Posts tagged family
Homeschooling Around the World, Military Style!

I often say that if you’re going to homeschool for the long haul, you must learn to relax or you won’t make it. Military life has helped me be more flexible, because I have so little control over what will happen in any given year. It has truly forced me to rely on the Lord’s strength, because I am a person that likes to know ahead of time how things will go. 

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Why Saying Yes to Your Child Is as Important as Saying No

For many parents, no can become a default. Without thought, the answer to any request outside the normal routine is no.

No, you cannot go to your friend’s house, stay up past your bedtime to finish that chapter, or have cake for dinner.

I get it—parents become weary of the constant questions and no is easy, comfortable, and…safe. They worry that “giving in” too often will harm their child or lead to self indulgence. But are you finding yourself in a constant negative state with your children?

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5 Life Lessons I Learned Before I Was 10

I had a lot of responses to a post I wrote called Is the Internet Making Us Mean?  While discussing the topic with my husband later, we came to a conclusion--ironically, while watching "Survivor"--that it's not just a social media problem...it's basic manners in general. Behaviors we were taught as a matter of course when we were young seem absent today.

Rather than lament "this younger generation," though, it brought to mind some of the little sayings and lessons I grew up with--ones I hope I've passed on to my own kids. Most of these were caught, rather than taught. 

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Dear New Homeschool Mom, continued...

I'm not sure what brought you to this place. Whether you always imagined yourself a homeschooling parent, fell into it quite by accident, or simply find yourself pulling your child out of school for reasons unique to your family, suddenly you find yourself...a homeschooling parent.

But I know how you feel, that panic, those questions.

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Does This Make Me Look Fat? Girls and Body Image

We read the studies, see the exposés on the portrayal of women in the media—the dehumanization, the surgically altered yet anorexic models held up as ideal images for our girls—and we get angry. Angry at the media, angry at society with its ridiculous expectations, angry at unattainable standards which cause our girls to doubt themselves and question their worth. Angry when a 10-year-old pinches the inside of her tiny thigh and announces she’s “fat.”

But what if the problem isn’t only the media, what if it’s… us?

Yes—us. You and me. The women in their lives.

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You're Not Alone, Homeschool Mom...

 remember not going to the movies… …or fine restaurants or anyplace where yoga pants and a slightly rumpled, perhaps spit-up stained tee shirt might not quite meet the dress code, for that matter. I also remember not going on many dates with my husband because the only way we could afford sitters was to switch off babysitting duties with friends from time to time, and really, how good a friend do you have to be to volunteer to watch four kids under the age of seven? So it would happen sometimes, but not very often, and that was life.

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A Year of 'Being': The Year I Watched the Gilmore Girls

While talking with a young friend recently, she lamented how little she’d accomplished during the year her husband was deployed.

“I just feel like I didn’t meet any of the goals I set for myself while he was gone,” she said as we sipped our skinny mocha whatevs at Starbucks.

“I didn’t run that marathon. I didn’t finish losing the weight I wanted—"

“Wait a second,” I stopped her.

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