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Homeschooling (and Raising!) a Houseful: How to Survive the Early Years and Thrive in the Teen Years

Today I am talking about homeschooling a houseful and how to survive the early years so that you can thrive the teen years! Yes, we love the older years! Even if you aren’t a homeschooler, much of the encouragement today will apply to anyone who has children.

There were certainly some difficult seasons with a whole bunch of littles that I didn’t know how we would ever make it-but we did. And I am so thankful to the Lord for Him leading us. We just need to shift our thinking and realize this is a journey and a process, and not an instant result. There are so many ways to build foundations early on and then see your family thrive as you grow!

Links I mentioned in this episode:

Homeschooling High School and Parenting Teens: Have No Fear • ep 151

Homeschooling Multiple Ages • Podcast Ep 46

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“I am grateful for a Spirit-filled woman like Karen who I could discuss homeschooling and life within this new adventure of hers. I have been homeschooling for seven years and felt like I needed some outside perspective for my life and homeschool. I chose Karen because I love her focus on living for Jesus and I desire that for my life. I opted for a one-hour session with her via FaceTime. The hour flew by. The format worked well because Karen came to the hour-long session well-prepared after reviewing a questionnaire I had previously filled out. She listened to my concerns and questions and provided feedback. She prayed for me, encouraged me, challenged me, and gave me some things to think and pray about. Her insight and perspective were such a blessing to me. I highly recommend the consultation! If I ever feel the need to have outside perspective again, I would do another consultation again. It was a great investment for me and my family.”

 

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Homeschooling High School and Parenting Teens: Have No Fear • ep 151

I never, ever thought I’d homeschool, let alone homeschool high school! And here we just graduated our first. I remember thinking the teens years were something to dread and homeschooling high school would be an impossibility. To my pleasant surprise, not only did we survive, we thrived. It is a joy to see my young adult children now walking in truth and launching into the world.

Parents don’t fear the teen years. God is in control and you can homeschool high school with joy!

Related Episodes

My Perspective on Homeschooling Has Changed Now That My Daughter is in College

Ten Things I Want You to Know About Homeschooling • Ep 68

Homeschool Consulting & Mentorship

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“I am grateful for a Spirit-filled woman like Karen who I could discuss homeschooling and life within this new adventure of hers. I have been homeschooling for seven years and felt like I needed some outside perspective for my life and homeschool. I chose Karen because I love her focus on living for Jesus and I desire that for my life. I opted for a one-hour session with her via FaceTime. The hour flew by. The format worked well because Karen came to the hour-long session well-prepared after reviewing a questionnaire I had previously filled out. She listened to my concerns and questions and provided feedback. She prayed for me, encouraged me, challenged me, and gave me some things to think and pray about. Her insight and perspective were such a blessing to me. I highly recommend the consultation! If I ever feel the need to have outside perspective again, I would do another consultation again. It was a great investment for me and my family.”

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My Perspective on Homeschooling Has Changed Now That My Daughter is in College

Bringing my daughter to college has changed everything in so many ways. First, our daily life has changed. The whole family dynamic has changed. It is different. And hard sometimes. But oh, so good too. She is where God has led her to be and we are excited about that! (that makes the hard times easier to handle.) 

But something else changed that I didn’t expect. My perspective on this whole homeschooling journey. Well, there are some regrets-or shall I say, lessons learned. Nothing huge, but things I realize I could have done differently. That’s always the case with the firstborn in anything I am sure…you learn from your mistakes.

But, my perspective on what truly mattered has really shifted. I look at my boys that I am schooling now and realize, these truly are the greatest years. And I want to live out this calling with joy instead of fear that crippled me many times early on.  I want to keep it simple more than ever because I don’t want to be distracted. Time is short…why waste it on things that don’t matter?

I think fear is why I got caught up in so much of the “homeschool stuff” over the years. Yes, fear. Instead of faith.

Homeschooling moms…I know it seems overwhelming and you want to do it all. You want to keep up with what everyone is doing. You want to succeed. You want the best for your kids. You feel the responsibility of educating your child.

I get it. I truly get it.

But looking back in the rearview mirror, it is like everything came into focus.

The time spent around the table, on the couch, on the porch…in the yard…it mattered.

The time spent worrying over all the little details. Did not.

The time we spent together…our inside jokes, our fun moments…and even our arguments and hard times…it all mattered. It was shaping our relationship.

The time spent shopping for school room decor, or researching methods…not so much.

We learned together, and ultimately we raised a young woman…we didn’t just build a transcript. 

Life is about so much more than academics.

She ended up learning math, and science, and history…but most importantly she learned about life.

I see homeschool mamas chasing after so many things- the right curriculum, the right plans, the right stuff…

And I want to tell them…

STOP!

