Hi! My name is Bonnie. I’ve been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom for the past 14 years. My husband, whom I’ll call “G” owns his own business and works from home. Our oldest (“S”) is 28. She, her wonderful husband (“B”), and our two grand pups live just a few miles away. Our youngest (“H”), who just turned 13, has been homeschooled since halfway through first grade. Last but not least, I’m also Mama to Ruger. (OK, I know he’s a dog but he’s also my baby.)

Full disclaimer: I’m not an expert. I have no stack of degrees in education or childhood development. I am just a mom who was faced with a public school system that wasn’t meeting the needs of my child. Add to that a classroom and teacher that didn’t come close to being a good fit for her either. By halfway through first grade we were at critical mass. Something had to give! So, after a weekend of research and soul-searching, my husband and I made the decision to pull our youngest daughter from public school and to begin homeschooling. There have been joyous times and there have been frustrating times, but it has been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made!

Through our journey to homeschool, we’ve realized that what fit our family best was providing a secular or religion neutral education for our daughter. My husband was born and raised Catholic. A Cradle Catholic, as the saying goes. My upbringing was more of a mixed bag spiritually. For a variety of reasons, we don’t attend church though my husband still considers himself a Christian. My belief system is more agnostic in nature. We are both spiritual people. Neither of us are anti-religion at all. We respect people of all faiths.

But here’s the catch – we’re also Conservatives politically. So, an education that promotes Socialism, Critical Race Theory, or “Woke” ideologies, etcetera, etcetera, was going to be a hard pass for us as well.

It was in 2016 that we decided to homeschool out youngest daughter, “H”. In my efforts to educate myself about available resources and to connect with other homeschoolers, I soon started to feel like Goldilocks! So many of the people and the curriculum choices I encountered were either too liberal or too religion based. I have been constantly searching for “just right” for us.

Our blog, Just Right Homeschooling, is about our journey to find resources and people that don’t compromise our secular/religion neutral approach to education nor our conservative values and convictions. We hope you’ll join us for the ride and maybe find more of what is just right for you and your family!