Normally, I'm using products with the kids and sharing how they fit into our homeschooling methods, if they worked for us or not. Our schooling has been so incredibly enhanced by these review products, many I'd never heard of before signing on with The Old Schoolhouse Review Team. Honestly, I can't even imagine what the kids education would look like without the products we've been able to test out.
This review is different because it was something that I got to use.
When I first read the description of Apologia Ministries new book Flourish: Balance For Homeschool Moms, I knew I had to have it. In fact, it took a lot of restraint to not just go ahead and order it. But I was good, I waited for the chance to review it and was pretty excited when I made the cut.
After what I consider to be our first real school year, one in which I had to juggle an open heart surgery, a job change, and the beginnings of a cross country move, I am feeling a bit unbalanced.
This year was fabulous and solidified in my mind that homeschooling is the absolute right option for our family, but it was hard. I was stretched and there were many days that I felt flat out unequipped. I knew that a book like this could be just what I needed to start our next school year off on the right foot.
First things first, the book is pretty.
I love pretty books.
The author, Mary Jo Tate, specifies that while the title says "for homeschool moms," it's really for all moms. After reading it, I totally agree. Managing a household is only made slightly trickier by educating your kids at home. Even if your kids go to school, if you work inside or outside of the home, family life and get out of balance. This book has words of wisdom that can benefit any mom.
There is quite a bit of talk directed at women who are homeschooling and running an in home business. In fact, I'd say that if you are in that category, this is a must read. However, I felt that her discussions on how to manage homeschooling and your business could easily relate to a lot of other tasks.
What I loved most about this book is that if made me think about where I was unconsciously placing my priorities. One of my favorite quotes was when she says that by saying yes to one thing, I'm saying no to another. That really made me think about what those other things I was saying no to were. I quickly learned that most times, I was saying no to the more important. It's a work in progress, but I'm starting to see that the urgent isn't always the most worthy of my time and energy.
When you purchase the book, you also get access to a downloadable file that is full of things to use to help you manage your time. To do list, schedules, planners. I'm already a planner and to do list enthusiast so I didn't use these, but if you are new to this sort of organization this is an awesome resource.
I really enjoyed this book.
It's so easy to get our priorities all mixed up and in doing so, lose out on the things that we really want to be doing. If you are looking to find more balance in your day, I recommend you pick up a copy of this book.
You can get a copy of Flourish: Balance For The Homeschool Mom at Apologia for $15.00.