Katie Ring is not just a full-time stay-at-home mom, home-school teacher extraordinaire and business owner of The Homeschool Style, she
is a super hero to her two kiddos, Carson, (12), and Amy, (10), and an inspiration to us all. “I feel like I have three full-time jobs, but I love every second of it!” she exclaims. A typical day in the life of this super- mom, or super-family rather, involves an early start for Katie to work on her business and prepare for the day while the kids are still asleep. Each kid does online curriculum independently, while the other works one-on-one with Katie on various focuses. Other key components of their day include read-aloud time and hands-on activities. After school, the kids get playtime until dinner without screens as Katie catches up on classroom planning, then family dinner, and free time for all until bedtime.
“We keep a pretty loose schedule,” says Katie. She continues, “Remember being bored as a kid? My husband, (real estate broker and commercial/ advertising photographer, Shaun Ring,) and I joke as we look back on those days fondly. We want to make sure that our lives have enough space in them that there’s room for exploration and for the kids to enjoy being kids.” For this close-knit family of four, favorite activities vary from child to child, parent to parent. Just one example, Amy loves to build with Legos and Minecraft, playing badminton and she has a particular love of cooking while Carson loves to create by writing stories, making movies and learning animation. Together, Carson and Amy enjoy spending time in their backyard clubhouse, playing with their three sweet pups Cera, Marty and Miles, Nintendo, movies and pizza nights from MOD. “We are around each other a lot,” Katie laughs, “It’s not that we’re doing any one activity together as much as we’re living our individual lives in close proximity. We take an interest in the things they do, and they do the same with us. We root each other on and help each other out.” One thing they all agree on? “Board games and vacations,” Katie answers. “We’re running out of room for the board games, so bring on the trips!”
As a mom, Katie draws inspiration from those around her saying, “I’m a patchwork of the impressions so many great women have left on my life. From family to friends, mentors, to fellow teachers. If you look at the best parts of people, there is always something to learn.” As a business owner, she seeks to inspire teachers of all classrooms, (both mainstream and non-traditional,) and families to collaborate more and learn from one another. She shares, “I believe as a society, we’re moving more and more towards individualized, flexible paths. Very few things are one-size-fits-all. That’s exciting!” What’s also exciting? Here, Katie shares candid thoughts and encouraging advice that are applicable to all of us, no matter what stage of life we’re in.
What is the most rewarding part of being a mom?
I love watching those little lives I’m nurturing grow and evolve. Growing humans is hard! But if I’m being honest? I wish I could keep them little forever. Our time together is so short. My comfort is knowing that we’ll always be close, even after they’re on their own. I’d like to think we’ll all still hang out often, maybe on a beach somewhere.
What are your biggest challenges?
My biggest challenge is making time for myself, but I suspect I’m not the only mom that feels that way.
How do you manage to balance your time with work, social, health and family obligations?
Be willing to say no more often. We only have so much time and resources, so if there’s something in your life that’s not a) essential or b) fulfilling, cut it out. Be careful of adding anything to your plate unless you have something you’re willing to give up.
What advice do you have for other moms?
Keep your eye on the things that really matter and forget the rest. We’re all in this life together, all imperfect, and we all are worthy of grace, so give that grace to others, too.
Is there anything else you’d like to add about why you are a super mom?
While I’m flattered to be named a Super Mom, I think of it more as just being a normal mom, like all the other awesome moms out there who are trying to balance it all. Trust me, if you’re worried about if you’re being a Super Mom or not, you already are. You’re doing great. Keep it up. You are a hero to your kids just as you are right now.
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