There are really two main strategies needed to stay off the homeschool hamster wheel. First, families need to make sure they define homeschooling success the same way God defines success. I will be a successful homeschool mom if I raise children who glorify God and extend God’s love to others. Realizing that the best way to accomplish these goals is within a family, we must then make our lives and activities as family-centered as possible.

I am often asked how I manage to do all I do. The answer is I don’t do anything alone. I have a whole team, composed of my servant-hearted husband and my five children, and we work together to accomplish common goals. Since we work at having a unified vision and common goals rather than seven separate visions and goals, we manage to have a full and productive schedule while staying off the homeschool hamster wheel.  

This article was originally published in the Jul/Aug 2012 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Learn more at

Cindy Puhek resides in Colorado Springs where she spends her time working as a help meet to her beloved husband and training her 5 children to be warriors for Jesus. Cindy earned a masters degree in chemistry and had a career teaching science classes before realizing God’s highest call on her life is to invest her gifts and talents to make her home a place of ministry and industry and refuge. You can visit Cindy’s blog at

Publication date: January 16, 2013