Happy Friday! I hope today is good to you! Mondays can be tough sometimes, even for the Homeschooling Housewife! It can be hard to get motivated and moving, with “no one looking over your shoulder” – except that’s not really true, is it?
As a Homeschooling Housewife, we have kids watching us. A husband who sees a glimpse at the end of the day. Hopefully a community of other like-minded moms that we do things with (classes, field trips, play dates…). Most importantly, our Savior! He who promised:
- Never to leave us (Joshua 1.5),
- To guide us (Psalm 48:14),
- To rescue, protect, hear, and answer us (Psalm 91. 14-15).
Even neighbors and people at the store are watching! What are we to do?
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About The Book:
As part of the Launch Team, I recently received a free advance reader copy of The Homeschooling Housewife and Amber does a great job of pointing the way for us. In this book, while keeping an eye on exactly how busy this life is, Amber reminds and teaches us our priorities. When we have our priorities in the proper (Biblical) order, its amazing just how much better everything works!
That’s not to say that life will be perfect or without problems, by any means! But we will be better equipped to deal with things as they arise. By having our priorities in order and plans in place, we can feel prepared instead of overwhelmed.
Not Just for the Homeschooling Housewife!
I found The Homeschooling Housewife to be a very useful guide, whether or not you homeschool, and regardless of whether you are a stay at home mom or employed outside the home (or as a blogger 🙂 )
A large part of the book talks about the rest of life, and keeping that in line, making homeschooling flow and fit. But we all could use an example of how keeping priorities straight benefits all areas of life.
Obviously, keeping God as 1st priority effects our marriage, parenting, homeschooling, etc, but also effects housework and other daily tasks.
Have you thought about your friends as a priority to go in a proper spot?
- Are they mutually encouraging?
- Are they pulling you away from your family?
- Teaching you to be a more Godly wife and mother?
- Someone you are mentoring that is willing to learn?
The Homeschooling Housewife as a Planner?
I found this great for planning the new year. Going through, taking notes, and doing the “game plan” action steps at the end of each chapter was very helpful for me. It gave me clarity on where we are, and where we’re heading.
There are also some good conversations to be had with your husband. Amber suggested several topics that, if you have not already discussed, will probably short circuit a lot of difficulty and miscommunication, since you’re taking the time to get on the same page!
- Family values
- Relationship building
- Goals and team discussions/decisions on various issues
Guest Post from a Homeschooling Housewife Pioneer
(At least that’s what my mom and her friends called it when they started homeschooling 30 years ago!) I would like to welcome my mom, Sherri, and hear her thoughts on the Homeschooling Housewife (I lent her my copy to get another perspective for you):
“I have thoroughly enjoyed reading The Homeschooling Housewife. Amber Fox has written a very practical book to help any housewife/mother encourage her family to be godly, kind, loving servants of Jesus Christ. Homeschooling lends itself to growing a wonderful Christian family, but Amber’s advice is just as useful, whether you homeschool or not. The relationships you build within and around your family last way longer than an A on a spelling test.
A couple of things I really appreciated about “The Homeschooling Housewife” were
- the practical examples of how to make things “work” in your daily life and
- the encouragement to start now.
- Amber encourages readers to take the first step and practice until you get better and feel more natural.
- She encourages you to be real and set an example as someone who trusts God and seeks His discernment as you choose the “best” for your family.”
I can remember that schoolwork was important, but that relationships were key, and I knew that point would resonate with her, even without discussing it!
The Homeschooling Housewife Giveaway
(Giveaway closed, congratulations #5, Lisa!)
I enjoyed The Homeschooling Housewife so much, I got an extra (kindle) copy to give away to one of you! You have until New Year’s Eve to enter. On New Year’s Day, my son and I will draw a winner.
Your entry is simple: leave a comment below. All comments that are applicable, and longer than 5 words will be counted, and I will ask my little guy to pick a number between 1 and (however many comments there are), and that will be the winner.