SR 844: Becoming Homeschoolers: Graduation and Beyond – Monica Swanson, Part 3

“What better contribution to the world than a kid who is raised well and grounded in biblical truth?” ~ Monica Swanson

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Yvette Hampton sits down with Monica Swanson, author of *Becoming Homeschoolers*, dive into the joys and challenges of homeschooling in this inspiring episode of the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast. Author of “Becoming Homeschoolers,” Monica shares her experience with gap years, sports, and family dynamics while homeschooling her four boys. Whether you’re a homeschooling veteran or just considering this journey, you’ll find valuable insights and encouragement here!

📚 **Topics Covered**:

– Benefits of taking a gap year

– Combining homeschool with sports success

– Balancing joy and challenges in homeschooling

– Creating a family-focused education environment

– Practical tips for a successful homeschooling journey

Come back tomorrow for the rest of this conversation.

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Discussion Questions:

1. **Gap Year Decision-Making**:

– Monica Swanson discussed the advantages of her sons taking a gap year. What are the potential benefits and drawbacks of taking a gap year before college or career?

2. **Parental Insecurities in Homeschooling**:

– Yvette Hampton mentioned that seeing other seemingly perfect homeschool families can make parents feel insecure. How can homeschool parents manage these feelings of inadequacy and maintain confidence in their own methods?

3. **Joyful and Challenging Moments**:

– Monica shared both the joys and challenges of homeschooling. What are some of the most rewarding and difficult aspects of homeschooling you’ve experienced or observed?

4. **Homeschooling and Sports**:

– The episode touched on the difficulty of homeschooling athletes gaining access to higher-level programs. What are some potential solutions for homeschool families who want their children to participate in and excel at sports? Should this be a deciding factor in whether a family chooses to homeschool?

5. **Different Readiness Levels**:

– Monica emphasized that every child is ready for adult life at different stages. How can parents assess and support their child’s individual readiness for college or other post-secondary paths?

6. **Community Resources**:

– Monica spoke about varying access to community sports depending on where one lives. How can communities and churches better support homeschool families in providing athletic and extracurricular opportunities? Whose responsibility is it to provide this support?

7. **Biblical View of Education**:

– Both Monica and Yvette prioritize education from a biblical worldview. How important is integrating God’s Word into homeschooling for you, and what are some effective ways to do it?

8. **Character and Faith in Education**:

– Monica’s book, “Raising Amazing,” focuses on building character and faith. In your experience or opinion, what are the key elements in fostering these traits in children?

10. **Support Networks for Homeschoolers**:

– Considering the challenges discussed in the episode, what kind of support networks or resources would you find most beneficial as a homeschooling parent?

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I would say it takes maturity to say, I’m not ready, right?

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Exactly. It’s like a mature step, and I think there’s something to

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just owning it. Hey, everyone, this is Yvette

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Hampton. Welcome back to the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast. I am back with Monica

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Swanson. She is the author of Becoming Homeschoolers, and she’s also

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a podcaster, a blogger. She’s got a few other books. I mean, she’s kind of

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doing all the things, and she’s the mom of four boys. And

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so if you have not heard Monday’s episode and

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yesterday’s episode, go back and listen to those. You will be greatly

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encouraged. Before we get back into our conversation, though, I want to say thank you

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well, Monica, welcome back to the podcast. I am so enjoying our

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conversation. Um, we talked just at the very end and left a little bit of

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a cliffhanger about, uh, about, uh, gap

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years. And so my daughter’s taken a gap year this year. You’ve had your two

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oldest take gap years. Why did they do that? What was their

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purpose in taking a gap year? Right, right. I feel like people

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just gap years always kind of surprise people, and I’m like, everyone

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should think about a gap year. So I love that you bring this up.

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I think, if I’m really honest here, my oldest took

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a gap year because I just think

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I wasn’t. I didn’t. I didn’t

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homeschool him through high school with a real plan for

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what was to come next. And, um. And, I mean, he

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was fairly independent in his schooling, but when it came to

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he wanted to go to college, he knew that. He kind of had his eyes

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set on, you know, some. Some private Christian schools in Southern

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California that we couldn’t afford. So we knew a scholarship would be

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in order, but we weren’t quite ready. Like, his senior year,

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he just had. Didn’t do the early applications. He had taken the SAT, but.

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Or act and SAT, but. But he knew he could probably improve his score.

