Every one loves YouTube, right?!
I mean, seriously. You can learn how to do your makeup, fix your dishwasher, teach your kids what pi is, and learn how to survive in the wild-- all in the same place. You can find movies, songs, and learn about things you've never heard about before. It can turn any novice into an expert in no time.
But. I HATE what can sometimes pop up on the sidebar, the ads before my video or the collage of suggested videos that pop up after my video ends. Because often those videos involve a whole lotta skin, and an whole lotta junk that is not family friendly.
But hallelujah, there is an answer to this. It's free. It's easy. It works.
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When it comes to family friendly, clean entertainment that's also suspenseful, funny and a little romantic, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye is at the top of the list! It's so great, I will admit to totally binge-watching it. And you should, too!
I'm not going to lie: I'm usually behind current trends, so this tv series may not be new to some of you. But when I found it, I felt like I hit the jackpot!
Everyone is mesmerized by the Olympics right now, I know my family is. But last night for the first time, I heard my 15 year old son complain about how much he hates the Olympics.
What?!! Who hates the Olympics?!!
"It's because I can never go to bed-- I want to stay up all night watching them!" (He's right. We are all sleep deprived!)
But that is the beauty of Olympics: they pull us in with the athletes' remarkable stories, physical prowess, victories and defeats. It's an emotional roller coaster that is much more inspiring than any tv drama.
And THAT, my friends is the secret to great teaching. Remember: You are your child's first teacher, no matter your family's educational situation. We and our children become passionate about something (anything!) when we have a relationship with it, when we get emotional about it. The Olympics offers us the perfect venue to teach our children casually in our living rooms about character, life challenges, emotional intelligence, science, politics, anatomy, biology, geography, weather, and any other number of subjects.
It doesn't have to be formal. It doesn't have to be long. In fact, it's probably best when it's not! You don't even have to know anything about the subject you want to talk about- you just need to be excited and have access to Google. :)
Here are some super simple ways to do this:
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Many of us feel a let down after the holidays. Life can feel kind of . . . blah. It can be cold, dark and dreary. People are bored from being inside so much. But a week ago, my friend Heather and I (mostly Heather) did something super fun for our teenagers and their friends that everyone LOVED. We had such a great time, that my kids and I are planning on doing it again soon with a different group!
What is this magical thing you ask?
It's the Dating Diva's Murder Mystery "Red Carpet Revenge" Party Kit! Although The Dating Divas typically market to married couples, this game is clean and appropriate for teenagers as well. Plus, it sounded so fun, I KNEW our kids would LOVE it!
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But seriously, I'm sharing this because I am so in love with it!
See if any of this sound familiar:
Question #1: Do your kids like to build forts?
That's a silly question. All kids like to build forts.
Question #2: Are you tired of them taking over your living room, taking your BEST and HEAVIEST books from the shelves and using them as anchors for blankets that are draped over couches, recliners, and stolen kitchen chairs?
Question #3: Are you tired of said books falling on the floor and getting their spines broken when someone's foot snags on a blanket?
It is safe to say that I have wept over many a book's death due to this terrible practice.
Question #4: Do you love to see kids pretend and use their imaginations?
That is seriously one of my FAVORITE things on earth!
If you have answered "yes" to any of these questions, you MUST read on! I'm about to change your life. And if you answered "no". . . what's up with your weird kids? ;)
There are as many ways to homeschool as there are ways to be a mother. I am still learning and growing myself, but I am often asked, “Where do I start?” In this article, I would like to share what I have learned so far.
Having met many successful homeschooling families over the years, I have watched them carefully. The main elements I see them all apply are clarity, preparation and dedication.
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This year I really don't feel like buying anything for Christmas.
Like, at all.
Usually I really enjoy the secrets, shopping and wrapping...but I'm just not feeling it this year.
My friend Ralphie from @simplyonpurpose often talks about giving gifts of togetherness for Christmas and I love the idea. If relationships are the most important things in life (and they are), then the gift of time together is the best gift we can give our children.
But consumerism is all around us, and it seems to be the true meaning of Christmas these days. As I write this, I am staying in a city that is known for it's consumerism and exploitation of people, on a business trip with my husband . Everyone around me is trying to get me to buy something or use someone.
And it's starting to tick me off.
That is why I wanted to share the Christ-Centered Christmas Countdown from the Dating Divas with you. If you are feeling the way I am, this is a great tradition to start implementing in your family. The concept is simple: every day, do something together that celebrates Jesus Christ.
Many of you know that I am a coach for my son's middle school robotics team, despite the fact that I know absolutely NOTHING about robotics. We are in our inaugural season of using FIRST robotics. And WE. LOVE. IT. It not only teaches kids mechanical engineering, computer programming, and teamwork, but it also focuses on teaching Gracious Professionalism and Cooperative Competition (or as they have termed it, "Coopertition".) This all makes for a very helpful and collaborative culture. Essentially, you are rewarded when you help another team.
This sounds all fine and dandy...but when I saw it in action with our high school team, it took my breath away.
Christmas is a time of lights.
We put lights on Christmas trees and we light candles. We go on long drives in our neighborhoods and to different venues to see the beautiful lights others have put up. All of this is symbolic of the Light of the World and of His birth.
But there are different kinds of light, and there are ways that you and your family can bring light into this sometimes very dreary world.
Sometimes, we know the PERFECT gift to give someone. It's such a fun feeling! But other times, well--we struggle. Especially with our kids!
We try to make sure everyone gets the same amount of gifts, but when we can't think of what to give little Johnny for his last gift, sometimes we just get any old thing. And to be perfectly honest, sometimes it's just junk! Or else it is something that will never really get used. But we justify getting it, so that Johnny feels just as loved as everyone else.
As parents, we are all in this together! To help all of us, I asked as many people as I could what their best "home run" presents were that were sure to be used...and not only used, but delighted over. Here is the "guaranteed" list I got from readers and friends:
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