Oh – the high expectations we place on ourselves when we begin our home school journey! And. . oh . . .how we can beat ourselves up if we don’t meet our own expectations.
When we lose our tempers for any reason, sometimes impatient, angry words can come out before we realize it. If the recipients of this anger are your children, you may have trouble forgiving yourself. Sometimes moms feel so terribly over their harsh words, they will even stop home schooling altogether, feeling they are not a good enough person to do this important job. It is essential that you recognize your sin in losing your temper. That is the first step – the second is to ask God’s forgiveness.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1: 9
The third important step is to ask your children’s forgiveness. Very important for you to be candid with them, to assure they understand that what you did was not right. This will teach your kids by example, to take responsibility when they are in the wrong.
Last but not least – forgive yourself. While some people can hold a grudge against someone else for the rest of their lives, in my experience, many mothers in particular, guilt themselves into a place of self doubt that can be incapacitating. When those days come along when nothing seems to be going well – ie: kids are whiny, the house is a mess, the laundry is piled up, you are behind schedule, you feel frumpy, mom-in-law or sister is critical . . .you know what I’m talking about! Follow the S-T-O-P procedure –
Take deep breaths
Open your Bible
Are you going to screw up? Yes. Did I? Yes. Can you still get a good outcome? Absolutely!! Is there such a thing as a perfect home school? NO!
Which brings up the other area of possible reasons you may need to find forgiveness for. How much mental space do you devote to comparing yourself to others? Especially women you see on television, in magazines, know from church, internet, or your home school organization? Either way you come out in that comparison, either feeling superior or inferior – the actual act of comparison is wrong. The only One we should ever compare ourselves to is Jesus Christ – and have it be our life’s goal to be like Him in every way. Time spent comparing yourself and your home school to anyone different is akin to coveting. The apostles were guilty of making these kinds of comparisons, and were reprimanded by Christ. If things aren’t going smoothly for you – you may want to consider that you are being chastened for this very thing!
We don’t need to convince God of our sinfulness – we prove it to Him on a daily basis! Torturing yourself over something rash you said or did will not help you or your children. Bemoaning the seeming “inferiority” of your home school is dis-functional, while at the same token, luxuriating in your perceived “superior” home school is self- deception. Bad day today? Tomorrow is new!
But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
Psalm 86: 5
Favorite teaching tool –
I consider this item a must have in any home school. It is an astounding timeline of over six thousand years – showing incredible detail. My very learned father tried to sneak it into his suitcase when visiting one time! (I bought him his own copy for father’s day.)
Raised by a historian, you could imagine I might be a little picky about timelines, but I am unable to detect anything wrong with this chart. It is printed on stiff paperboard, folded accordion style in gorgeous coloration, and shows major world events as they occurred in different parts of the world concurrently! We used it in every grade level.
Magnificent! My highest recommendation. While I bought mine many years ago at a home school convention – it is easy enough to find on Amazon.
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A so-called sex expert (“sex educator, writer, speaker, consultant”) named Cory Silverberg extolls masturbation as “the cornerstone of sexual health” and says sex ed in schools should include instructions on “pleasurable moaning.”
“Sex educator” Cory Silverberg: Would you want this man near your children?
Peter Baklinski reports for LifeSiteNews, May 1, 2012, that Silverberg told the Star last week that sex education in schools needs to become more graphic and explicit if it is to be relevant to today’s generation of kids.
Cory Silverberg, a sex educator from Toronto, told the Star’s Ann Douglas, “Teenagers need to know what pleasure looks and sounds like — pleasurable moaning, asking for more — in order to be sure that a partner is providing enthusiastic consent to sex.”
Silverberg suggested that conversations about pornography should become part of an updated sex ed curriculum: not to warn children of the dangers, backed by research, that are inherent in the use of pornography, but to make children aware of the “stereotypical views about how men and women should interact sexually.”
