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Kumon Blogger of the Month – June Cleaver Nirvana

Kumon Blogger of the Month - June Cleaver Nirvana 11-18-2011

November 18, 2011 ~ June Cleaver Nirvana — November Blogger of the Month Each month for the rest of the year, Kumon will feature one blog that we feel provides a valuable and interesting resource for parents. This month, we are excited to recognize June Cleaver Nirvana as our November Kumon Blogger of the Month. June Cleaver Nirvana is the digital home of Holly Homer, a Dallas-based mom blogger who shares her story while helping other mom bloggers learn and grow through the laughter and tears of parenting. Holly took the time to talk to us about blogging and how it affects motherhood. Tell me about yourself — family, interests, etc. I am a stay-at-home mom of three boys, ages 5, 8 and 10. I have been married (to the same long-suffering man) for almost 20 years. The first 10 years of our marriage was all about career; and then when my oldest was born, I entered the strange and wondrous land of motherhood. I have found that with boys energy management is the most important thing. They require full exhaustion to fall asleep at night! I have a theory that if you look at a park in the afternoon you will likely see a bunch of boys and a bunch of moms of boys! When I am not working online on one of my websites or projects, I love to sneak away and play poker. Sitting in a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament for the afternoon is one of my favorite activities. Why did you start the blog? I started June Cleaver Nirvana before I had ever read a blog (or knew they existed). A college friend and I had emailed back and forth regularly for over a year and she suggested using a blog to communicate instead of email. At first I used it to replace my scrapbooking habit because it was MUCH cheaper, but as I continued I found that I loved writing and I loved the community that was created around my blog. What’s your inspiration to continue blogging? If readers only looked at June Cleaver Nirvana once, what would you want their impression to be? What would you want them to take away from your blog? My goal for a reader of June Cleaver Nirvana is to see the insane, little, day-to-day details of motherhood as silly and not irritating. That filter has changed the way I parent in a good way. I love that stories that I would forget or photos that I wouldn’t have thought to take are recorded. I hope that my children enjoy reading it someday and know that it will be something really fun to look back on. I have been surprised at how many of my readers are grandparents. I hope that it is because it reminds them of raising their children and the funny stories that their family holds dear. Does your family have any unique Thanksgiving traditions? My oldest son and I have a unique tradition. We shop Black Friday together. He has always been an early riser and it occurred to me when he was 18 months old that he was “up anyway” so we might as well go shopping early. We have gone every year since that date. We usually are at the stores around 4 a.m. He is now 10. We shop and then have breakfast out together. It is one of the highlights of the year. What are you most thankful for when it comes to your children’s education? I love being a part of their education. We partially homeschool, so two days a week I am the teacher. It has made us closer as a family and given us more play time together… often the play time has educational motivations … shhh. Is there a specific teacher or educator you are particularly thankful for? Someone who has made an impact on you or another member of your family? My grade school teachers had a big impact on my life. Not only in my education, but how I look at learning. It is because of them that I am excited about participating in my three boys’ education today. Do you have any personal connection or experience with Kumon? If so, what are your experiences? I love the Kumon workbooks. I partially homeschool my boys. They go to school three days a week and are home schooled two days a week. Because they didn’t go to preschool I searched for some educational material that we could do at home. I LOVE that the books start at ages 2 and 3. We started with the maze books and worked ourselves through most of the curriculum before they went to kindergarten and first grade. I love how Kumon leads a child through repetition and learning games. June Cleaver Nirvana — November Blogger of the Month Each month for the rest of the year, Kumon will feature one blog that we feel provides a valuable and interesting resource for parents. This month, we are excited to recognize June Cleaver Nirvana as our November Kumon Blogger of the Month. June Cleaver Nirvana is the digital home of Holly Homer, a Dallas-based mom blogger who shares her story while helping other mom bloggers learn and grow through the laughter and tears of parenting. Holly took the time to talk to us about blogging and how it affects motherhood. Tell me about yourself — family, interests, etc. I am a stay-at-home mom of three boys, ages 5, 8 and 10. I have been married (to the same long-suffering man) for almost 20 years. The first 10 years of our marriage was all about career; and then when my oldest was born, I entered the strange and wondrous land of motherhood. I have found that with boys energy management is the most important thing. They require full exhaustion to fall asleep at night! I have a theory that if you look at a park in the afternoon you will likely see a bunch of boys and a bunch of moms of boys! When I am not working online on one of my websites or projects, I love to sneak away and play poker. Sitting in a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament for the afternoon is one of my favorite activities. Why did you start the blog? I started June Cleaver Nirvana before I had ever read a blog (or knew they existed). A college friend and I had emailed back and forth regularly for over a year and she suggested using a blog to communicate instead of email. At first I used it to replace my scrapbooking habit because it was MUCH cheaper, but as I continued I found that I loved writing and I loved the community that was created around my blog. What’s your inspiration to continue blogging? If readers only looked at June Cleaver Nirvana once, what would you want their impression to be? What would you want them to take away from your blog? My goal for a reader of June Cleaver Nirvana is to see the insane, little, day-to-day details of motherhood as silly and not irritating. That filter has changed the way I parent in a good way. I love that stories that I would forget or photos that I wouldn’t have thought to take are recorded. I hope that my children enjoy reading it someday and know that it will be something really fun to look back on. I have been surprised at how many of my readers are grandparents. I hope that it is because it reminds them of raising their children and the funny stories that their family holds dear. Does your family have any unique Thanksgiving traditions? My oldest son and I have a unique tradition. We shop Black Friday together. He has always been an early riser and it occurred to me when he was 18 months old that he was “up anyway” so we might as well go shopping early. We have gone every year since that date. We usually are at the stores around 4 a.m. He is now 10. We shop and then have breakfast out together. It is one of the highlights of the year. What are you most thankful for when it comes to your children’s education? I love being a part of their education. We partially homeschool, so two days a week I am the teacher. It has made us closer as a family and given us more play time together… often the play time has educational motivations … shhh. Is there a specific teacher or educator you are particularly thankful for? Someone who has made an impact on you or another member of your family? My grade school teachers had a big impact on my life. Not only in my education, but how I look at learning. It is because of them that I am excited about participating in my three boys’ education today. Do you have any personal connection or experience with Kumon? If so, what are your experiences? I love the Kumon workbooks. I partially homeschool my boys. They go to school three days a week and are home schooled two days a week. Because they didn’t go to preschool I searched for some educational material that we could do at home. I LOVE that the books start at ages 2 and 3. We started with the maze books and worked ourselves through most of the curriculum before they went to kindergarten and first grade. I love how Kumon leads a child through repetition and learning games.