Mary Jo Tate, author of Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms, is blessed with four wonderful sons and has been educating them at home since 1997. She teaches homeschoolers, single moms, and work-at-home moms how to balance family life and home business, as well as how to find peace in the space between the ideal and reality. An international editor and book coach for over 25 years, Mary Jo specializes in helping entrepreneurs, speakers, and other experts author books –whether or not they can write. She hosts the “Flourish at Home” radio show for the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and is the author of How Do You Do It All? Proven Strategies for Balancing Family Life and Home Business in the Real World; Critical Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald; and Get Started as a Freelance Editor. A lifelong bibliophile, Mary Jo loves to share her passion for reading and writing. She has a heart to help, encourage, and inspire other homeschoolers. Visit Mary Jo’s blog at www.FlourishAtHome.com for a free e-book, From Frazzled to Focused.
How Do You Do It All? Balancing Family Life and Home Business in the Real World
Home business blends well with homeschooling, but it can also create frustration, exhaustion, and chaos. You may be paralyzed by an overwhelming to-do list and become trapped in a crisis-management approach to life. As a single-parent homeschooler with four sons and a home business, Mary Jo Tate knows just how hard the challenges can be! She shares powerful strategies to help you move past the juggling act and find balance so you, your family, and your business can flourish.
Just Say No: Overcoming Interruptions and Distractions
You’re deep in conversation with your eighth-grader when the phone rings. You’re doing some work for a business client when your fifth-grader suddenly has an urgent math question. How do you decide what gets your attention at any one time? Interruptions are one of the main challenges that homeschool moms and work-at-home moms face. Mary Jo Tate, an international editor and homeschooling mom of four boys, shares her strategies for dealing with the three main types of hindrances to getting things done: people (including yourself!), stuff, and activities.
FREEDOM: Practical Strategies to Help You Flourish At Home
Do you struggle to get it all done? Are you exhausted, frustrated, or overwhelmed by all your responsibilities? Learning how to protect and prioritize your time will help you be a good steward and use it for what’s most important. In this encouraging talk, Mary Jo Tate shares practical strategies to help you find freedom from chaos and overload so that you and your family can enjoy a more balanced, peaceful life.
Single-Parent Homeschooling: How You Can Make It Work
Being a single parent is hard enough, but homeschooling as a single parent seems like an overwhelming challenge. However, the growing number of single-parent homeschoolers testifies that it can be done. Mary Jo Tate shares her story of God’s faithfulness. She offers hope, encouragement, and practical tips for single parents who want to homeschool, as well as suggestions for how others in the church, community, or family can help them.
The Eclectic Bibliophile: Nurturing a Passion for Books and Building a Home Library
Why, what, when, and how should you read? How can you build a home library for your family? International book editor and homeschool mom Mary Jo Tate shares a winsome picture of the influences that developed her lifelong love of books and explores the benefits of using “living books” with your children. She offers practical suggestions for finding worthy books and incorporating them into your family’s life and education.
Writing for Publication and Building a Writing Business
Have you always dreamed of being a writer? Do you enjoy sharing your thoughts and words through blogging? Have you scribbled stories since childhood? Do you have information and expertise you want to share with the world? Do you dream of the day you’ll see your very own book in print? Join international editor and book coach Mary Jo Tate as she explains how to plan, pen, polish, publish, and promote your book.
Getting It Right: Essential Strategies for Polishing Your Writing
Like it or not, people judge you by your writing. Professional authors writing for publication put their reputations and credibility on the line. What you may not realize is that homeschooling parents who simply post to Facebook or online discussion groups, send email messages, or write blog entries represent the quality of homeschooling. Sadly, too many homeschoolers are providing a poor testimony to our standards. In over 25 years of professional editing and writing, Mary Jo Tate has identified the most common mistakes that trip up writers, and she has distilled hundreds of picky rules into the essential principles you must know.