Silverberg also want parents to talk to their teens about “pleasurable moaning,” so that the teens will be able to interpret the “pleasurable moaning” of an intoxicated or passed out sexual partner as a sign of sexual consent. “Can you really speak up for yourself if you’ve had so much to drink you’re completely passive or passed out, for instance? People need to be sure that their partners are actually saying yes.”
Silverberg is the same “sexpert” who is is about to publish a children’s book, aimed at children from pre-school through 8-years-old, which portrays the dozens of alternative methods that can be used to create a new human life (about 30 according to the author). The book will also be accompanied by a teacher’s resource to assist its implementation in a school setting.
In discussing the book, Silverberg disparages traditional stories that tell what he calls a “nice story (mommy + daddy + intercourse = you!)” adding, “more and more of us are acknowledging the help we get to bring children into our lives. That help might be a doctor, fertility clinic, adoption or foster agency; it might be a turkey baster and a friend; it might be a sperm donor or a surrogate.”
Yet another reason to home-school your children!
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I thought it might be helpful to have a simple list of the reasons why home schooling is so worthwhile. When those discouraging days come along – it will be easy to pull up the list – to reinforce your resolve and strengthen you for your important work.
- Academics – It is an established fact that home schooled children score better on achievement tests compared with government sponsored education. Go here for the stunning statistics.
- Economics – Home schooling is far less expensive than private school, and the cost comparison with Government school is vast. “In Strengths of Their Own, Dr. Ray found the average cost per homeschool student is $546 while the average cost per public school student is $5,325. Yet the homeschool children in this study averaged in 85th percentile while the public school students averaged in the 50th percentile on nationally standardized achievement tests. [ibid]
- Freedom from peer pressure – Peer pressure is no longer just the province of teenagers. Children as young as five report being pushed to conform to a dominant child’s manipulation. Peer pressure affects everything from drugs, dating, sexual activity, STD’s, driving, alcohol, bullying, criminal activity, and world-view. “A recent Time/Nickelodeon survey of 991 kids ages 9 to 14 revealed peer pressure is more intense and at younger ages. If you have any doubts about this as a troubling youth trend review these stats carefully: 36% feel peer pressure to smoke marijuana; 36% feel pressure to shoplift; and 40% feel pressure to drink; 7% of fourth graders, 8% fifth graders, 13% sixth graders drunk beer, liquor or wine coolers in the past year. “ [Dr. Michelle Borba]
- Freedom from Revisionist science and history curricula – Considering that as recent as the 1940’s, public schools began the day by saying the Pledge of Allegiance and Prayer, with Bible study – one could argue this is the most important reason to home school. Do not assume that private Christian schools do not teach evolution. The fact that we are shaping future voters is enough reason to home school in one sentence.
- Teaching kids to work independently – The children from home school families are known for their ability to work independently, and carry this skill through to adulthood. In general, a home schooled child will have more rounded life skills than their counterparts. See here.
- Kids actually reach adulthood – The recent OWS spectacle is a good snapshot of what is being produced by secular education. Home school young adults are so busy generally – they could not even begin to think about wasting their precious time in such a fashion.
- Civic involvement – “Only 4.2% of the homeschool graduates surveyed consider politics and government too complicated to understand, compared to 35% of U.S. adults. This may account for why homeschool graduates work for candidates, contribute to campaigns, and vote in much higher percentages than the general population of the United States. ” [hslda.org]
- Community involvement – “Homeschool graduates are active and involved in their communities. Seventy-one percent participate in an ongoing community service activity (e.g., coaching a sports team, volunteering at a school, or working with a church or neighborhood association), compared to 37% of U.S. adults of similar ages . Eighty-eight percent of the homeschool graduates surveyed were members of an organization (e.g., such as a community group, church or synagogue, union, homeschool group, or professional organization), compared to 50% of U.S. adults. [ibid]
- Family preservation -The blessings of being home with your children go beyond the wonderful comforts of home made cookies. Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s work on stay home moms is superlative and personal. [msnbc.com]
- Obedience to God – Home school is the only way to obey this imperative from the Lord, which He gave to Israel after they had been given the Law. “18 Therefore shall ye lay up these My Words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: 21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.” Deuteronomy 11: 18-21
How can you teach your children about the Lord as described in verse 19, unless they are with you all day?