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So I started to get a little panicked, and I was like, hey, you could

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always take a gap year. Now, he was going to graduate at 17, turning

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18 a couple months later. But he. I think that really

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resonated with him because I don’t think he felt mature or

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emotionally ready to leave home. But using a gap year gave him

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that chance to kind of pull it together, figure it out, take some

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time, zoom out like we keep talking about. And it was such

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a great year. I know there’s things that some people do. You can go away

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to programs. You can do ministry stuff. My son just stayed home. He worked at

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a restaurant. It was tough work, but that gave him the chance to.

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Yes, take the act another time. Super improved his

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scores to really get sick and tired of working at a

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restaurant and not want to work there anymore. And

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also just to really take his time. As he considered colleges,

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filling out his applications, looking into scholarships, things went so well

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for him that this next one in line was like, well, I

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want to do the same thing. It made sense. It worked for him. So he

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also worked at the same restaurant, went through the same process,

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and we were really glad we did it. I feel like this was a game

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changer for them. Yeah, you said that he didn’t really. Your

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oldest didn’t quite feel mature, ready enough emotionally to jump in. And

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I think that’s an important thing to know because

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it seems like, you know, you look at your life, Monica, and you look at

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your boys, and you’re talking about them, and we look on social media, and we

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see all these other homeschool families, and we think, like, they’re so perfect. They have

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it all together, and their kids graduate from high school, and they know exactly what

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they want. And I think that can make us really insecure and

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feel very inadequate as parents. Cause, like, well, maybe

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we didn’t do something right. Why doesn’t my child feel mature enough or

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ready for adult life? You’re right.

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And it doesn’t really matter. I mean, if we’re being intentional about parenting

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our kids and raising them and homeschooling them, they may not

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still feel ready at graduation to jump into

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adulthood. Absolutely. It’s heavy. I mean, adulting is hard. Yes. I would

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say it takes maturity to say, I’m not ready. Right, exactly.

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It’s like a mature step, and I think there’s something to just

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owning it and being okay with it for your daughter, I just encourage her

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to just be like, yeah, I’m taking a gap year. Like, don’t. Don’t explain it.

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You don’t have to apologize, anyone? This is actually a really mature move

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and let people think what they will, but you’ll

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live it out and show them what that looks like and what comes next is

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up to you. Yeah, absolutely. Every kid is different,

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and they’re ready at different

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stages of life for different things and for what’s coming up next. And so does

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it mean that mom is doing it wrong because her kid takes a gap year

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or that she doing it right because her kid goes to college? Like, every kid

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is so different. So. And homeschooling allows for that. So talk about

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some of the joys and challenges of homeschooling, because,

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man, you’ve been through the years of homeschooling, and it can be really hard.

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It can be really joyful, but it can also be really challenging. So what are

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some of the things that, as you look back, are some of the most joyful

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times and then some of the most challenging times you’ve had? Right. I

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think, like, with all parts of parenting, you see so much clearer looking

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back. And I think back to the joyful times were

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a lot of just the regular days. And, oh, the treasures I

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had just in spending that sweet time over lunch with my

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boys, you know, hearing them read a paper that they

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wrote that I wouldn’t have probably witnessed if they were doing that somewhere else.

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Just so many of the sweet moments around the house, doing life as

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a family, now, that’s probably mixed with the same challenges,

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which was there were four kids around the house all the time,

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and I do appreciate a little peace and quiet, and I rarely have that. And

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so I think that sometimes I struggled with just the chaos, just feeling

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like, will my house ever feel clean and organized? Will I ever get to

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catch my breath and do something without being interrupted? So I think the

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hectic nature sometimes of just having a full house, especially with boys,

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maybe. But the joys and the challenges were all mixed. And now,

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looking back, it’s more, much more joy than challenge. And maybe I

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just kind of wish I had appreciated it more. I’m with you.

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Let’s talk about sports a little bit, because I know we’ve talked about your kids.

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You know, you’ve got your one son who’s, you know, he’s a

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professional surfer, which I think is so super cool.

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Talk about sports, because we don’t talk too much about sports in the homeschooling world.

