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Compliant Children Leave Messes Too

Compliant Children Leave Messes Too

My dog is the sweetest, most obedient dog.  When I sent him to the pen today, he obediently did his business.  When he came back to the door, I sent him out again, so he could do "the other business."  That job completed, he obediently returned to the door waiting patiently to come inside.  At which point he dropped another large load on the deck.

Really? Again?  Why me?

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Is Homeschooling High School Intimidating?

Is Homeschooling High School Intimidating?
What exactly does one need in order for a home school child to enter college? I have heard many different a home school diploma will not be sufficient or you have to have transcripts or a is very intimidating to say the least. Any advice???


Amanda, check out my free minicourse here.

I have lots of video classes about how to homeschool high school on the Gold Care Club.

It's not intimidating, it's just one more stage of life that you can successfully navigate!

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Homeschoolers: Don't be wise in your own eyes

Homeschoolers: Don't be wise in your own eyes
If you do your job well, your children will become well-educated.  Unfortunately, that sometimes can make teenagers feel like they are "smarter" or "better" than someone else.  It's a challenge to convey encouragement about their good efforts, without encouraging them to become prideful.  The Bible equates "being wise in your own eyes" with evil that should be shunned.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and shun evil.

This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
Proverbs 3:7-8

I'm not sure if this is just a "phase" that children go through.  I know that age comes with wisdom.  As you get older and learn more, you start to realize how much you DO NOT know.  That humble wisdom may be the wisdom that comes with age.

Teach your children to be wise, but teach them not to be wise in their own eyes.

I love the promise at the end;  health and nourishment!  As a nurse, I love to see promises of health!

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My Children Never Listen to Me!

My Children Never Listen to Me!
Let me take a guess. Your children don't always listen to you. Once in a while, you communicate something very clearly to them, and they act like their ears are filled with cotton.  At some point you may have felt like your children did not take full advantage of your experience and expertise by implementing your instruction.

Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again."  The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.  Luke 18:31-34

Look at how clearly he communicated with his disciples.  He's not talking to kids, either - these are grown adults, functional at home and at work.  Still, they simply did NOT understand.  The concept of dying for sin and raising from the dead was simply an impossible thought for them to comprehend.  Their brains couldn't understand it, so their brains threw out the entire message.

I think sometimes our concrete information and suggestions sound like foreign concepts to our kids.  Prioritize?  Plan ahead?  Do difficult things before fun?  It's very frustrating to watch the blank stares.  Or worse, the "sure mom!" followed by.... nothing.

I have no answers, only empathy.  I can tell you that Jesus knows how we feel. It's better than going it alone!

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Outlast the Storms - One Final Word...

Outlast the Storms - One Final Word...
Here's a PS on last week's post on outlasting the storms...

God's promises are true EVEN WHEN THERE IS A SHIPWRECK.

In Acts we read about Paul being shipwrecked.  He was in a ship and in danger too, and he STILL completed God's plan for his life.  Paul recognized that even though he did not expect the shipwreck, the Lord already knew it would happen.  Paul tried to explain the situation to the others in the ship;
Acts 27:25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.

Adolescent storms happen, and sometimes they can be a major shipwreck.  Keep up your courage, parents!  When they are old, they will not depart from your teaching, and it WILL happen the way the Lord has promised.

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Teach Your Children to Tithe

Teach Your Children to Tithe
I saw the most wonderful bumper sticker!  "If you love Jesus, tithe - anyone can honk!" I just love that!  Genuine faith is not just about doing the easy things, it's also about doing the hard things.  In this economy, tithing may be a VERY hard thing.  Anyone can honk, but giving money away when finances are insecure, that takes faith.

Homeschoolers focus on academics, and the Lord does want us to raise children in knowledge as well as wisdom.  In the midst of it, remember to teach charitable giving.
2 Corinthians 8:7

But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us - see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

You can use a curriculum, but what really will help the skill "take" is if you can teach by example.  Still, if you are looking for a curriculum, I love Larry Burkett's books, and they can at least get you started

Money Matters for Teens Workbook

Just remember that it has more to do with example than it does curriculum.

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A Dad's Christmas Morning Reflection

A Dad's Christmas Morning Reflection
Matt here, blogging early on Christmas morning.  The boys are still in bed having negotiated an 8AM wake up today.  Boy, life is different than when they were up at 6 AM on Christmas morning, pulling on our blankets and begging us to get up!

Speaking of life, I finally got around to using a Christmas present I received last year.  It is a VHS to DVD recorder.  For a full year, I could never get around the technological barrier of trying to set up one of these machines.  Sounds funny to say since Lee trusts me with the technical side of her business!

Anyway, I finally did it and for the past few days have been happily transferring videos of our children onto DVD.  Several times a day, Lee and I will sneak upstairs just to watch and smile.

