It’s in the happy habits that already exist in our home that I always find freedom. I hear that children thrive on a routine. I believe it’s important for adults too. You see, the day just goes differently when I don’t have my morning coffee.

Early in parenting, my husband and I built a daily habit of reading to our child. We saw how easily our eldest learned from us at home.

Then our family grew. The atmosphere was a bit more hectic. I often felt overwhelmed. I needed strategies. I wanted practical routines that worked for my family.

I started asking. I gleaned knowledge from the families who have gone before us on this homeschooling journey.

Guess what I found out? Your child will learn more by watching you – how you handle a tough situation, how you make a decision, how you love the Lord. Your children will pick up on your habits.

In the end, when all the dishes are put away, the beds are made and the test scores are recorded – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising our children is a God-given privilege. And folks, the time is short.

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children – preschoolers to middle schoolers. Learning about grace along the way. Before her real job as a wife and mother, she was an editor. Now she uses her editing marks on schoolwork and proofreads food labels for allergens. The journey continues at Hodgepodge where Tricia is also known as Hodgepodgemom. She also contributes a mixture of writing to Passionate Purposeful Parenting, The Curriculum Choice, $5 Dinners and Heart of the Matter.

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  1. Tricia, I need to talk to you about something (sooner would be better than later) but I don’t know how to reach you. Could you possibly contact me through Facebook (Vicki Appleby Bentley) or through the contact page of my site, with a way to talk to you for a few minutes? Thanks!

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