something about everything last year.) So, know that I don’t fret for the beloved blogosphere.

If you cut them and return, the blogs that are meant for you will welcome you back with open arms. Other than catching up on past articles, it will be like you never left.

Of course, you’ll find new sites that make you wonder where they have been all your life. If they sync with your values and goals, then you’ll feel right at home.

Remember you are so much more than a regurgitator of data and facts. Although it takes up a huge part of your world, you are more than a parent educator. You are a single, work at home (or outside the home), homeschooling parent. The information you process should edify every aspect of who you are.

While I encourage you to look for sites that represent you and your family vision, be sure to pay attention to good counsel. If the site/blog owner isn’t single, check it out anyway. I receive great advice from couples. And my list reflects that diversity. In fact, one blogger that I trust recently married, but their advice is still applicable to single moms.

How to Find the Blog(s) for You

One of the simplest ways to find a good website is to do a Google search. Type in “top <insert word of your choice> blogs.” And then wait to see what you get on the first page. Some of mine are very industry specific, so they may be unknown to you. And that’s ok. Because – again – they are what work for my goals.

If you are curious, I will share my current list below (just thinking about content, not stores or events). If you’re not already a subscriber, I encourage you to click the website name and check them out. See if they fit in your diet of blogs and sites.

Homeschool blogs & sites

Career/Finance blogs & sites

There are more in this category than others. That’s because Career and Finance can easily break down into separate categories.

Parenting blogs & sites

The Mash-ups

I have more websites on this list because, well, they have it all.

Refreshment/Encouragement

 

If you’re going through this list thinking that even this is a lot, I understand. It was difficult paring down to just these. But, I had to make the decision to ruthlessly cut down and get the information that I receive in line with our family and financial goals. When I did that, so much time was freed up to actually start working toward those goals.

Again, if you don’t already read them, I encourage you to check out these sites. Just click on the website name. Find out if they are in line with your family vision. I would not list (or read) them if they weren’t 100% Fire.

10 comments on “Why I Stopped Reading All the Best Homeschool Blogs

  • Angie says:

    I have three older children that I are in public high school, and a younger child that I’m considering home school. I’m not single, but my husband has a long commute and isn’t available to help with much. I appreciate the list of blogs to check out. I, at times, have felt overwhelmed with the idea of home-schooling. How did you decide it was right for your family? Is there one blog that you feel might give me a good “beginners guide”?

    Thanks!

    • Indasa says:

      Hi, Angie.

      There are so many blogs that offer counsel on where to start homeschooling. Some are written specifically to get you to register for their online curriculum or their homeschool product – obviously. (I don’t have a problem with them recommending affiliate products if they are a trusted source.) 

      My first recommendation will always be Homeschool Legal Defense Association (hslda.org). Their site is packed with information for beginners to veterans. And, you can find answers to any legal questions you might also have.

      Your comment reminded me of an article that I read a while back. Here’s the link if you’d like to take a look at it.

      http://www.sheknows.com/parent

      Thanks for stopping by, Angie. Best wishes to you and your family.

  • Annette says:

    I know some of those but definitely not all. Will check some of them out. 🙂

  • Kym says:

    I’ve found that if I try to read ALL the blogs that I enjoy reading, I will never have the time to do anything else. I try to hit the highlights, so I know I’m probably missing some great content, but I do have to manage my time. Great post and tips on how to get the best of what’s out there!

    • Indasa says:

      Thanks so much, Kym! Yep. Highlights are definitely where I am with my reading right now, too.

  • Carol says:

    This is so true- you can get lost in reading about the what-ifs that you never get around to doing anything. A great post on setting reading priorities that line up with your family’s goals.

    • Indasa says:

      And as much as some of us homeschoolers love to read, that can be a delightful rabbit hole. Thanks so much, Carol.

  • Angie R says:

    Hi Indasa, Wonderful post! It’s all about priorities isn’t it? And also, for me, getting past the perfectionism. I can’t possibly know everything before I begin. Your post is an excellent reminder for a year’s beginning. Thanks for the condensed reading list. Very helpful.

    • Indasa says:

      You deal with perfectionism too, Angie? High five! I’ve learned that I can’t perfect something until I put it out in the universe. And I obviously won’t begin if I’m stuck in analysis paralysis. Appreciate the reminder, Angie. Thanks!

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