Encouragement

Teach Positive Social Skills This Spring

Little ones recite their ABC's, elementary-aged children review the state's capitals, teenagers recall the best moments of the week...

I believe that one of the greatest places to teach our children is at the family table.  Positive interaction, conversation, the exchange of ideas -- it all happens here!

At The Table

 

It's not just about what's on the table that counts --- it's about who's around the table that's important...

Have you ever thought about the fact that every time your family gathers around the table you have a wonderful opportunity to teach? 

 

18+ Reasons Why I Homeschool

 

Having a list of reasons why I homeschool helps me remember the benefits and blessings at the time of our school year when I am usually feeling most like a failure...

 

 

Conversational Competence, Continued

As a follow-up to the first blog, Conversational Competence, I wanted to clarify what I meant by reminding our kids that "shyness isn't a virtue." Here's the heart behind the message...

Obviously, people have different personalities, and that's a wonderful thing. I want to gently encourage moms to be aware of opportunities to teach our kids how to be loving and polite, and how to train them to be good conversationalists as they grow up.

Nutrition Talk Tonight, March 21st @ 8:00 p.m.

Please join me tonight as we talk about the link between nutrition and health. At 8:00 p.m., I team up with Dr. Belinda Roettger...

      Have you ever thought about how you work to take care of everyone in your family and often forget to take care of yourself? 

      One of the reasons I look forward to tonight is because I need some definite help in nutrition!

The Pronunciation Project

"Say again, please,"  I bemoaned. "Either you're mumbling, or I have a major hearing problem!" 

    After much debate, we surmised that it could be a little of both. Nonetheless, all through our homeschooling years, I reminded the boys that it was crucial to pronounce words clearly and to articulate the consonants whether speaking or reading aloud. 

Building a Network of Support for Families Homeschooling Children with Special Needs

   Recently, we have had many inquiries about how to find support groups and local resources that are specific to special needs. One mother shared her heart’s cry stating, “I need more than an expert to give me suggestions, I need friends with which to meet regularly.” Are there others out there who have this same need? I’m sure there are.    

 

The Discovery Drawer

What do you do with the kid's tiny (but important, to them anyway) little things that they collect? I would love to hear your ideas! 

    All kinds of trinkets -- from little magnets to golf tees to "special' rocks -- what's a mother to do? Yo-yos, harmonicas, feathers...   

     Maybe it's just me, but I really struggled with this. How to stay organized and streamlined?  Hmm... 

February Blues

   I recently received a phone call from an HSLDA member who needed a bit of encouragement. She told me that a fellow homeschooling mom told her never to make a decision in February about whether to continue homeschooling or not! This mom went on to say the reason was that February was far enough along to have lost the excitement of a new year and new curricula, but not far enough along to see the end of the year (or the light at the end of the tunnel). What good advice!

Friends - Hard to Live without Them

 

Last weekend my husband and I had the opportunity to celebrate the marriage of a friend’s son with many of our friends from former days. Then when we returned home, we were invited to dinner with another set of friends. Afterwards, in awe I thanked the Lord for the people He brings into my life to enrich it beyond measure. He reminded me again that without the body of Christ we can fall into despair, even over minor things.

The Magic of Ordinary Days

I LOVE ordinary days - I find them simply magical. I am very blessed to be surrounded by family and friends that I love, doing work that I relish, in a place I find beautiful. But that has not always been the case for me, and it may not be the case for you at this moment. The Christmas season tends to bring out the best and worst in all of us...the good stuff is so much better and the less-than-good things are so much harder.

But regardless of our circumstances, we can choose to make a lot of our blessings and little of our troubles...

Nutritious Teens – An Oxymoron?

   

   The holidays are over and your teens (and maybe you) are bemoaning the extra pounds put on eating all that wonderful and bountiful holiday fare. Before they begin one of those crash diets, consider designing a semester long nutrition and wellness elective. All of the family can participate, which will make it more fun for your teen. The internet and library can guide you in locating resources to use. You can include lessons on...

I Can’t Wait Until…

   Twenty eight years ago when my daughter was born, friends hosted a baby shower for me. The ladies blessed me by giving me notes of wisdom on index cards.  The advice given on one of those cards has stuck with me over these many years.  It simply said “Enjoy each season of your child’s life without wishing it was the next season.”  I took that advice to heart, but it was a struggle especially during my homeschooling years to not say, “I can’t wait until…”  Have you had some of these same thoughts?

Honoring Lost Loved Ones, Meaningful Memory-Making, and Caring for Others During the Holidays

   Christmas, is supposed to be a joyful and peaceful time of year, but for many people it may be anything but those.  We look around the world and see war, famine, and natural disasters. This time of year may be a time of grieving, hunger, loss, and loneliness.  In the wake of the tragic and senseless shootings that recently occurred in Connecticut, Christmas will be a sorrowful time for many.  The consultants here at HSLDA, and I’m sure the entire nation mourns with the families of Newtown.  This Christmas, let each of us lift them up in prayer.

Joyeux Noël!

“Home for The Holidays”

- it's a song, a film, and a sentiment that is rather hackneyed this time of year. I love being home for the holidays, but I decided to think a little bit bigger this year. Bigger than connecting with my out-of-state grandparents. Bigger than making time to enjoy festive traditions with my local family and friends. Bigger than our Christmas cookie contest (although that was very interesting!)

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