I don’t tend to write too many blogs that are about my day-to-day mom struggles, but someone recently suggested to me that you all might actually really appreciate it. So, here I am! It’s early August and back-to-school is right around the corner and while this time of year is usually a ball of stress in the best of times, this year with the pandemic still going on it’s even more jaw-clenching with the choices we are faces as moms this school year. So, let’s chat school and where my household is at these days on the big issues with back-to-school


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The big issue is public vs. homeschool, right? I want to tell you that I have totally picked a side, but the truth is that the more time I spend doing this mom thing the less sure I am about it and the pandemic-forced distance learning model really helped to highlight this. My own witchlings did NOT do well with distance learning. However, every homeschool mom I’ve talked to in groups and those I already knew personally tells me that the distance learning that we were thrust into last Spring bears almost no resemblance to true homeschooling.

In my state (Connecticut) each district has been required to come up with their own plan. In my town we were given surveys to determine what our thoughts and plans were currently. Approximately a quarter of the parents surveyed indicated that they would keep their kids home from school completely where possible. This is, according to the town public school officials, higher than the estimated state average. Only this morning did I learn that the town’s current plan is to do primarily a hybrid thing where the kids go for two days a week and EVERYONE is home on Wednesdays.


I love homeschooling. I love the idea of it. I love the idea of custom building curriculum for the witchlings that teaches them all the stuff I wish I had been taught as a kid. (Like survival skills, tax prep, budgeting, botany… weird combination I know, LOL.) However, I barely have time to write this blog nevermind teach my three kids. I don’t know if I can do it as much as I love it. But it’s still on the table. I am just so overwhelmed at trying to figure out how to fit into our lives that I’m really non-committal about actually doing the work to make it happen. (Although I am slowly read THIS BOOK to learn more if you’re looking for homeschool resources.) - I was thinking of keeping the kids home full-time, but I’m not sure if that’s any easier than homeschooling. (Which is why I’m still considering it.) I’m comforted by the fact that I can actually pull the kids out of school to “homeschool” them anytime if what we choose first isn’t working. And I’ll be closing my first business (my “day job”) for the winter starting in Thanksgiving which means after then I’ll have way more time to invest.
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I love homeschooling. I love the idea of it. I love the idea of custom building curriculum for the witchlings that teaches them all the stuff I wish I had been taught as a kid. (Like survival skills, tax prep, budgeting, botany… weird combination I know, LOL.) However, I barely have time to write this blog nevermind teach my three kids. I don’t know if I can do it as much as I love it. But it’s still on the table. I am just so overwhelmed at trying to figure out how to fit into our lives that I’m really non-committal about actually doing the work to make it happen. (Although I am slowly read THIS BOOK to learn more if you’re looking for homeschool resources.)

I was thinking of keeping the kids home full-time, but I’m not sure if that’s any easier than homeschooling. (Which is why I’m still considering it.) I’m comforted by the fact that I can actually pull the kids out of school to “homeschool” them anytime if what we choose first isn’t working. And I’ll be closing my first business (my “day job”) for the winter starting in Thanksgiving which means after then I’ll have way more time to invest.

In light of all this and life in general, my husband (who is extremely supportive in general) pointed out how utterly stressed I’ve been lately and how he can see that I am headed for a breakdown and/or burn out. And being honest with you and myself, I feel it, too. So, following this blog post and especially the start of school I expect I will not be quite so active on here or social media as I’m busting my butt to try to make sure my witchlings are actually learning something at home. Plus, I think in general they really need more family time that they’ve actually really been missing as I’ve been grinding away to get this website and business up and running! If the pandemic has taught me one thing it’s this:

Hi, my name is Avani. And I’m an over-achiever.

And I’m working on it. I think it’s part of my Gemini nature to constantly keep myself as busy as possible or else I feel like I’m somehow not being productive enough. So, my goal for this fall and winter (and after that, too, of course) is to re-frame my “addiction” and focus it instead on my witchlings and my family. I’m sure you all totally understand as Witchy Mamas yourself!

What are you planning to do for school in the fall? Homeschool? Public School? Hybrid? I want to hear about it! Drop a comment below to tell me all about it so we can all help each other out!

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