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But I know that as homeschooling is growing, there are more and more parts of

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the country. I mean, where we live in Tulsa, we have every sport imaginable

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for homeschoolers, which is. I mean, we’ve got, like, whole football team

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and baseball and track and basketball. It’s. It’s pretty

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amazing. Okay. I know that’s not normal, right? Because

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Hawaii is not like that. No, most places don’t have that. But I actually. I

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love that you’re in a place that doesn’t have access to all of that

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stuff, but you might have a child who’s really athletic, and this

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is one of the reasons why oftentimes parents will say, well, I

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can’t homeschool. I have to put my kid in school because. Right. I. They’re made

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to be an athlete. Yes. Huge, huge topic. And I dedicate

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a whole chapter to this topic in becoming homeschoolers, because

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we do love sports in our family. And, you

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know, this is one of the things that’s going to vary state by state and

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sometimes district by district. But I have a really packed

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resource list in the book, and so if sports is on your mind, I

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point to all the best places to figure out how to

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navigate. Fortunately, my kids have done individual sports where they get

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to do what they want. So we have my 14 year old golfs,

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and my second oldest and second youngest son

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is a surfer. But it can be challenging. This is an

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area. I’m just really honest. If your kid is cut out to be an NFL

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player, maybe move to Oklahoma.

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There are places where you can do that, because there are things like football

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that not all communities have enough homeschoolers to have a full

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team. So it can be challenging. Um, I

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know that for my golfer son, who would love to get a

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scholarship to college in golf, he’d like to play, you know, a division one

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team. They make it really, really hard for homeschoolers to

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be, um, to. To be able to do that. So I’m

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navigating that right now. It’s not simple, but, hey,

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either individual sports are a good way to go, or finding a

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community where there is some options for homeschoolers. And it is so worth it. It

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is so worth it. And what’s the percentage of kids that actually end up playing

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professional sports? Right. If you’re gonna not homeschool for

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that reason, I’m gonna challenge you to really reconsider what your motivations

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are. Yeah, absolutely. That is a really good encouragement, because,

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again, we’re looking at the whole picture, right?

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Zooming out. We’re zooming out. We’re looking at that whole picture. And so. And that’s

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hard. I’m sure that’s a hard pill to swallow for moms and

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dads and kids who really want to be in

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sports, but. Yeah. And I imagine that it’s probably harder for

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homeschoolers to be recognized in sports and get scholar

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sporting scholarships because those recruiters just aren’t where the homeschooled

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kids are if they’re not playing on a big team or a team that has

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any kind of reputation. So. Yep. Well, and because I’m in it right

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now, I’ll just voice my frustration because I would love to see this change. What

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I’ve discovered. I mentioned division one and C A.

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They so scrutinize homeschoolers to the point that

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it’s nearly impossible, especially Hawaii and New York for some

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reason. They require so much

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what I’ve learned recently, and maybe I’m going to learn more, but you really have

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to have an official diploma, not a homeschool transcript of any sort.

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They make it so hard. And I’m looking at these schools going, how

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many public school students have basically, and they hardly can

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read, and they’re getting full ride scholarships to division one schools.

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They have a terrible education. They’re recruiting them. They go, but then

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they scrutinize homeschoolers for no end. And I’m

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like, really? I think there’s something a little off in the system that I’d like

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to see change. Right. Well, it’s because so many states

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especially, they’re so big into their college sports.

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I mean, where we are, it’s like the thing, it wasn’t in

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California, Los Angeles wasn’t like that so much. But here

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it’s ou and OSU. I mean, they’re rivals and they’re like, you know, you go

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anywhere and you see red and orange and white and, I mean, it’s just all

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very difficult because those colleges, they may not

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good grades. They want strong sports teams because that’s really what brings in

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the money. Yep. Yes, exactly. I mean, that’s, that’s a whole nother

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today Apologia.com. We are

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back with Monica. You know, as we’re looking at this book. You wrote this book,

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becoming homeschoolers. Give your kids a great education, a strong family,

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and a life they’ll thank you for later. You’ve done such a beautiful

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job writing this book. What do you hope that parents will take

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away from this book as they’re reading it? I mean, being encouraged by it.

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I think that I wanted to write the book that I wish I had

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when I was starting off my homeschool journey. It’s, you know, that I found a

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lot of books out there that were, you know, kind of that fluffy, magical,

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talking about philosophies of homeschool and throwing a blanket under a

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tree and reading great classical literature. And those are all

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maybe inspiring, but I’m the type of person that’s like, tell me what

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to do. I need to know what to do. And further, if I don’t necessarily

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dream of some magical homeschool experience, I just wanna give my kids enough that I

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can say they’re educated. What does that look like? So

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I really wanted to make this a guidebook. From preschool to college, a lot of

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people stress out about whether or not their kids can go to college. There’s

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been kind of a stereotype that, oh, homeschoolers don’t go to college. And I think

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oftentimes they don’t, for good reason. I don’t think college is for everyone. But for

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those who do want to keep that door open, I wanted to provide a guidebook.

