Part One: Adulting during a natural disaster when you just want to eat Twizzlers

Just a few weeks ago, we watched the news as Hurricane Harvey destroyed a huge swath around Houston, Texas. Then we envisioned the worst as Hurricane Irma wrecked the Caribbean and inched her way westward and then finally turned north, bringing destruction closer and closer to our home in the Tampa Bay area. Most recently, Puerto Rico has been almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Maria, and they’re saying that power might not be restored for six months. Continue reading

Reader Question: How can a single mom make homeschooling work?

My daughter is 3 almost 4 years old, and I have been looking into homeschooling. However I have no idea where to start. I’m not even sure if I can be the one to do so or if I can pay someone to homeschool her because I can’t afford not to work. (I’m a single woman with two kids, so without my income we have nothing.) I could really use some advice or any guidance you can give me. — Joanna

Thank you for writing, Joanna.

This is a great time for you to start thinking about how you might want to approach homeschooling. Let’s face it, sending your daughter to public school or public pre-K would be the easiest choice. Free childcare! Someone else taking responsibility for her learning to hold a pencil, read, add and subtract. All that invaluable “socialization.” Oh my goodness, that sounds tempting. But there’s a reason you’re not counting down the days until someone else can take over. I’m thrilled that you’re considering homeschooling. Continue reading