Stop. God called you to this journey and He already knows what you need to walk through it and do it well.

God called you to this journey and He already knows what your kids need.

So why are you looking everywhere else?

In the end, so much of the stuff I stressed over is just a memory now. It seemed SO so big at the moment. But now…I get it.

The year of the workboxes. Oh, finding just “the right” plastic little boxes and the right cards to insert. That was the homeschooling trend of the time, I suppose.

Or the year I wanted to make sure our little office was transformed into a proper schoolroom. It just had to be the “right atmosphere…” Otherwise, how would they learn? (Ha!)

The right planner. The right system. The discipline chart. The chore chart. The meal plan. The hacks everyone said would make my life easier. You name it. I chased it.

In the end, they seemed to complicate things more. I relied on all these things. Expecting them to make me successful. And if I wasn’t, then on to the next one…Always a new trend to follow. Always a new thing to research.

And all along, my kids’ hearts and my own heart were needing tending to most.

I have talked over the years about the homeschoolers of years ago…how they didn’t have ALL the STUFF we have today and they did just fine. Well, I know now more than ever how much I want to be like them! Not relying on stuff, but on God. Keeping it simple. Focusing on my kids. Getting off the screens (that just make me feel so inadequate anyway) and stop searching for answers there, and start searching for answers in the Word.

They say your babies don’t keep. Well, neither do your teens. In my mind, I just hadn’t really realized that. But when your daughter starts a new life two hours away…no matter how good of a life it is, that is just HARD. You are faced with the fact that those childhood years are done. They are over. It doesn’t go forever.

 

But they were the foundation for what has built her into who she is now. And thankfully we built mostly the right things…even though we may have fussed over things that we didn’t need to at times.

So I am telling all the homeschool mamas today…your babies don’t keep. Your teens don’t keep. Picture yourself here like me someday, when it’s all done…and ask yourself…is what I’m focusing on right now really going to matter in the end?

I want to tell every homeschool mom reading this…yes, the transcript is important. Yes, the curriculum is important. But truly, what matters is a mom that points them to Jesus. Not to the things of this world.

I am thankful I learned some of these lessons along the way. Some were painful lessons, but I am thankful that I tried to keep it simple. And to my surprise, it seems there is still room to simplify even more.

I recently started a Personalized Homeschool Consulting and Mentorship Program for these very reasons. How I wish easly on I had someone to walk alongside me, that was seasoned, and could have gently told me…”Keep your eyes on Jesus.” or someone to say, “Stop looking for the perfect curriculum. You’ve got one that works. Look at your kids instead.”

I have just started appointments and I am so thrilled to be able to do this for the homeschooling community. If you are interested in my consulting or mentorship click here or email me any time! karen@simplylivingforhim.com

This journey is such a blessing. It doesn’t have to be filled with fear when walked in faith…

Babies don’t keep. Teens don’t keep. But thankfully, by the Lord’s grace they grow into adults you will adore and be blessed by each day.

To learn more about my Homeschool Consulting and Mentoring visit: Homeschool Consulting and Mentoring. Don’t walk this journey alone.

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Homeschool Consulting and Mentoring

One of my greatest joys, as I have written for the homeschool community for over a decade and spoken across the country, is to connect with homeschooling families walking this journey. It is a privilege to speak with, pray with, and offer advice to so many of you. And many times, I have received several emails and inquiries that I just wish I could devote more time to and give more thorough advice, mentorship, and counsel than an email reply. Which is why I am thrilled to offer this brand new addition to my ministry here at Simply Living for Him.

Personal Homeschool Consulting and Mentoring

From a client:

“I am grateful for a Spirit-filled woman like Karen who I could discuss homeschooling and life within this new adventure of hers. I have been homeschooling for seven years and felt like I needed some outside perspective for my life and homeschool. I chose Karen because I love her focus on living for Jesus and I desire that for my life. I opted for a one-hour session with her via FaceTime. The hour flew by. The format worked well because Karen came to the hour-long session well-prepared after reviewing a questionnaire I had previously filled out. She listened to my concerns and questions and provided feedback. She prayed for me, encouraged me, challenged me, and gave me some things to think and pray about. Her insight and perspective were such a blessing to me. I highly recommend the consultation! If I ever feel the need to have an outside perspective again, I would do another consultation again. It was a great investment for me and my family.” ~consulting client

I am honored to have a chance to walk alongside you on this journey, whether you need a one time boost of encouragement or counsel or an ongoing relationship for accountability, planning, prayer, encouragement, and guidance.

