The Decision To Homeschool

The Decision To Homeschool

Originally, the idea of the schooling my kids completely overwhelmed me. How was I supposed to know how to educate my child, when I struggled in school myself. How was I supposed to know what is the first thing to teach and then the next and so on?
Hint: most homeschool families all felt the same way you are feeling right now.
The first thoughts of homeschooling came into my radar when my son was 3. However, having a special need child, we decided that putting him on an IEP with the public school system seemed like the best thing for him at that time.
Fast forward a few years and in the third grade, I was irritated by how much he struggled in school. He was in the third grade and reading at a kindergarten grade level. I had been bringing up my concerns for two years – I thought he may be dyslexic.
After a trip to see a psychologist and some issues of bullying that came up, we decided to pull the trigger. Our school was stating they were modifying as much as he needed and my other requests were denied.
Our psychologist diagnosed my son with Intellectual Disability, stating his IQ level was lower than most kids his age. It is likely to take him two years to learn what most kids learn in one. His needs are things being broken down into smaller segments, lots of repetition and various visual aids around the house or classroom. 
This isn’t a decision we took lightly – but it was one I felt the calling in my soul. We decided that I could give him more one on one time than he could get in the classroom. 
Now – as a work from home mom, running a network marketing business, I wondered if I could do it all. As I started inquiring of other work at home moms, running businesses, it turns out that there was a lot of moms who were doing the same. I found lots of moms who were homeschooling their children and they were also running a business from home. They told me it was not impossible and you could easily school your kids in 3 to 4 hours a day in the early years. As the kids get older, they become more self sufficient and can do more independent work.
At the time, my son, diagnosed with ID and I also have a neurotypical (as far as I can tell) first grader, while pregnant with my third. Homeschooling two elementary age children, with a toddler at our feet, wanting involved as much as possible hasn’t been easy. If I can do this, I am confident anyone can do this.
I’m hoping to share some of my experiences so you can if you are also having some doubts,  if you are wondering if you have the ability to homeschool your children and maybe I can help put your fears to rest and help you make the best decision for your family.
One of the biggest question that comes up if you’re starting to get a new to homeschooling is what curriculum to use.
I am no expert at homeschooling – but curriculum is a whole beast of a topic. If you are new to homeschooling I highly suggest you take the homeschooling quiz to figure out your unique style.
There are 6 main types of homeschooling styles and finding your flavor of homeschooling depends on your values your expectations and how you work best.

The main types of homeschoolers include:

1. Classical
2. Charlotte Mason
3. Montessori
4. Unit Studies
5. Unschooling
6. Eclectic
 
Over the next several blog posts I plan to lay out curriculum we use, our ideal day and workflow and the changes I had to make in my business to maintain my sanity, while homeschooling my kids.
I’ve found my style to be more eclectic. I fell in love with the philosophies of Charlotte Mason, but unit studies help me focus on one thing and still get many subjects done in a day. I love an open and go curriculum, so I don’t have to do my own lesson plans but I also love having flexibility to do something different – depending on the way the wind is blowing that day – if you know what I mean.
Moments of Mindfulness for Special Needs Moms

Moments of Mindfulness for Special Needs Moms

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with your to do list? Ever feel like you can’t get it all done? The feelings of overwhelm and lack of self care multiplies when you have a nuerodivergent or special needs child.

When I had my son, he spent 16 days in the NICU and from that moment, my whole world changed. Feedings every 3 hours, making sure he had everything he needed, and nights with a heart apnea monitor; my needs didn’t seem so important. And as weeks turned to months, and months turned to years, before I knew it he was 2 and I forgot what it is I even did before motherhood.

It seems to be common among us mothers, we get so good at taking care of others, we forget or neglect our own needs.

In this episode, I talk with Christina Dunbar – a family nurse practitioner, yoga teacher and blogger/podcaster. She is the mom of three kids under the age of 5, one with a rare disorder.

We connected on so many levels in this podcast, from both struggling with stresses of a special needs child, the decision to leave the workplace, and finding moments of mindfulness in the chaos of raising little humans.

Her podcast is the Intentional Ten, where she offers weekly mini episodes of mindfulness and guided journal prompts, so you can start incorporating mindfulness into your day and week.

