When I’m feeling particularly brave, I load the kids up in the car and we just drive, stopping at any place that looks interesting. One of my favorite places to relax at our first duty station was discovered this way, as well as some great little shops near the place we lived during my husband’s second tech school.

Homeschooling while on active duty can be challenging, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Learn to focus that same flexible attitude that you apply to your military member’s work hours. Relax. Accept that sometimes the book you want is going to be packed and sometimes you must go on a field trip without your spouse. Make it a great adventure, one that teaches your kids from real life rather than just books.

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the January 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the trade magazine for homeschool families. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com  or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

After almost ten years in the military, Carrie’s husband medically retired from the U.S. Air Force. They now live in central North Carolina with their three children. Carrie stays busy homeschooling, working at her church’s office, and volunteering within its military ministry. Her first fiction book, Crossing Values, will be in bookstores in January. Read more at CarrieDaws.com.

Publication date: November 12, 2012