Flourish by Mary Jo Tate (Apologia Book Review)

Favorite Mom or Teen ResourceAre you a homeschool mom on the brink of burnout? Is keeping up with a schedule stressing you out? Or, maybe you’re just stuck in a rut and need some inspiration! Either way, the latest book reviewed by members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew is for you!

Apologia Educational Ministries generously sent Crew members physical copies of Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms by Mary Jo Tate to provide you with genuine, comprehensive reviews.

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Apologia Educational Ministries has become a well-known and trustworthy resource in the homeschooling community. They strive to provide quality science, history, language arts, and biblical worldview curriculum for homeschooled students and other materials for parents in order to assist families in cultivating a biblical worldview, in defending their faith, and in speaking the truth in love.

Mary-Jo-Tate-speaking-tnMary Jo Tate is not only a seasoned homeschool mother of four boys, but she’s also a successful business woman. She’s an international editor, a book coach, author of several books, and is the host of the “Flourish at Home” show on the Ultimate Radio Network.

In her current book, Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms, she offers wisdom, practical advice, and planning tools to help homeschool moms live productive lives and “find peace in the space between the ideal and reality.” Her book is about learning how to enjoy life as a homeschool mom and avoiding the temptation to simply endure it. Moms will be inspired to change their mindsets from “I can’t” to “How can I?” Moms will also be encouraged to realistically prioritize responsibilities, to establish a routine that works for them, and to evaluate their progress on a weekly basis. Specific chapters include:

  1. An Invitation to Flourish
  2. Change Your Mind to Change Your Time
  3. The FREEDOM Toolbox
  4. Where Did My Time Go?
  5. Aim High: Setting Goals
  6. What Do I Do Next? Seven Essential Planning Tools
  7. We Interrupt This Program
  8. It’s Time for an Attitude Adjustment
  9. Oxygen Masks and Monkey Bread Days
  10. Training Your Children
  11. Making Memories
  12. Managing Your Home
  13. All of Life is Learning
  14. Solo Act: Flourishing as a Single Mom
  15. Home Business
  16. Moving Ahead

At the end of each chapter, Mary Jo Tate offers moms the opportunity to pause and take action by answering relevant questions and completing step-by step exercises. Convenient, customizable planning forms are available to all who purchase this book.


A big thank you to Brandi of BrandiRaae for writing this introductory post.

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