Helpful Links from This Episode

Connect with Christina more
http://facebook.com/intentionalten
http://instagram.com/intentionalten

 

Finding Purpose After Motherhood

Finding Purpose After Motherhood

Have you ever wondered what your purpose is? Have you seemed to lose your way after motherhood? Or maybe your goals have changed since becoming a mom.

I remember at such a young age, feeling a conflict in my heart on choosing between being a stay at home mom and a career mom. I remember wanting both. In today’s society, it can be difficult to live off of a single income and have the option of not working as a mother. But with modern conveniences, like the internet and social media, we can have the best of both worlds.

There are a lot of options out there to work from home, flex time or being your own boss.

In this episode, I chat with Jenny Beecher, farm wife and mom of three kids. She is a clarity coach for moms trying to find balance between business and living a fulfilling life at home.

In this interview, we talk about:

  • The transition of your place in the workplace to finding your purpose inside and outside of motherhood.
  • Learning to shatter generational and societal programming to what it means to be a mom.
  • Finding your own way and going your own way.

Helpful Links from the Show

Connect with Jenny at http://jennybeecher.com
Instagram http://instagram.com/jenny.beecher
Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/GrowYourOwnWay.Jenny

Energy Rainbow activity download (free pdf): https://www.jennybeecher.com/energy-rainbow
Free “Doing It All Discovery Session”: https://www.jennybeecher.com/book-a-call

 

Moms Make the Best CEOs

Moms Make the Best CEOs

Are you a mom wondering if you could work from home? Are you struggling with how to start a business with a newborn?

When I started working from home, how I thought things would go and how they actually turned out much differently. The ways of making money, your work flow and so much more can look so different for each of us. In my soul alignment sessions, we can look into how to set up your business to be in alignment with your lifestyle.

In this episode, learn how ex-corporate manager, Nike Famojuro, started a business, had a baby and moved to a new country all in the same year.

Some of the things we chat about in this episode:

  • The most important things when starting out in your business
  • How not to lose yourself in motherhood
  • How to set priorities and boundaries, even if you only have 1 hour to work

 

Learn how to incorporate self care based on your astrological birth chart

 

Important Links from the show:

Learn how to identify your super power

Discover your Super Power Quiz

4 types of self care to incorporate into your routine
http://mistyshaheen.com/selfcare

 

 

It’s Never Been Easier to Work From Home

It’s Never Been Easier to Work From Home

Do you want to learn how to work from home? Are you feeling stressed working, schooling your kids and running a household? Are you wondering if there is a better way to still work and make money, while staying home with your kids?

Wondering what your thing is and what you can get paid for? In my soul alignment sessions, we take a look at your natal chart and we can talk about how to position yourself, utilize your passions and work experience in a new way that lights you up.

Welcome to the {former} Moms in Business Podcast! It has never been easier to make money from home, cut your work time in half and still make great money. In this episode, Misty gives you 3 simple things you need to get started working from home.

Some things we talk about in this episode:

  • How to turn your experience to an online business
  • How to get started without a website
  • How to find customers on social media
  • Steps to get started making money on social media

 

One day, I was in the kitchen, getting ready to walk out the door, for work, as I did Monday thru Friday. My son was two, at the time, and was sobbing for me not to leave him – again. I cried my eyes out the entire 30 minute commute. Why is this so hard?

I remember sitting inside of my cubicle, wondering if there was a way to work from home. A longing to spend more time with my son, I was determined to find a better way to make money – that didn’t mean me sacrificing my duties as a mother.

If you are anything like me – you are independent, ambitious, and probably love your work. However, you also love to be a mom, you love to be there for your kids. I felt like by the time I got home, picked my son up from daycare, made dinner, it was bedtime, and I barely had any time for myself – let alone time to connect with my child.

It has never been easier to work from home, than it is today.

Over the years, I found many ways to make extra money from home. Here are a few I’ve done:

  • Virtual Assistant
  • In home daycare provider
  • Network Marketing

 

What does it take to work from home?

You don’t need a website, you don’t need a fancy sales funnel.

There are a few things you need – if you want to work from home.