My own recipe for whole -wheat your kids will eat! (for bread machine)
- 1 – 2/3 c. water
- 2 tbsp. powdered milk
- 2 tbsp. olive oil (does not need to be extra virgin)
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 – 1/2 t. kosher or sea salt
- 2 – 1/4 c. white whole wheat flour **
- 2 – 1/4 c. bread flour
- 2 t. yeast ***
Place all ingredients in pan in order listed and set machine to “dough” setting. After cycle is complete, remove dough and form into rolls. Place in two cake pans sprayed with cooking spray. I always set these into a cold oven, (they will rise even more while the oven is preheating) and turn the oven to 350 degrees; 20 -25 minutes till golden brown and bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
This is a Saturday recipe at our house. Visiting children at our table have had one in each hand, and at my daughter’s wedding last spring – the guests devoured 100 of these rolls. There wasn’t even one left!
** Only use “white whole wheat” also known as Prairie Gold. It is identical in nutrients and fiber to regular whole wheat but less bitter. I prefer King Arthur, but Kroger offers a store brand which is adequate.
*** Depending on the freshness of your yeast.
For Sage’s “Hints for Home Schoolers” series, go to her page HERE!
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“You will be hated by everyone because of me….” (Matthew 10:22)
Tim Tebow is the Denver Broncos quarterback who’s having an amazing winning streak.
Adept at both rushing and passing the football, Tebow is a dual threat quarterback. The Broncos was 1-4 before Tebow began playing regularly, but immediately began winning with him on the field, often by coming from behind late in the 4th quarter or overtime. This year, Tebow is sporting a critic-defying 7-1 record, and becoming the NFL’s most talked about player in the process.
The youngest son of Baptist missionaries who homeschooled their five children, Tebow is a devout pro-life Christian who openly prays on the football field.
For that, he has incurred the wrath of the God-hating Left who call him all manner of ill names, including “annoying,” “disturbing,” “a douche,” and “the anti-Christ” — which is hilarious because the Left don’t believe in Jesus the Christ.
But the latest reaction from the Left is just sick.
A blogger with a popular pro-abortion blog is urging readers to “support” Tebow by donating $10 to a pro-abortion group every time he scores a touchdown this Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Patrick B. Craine reports for LifeSiteNews, Dec 14, 2011, that “Sophia” of the Abortion Gang blog is urging supporters of abortion to donate $5 or $10 “to your local pro-choice organization…for every touchdown Tebow throws next week.”
“I figure this is indeed the best way to enjoy football, support Tim Tebow (more touchdowns, mannn!!!), and give, give, give to pro-choice organizations earning little to no glory, yet desperately in need of funds.
This is the same man that used the Super Bowl to a) build his reputation and brand as the saintliest saint of an athlete that ever lived, and b) raise money for an anti-choice organization that would deny the right to abortion to millions of women that need it. Yuck.
If you’re a sports fan that also thinks women should be able to do what they want, when they want, and how they want it with their uteri, you can join in this too.”
Despite receiving criticism for his Christian and pro-life beliefs, which has only increased since he took over as starting quarterback with the Broncos this fall, Tebow has remained unapologetic for his outspokenness.
In a radio interview last month, former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer had complained that the overtly Christian football sensation should tone it down. But in response Tebow told ESPN that he wasn’t about to back off his faith:
“That’s how it works because Christ comes first in my life, and then my family, and then my teammates. I respect Jake’s opinion, and I really appreciate his compliment of calling me a winner. But I feel like anytime I get the opportunity to give the Lord some praise, he is due for it.”
I suggest we counter Sophia’s sophistry by donating to a pro-life group each time Tebow scores a touchdown. To donate to LifeSiteNews, click here!
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