What's the Story Behind the Stories?

To answer, I have to ask another question:

Is it possible for moms to develop their unique talents and fulfill their own needs while being great mothers?

I respond with an enthusiastic, "YES!" Here's my story...

Calculus? Really??

When my son was in 6th grade, he started to not do as well in school as he had done previously. By the middle of his 7th grade year, his academic achievement began to drop significantly. Worse, and even more alarming, I realized he had lost his desire to learn. How do you give your child a desire to learn?! I tried everything I could think of to get my son back: incentives, daily accountability, working with his teachers, wearing the Homework Police hat, granting and removing privileges, etc. Nothing worked for very long, and we were both getting frustrated.

As we were talking on my bed one day, I felt impressed to ask my struggling 7th grader, "If you could learn anything in the world that you wanted to learn, what would it be?" His answer made me do a double-take. "Calculus", he replied. He was serious! "Calculus?!?" I repeated back. "Then why in the world are you in pre-algebra instead of algebra?" I asked aloud more to myself than to him. "Because I wasn't fast enough to be able to finish all the questions on the test last year to go into algebra this year." At this point, I had the strongest impression to home-school my son. I just knew inside that it was a custom-designed answer especially for him.

Home School? Seriously??

I had to put on the Brave Mom hat when I committed to entering this very unfamiliar territory of home-schooling, but I was encouraged by how everything clicked into place once I started to walk in that direction. Home-schooling my son enabled me to learn things that I had never learned before. My favorite was real, early American history – the kind that includes empowering stories of divine Providence in the lives of men and women who sacrificed to establish and preserve liberty for us to enjoy in our day. At the conclusion of studying this subject with my son, I found myself desiring that every child in my state have the opportunity to learn what my son and I had learned. But how could the desire of a mere Mom from this tiny, rural place called Mountain Green make that kind of a state-wide difference?

I have learned to never underestimate the power of a mother's pure desire!

Following mother's intuition, I began attending my local school board meetings and, later, my Utah State Board of Education meetings. A member of the State Board invited me to assist in reviewing and updating our state social studies curriculum when I shared with him my interest in early American history. Before summer vacation, I checked out every text book in my school district (K-12) that taught social studies, and reviewed all of them over the summer to see what my children had learned or would be learning. I discovered that little to nothing of the exciting stories I had learned with my son had been taught in these texts. . . . click here to CONTINUE