Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Thrifty Homeschooler

Over the years, I've watched a number of homeschooling friends put their children in school so Mom can work fulltime outside the home, even though Mom truly feels called to homeschool. Sometimes, this happens due to catastrophic events beyond anyone's control. Other times, it's completely avoidable. Either way, it breaks my heart.

For this reason I gave a talk at the NACHE conference many, many years ago called "The Thrifty Homeschooler." I received such positive feedback on the topic I went on to start a Yahoo Group by the same name and made the commentment to write a regular column. More recently, I started a blog.

I've decided to write a book on the topic of thrift, not just for homeschoolers, but for all families. My plan is twofold: Give practical advice and also delve into the spiritual benefits of thrift. It'll be some months before I lay pen to paper. In the meantime, I plan to immerse myself in reading about the spirituality of poverty. I'll begin, of course, with St. Francis. Please, if you have specific book titles you think I absolutely must read, leave a note for me in the combox.


Alice Gunther said...

Praying for you as you begin this worthy endeavor!

Suzanne Temple said...

This is an important topic. I would like to see some balance in the final work. I have pinched pennies in order to stay at home and homeshool and I think it is a good practice (even spiritual), but I have also pinched too hard at times and allowed money concerns to eclipse our family's good. It is a difficult balance. I'm still trying to learn to walk it. All the best!

Anonymous said...

Happy are you Poor by Fr. Dubay is very, very good (and very challenging).

Anonymous said...

I would like to recommend Mary Hunt's Debt-Proof Living and Debt-Proof Your Marriage, although I'm guessing you are probably already familiar with those. I would also like to recommend a less-well-known (possibly not in print) book called Escape to Prosperity by Wes Beavis.