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So I would say this is a guidebook, but it’s also, it opens

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with as we already touched on, you know, 20 good reasons to homeschool, reasons

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people don’t homeschool. I’m kind of giving the big sister tough love and saying, is

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that really a good reason to not homeschool? Let’s challenge that. Maybe there’s a way

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around it. So it’s kind of covering

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that decision. If you’re on the fence trying

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to decide or should we stick with it, it’s there for that. And then it’s

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a guidebook. And I just hope people finish the book. Encouraged,

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inspired, reminded why they started if they are

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homeschooling and just knowing that they’re not alone, that, no, it’s not

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easy and there is no perfect education. But goodness, when

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you look at the options out there today in the world we’re raising our kids

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in, it is so worthwhile to consider and take that leap

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and just give it your all. I mean, you only have these kids for a

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short time, really in the big picture of life. And what better

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contribution to the world, to God’s kingdom, can you give than a kid who is

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raised well and grounded in biblical truth? Amen.

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Amen. Talk really quickly about your podcast because I

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know you kind of went from the Boy mom

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podcast, that’s right. To the Monica Sponsor

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podcast. Talk about what you do on your podcast. And I know people

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I always see all the time. I mean, I feel like I see it once

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a week. Somebody will post on Facebook and

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one of the christian homeschool Facebook groups or just in like a mom parenting

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group or something. What are your favorite podcasts? And it’s always such a blessing

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when people say schoolhouse rocked. I’m like, yay. Yes, yes.

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But people are always looking for good podcasts, including myself. I love to listen to

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podcasts. Talk about your podcast. What do you talk

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about and how did you transition from the boy one to

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just Monica Swanson? Yes, I think I still have a lot of boy moms

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who listen. Maybe primarily, but yes, because my book,

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raising amazing, wasn’t just for raising boys. It also included

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raising girls and dads. I wanted to shift and give

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myself freedom to talk about all kinds of things. So the Monica Swanson

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podcast comes out every Wednesday, and

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it’s shifting a little bit as we speak. I feel like

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there’s so many topics I could talk about and want to talk about,

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but I’m really trying to focus on the things that I’m most passionate about,

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and that’s going to be biblical, parenting, family life.

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I do love health and wellness. My background is sports medicine. My

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husband’s a doctor, so I’m probably going to be covering a few more women’s

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wellness topics, which I think is super fun. But I really am

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all about being practical, biblical, you know,

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really offering kind of like I said in the book, what to

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do. Not, not fluffy concepts, but I want to give people really practical,

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helpful advice. So that’s what I do. I do a lot of interviews. People love

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it when I have my boys on. That’s super fun to talk to my grown

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boys. And so I’m having a great time growing the

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podcast. Yeah, love it. We will put a link to that, of course, in the

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show notes, or you guys can just look for it wherever you’re listening to the

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schoolhouse podcast. Talk about really quickly your book, raising

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amazing. So you mentioned that that book, because you never. Yeah, I know. We

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talked. I don’t know what happened. We were emailing back and forth about having you

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on to talk about that, and then I don’t even know what happened. Yeah, anytime.

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Talk about that real quick. Yes. Raising amazing grew out of my

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book. Boy mom. So many people were like, well, I have only daughters, but I

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love boy mom, can you share more for all of us? So really,

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what raising amazing is, it is a book

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on raising kids of character and faith. My husband shares a word to the

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dads at the end of each chapter, which I think is really good. Cause so

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many people are always like, oh, reading out loud or sharing it with their husband.

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I’m like, no, this is a short word to the dad, the Cliff notes version.

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And my husband gives a good hard word, encouraging word to

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the dads. And every chapter also has

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a short thought from one of my boys where they share, maybe from their

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experience, some encouragement, hoping that some of the parents will

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read these to the kids. So that book has been super fun

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and really goes in a little bit deeper on topics of character and

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faith. And it’s just been super fun to get that out in the

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world as well. That’s so cool. So it was really a family affair putting this

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book together. Such a family affair. So much fun in that way. That is

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awesome. Well, we’ll put a link to that, of course, in the show notes as

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well. Monica, thank you so much for being with us this

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week. And your website is MonicaSwanson.com. We

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will link that, but you guys don’t need to link. It’s so easy. Just go

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to MonicaSwanson.com. it’s spelled exactly as you would

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think. Monica Swanson.

