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Teenagers: Choosing Your Battles

Teenagers: Choosing Your Battles
Teenagers: Choosing Your Battles Teenagers. The very word can make adults shudder! Often the mere mention of the word is accompanied by a head shake or a groan. But it doesn't have to be that way. A little understanding and "choosing your battles" can go a long way with your teenager in your homeschool! Resistance is Futile Resistance can look like many things in teenagers - from refusing to put on a coat when asked, to...
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Guest — Kathryn Lairson
I so needed this. I now realize what nag nag nag I had become. Thank you.
Monday, 09 March 2015 08:18
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
We all need that reminder from time to time, Kathryn! Parenting teens can be the most demanding, rewarding task we have ever under... Read More
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:52
Guest — MOMofK
Reading this again and feeling grateful for the advice. This past year has been a real roller coaster with our 16-17yo son and I'... Read More
Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:13
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The PSAT is this week!

The PSAT is this week!
The time for studying for the PSAT has ended.  Now is the time to relax. At this point, you have done your best to prepare.  Even if you haven't, you can't really cram for a standardized test, and you don't want to stress out your children anyway.Stop worrying.  Relax.  Deep breath in...  deep breath out.....Remember what PSAT stands for.  PRE or PRACTICE test for the SAT.  That's all!  It's just practice.  It's not the Superbowl.  It's...
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Guest — Lee
You're welcome Ann! Blessings, Lee
Monday, 15 October 2012 18:44
Guest — Ann
Thanks, Lee! Very timely reminders!
Monday, 15 October 2012 18:14
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Homeschool Accountability - Try a "Morning Meeting"

Homeschool Accountability - Try a "Morning Meeting"
Ooops.  They were supposed to be independent.  Instead they goofed off.Never under-estimate a teenager's ability to avoid work.  Sometimes intentional lapses, many times teens are simply focused on other things (like their hair, or their new shoes) and they forget trivial things like math assignments or research reports. It would be nice to have teenagers grow up one day and suddenly just BE responsible.  Nice, but unlikely.  It's much more common for teenagers to slowly BECOME...
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Guest — Alisha (Learning From My Kids)
One idea that we recently started to do is a morning (or early afternoon) meeting. Our whole family sits at the table just after b... Read More
Friday, 13 May 2016 13:39
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Great idea, Alisha! That's perfect timing, since everyone was there for breakfast anyway! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Friday, 13 May 2016 14:10
Guest — Lee
Dear Laura, Since you are a current Gold Care Club member, I can send you any classes that you need. I'll sent you the class on Co... Read More
Monday, 12 October 2015 15:49
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"Be Still"

"Be Still"
Life with teenagers is a perfectly calm sea.  Nothing ever goes wrong, and your children will always believe you are blessed among all parents.  They will do no wrong and cause no stress.  The learn eagerly and serve others willingly. Then again, maybe they are human.  Maybe WE are human!There is nothing more human than being stuck and in trouble.  When trouble occurs (and it will) it's just one of those little facts of life that...
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Guest — J W
Sometimes what's needed is some time when the kids don't have to relate to you as teacher. We recently hiked 3.5 miles to an old ... Read More
Monday, 29 March 2010 05:53
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Our Troubles are Better!

Our Troubles are Better!
When homeschooling, I shared my worries and concerns about my children with others.  Some people would say, "That's not a concern!  I'LL tell you about a real problem child!"  Then they would share stories about teenagers that would curl your hair!  After years of hearing stories worse than mine, I came to a realization. First:  my troubles were not as serious as other people's troubles Second:  my troubles were still troubles to ME!As homeschoolers, sometimes our...
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Guest — J W
I'm glad you're humble enought to share, Lee. Thank you! There have been times in my homeschool career where I wanted to burn al... Read More
Sunday, 09 November 2008 15:50
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Homeschoolers and Fine Arts

Homeschoolers and Fine Arts
What do homeschoolers do for fine arts?Some homeschoolers play bluegrass music!  Check this out from one of my clients.  Wowwweee!  Can you believe that at one point she was thinking that their music had nothing to do with school?  When she sent me this video of their performance, I reminded her again that her kids could get a whole high school credit of music each year, just for playing music that they love!What do YOUR teenagers...
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Guest — J W
For fun? Well, my kids aren't teens yet, so I hope you don't mind. Child #1 - knits and crochets - often making up her own patte... Read More
Wednesday, 10 September 2008 16:25
Guest — J W
Here in Washington State, your child doesn't even have to actually make or perform anything, unless the college of choice requires... Read More
Wednesday, 10 September 2008 15:56
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