It has taken 8 years but I finally feel like I have a handle on the homeschooling thing. I guess this is a good thing since my daughter will be going into high school next year.
My problem has been that I love those little workbooks that vendors sell at the home school conventions. "Only 15 minutes a day, you can . . . fill in the blank." These books cover everything from critical thinking skills, math skills, reading comprehension, etc. They are great books -- my problem was I was 15 minute-ing my girls to death. I added these books to their schedule thinking "It is only 15 minutes." By the time I was finished I had added 2 hours of extra work to their day. This year, I resisted the urge to add these workbooks. My girls are so much happier . . . and so am I.