Kasey, a stay-at-home mom from Texas, shares about homeschooling her three kids, taking care of a new baby and running a business from home!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your family!
My name is Kasey Ciesiensky. I'm a homeschooling mama of 4, ages 10 months to 7, and I'm married to the love of my life!
Why did you choose to homeschool your children?
There are several reasons why we homeschool. One of the main reasons is we want to be in control of our children's education. We want to know what they are learning and why they are learning it. We use the Charlotte Mason approach but enjoy the flexibility of not having a set curriculum. We'd like their education to be centered around our faith. We also want to be around our kids as much as we can because we like being around them! Also, we'd like to have as much influence on them as we can during their formative years. My husband and I both run small businesses, and we want that to be a part of their education and foster an entrepreneurial spirit in them!
What do you believe are common misconceptions about homeschooling?
That they don't get enough socialization - which no one can really define what they mean when they say that. But basically, they think homeschool kids are weird because they don't go to school like "normal" kids. We keep our kids social by arranging playdates with friends often. We go to church on Sundays and often have families with kids over for dinner. We also go to a homeschool PE every week. It's not hard to find social outlets for homeschool kids. Plus, as a homeschool parent, you get to oversee the social interactions your kids are having!
Tell us about your business that you run from your home!
My business is Red's Gone Green. We are trying to save families from toxic household cleaner fumes with our deliciously fragrant all natural cleaners. We carry three cleaners: an all purpose cleaner, a natural stone cleaner and a cleansing scrub, which is sort of like an all-natural Comet. What makes our cleaners better than other cleaners that claim to be all natural is: 1) they truly are all natural and 2) they are the best smelling cleaners on the market! They are handcrafted with high percentage of essential oils. We don't skimp on the essential oils, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better smelling cleaner! Our most popular scent is Lavender+Vanilla.
How does your faith play a part in your ability to be a supermom that stays home with her kids every day, while running a business from home?
Both my husband and I both strongly believe that God wants us to homeschool our kids and run two businesses. How that all works is totally up to Him, because most days it's really hard! And from the outside looking in, we look crazy and think we're trying to do too much. But at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what other people think or how we feel... It matters that we are doing what God has told us to do!
How did your babies handle teething? What symptoms did they show?
They actually weren't bad teethers. The only reason I knew they were teething is that their shirt was soaked from all the drool!
What are your thoughts on the Dents de Bébé teething necklace(s) you've worn?
I love them! They are cute and compliment what I'm wearing! And I like that I can throw them on and have something to occupy my little one while I'm carrying or wearing him!