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Scripture Study for Today with Your Teens

Scripture Study for Today with Your Teens
Scripture Study for Today with Your Teens It's a confusing time. Today is a great day to spend time in the Word with your kids. What do we know? "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 It's all gonna be ok. What do we say? "Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to...
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How Do I Deal With Teenage Rebellion?

How Do I Deal With Teenage Rebellion?
The words "teenage" and "rebellion" may seem like they go hand in hand, but it hasn't always been that way. In the past, getting older meant a child was becoming an adult. Ask yourself a question about any behavior that you have been calling "rebellion." Is this behavior simply your child becoming an adult? Sometimes what we label as rebellion may simply be our child making decisions for themselves. How do I Deal with Teenage Rebellion? One thing that may...
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Great Activities for Teens

Great Activities for Teens
The best part of homeschooling high school is engaging in fun and meaningful activities beyond academics. When not confined to a public school desk for many hours each day, children have time to discover and explore their passion! High school activities are important, not only for the joy the experiences create, but also the impression they will leave with colleges and future employers. Your list of high school activities becomes part of a comprehensive college application...
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Scripture Study on Winners and Losers

Scripture Study on Winners and Losers
Talking with a homeschool group, my friend Kathy shared a scripture study on winning and losing. I think it's wonderful!  It will be a great quick study for summer - no matter how old or young your children are! Be a Good Winner AND a Good Loser By Kathy Moore Edgren Used with permission BE A GOOD WINNER 1. Be A Gracious Winner When you win, share the praise! "Let another praise you, and not your...
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Teach Teens to Vote

Teach Teens to Vote
So many important things to do, but it's hard to do it all! I remember when I was homeschooling, and how exhausting it was.  Matt and I were talking about all the things parents COULD do to help their children become strong and independent adults.  Then I thought about how exhausted I was by 7pm each night.  At that point I was tired of having meaningful conversations, tired of intentional parenting.  Just tired.  I know other...
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The Best High School Guidance Counselor

The Best High School Guidance Counselor
You are the best high school guidance counselor for your child!  This article illustrates one way that you are better than a school counselor For the College-Bound, Smart Ways to Borrow . "Families should recognize that higher education is a business, backed by Madison Avenue-scale marketing, and the advice they receive is likely to be biased. High school counselors encourage students to apply to "name" colleges to boost the high school's reputation , says Bissonnette. College...
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Homeschooling Teens: Summer is Coming! Time to Work!

Homeschooling Teens: Summer is Coming! Time to Work!
I was doing a Bible Study on Work.  I remembered all those summers with my high school boys.  It's so important to teach a strong work ethic!  Perhaps  it's a good time to take a moment with your teens and reflect on these verses.  These could be great for memory work and discussion topics before summer. God created man to work (Genesis 2:15). The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of...
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What about it? Socialization in the news.

What about it? Socialization in the news.
It was a bad day for local schools in my newspaper the other day.  In the Thursday paper I read these stories: Highline student charged with violent rape attempt By Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle PI.  A Highline High School student accused of attacking a teen girl with a brick has been charged with attempted rape. Des Moines teens could face pornography charges by The Associated Press Public school teens at a party shared cell phone video of...
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Can't Get Enough Jane Austen?

Can't Get Enough Jane Austen?
Those of you who follow along on my blog have seen photos of our "Pemberly Ball."  My son is Presidents of the Pemberly Society - the Jane Austen Club at Seattle Pacific University.  He organized a Regency Era Ball this month.  Since posting about the ball, many people have written to me asking where the girls got their lovely gowns.  Being the mother of boys, I must say that I don't have a clue!  But I...
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Homeschool "Pemberly Ball" Gowns

Homeschool "Pemberly Ball" Gowns
If you are considering a "Pemberly Ball" for your own homeschool literary studies, you might be interested in how to find the costumes!  Here is the email from my son's Pemberly Society Vice-President, describing the process. Have fun! Hello everyone, Although costumes for the Pemberley ball are not required, I'm sure some of you would like to come in one anyway and are wondering how to put one together on a student's budget. As someone who...
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The Down-Side of Literature-Based Education

The Down-Side of Literature-Based Education
Have you ever considered the "down side" of a literature based education?  What happens if you end up with children who truly LOVE quality literature?  What will happen if they grow up and crave Austen, Steinbeck, Dickens, and more?  We have been dealing with the problem of literature-love in our own family.  The evidence is clear to everyone! My son Alex LOVES all literature, but especially Jane Austen.  We believe he may have been born in...
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NEWSFLASH! Teenagers can be hard to deal with!

NEWSFLASH!  Teenagers can be hard to deal with!
Teenagers are hard.  They can often be unmotivated, self-centered, messy, and tired.  As a nurse, I know that some of that is because of their age.  Did you know that the average teen needs 8-10 hours of sleep each night?  And yet they tend to be completely resistant to sleep. There's a problem in those two facts! But as much trouble as they are, having them at home can be a huge help.  At home they...
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Gap Year Help

Gap Year Help
A client called for a consultation, asking me about scholarships, and taking a "Gap Year" before college.  After we spoke, I emailed her some additional resources.  Maybe it will be a perfect fit for your family too!  Here is the reading and resource materials for you to enjoy. Scholarship Help : "How to Get the BIG Scholarships" on DVD Other Scholarship Help : How to Go to College For Almost Free CLEP Study Official Study Guide...
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A Time of Discovery

A Time of Discovery
I wrote this in 2006: Our professor friend invited us to a lecture on economics at a downtown Seattle public policy Think Tank.  He said that Alex would love the lecture given by one of the architects of Reagonomics.   "I don't know why I never thought of it before, but Alex would just love Discovery Institute.  I guess I just didn't think of it until I saw the lecture on economics."  My husband took Alex to...
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What I'm Thankful For

What I'm Thankful For
I'm thankful that my kids go to a Christian College.  I loved hearing about their stories from Seattle Pacific University! I love the Christian College "Roomies" tradition.  My son Alex has gone on group dates with his floor - they call these events "Roomies" and it's sort of like a dance, only no dancing and no dating.  One "Roomies" they went ice skating, then to "Bubble Tea" and then to see the city lights from the...
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