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I love being around inspiring people.
And that's basically what reading biographies is! I was a history major in college (So fun! But not much you can do with a bachelor's degree...) and it has been vital to understanding current events, cause and effect, as well as finding and predicting patterns in human behavior.
Here are some of my all-time favorite biographies. These people now feel like dear friends and I have learned SO MUCH from them! I find myself wanting to emulate them, but also looking at my own motivations, my own weaknesses, and looking at a bigger picture of the human story.
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I've got to tell you that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) does NOT come naturally to me. I'm a history/literature kind of a person, and it still boggles my mind that I am a robotics coach. (What we do for our kids-seriously!)
If you are like me, and you want to bring more STEM into your family culture or afterschooling, I've got a ton of great ideas for you that have really worked well for my family- and that don't require me to be a science whiz!
Most of us probably know about Snap Circuits, Magformers, Scratch and other common STEM toys. But here are some other ideas you might not be as familiar with:
Most of us love a good super hero movie. But today, I'd like to share 10 movies with you that focus on REAL heroes. I'll be adding more posts to this series with additional recommendations- so check back for more ideas!
18 FAQ's About My Amazingly Awesome Health Co-op (what we use for health insurance): A Review of Christian Healthcare Ministries
At Raise The Good, I curate specific resources that will help families succeed in raising their children. Being financially sound and physically healthy is a part of that. That is why I am sharing Christian Healthcare Ministries with you- it has helped our family be both physically healthy and financially sound. If this solution fits your needs and you decide to join Christian Healthcare Ministries, my family can receive a credit when you give them #332697 as a reference number.
I LOVE my healthcare plan.
It's not every day you hear someone say that!
But it's also not everyday you find a plan that:
It's incredible. I love it. Here are the questions I get asked about it the most:
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School has started in Arizona. I'm feeling cheated because it feels like we only had two weeks of summer!
Last year I homeschooled my younger boys. However this year because of circumstances, they are attending our local school. But I still LOVE teaching my kids. I believe that parents are their children's first teacher, and I also believe that local schools need all the help they can get from deliberate parents. I plan on afterschooling, so I can still be involved in their education. It won't take up a ton of time, and it won't need a lot of prep work (otherwise, I won't get it done!) Here's what it will look like:
Family reunions are usually great. Unless they're not. Then they can be painful! But what if you get put in charge of one? What can YOU do to avoid pain points and help everyone enjoy themselves?
This year, my husband and I were put in charge of his family reunion for approximately 50 people. Then we attended a reunion for my side. I learned quite a bit, so I thought I would share it in hopes it will help YOU the next time you get put in charge of a reunion for your in-laws. ;)
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Sometimes it is absolutely luxurious and amazing for our kids to have all the time in the world to read and explore new characters, new ideas and new worlds. Or by contrast, it's absolutely irritating because if they've read all of their recommended titles, and aren't sure what to read next, they can pick really dumb books from the library, or accidentally get books that don't reflect their values. That's not so amazing.
I want my kids to read excellent literature that is fun, clean, teaches them about life, and that captures their imagination. And this year, I found the perfect solution that will do all these things, AND help you build a wonderful family library.
In my post about our little robotics team, and our experience with VEX robotics, I promised that I would give a review of FIRST robotics. Well, the dust has settled and the verdict is in: WE LOVED IT! You will love it too, and that it why I'm sharing it with you today.
What is FIRST robotics? It is one of two major robotics programs for school aged children (VEX is the other brand). FIRST has something for every child, from kindergartners to high school seniors. You can go to firstinspires.org for more information, but I'll give you the basics below. (Bear with me-- there's a lot to go over, but I'll try to keep it succinct.)
The bottom line is: We love FIRST, and will never switch back to VEX (sorry/not sorry!)
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Sometimes it seems as though patriotic holidays are mostly about celebrating BBQs and having fun, doesn't it? Memorial Day, the 4th of July...you get the idea.
Many parents want a way to teach their children about the founding of the United States, to help them appreciate the sacrifices that so many have made in their behalf, and to continue to carry the torch of freedom--but sometimes it's hard to know how to do that.
Enter these movies. These are for various ages, but are guaranteed to help your children understand the cost of freedom and to value it more. And I've NEVER heard a kid complain about having to watch a movie!
Children do not come in a "one-size-fits-all" formula. All of our children are different, and at Raise The Good, we honor that. That is why I loved the topic of this article. Outside safety for autistic children is not something I had ever thought about, but I now absolutely see the need for more education for it.
I hope you enjoy all of these helpful tips!
Guest Post by Danny Knight
As children grow older, they will become increasingly likely to want to play outside without supervision. As a parent of a child with autism, this can be scary. How do you make sure that your child enjoys the benefits of playing outdoors without being in danger from wandering and other hazards? The answer is to create a backyard space that contains them while stimulating their imagination and development.
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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