Come hear me talk about “How to Work And Homeschool” in a podcast interview

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Image sourced from the Homeschool Heartbeat website

It’s fun to see my first book receive renewed media interest this year.

First there was the Fast Company article  back in the winter. Then, back in April, I was interviewed for the Homeschool Heartbeat podcast. The interview is available now to listen online or download to your favorite device.

From the transcript:

Mike: Well Pamela, what are the characteristics of a successful working homeschool parent that you’ve seen?

Pamela: You know, they’re very inquisitive. They’re curious, they’re always looking for fresh ideas, fresh approaches. They’re open-minded. One of the big things—and this is true of any homeschooler, but I think it’s particularly true of working homeschool parents—is once you’ve decided to do it, resisting that impulse to go buy the “perfect curriculum,” and hand it out.

But the successful working homeschool parent [is one] who sits down and figures out “What way does my child learn best? Which sort of method is going to help him or her succeed in this, and how do I best teach and learn myself?” Having those conversations in a de-schooling period where you back off the traditional model for a little while and get to know one another again, and then making choices—maybe unschooling is a better fit for you, maybe more of a traditional model is a good fit for you and your kid—and then making a choice from there forward.

And then the other thing is [that] working homeschool parents have to engage in self-care. And that’s not just getting a pedicure, although that’s fun. But [it’s] finding ways to reconnect with the part of you that makes you you—whether it’s creating something, or engaging in a mindfulness practice, or prayer—whatever centers you and anchors yourself as a person, can really strengthen all the other work that you have to do.

To hear the full interview and/or read the transcript, click here.

Explore More:

• Veteran working homeschoolers: Check out our new parent survey (Summer 2016).

• Aspiring working homeschoolers: Check out our virtual “how to” workshop.

Pamela Price is the author of two books from GHF Press, including How to Work and Homeschool: Practical Advice, Tips, and Strategies for Parents. For more information on working while homeschooling–including how to set up a one-on-one consultation with Pamela, see the book’s Facebook page and HowtoWorkandHomeschool.com.

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Contemplating “Opportunity Fatigue”

Contemplating opportunity fatigue

 

My friend Jade Rivera wrote a post last week that hit me right in the heart.

It’s about what she calls “opportunity fatigue“:

A person with opportunity fatigue is exhausted in the face of almost unlimited opportunities for growth and learning, who could self-actualize in any given direction if they weren’t overwhelmed with constraints, options, and decisions.

This made so much sense to me, on so many fronts, that I stared at the words on my monitor, mouth agape for several minutes.

Yes, Jade. This. This. THIS.

In a world where we feel compelled to “do all the things,” there comes a point when one starts to ask how, when, and eventually why?

Jade acknowledges upfront that there is a lot of privilege tied to this phenomenon, and other friends point out, rightly, that there is some overlap here with polymaths and multipotentialites (a.k.a. “gifted adults”). Yes, I say, to all of that. It doesn’t make opportunity fatigue any less overwhelming, however, if you’re sinking or mired in it.

There are some issues here related to mid-life crises, too. Not the kind dramatized in media (cougars in tight skirts and men in fast cars) but rather those quiet, uneasy moments when one realizes life really is short and it might be running out on you personally. Basically, it’s the kind of stuff every middle-aged woman I know is going through this week, to some extent. Continue reading

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