I was hesitant to sign up, mistakenly thinking the course wasn’t relevant to me. My kids have been out of diapers for years, and I’m not running a business. I just enjoy blogging! Despite my doubts, I started the course.
For many years, I hesitated to include my kids in the kitchen. Their “help” in the kitchen slowed down dinner prep and made a mess. I could prepare dinner faster on my own.
Three years ago, God convicted me about neglecting this part of the kids’ education. I knew my older kids (ages 15 and 17 at the time) needed to learn how to cook. Even my younger three (ages 9 to 11) weren’t too young to develop this important life skill. I paired an older and younger kid together for each meal. Together, they learned to prepare dinner for the family.
I took a walk yesterday afternoon. As I stepped my way through the neighborhood, I listened to the first session of the Homeschool Parenting Summit. During the last few minutes of his inspiring talk, Paul Tripp discussed the danger of finding your identity in your children.
I started thinking about how true his warning was. If I place all my eggs in the basket of my success as a parent or my children’s ultimate success in life…well, since we’re all human, I’m bound to be disappointed.
When the session was over, I started thinking about all the other worldly ways I might try to define myself. I began making a list:
Taking toddlers to the pumpkin patch is a no-brainer. And there is never any question about hauling elementary-aged kids on a hayride. But have my tweens, teens, and young adults outgrown our annual trip to the pumpkin farm?
Last week, the lingering warm weather gave way to cooler temperatures. Fall was in the air. It was time to visit Burt’s Farm in the north Georgia mountains.
This month our family had the opportunity to review an audio drama based on a book by G.A. Henty. I enjoy Henty’s historical novels, but sometimes they are hard to read. For that reason, I have never assigned any of them to my kids. Heirloom Audio has adapted several of Henty’s novels, making them fun for whole families to experience together.
I queued up the first chapter of St. Bartholomew’s Eve. on our way from mid-Georgia to the Gulf Coast of Florida. The adventure took us back in time to the late sixteenth century.
The week before Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida panhandle, our family enjoyed a vacation at the beach. We enjoyed playing games in the cabin as a family. The girls and I ventured onto the beach for the beautiful sunrises. But one of the highlights of our week was exploring the nature trail.
“Mom, do we have to listen to it?” my fourteen-year-old queried as I queued up the first Brinkman Adventures episode. “Couldn’t we just listen to music?”
It was Friday morning, and we were headed to Community Bible Study. The thirty-minute drive was the perfect length to fit in an episode of the digital audio drama we were reviewing, Season 6: Underground Rising.
I remember the day the guidance counselor came to our middle school classroom. As he talked about careers, he emphasized the importance of knowing what jobs best suited us. The teacher gave each of us a career inventory test. It was so exciting to see all the different jobs we could pursue after finishing with school. Our career inventory results could help us plot our educational path.
Fast forward to our homeschool… How am I preparing my children for their future careers? We have learned about many careers together in our social studies curriculum. But my children never had a guidance counselor administer a career survey. I was excited to try out CashCrunch Careers. This online career resource from CashCrunch Games begins with a simple test. Using the results, it directs each child to a career path based on their personality. My son already has a pretty good idea of his career path. My four daughters are still unsure of where God may be leading them. Could the test help them find direction?
After nine solid weeks of homeschool, it was time for a break. What did we do? We packed up the kids and headed to the beach!
We’ve taken plenty of vacations at touristy Myrtle Beach, but this year we drove to the Florida panhandle. We rented a quiet cabin at Grayton Beach State Park.
When I saw the package from David C Cook in my mailbox, I knew exactly what it was. Our next review item, Forensic Faith for Kids, had arrived. I was excited when I learned about this new apologetics book for kids. I recognized the name of one of the authors, J. Warner Wallace. He was an expert witness for Christ in an apologetics book my Sunday School class had studied. Could this forensic detective help my twin twelve-year-olds learn to defend their faith?