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Why We Chose to Homeschool

I’m already seeing the “back-to-school” pictures on my Facebook newsfeed as friends across the country send their children off to school, whether public or private. For the second year in the row, we will take a “back-to-school” picture at our front door and then send my daughter back inside our home, where we will have […]

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South Carolina :: One of the BEST States to Raise Kids {Despite Critics}

Recently, Good Housekeeping published an article online about the supposedly “best state” to raise a child. The editors got their information from the 25th edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book, produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The KIDS COUNT Data Book is a compilation of information from all 50 states about four factors related to child-rearing: […]

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10 Free Apps for Busy Moms!

Technology. It’s supposed to save us time, and yet in the age of technology we are busier than ever … and much of that is because of technology. Take e-mail, for example. It’s so much faster now to press the send button than write out a letter and mail it … but how much time […]

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A Columbia Mom’s Guide to Homeschool Activities and Resources Outside the “Home”

When I was attending Columbia International University, I remember the Dean of Women addressing us in chapel one day, asking how many of us had ventured out into Columbia in the past couple of weeks. Beyond the Harbison Wal-Mart, that is. She was appalled at how few of us were taking advantage of the fact […]

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Vacation Bible School in the Midlands :: A Complete Guide and FAQ’s

The school year is wrapping up, and kids and parents alike are looking forward to a change of pace this summer. For many of us, summer means a more relaxed schedule. But for many area churches, the pace is beginning to pick up as they prepare for one of the biggest community outreaches of the […]

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How I Became a Mother :: Two on Earth and Three in Heaven

Columbia SC Moms Blog is bringing you its latest series titled “How I Became a Mother” in honor of Mother’s Day. Each of us has experienced a unique journey into motherhood. Some of us have struggled with infertility while others have relied on faith and science. Some started their families early, while others didn’t begin […]

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When Your Friend is “Infertile”

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week – an issue affecting one out of eight couples. Despite the large number of people who fall into this category, it still remains one of the few “taboo” topics in our culture today for many reasons. It involves the most intimate relations between a couple and is closely […]

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Homeschooling with Classical Conversations

Back in February, Kristi P. shared some information about the classical approach to homeschooling. This is now the approach our family uses to homeschool our daughter in kindergarten, but we came to it somewhat backwards. This time last spring, I was looking into different homeschooling programs around the Midlands. I knew we could do it on our […]

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Is Your Child Behind?

I love words. Boggle and Scrabble were some of my favorite childhood games. My main “love language” is “words of affirmation.” Some of my favorite pastimes – reading, writing, crossword puzzles, blogging, talking with friends – all revolve around words. So it’s only natural I would be on the lookout for my child’s first words, […]

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Look, I’m Dancing!

“One, two, three, four, two, two, three, four, turn, two, three, four…” The choreographer counts steadily, and my mouth tightens with tension, because this isn’t my daughter’s dance class. Instead, it’s me trying to move in time with the music and not trip over myself. Now, as I continually stumble over my own feet, I […]

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