Encouragement

Ten Things I Discovered About Motherhood

 

Here are 10 things I discovered as I lived and learned as a teacher of little boys:

Pulled from my journal entries over the years...

The years will fly.  Enjoy your kids today. Tell them (and show them) how much you love them!

Don't Jump Ship! Don't Quit Homeschooling

"Okay, I've had better days," I thought to myself. I tried to be positive, but felt that I wanted to quit. Teaching. Mothering.  Managing a household. I wanted to jump ship... 

     I called Jay at the lab to inform him that I was resigning from my teaching position. He said, "Mare—just hang in there for the afternoon, and we'll talk all about it when I get home. We'll take a walk or something. Does that sound good? I love you." 

 

Let My Students In: Hope As Your Teens Go Through The College Application Process

Let's say that your teen took the PSAT's, the SAT (maybe several times!), and feels that college is the next step.  But what if they're still unsure about which college to attend?

       At exactly this time last year, that was our scenario.  The twins took all the necessary college prep classes during the high school years, took the SAT twice, visited seven different schools --- and still had no clear idea of exactly what to do!  

Spring

I positioned myself between and behind each swing that sunny morning almost fourteen years ago.  That way, I could alternate pushing each four-year-old.  My mind wandered as I reflected on some of the things I wanted to accomplish that day... 

   The sound of those old swings at Baker Park lulled me into a thoughtful state.  Creeeeeeek... I gave a little push with my right hand.  Creeeeeeek... my left hand offered a gentle shove to the other twin's back.  I reviewed my grocery list and today's errands. 

Moms Encourage Moms

 

Let me introduce you to two precious moms:  Jessica (left) and Cheryl (right, one of the coordinators) of last weekend's 2:1 (based on Titus 2:1) blogging conference at the Dulles Hilton in Herdon, Virginia. I met so many creative, dedicated and hard-working moms who are devoted to homeschooling and who talk about it via blogging ....  

The Cherry Blossom Festival

Finally, we have cherry blossoms!  They're late, but they're here.  An unseasonably cold March left many of us in the D.C. area wondering when exactly we might see our beloved annual blooms.

You know, our children are a lot like those little blossoms -- they'll progress in their own natural time!  Remember when they learned to crawl, walk, and talk?  We were right there to encourage, clap, and spur them on, but we didn't force them before they were ready.

Just One Thing...

 

As a Registered Nurse, I am often asked, "Is there one specific thing I can do to improve my child's health?" As a former home educator, I was often asked, "Is there one specific thing I can do to enhance my child's learning?" The answer is the same for both questions and it all begins with the brain...

 

Teach Positive Social Skill This Spring, Part II

Yesterday we talked about the family table, and how it's a great place for kid's to learn social skills.  Where else can you find such an accepting, loving and warm place?  Also, I stated that one of the most powerful places on earth is the family table, so let's look at that...

The fact that the table is such an essential part of family life isn't  because it's the place that we highlight the day's lessons, or because our kids learn new culinary skills.  And it's not because we teach them to be good scholars or effective communicators, although those things are good.

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.    

 

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