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Managing Your Family and Blog
volume 106, Program 34
9/1/2011
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Do you feel like you should share your homeschooling experience on a blog, but just can’t find the time? Today on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Farris is joined by a successful blogger who shares her secret to being a mom and writing for a large audience.

Mike Farris:
I’m here today with writer Danielle Bean, mother of eight and editorial director of Faith & Family online. It’s great to have you here, Danielle!

Danielle Bean:
Hi! Thanks Mike, it’s good to be here.

Mike:
Danielle, you’ve been involved with some very successful blogs, including the National Catholic Register. How do you find time to write and edit while still homeschooling your children?

Danielle:
Some days are certainly a challenge. But for the most part, I’ve been surprised to find that my working from home is actually a natural extension of our homeschooling philosophy and lifestyle. We put God, and then our family’s home life first in all things and, as a family, we tend to look at every day as an opportunity to learn and grow and contribute to our community together as a family. So the way that we’ve always worked our schooling around a schedule that meets everyone’s needs and makes sense for our family—we bring that same attitude of flexibility to my working at home. Our family, we consider ourselves a team. You know, whether it’s school or it’s Mom’s work, we cooperate and we compromise to make it fit into our home life and that way we can be part of society on our own terms without ever having to compromise our family-first values.

Mike:
I’m so grateful that there are mothers like you who can represent the privileges and joys and the opportunities of raising a large family. Thanks for doing that, Danielle. I’m Mike Farris.


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