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Monica Swanson. And you’ve got lots of blog posts and

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stuff on there. Lots of great stuff, many years of work. One more question. Let

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me ask you this real quick because you, like, quickly mentioned this. I think at

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the end of yesterday’s episode, I’m not sure that you have some courses.

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I do. I don’t know anything about your courses. Why? Oh, my gosh, tell me

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what? They have to share it with you. So the character training course also grew

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out of my book boy mom, where I share a story in my chapter on

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character about something I went through that was challenging when my son hit his teenage

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years. And I have had a flood of emails ever since saying, tell me more.

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I want to do this character training thing. So during 2020, I put it into

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a course and I open the course three times a year. But each time I

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get so many people who are diving in who really want to raise kids of

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character. It is a super packed, fun online course. But I’m

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also depending on when this comes out very soon. I have

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a course coming out called the Well-Rounded Homeschooler.

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So if you’re homeschooling and you just want to make sure you’re not missing anything,

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you want to make sure you’re covering like we’ve talked about sports and

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passions and interests and the social topic, that’s all going to be in the

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Well-Rounded Homeschooler course. There’ll be a link to that at my website.

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I’ve got more courses coming. I just love doing the online course

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thing. It’s been super fun and I think people have really enjoyed it. That is

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awesome. Well, thanks for asking. We’ll get all of that information in the show notes

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so you guys can find it quickly and easily. Monica, thank you again

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so much for being with us this week. It has been such a joy talking

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with you. Thank you. I love talking to you. Yeah. And I am not going

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to stop being jealous of your background and the fact that you are in

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Hawaii. So, you know, for us on the mainland, and it’s always like,

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are we ever going to make it to Hawaii? We’ve been there once. My husband

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and I went for our seven year anniversary and we went to Hawaii and Maui

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and it was amazing and we would love to go back again. So

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I don’t know, maybe this next year, it’s our 30th anniversary is coming up in

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February, so maybe we’ll go see you, Monica. Let’s do it for 30

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years. That would be awesome. Well, thank you guys for listening. We are so

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grateful for you. If there’s any way we can be praying for you or anything

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we can do to serve you. Send us an email. And if there are guests

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you want to hear from, topics you want us to discuss, anything, we are here

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to be a blessing to you, the homeschool community. And so let us

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know how we can do that Podcast@SchoolhouseRocked.com. dot stay tuned to hear

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what’s coming up next week on the podcast and have a great rest of your

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week. We’ll see you back here then. Bye.

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I’m one of those people that looks ahead. And I remember in preschool I was

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always mourning the preschool years being over, you know, and

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then in elementary school years, I was always mourning the fact that

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I’m now going to have a middle schooler. I struggle with the kids growing up.

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Like I, like I said, I could ever do this the rest of my life.

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And I remember I now have a high schooler and I called Rachel and I’m

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like, I feel like I can’t breathe. I feel like I’m constantly in

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this state of mourning, of knowing that she’s going to launch and

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I’m going to be a train wreck. She gave me the greatest advice and she

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said, here’s the thing. When it happens, it is going to

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literally feel like ripping your heart out. Like, it’s going to hurt. And she’s the

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first person that validated that because everybody else was like, oh, the Lord

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prepares you for it. And by the time they leave, they’ve already, you know, left

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so much, little by little that you’re going to be ready for them to go.

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And in the back of my head, I’m like, I’m not going to feel that

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way. I just know it. I know it’s going to hurt. And so she validated

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that. But then she gave me the best wisdom and she said, because it’s going

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to hurt so bad in that moment, stop making it hurt ahead of time.

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Like, enjoy the last years while you have them. Don’t keep

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projecting as to what’s coming. Like, fully be

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in the moment that you’re in. And so that’s what I want to share with

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all the moms on this journey. When you’re in the preschool years, be there

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fully. Don’t start to get anxious and stressed and have all

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those feelings about what’s next. God knows what’s next. And you’re going to

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fully feel it when it comes. But don’t, you know, don’t worry

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about tomorrow.

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