My, how things have changed.  What strikes me most - other than the ridiculously large glasses I wore in the 80s - is the consistency of our kid's personalities - from the time they were born to the present day.  Kevin has always been quiet and demure.  Alex has always been outgoing and boisterous.  It is amazing how God created them to be a certain way and that is who they have remained.  Lee and I were laughing (to ourselves) the other day because we noticed Kevin exhibiting the same behavior at 21, as we just watched him on video do at age 2.  Wow!

So the message is, love your children for who God made them to be.  Shape and mold, don't twist and force.  He has a plan for who they are and our job is to help them become that person.

And if you are reading this on Christmas morning, you probably are waiting for your older kids to wake up, just like us!


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Speaking of Ponzi Schemes. . .

Speaking of Ponzi Schemes. . .
I found this is my "memoirs" folder on my computer.  It was written "a few years ago" about my younger son, the political economy major.  He certainly doesn't demonstrate ANY problems with reading comprehension anymore.  In fact, he just told us that he heard all the news about the book "Twilight" and decided that he was old enough to read it.  He read the entire series in two days, just before finals week.  (Begs the question, though, why he wasn't studying....)

Date: Apr 4, 2000

I have been very concerned about my 10 yo ds's reading comprehension.

When I quizzed him on Charlotte's Web this week, he only got 5 out of 10 questions right.  (I used Scholastic's Reading Counts software - we had added this book as additional reading.)  Any way - HE STUNK!

So, I read in Beechick's book.  She says that reading comprehension is overrated.  That if they laugh at parts of books, that means they are comprehending.  So I thought maybe he was OK.  But I was feeling like a failure that my kid can't understand a simple child's book!

Last night, while at baseball practice devotions (we are on a Christian baseball team) the boys were all discussing tithing.  My 10 yo says to the team, "Yes, but God doesn't always reward us with money.  It is not like some sort of Ponzi scheme!  God doesn't take your money and promise you more money in return."  WOW!  We read about Ponzi last year in SL FT4!  Isn't it only a one page story in the American Adventure book?  I could not believe that he remembered OR that he really understood Ponzi OR that he was able to apply that knowledge to a different situation.

Perhaps he has pretty good reading comprehension:  but only when he wants to!  He can understand Ponzi (I am not sure I can) but not Charlotte's Web.  Maybe we are OK.

To read about the most recent incarnation of Charles Ponzi, say hello to Bernard Madof, the $50 Billion man.  Please teach your children history so they aren't swindled as adults.
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How Did We Get Here?

How Did We Get Here?
Are you confused about the current economic crisis?  I certainly am!  I saw this YouTube video as I was doing some research, and it seemed to explain it in a way that I can understand.  This becomes a McCain ad somewhere around the 8:30 mark, so you may not want to watch through to the end, but the facts regarding the subprime mortgage business, and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac are a matter of public record.

I'm not suggesting that there is a "right" explanation of the problem, or even that there is one single mistake that caused it.  I just think this could help you explain it to your children.

Again, "when are we going to use this stuff?"  Today!

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Understanding Their Gifts

Understanding Their Gifts
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (Romans 12: 6-8 NIV)

Finding your child's area of specialization is an important part of our job as homeschooling parents.  Everyone has their own unique gifts, and some are easier to spot than others.  For whatever reason, I notice that sometimes parents can see their child's faults easier than they see their strengths.  A gift is something that children will do repeatedly, over and over..... to the point of annoyance!  Check yourself, the next time you feel annoyed at your children.  As yourself, are you looking at their gifts?  Is it annoying and do they do it so much, because that is the way they are wired?  Is this what they are meant to do?

I'm not saying that all mothers will get annoyed at their children, but I sure did!  Look at the things they do that annoy you, and see if it might be because they have different gifts then you.  Then ask yourself:  how can I encourage this gift in my child?

Do this and you will be helping your child understand their gifts and calling.

I have a lot more to say about discovering your children's gifts in my 5 part mini-course, 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Homeschooling High School.“  I know it will bless your family.
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Are you happy yet?

Are you happy yet?
Do you want to make your children happy?
Proverbs 3:13-18 (NKJV) Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.

I love the fact that a man who finds wisdom is happy.  I'm less thrilled that the boy LOOKING for wisdom may be less than happy :-)  Keep up the good work, though.  Homeschooling can be difficult, and rarely do our children say "thank you."  But the fruits of our labor will lead to our children's happiness, and all parents want their children to be happy, right?

Wouldn't it be great if when we hear complaining, we could just say "Are you happy yet?" and have everything be peaceful again!  I'm pretty sure that won't work.  But it's still a promise that I love holding on to!

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