Teens are notorious for acting embarrassed by parental demonstrations of affection – in public, at least. The fact is, however, that they’re going through tremendous emotional, physical, and hormonal changes and they need to know how much they are loved. So, what are some non-embarrassing ways to show your teens you love them? 1. Listen. Listen to them when they talk to you – really listen, don’t just nod along. Sometimes it’s just as important to hear what they aren’t saying as it is to hear the actual words. 2. Look at them. I am guilty of doing other...Read More
Author: Kris Bales
Now that my kids are all teens and tweens, sometimes making time for quality time can be even more difficult. They’ve got their friends – and their laptops, phones, video games, and social media – and, well, so do I. I don’t want to give you a false impression – I don’t spend as much one-on-one time with my kids as I feel like I should. I’ve always said that spending quality time with my kids is one of the hardest parts of homeschooling for me. By the end of the school part of our day, I’m ready to...Read More
It’s not unusual for a homeschooled kid to have interests in areas about which their parent has no clue, skill, or talent. That’s no excuse for not nurturing their gifts or allowing them to explore their interests. Particularly as kids hit the middle and high school years, it’s important to provide opportunities for them to develop their natural talents and gifts. You never know what may lead to a future career. However, even if a kid’s interests don’t lead to their life’s calling, it could become an enjoyable hobby in adulthood. Helping your child explore his interests doesn’t have...Read More
Chicken is one of the more economical types of meat and one that everyone in my family eats, so we tend to have it a lot. We typically don’t have much leftover chicken unless I make extra on purpose. I usually buy boneless, skinless breasts and one of the best ways I’ve discovered to make a little feed our family of five is to cut them all into cutlets. Sometimes I’ll roast a whole chicken or purposely cook extra breasts for other meals, but each of these ideas works well for leftover chicken, too – even if you just...Read More
If your husband is anything like my husband, the idea of Christmas shopping is just now beginning to cross his radar. As a matter of fact, by now he may have mentioned a time or two that he really needs some ideas of what you’d like. You may have even purchased a gift or two for yourself…just to help him out, of course. So, homeschool moms, feel free to email this post to your husbands. Homeschool dads, you can read through this and see if you want to forward to your wives. It’s probably going to be pretty girly,...Read More
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