How often do you wish that you had someone you could sit down with, who has walked this journey already, and picked their brain? Perhaps you are overwhelmed, burnt out, and running on empty. Maybe you need a fresh set of eyes on your plans and curriculum? Or just an outside perspective. Perhaps you just need a listening ear, a prayer warrior, or someone to help point you back to your goals and your focus. Maybe you can’t sort through the curriculum catalogs just one more time and need guidance in choosing the right fit. Whatever you are facing, I would love to join you as an encourager, mentor, and consultant.

This will not just be about choosing a curriculum, methods, plans, or even organization. Yes, I can, and will be available to help you with those things. But my goal first and foremost will always be to keep you focused on your God-given calling in homeschooling and seeking the Lord first in all you do. I will provide biblically-based encouragement.

“After my call with Karen today I feel more at peace about beginning this homeschooling journey. It was like talking to a longtime friend, very real but also so encouraging. It helped to have someone to express my concerns, desires to and to ask my questions. I appreciate the openness and the relatability to Karen and her experience homeschooling. Well worth the time and money. I would recommend a call with her if for nothing more than to talk to this inspiring and God filled woman.” ~consulting client

How Does it Work?

We will meet via Skype, phone, or in-person (limited availability depending on location.)  You can purchase a one time call or we have monthly plans. There is also an option for check-ins as needed. You will receive a questionnaire by email to fill out before our first meeting so I can get to know you and your needs first. This will help me begin to prepare a plan for our time together. You will decide if you need a one-time consultation or you would like to meet regularly. 

“Karen was a blessing to be able to spend time with. She patiently listened to my concerns and fears about home educating and parenting in general. She related to me by sharing similar experiences from her own life and encouraged me that everything is going to be okay when we follow Jesus. Most importantly for me is that she helped to give me a vision for the next few stages of my children’s lives. She wisely gave me some directives to do that will help me see more clearly the direction God is calling our family to go. I so appreciate her willingness to take the time to pour wisdom into the home educating families of today. What a privilege it was to spend one-on-one time with Karen. ” ~ consulting client

Who is Karen DeBeus?

 

Karen is a nationally known speaker, author, and podcaster at Simply Living for Him. She is a veteran homeschooler who has graduated her first and is still schooling her three other children at home. She is the author of three best-selling homeschool books and has sold over 50,000 copies combined between them.

For years homeschooling moms have been encouraged by her talks at homeschooling conventions across the country and her weekly podcast Simply Living for Him. She has spoken at homeschooling events, women’s events, and most recently the Bible Family Conference in Washington, DC.

She has walked out this homeschooling journey in a real and authentic way online sharing with her readers the good, the bad, and everything in between. She believes when we link arms as homeschooling moms and keep Jesus at the center of all we do, we can move mountains in our homeschools!

Her mission will always be to point others to Jesus. She lives on her little hobby farm in rural NJ, where her family traded in the rat race to live more simply for the glory of God.

Who is this For?

Here are just some examples of someone who may benefit from Karen’s services:

  • New homeschoolers just starting out and needing direction and guidance
  • Homeschoolers needing accountability and encouragement
  • Homeschoolers that are feeling overwhelmed and need refocus
  • A mom looking for guidance from someone who has completed the homeschooling journey
  • Homeschoolers looking to simplify their homeschools and get rid of distractions (this is her specialty! Karen will help you get your focus back!)
  • Homeschoolers near the end of their journey and wanting to finish well
  • A homeschooler needing help in choosing curriculum (please note- Karen will help you make decisions and guide you, but will not put together a program for you.)
  • A mom of many wondering how to homeschool multiple ages
  • A homeschool mom looking for support and encouragement as well as prayer
  • A mom that wants a biblically-based outlook on homeschool and is willing to seek the Lord above all else

*Please note, There may be instances where Karen will need to point you to resources to equip you further such as HSLDA. Karen can not provide legal advice or be responsible for your homeschool choices, but will always do her best to use her experience and wisdom to point you to resources above what she can provide. 

What Does it Cost?

Depending on your needs, we can accommodate a personalized plan.

Cost will range as follows: (Black Friday Packages NOW available!)

  • One-time-only session via Skye or phone call – 1 hour  (with initial email questionnaire): $50 $40
  • 3-month package of one hour sessions, monthly:$140 $120
    ( After the first 3 months, you may wish to purchase an additional 3 months and will continue with the $140 rate in increments of 3 months.)
  • 1 Hour Session with 2 30 min check-ins $75 (*Black Friday Special!)
  •  Check-in meetings (30 min.- only available after the purchases of at least one-hour session): $25 

Contact Karen Now to Get Started! (these prices are valid until December 2nd 11:59 pm.) karen@simpylivingforhim.com or click here

Together, let’s walk this journey and purpose to make this journey less overwhelming and filled with more joy!