Tuesday Topic: Homeschool, Private School, Public School?

Here is a question that is quite personal to me as we navigate our children’s unique needs.  Lisa E. asked,

What are the pros and cons of homeschooling vs. attending school outside the home in children with attachment challenges and severe trauma? We are currently trying to make this decision for the fall and I am guessing many of your readers have this question as well.

Every family is different, every child is unique, and many of us have tried a variety of approaches to educating our children from “hard places.”  This is a relevant and timely question for many families.

What are your thoughts and experiences?  Take a moment to let us know – we want to hear from you.  You can keep it short, or write a long comment, whatever you can squeeze into your day.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Encourage one another,


Rockin' Mama Update – and a Prize!

Hello Rockin’ Mamas — all 74 of you!  Just think of all of the love flowing through our families.

It is two days after Valentine’s Day, our official end date.  I was in Seattle at appointments for my girls, and didn’t wrap it up the way I had planned. I am happy to say that moms have continued to join us right up through the weekend!  This Challenge is really about you and your children – my hope was just to share what I am learning and help you get started, so the official end is really not an end at all.

I hope you are all persevering in the Challenge to the best of your ability.  It has been a wonderful process for our family.  Last night Honeybee and I rocked for at least fifteen minutes while she shared the details of a birthday party she attended; she went to bed a happy girl.

I want to encourage you to send me an email update about your Rockin’ Mama experience – so here’s the scoop.

Rockin' Mama Update: 28!

Today marks my 28th day of rocking Honeybee! We began on December 20th, so clearly, I didn’t manage to rock for 28 consecutive days, but we carved out the time every day we both were home and there was even a sliver of time to rock.

Our 15 minutes have often been taken up with Honeybee talking, she is an 11 year old girl after all, and she has lots to say.  Because we’ve worked hard to have our time alone, she has told me more about her life at the orphanage, about her friendships, and other memories.  It has been precious.

Anniversary for A Bushel and A Peck!

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of A Bushel and A Peck at this new website,  www.OneThankfulMom.com.  I started with a small blogspot address on June 19, 2006 having absolutely no idea that I would still be writing today.  I figured that once our children had been home for a short time, I would have nothing more to say.

Apparently that is not the case and most days I think of numerous posts to write — if only I could find a few quiet moments.

Thank you so much for being part of my life through A Bushel and A Peck — I am honored that in the midst of your busy days, you take the time to read my humble offerings. Even if you don’t have time to read this post, would you please skip to the bottom and read the last bit? It would mean the world to me to hear from you.

In honor of this day, here is the first half of the year in review.  The second half will follow tomorrow.