1. Knowing what you will be paid for

What are you good at? What will someone pay you for? What is some result that you could help someone get? There are thousands of people working online, now and in different capacities. Personal trainers can work over zoom. Administrative assistants can help small business owners. Teachers can become private tutors. The options are only as endless as your imagination. Let’s start brainstorming in this free workbook – Discover Your Brilliance.

2. Helping people find you

People need a way to find you or you need a place to send them to learn more about what you do and how you can help them. That could be a website, or you could start with your social media. So many eyeballs are already on Facebook, they’re on Instagram, they’re already on YouTube, AND they are looking for a solution. I am willing to bet you have eyeballs on your social media right now. But it just takes you finding and telling people what it is that you do.

3. You need a way to get paid.

There are dozens of ways to get paid online, these days. PayPal is great and very well trusted by many. Venmo, cash app, Square, Stripe –  there’s so many apps right on your phone that you can create an account in minutes and get connected to your bank account. Create a link for people to pay you. Let them know how much you want to be paid, and how and where to send them money. And boom, you’ve got cash in the bank.

And working from home has been a game changer for me, my health and being able to stay home with my kids.

Even when I was an in home childcare provider, I still found all my clients online –  I created a free website on Weebly, I created a free profile on Care.com and joined various Facebook groups for those looking for childcare.

I shared behind the scenes of what I was doing with my daycare kids and my own kids on my personal profile. And soon, I had potential clients reaching out to me to see if I had any openings.

Everyone has value. There are some things you are really good at and there are people who will pay you to do it for them.

Are you wondering what it is you may do? How you could be paid to work from home? In this free workbook, we go through your many talents, hobbies and experiences to create a cash flow business.

Download my free workbook on how to Uncover Your Brilliance

 

Practical Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Practical Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Are you still needing to purchase gifts this year? Gifting seems to get harder every year. This year, in 2020, has been an interesting one. I have put together the top trends for 2020 and how to give meaningful and still useful gifts.

Here are the top gifts that will be trending this year

1. At Home Fitness
We have no idea when gyms will be running like they used to be. I don’t know about you, but the gym isn’t as much fun anymore – with mask requirements, social distancing and little to no group classes. Even child watch (if your gym offers it) isn’t the same. Gym time is social hour for a lot of people and we are just not getting that, right now. Anything to help someone stay active at home will be useful in 2020.
Check out this fully portable home gym

2. At Home Spa Treatments
Same goes for the spa – it just isn’t the same as it once was. To sit with a mask on to get your eye brows done or get your hair highlighted – how do they even do facials – takes the entire experience of going to get pampered to a whole new level. Go for sugar scrub, body butters, facials, and foot scrubs. Grab 30% off here sitewide

3. Education and self paced learning
So many people out of work and now have the time to learn something new, take up a new hobby or learn a new trade. Many are taking advantage of their extra time and energy to do something they have been putting off. Places like skill trade or udemy will be a favorite. Gift a Audible subscription or a new book.

4. Cooking at Home
Eating out seems like a thing of the past, with many restrictions on local restaurants. and so many people are investing in better cookware, better home appliances and learning how to cook healthier at home. Find a virtual cooking class to do together, even.

5. Date Nights at Home
Like everything else, date nights are more fun at home, right now. There are lots of subscription boxes you can purchase or better yet, put together your own date night, with a favorite meal, some hot cocoa and a movie night. Whether you cozy up the the fireplace or maybe you’d rather build a snowman together, stay cozy with free shipping and 30% off of some cozy socks or beanie hats.

6. Work at Home Tools
So many people are working from home (or school) these days, anything that you can do to make life easier or more efficient will be appreciated. You don’t have to stop at technology; think planners, new pens, a calendar or a message board. Of course, a new computer, new airpods or their favorite jammie pants are always nice too.

7. Technology for easier connection and collaboration.
Facetime, zoom and updated technology will be hot item. People are craving connection and their social circles and anything that makes socializing easier will be trending. Microphone for your iphone?

One of my favorite places to shop – Premier Designs – is closing their doors. If you need jewelry, women’s clothing, mens socks or housewares, you can shop at 30% off today. Free shipping is available for purchases over $75.

Premier Designs recently started a one stop shop marketplace, so you can find things from coffee, mugs, body care and cozy socks. You can find something for everyone.
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