Parenting Boys

8 Strategies to Defeat Despondency–Helping Your Teen Cope With Depression and Anxiety Naturally

8 Strategies to Defeat Despondency–Helping Your Teen Cope With Depression and Anxiety Naturally

A Fairy Tale Gone Wrong Let’s just say I had a different picture of how the teen years would go. I have a lot of home school friends who I watched before I had my own teenagers–and they seemed to have it all together. (I know now that no one has it all together unless they get lucky.) I had visions of lovely walks in the park, frolicking family outings and respectful conversations dancing through my head all throughout my...

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Capturing Your Teenager’s Mind and Attention–Fun with Technology in Moderation

Capturing Your Teenager’s Mind and Attention–Fun with Technology in Moderation

“Mom! Watch this video I found!”  “Have you seen the picture Matt posted the other day of his cat?” “Watch this play from yesterday’s game, mom–it was awesome!” If any of these comments sound familiar you probably have a child or teenager who is using social media on a regular basis.  As a homeschooling mom who would much rather see my children reading a good book, I held off as long as I felt I...

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Picture Peace–My 31 Days of Writing Challenge

Picture Peace–My 31 Days of Writing Challenge

I’m joining the 31 days challenge this October and you are invited to come along!  I chose a topic I’d like to delve into more myself.  I’m having a bit of a difficult time finding that peace and tranquility in the midst of all my necessary responsibilities.  Writing about it may help me discover more ways to experience peace in our home.  So, here goes!  Each day I write I will link to the post here.  Hope you enjoy.  Feel...

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Kids Making Money and Bringing Dad Home

Kids Making Money and Bringing Dad Home

So, I recently went to a conference in Orlando where I expected to just be a worker for a friend of mine but got a pleasant surprise while I was there.  Rhea Perry, whose books and emails we have been aware of for years, was at this conference and I got the privilege of attending a couple of her workshops.  I was reminded of her amazing story and how her son, Drew, took several crazy ideas and turned them into lucrative businesses for his...

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I Have A Teenager

Thirteen years ago today I was holding a little bundle that weighed less than our cat.  It is hard to believe that bundle  is already 13– but I must admit, he is fun to be around and is growing into quite a responsible young man. Making the decision to home school him has paid off in dividends as far as character is concerned.  His friends in public and private school are already obsessed with girls (and have been for several years) and...

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Cozi Family Calendar Rocks!

Giving kids instructions and having them actual followed can be a huge challenge.  It’s an even bigger challenge when you have leftover attachment issues and defiance-against-mom issues coming from a 10 year old boy.  We have always searched for ways to give instructions without actually talking.  Lists, cards with pictures of chores–we’ve tried many things and lots of them have worked for a time. As kids grow and mature they...

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