Inspired Living, Learning and Being

Inspired Living, Learning and Being

By Donna Vail

I like to surround myself with inspiration, so today I am passing it on to you by sharing my perpetual calendar. This morning it reads:

Somehow, being inspired allows your thoughts to remove any of the bonds that can serve as excuses for not doing what you know you’re here to accomplish.

As you are raising your children, homeschooling, working and balancing all life has to offer, create an inspiring environment for the whole family to thrive. In An Inspired Education we include 8 ingredients to create an inspiring environment. The first three include:

1. People (parents, children, family, friends, community):

The most powerful teaching tool of all is setting the example. Research clearly shows that young children who have the opportunity to learn from relatively few people, without the distraction of many children around them, will be less confused and more certain of their direction.

Do parents really need so much convincing that they are responsible for their own children? They are born to us and from us; they are a part of us so they can best relate to us. As long as you’re not reproducing the public school model at home, most people find creating a natural learning environment at home to be rather easy.

Seriously consider the people you will have your children around. The younger they are the fewer these need to be. As they get older you will expand their influence. Start at the heart and be content with much time between you and your children. Naturally you will have the opportunity to bring family and extended relatives into the mix. Having your children involved in extracurricular activities needs to be cautionary. Always consider the family as a whole and keeping flexibility with plenty of exploration time for the children before adding too much outside activities.


2. A Natural Flow of Everyday Life:

As you think about “school”, our public school past conjures up visions of classrooms filled with children sitting at their desks quietly doing their work as a teacher stands at the head of the class lording over them. This is an artificial learning environment that is not conducive to natural learning. There may be some learning happening, but for the most part children are learning how to be directed each step of the way as to what to do and are being filled with facts for testing. What you want to provide in your homeschool is a natural flow of everyday life. This is how you’re going to maximize learning and be ensured that your child is learning all that he needs to learn for his greater success.


3. Time Tested Education Plan for Academic Excellence:

Keep It Simple Sweetie. When it comes to your children’s education always keep in mind K.I.S.S. As we process more and more information and have access to the latest and greatest; faster and faster, we tend to want to add to what we are already doing in order to “cover it all” or “not miss anything.” This is not what true education is about but rather acting out of fear.

When your child has a strong foundational education of excellence, knows how to educate himself and has the support and encouragement of fine mentors nothing is missed and you are totally covered; both your children and you in wanting to be responsible to their greatest success.

Keep in mind at all times that for everything you add to your child’s academic plan, you take away from his core learning. The 3 parts to a foundational education of excellence are:

A.) The Books: Arithmetic, Reading and Writing

B.)  Self-Education: Ability to teach one-self and discern what must be learned.

C.)  Mentoring: Honoring Values and Achieving Excellence


“Do not train children to learn by force or harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” -Plato


Inspired to Action

  1. Take the position of mentor rather than teacher, walking beside each other as partners rather than ruling over your children.
  2. Allow space and time for trial and error, success and failure. Be fully supportive at all times and thrive in the safety of your home and love.
  3. What events do you want to be involved in at the community level? Make sure and choose but don’t overload your schedule. Stay on point rather than spread thin.
  4. Create a parent partnership with your children by walking beside them rather than ruling over them.
  5. Keep in mind at all times you are not only educating your child until he is eighteen but rather building a person so that they can be sustainable throughout their whole life.

Be inspired to love more, live more and learn more.

What is your favorite way to keep living and learning inspiring? Please comment below…love to hear from you.

Are you tired, overwhelmed, experiencing burnout or know there’s an easier way? Trial and error can take a lot of time. If you would like a more systematic approach that includes the details to help you produce real change fast, I recommend joining the Mentor Mastery Inner Circle. It keeps you inspired and you receive coaching directly from Donna in the critical areas needed to successfully set up and execute a simple and effective homeschool providing every day, all the time rich learning while creating family harmony. It’s easy. It’s affordable. Get started today at


About Donna Vail  

Donna Vail is an education-parenting specialist, coach, mompreneur, homeschooling mother of six children, author and founder of An Inspired Education. She helps families create a lifestyle of true freedom by balancing education, work and life through self-education, entrepreneurship and inspiration. She is a highly sought after consultant for her successful guidance and resources that enable parents to let go of traditional parenting and education models, creating a lifestyle of learning where the whole family flourishes. You can find more of her resources at



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