There are books which are “nice,” and then there are books which are life-changing. Let me introduce a few that have impacted my own life, and which I think might do so for yours, too. These books cover topics that I often write about on my blog. Continue reading
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
I once heard a popular Bible teacher say that to “train up a child” means to “guide a child according to his natural bent.” Though I’m no one to argue with a theologian, it does seem a bit of a stretch to me. Why can’t we just take the Bible at its word? Continue reading
The fact that I was homeschooled growing up doesn’t automatically make me an expert at teaching my own children. Actually, after my first child turned five, I sent him to a local kindergarten. He attended a Montessori/traditional blend charter school until he finished 3rd grade, while my second child, by that time, had finished 1st. I simply lacked the confidence to take on that enormous responsibility. It was daunting. What if I ruined my kids? Continue reading
My Dear Diary article was a sincere outpouring of my frustrated heart. I have moments like those every so often, when I feel stressed out, tense, and depressed. Times when I think to myself, How do I get my children to actually WANT to keep the house clean and tidy–how do I get them to care enough, on their OWN, to pick things up around here without my having to remind them, or supervise them constantly? When will they start to APPRECIATE how nice it is to have an orderly atmosphere? When will this goal become theirs too, and not just mine? Continue reading
Blogging is kind of like writing in a diary–except it’s public and anybody can read it. And though normally, we don’t like people peeking at our secret journal entries, we actually hope that our blogging posts will get lots of attention. Isn’t that ironic? I think it’s because we want to be noticed, to be validated, and to feel important. And although revealing our weaknesses and struggles to those around us can sometimes backfire when they don’t respond how we think they should, blogging can be a “safer” way for us to share what’s on the inside. Continue reading
Our newest addition!
I’m so happy to be writing another article for this blog–finally! Itching to sit down and type something “profound” about my life that I can share with others (ha, ha), I’ve had to patiently wait until a rare quiet and free moment presented itself. A new baby in the house has really changed things, for the sixth time!
Amazingly, even though I’ve been through having to care for a newborn five times before, I still find myself stressing out about things: Continue reading
Recently, a team of specialists was employed to visit my husband’s work and instruct the plant in Workplace Efficiency. He brought home a folder outlining the basics of what had been presented, and I had a chance to look them over. Interestingly, some of the points can be applied perfectly to Household Efficiency, as well! Let me tell you a little about it… Continue reading
Has anybody ever asked you, “So, what do you do?” Have you responded like me, with, “I stay at home with the kids.” And then, has that person given you the blank, uncomfortable, awkward look? Continue reading
Is our identity in our work? Does our career define who we are? How many kindergarteners are hearing from their teachers, “What do you want to BE when you grow up? A policeman? A doctor? A veterinarian?” etc. Are our children being indoctrinated from an early age that their success and identity as a human being is wrapped up in a career? And how might this thinking have affected all the little girls? By the time they’re all grown up, how readily will they accept the God-given role of wife, mother, and homemaker? Continue reading
Today, I got a compliment that filled me with joy and pride. As I checked out with the receptionist at the doctor’s office, she exclaimed, “Your children are very well-behaved. Do you homeschool?” When I responded in the affirmative, she then added, “I knew it. Homeschooled children are so well-behaved compared to other children; you can tell that they’re homeschooled right away.” I just beamed. Continue reading
The scene you see above was totally unscripted. I didn’t go and order my children to act like best friends so I could post the picture on my blog. This moment was completely spontaneous. What is it that influences children who thirty minutes ago were fighting like cats and dogs to transform into loving buddies? Let me share with you some of my observations. Continue reading
Over and over again, I’m frustrated by the same experience: hot coffee gone cold. Blah.
I make a fresh pot of (yes) cheap, Yuban coffee. I think it tastes pretty good, even if it isn’t stylish. Or, I’ll heat up a kettle of water and make myself an instant chai tea or cappucino. Delicious.
My plan is to slowly savor the rich flavor of my coffee, sipping on it while I do something relaxing. Wouldn’t that be nice?
My drink gets cold before I ever get to the bottom of it.
Why? Because I have sudden baby diaper emergencies to deal with, or bloody noses which need to be wiped, or fist fights that have to be broken up. Did I mention toilets that won’t flush, mud tracked onto the carpet, and candy sticking to little hands?
Phew! I guess that steaming cup of delight will have to wait until later.
Though it can be annoying, I won’t let cold coffee destroy my day. Nope. There’s an important lesson here, which I am learning ever … so … sloooooowly: the important things in life can’t wait until later. It isn’t really possible to resist those pleading eyes and uplifted hands, anyway. Attending to my children’s needs, even things as mundane as potty training, shows my love for them in action. Coffee? It can wait.
My children have complained to me on occasion:
“Mom, you always say No whenever we ask you if we can do something. Everything’s No, No No!”
This is said with a tone of frustration.
My first response is to remind them, Continue reading