A Special New Series And Our New Book To Read

So far, the books we have read chapter-by-chapter on this blog have included “Tapestries” by Betty Staley, “Discipline Without Distress” by Judy Arnall, “Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma” by Nancy Samalin with Catherine Whitney.  You can find the posts regarding each chapter under the “Book Studies” tab along the top.

I am pleased to announce our next book will be “The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning”, by Sally Goddard Blythe.  This is such an important topic, and one that is near and dear to my heart given my background as a neonatal/pediatric physical therapist.

As far as a new special series…

I have a dear friend who was talking to me about a situation where I didn’t really want to weigh- in my opinion on a matter.  I was keeping so silent, and finally my friend said, “Carrie, you know, we like road maps!  Give us a road map!  We can modify the map, but at least it is a starting point.”  Her words startled me out of my reticence to comment to the group we were addressing, and it also led to a thought for this blog.

How would you like a starting point toward creating the family and homeschooling life you have always wanted?  How would you like a place to exchange ideas to help each other and where you could take what resonated with you for your family and your situation?

I guess the closest I ever got to this idea of a road map in the past was “Twenty Days Toward Becoming A More Mindful Mother” – were any of my current readers around then and followed that series?

I have been speaking with many mothers locally regarding what challenges they are facing in their families and how they are trying to build a scaffolding to support homeschooling, so I thought perhaps this summer would be an excellent time to pave the way toward a happy, healthy family for fall.

I am planning to post one to two concrete,  small, “do-able” things to make your real family life more in line with the family life you envision during this time.

I hope you will  enjoy this and plan to join me!

Many blessings,


17 thoughts on “A Special New Series And Our New Book To Read

  1. I’m so excited, Carrie. I will definitely be joining you! And I’m very much looking forward to the book study as well. What an exciting Summer!

    • Anushka, I am thinking after July 4th… I should have placed that in the post!
      Ah well.
      Many blessings,

  2. Ooooh Carrie,
    I’m so excited for this and it is perfect timing. I could use some more support structures beneath me as we embark on our new homeschooling journey this fall! Thank you!

  3. I have noticed there are two editions of the book. Do you know if there are many differences between the two editions and would I be missing allot by purchasing the first one? Thank you!

    • Hi Jennifer,
      I have the second edition, and I am unsure what the difference would be between the first and second editions..

  4. Thanks Carrie – what a great idea. I also love knowing what books you are planning on reading/sharing so I can find them in time to read along with you! I am a bit of a planner that way and have to order most books in this small town.

  5. I can’t wait to follow along and learn more about homeschooling and this book. My eldest son is due to start school next year ( we are in Australia and he will be 5 in September), both my husband and I know that homeschooling can be the ‘gold’ standard of learning and education but he still has a few reservations about my commitment to homeschooling. I hope that by reading your blog I can implement a few things in the next 6 months to prove that I can do it.

  6. Yes, yes, yes to the road map, scaffolding, whatever you want to call it. I was not a reader when you did the “20 Days” – and although I do love your new organization, I still wish your blog was a book, bc then I could get it off my shelf and read it. I just HATE reading online – ah, well, just one of my hang ups. I am excited about the book study too. Your blog us such a integral part of my parenting support. Thanks for all the time you devote to it.

  7. I love this idea! I’m working hard right now on refining and reflecting on my life, to help our days become smoother, healthier, and more fulfilling (my husband and I have two little boys, ages 3 1/2 and 1 1/2).

    Thanks Carrie, and especially, thanks for all you have shared.


  8. Oh I’m so excited this is the new book! I’m reading it now for an early childhood course I’m taking this summer and I’m also a pediatric PT so it’s right up my alley 🙂

  9. I would love more concrete small steps, so YES PLEASE on that!

    I’d also be interested in hearing any tips that you might have to share about how to work on balancing a work at home life (both my husband and I each work from home part-time) with daily rhythms. We’re having a hard time! Although our kids are young (7 months and 3 1/2 years) so I guess that’s to be expected!

    By the way, a friend turned me on to your blog a few months ago and I now receive your emails. I’ve been finding your posts to be so helpful, particularly the recent ones about bringing meaningful work to your toddler. So thank you!

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