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How to Be a More Productive Homeschooler – The Wired Homeschool

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Michael Hyatt’s most recent podcast, Become More Productive by Reengineering Your Morning Ritual really struck a chord with me this morning.

Perhaps it’s because for the past two mornings I’ve slept-in and showed up late to work or because deep down I know that my morning ritual (or routine) is flawed.

As a homeschooling dad (or mom) getting started in the morning can be one of the most stressful and difficult times of the day. Getting an early, productive start to the day sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Michael examined 7 steps that will help you refine your morning routine to make it a more productive experience. Briefly, they are:

1. Acknowledge that you already have a ritual.
2. Document your existing ritual.
3. Evaluate whether or not it is producing the results you want.
4. Determine the results you want (and don’t want).
5. Reengineer your current ritual.
6. Implement your ritual.
7. Tweak your ritual as necessary.

I’m not going to go into detail on these steps, listen to Michael’s podcast for that, but I do want to point out that we homeschoolers don’t often view ourselves from a professional point of view.

Personal and professional productivity tips and tools can go a long way in helping us as homeschool parents to do our “jobs” with an intentional mindset. We are leaders, entrepreneurs, and the CEOs of our homeschools. The more we view our calling to homeschool as a profession (no matter what style of teaching you subscribe to) and the more intentional we become in educating our children the better off they will be.

As a side benefit, we’ll be modeling leadership skills that they can use when they get older.

What do you think? Do you think studying leadership skills can help in your homeschooling? Leave a comment below!

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WHS 54 – Advice for Geek Husbands

The honeymoon is over, guys. By now you’re used to waking up next to your wife after listening to her snore all night. You didn’t know she snored. Her hair looks like a rat’s nest and her breath stinks. There’s something else that stinks too.

No, I’m not talking about your breath. I’m talking about your relationship. The thrill is gone and you don’t know why. First, let me say that if you’re reading this on your smartphone and your wife is in the room with you then you need to stop. Now. Come back to this later and talk to your wife.

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Digital Dads – Is there an app for that? [Infographic] – The Wired Homeschool

Hey dads, we have a responsibility to make sure our kids get the best education on the planet. As homeschool dads we have an even greater responsibility.

Being a good dad in the digital age is getting harder and harder. We’re getting older, our kids are getting wiser and it’s hard to keep up with the latest social media fads.

Despite the struggles we face as parents in keeping a balance in our homes when it comes to the use of technology, we also notice the benefits of modern technology. This infographic shares some of the ups and downs of being a “digital dad”. Continue Reading →

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Where are all the homeschool dads hiding? – The Wired Homeschool

Listen up, dads! Where are you hiding? I’d really like to have a virtual man-cave where we can all get together and talk about homeschooling. Most of us dads aren’t very active (I’m working on that). We push out our chests when we capitalize on a teachable moment but our wives are usually doing the daily grind of schooling our kids.

I know some of you are out there and you have blogs or a somewhat popular presence on the intertubes but what about the rest of you? I get email from moms all the time telling me that their husband is into tech but I hardly ever here from you guys! What gives?

Consider this your chance to get the word out about your blog, etc. I want to hear from you! Comment below and I will add your info to this post. Let’s get a list of homeschooling dads going so that we can share/follow/encourage each other.

If I initially left you off the list, please don’t feel offended. My brain is only running on half a cup of decaf coffee this morning.

This list will eventually morph into a blogroll which will be posted in the sidebar. I’ve decided to create a public Twitter list so you can see the updates from these fine homeschooling dads.

Homeschool Dads

Jay Ryan (@jayryanastro) – www.classicalastronomy.com
Gerald McKoy (@geraldmckoy) – www.homeschoolnetcast.com
Todd Wilson (@youdadad) – www.familymanweb.com
Farren Constable (@Farren) – Homeschool Tech Topics
Steven David Horwich (@homeschoolcurr) – www.connectthethoughts.net
Steve Sensenig (@pianosteve) – www.myhomeschooltranscripts.com
Joel Rosenberger (@joelrosenberger) – www.freshpiano.com
David Roller (@homeschooldad) – dave-homeschooldad.blogspot.com
Jeff Schmitz (@scholaric) – www.scholaric.com
Jeffrey Hite (@jahite) – jeffhite.com
Mike Prince (@kmichaelprince) – kmichaelprince.com
Joel Dittmer (@jdgeek) – jdgeek.blogspot.com
Allen Paul (@allencpaul) – homeschooldaddy.wordpress.com
Jason Bean (@bnpositive) – Homeschool Daddy
Gandalf Hudlow (@MyKidsBrain) – My Kid’s Brain Blog
Larry Pruett – www.ancientpathsweb.com
Chuck McKnight (@ChuckMcKnight) – http://www.beingfilled.com
Jackie Bledsoe (@jbledsoejr) – JackieBlesoe.com
Scott Moore (@thecallofmen) – The Call of Men
Kevin Gainey (@kevingainey) – DadTeaches.com

If you know of anyone else who should be added to this list, please add them and don’t forget to add yourself by leaving a comment below.

 

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