Saturday, August 27, 2005

Adjustments by Jill Hart, CWAHM.com

Adjustments are to be expected in a life where work, home and family mix and the lines are not always clearly drawn. As Christian Work At Home Moms, we are challenged by God not only to expect adjustments, but to welcome them. We know that He will only give us what we can handle and that He provides what we need for each situation. "I can do all things in Him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13

I often think that when my daughter comes over and asks for something, or even just seeks my attention that I "shouldn't" turn away from my work. I "need" to get my work done. But, how much easier would it be for me to make an adjustment to my schedule (and my attitude!) and take some time out for her. She is to be my first priority when I am home. Yes, work is very important, and I believe it is my second priority when working from home. But, we must stop and remember that we will leave the legacy not with our customers, referrals, or networking contacts, but with our kids. "Her children rise up, and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praiseth her..." Proverbs 31:28a.

Let's take the time today to make the necessary adjustments, in fact, to welcome them, and to please God with our actions and attitudes towards them.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jill Hart is the author of the e-book, 2 Weeks Devotional Journey for Christian Work at Home Moms, and the founder and editor of Christian Work at Home Moms CWAHM.com. This site is dedicated to providing work at home moms with opportunities to promote their businesses while at the same time providing them spiritual encouragement and articles. E-mail Jill at jill@cwahm.com for additional information or stop by her site at www.cwahm.com.

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Friday, August 26, 2005

Be Kind to Human Kind Week - Adopt a Grandparent

Many children do not live close enough to visit their grandparents. Sometimes there are no living grandparents. You and your children may want to consider "adopting" a grandparent.

You and your children could visit the local nursing home. Many nursing homes have such programs available. If not, consider setting up one.

Older children can check on the older neighbors. They can offer to run errands, help with some light yard or handy work, or even walk the dog.

Marcus visits with Beverly and Keisha, her dog, on a weekly basis. They have enjoyed watching Marcus grow up. He occasionally helps out by picking the ripe lemons from their lemon trees. Marcus also gets much out of the relationship. He learns to have respect for older adults and enjoy their company.

I found a terrific website, The Adopt-A-Grandparent. Please feel free to visit it for more information.


Have a great weekend.

Rona Berry-Morin
Marcus and Me

Monday, August 22, 2005

Rona's Book Review: Homeschooling The Teen Years by Cafi Cohen

"Homeschooling The Teen Years - Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13 to 18 Year Old" by Cafi Cohen. I absolutely love this book! It's jammed pack full of resources, tips and helpful information. I highlighted this one and will be keeping it my personal library. Cafi Cohen doesn't recommend one homeschooling style over another. It's all about you and your child's learning needs. She did survey many homeschooling families. Their comments are mentioned through the book.

This book is for anyone homeschooling 13 to 18 year olds. I would recommend it for beginners and experts. There's plenty tips and suggestions that will anyone can use.
You can order this book by selecting the Amazon Icon on the rightside of our Blog.

Rona Berry-Morin
Marcus and Me - Visit our Blog on Homeschoolblogger.com
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Amazon.com
The teen years are when many homeschooling parents start to question or abandon their efforts. It's a precarious time, with challenging academics, pressing social issues, and the prospect of college looming. Parents can now breathe easy: this guide calms the teen-time jitters and even offers hope to those just turning to homeschooling now that their child is about to enter high school. With brief "how we did it" testimonies from other parents sprinkled throughout the book, author Cafi Cohen offers sage advice with the turn of every page. A columnist for Home Education Magazine and Homeschooling Today, two of the most respected periodicals on the subject, Cohen has also homeschooled her two children into college. To comfort doubters, she begins with 10 reasons for homeschooling your teenager (work experience, limited peer pressure, and family togetherness, among them). She goes on to devote long chapters to traditional subjects such as math and history, and even gets to those you might not have considered, like driver education. Her suggestions for parents new to homeschooling: decompress slowly, study only one subject a month at first, and read at least one book on learning styles. This approach will save much time and reduce those trial-and-error episodes.
The guide is neatly packaged and easy to read in the same style of its sister publications, Homeschooling: The Early Years and Homeschooling: The Middle Years. A large collection of lists and quick tips offer everything from the top 10 books for teens and the most popular math programs to money-saver suggestions such as joining a local college's foreign-language club and asking for discarded equipment from local schools. The last chapter contains two college application essays written by teenage homeschoolers. It also provides reassuring information about diplomas. Many universities follow Harvard's policy of not requiring a diploma, but if you or your homeschooling support group do issue one, your teenager can answer "yes" to the diploma question on most job applications--a fact sure to illicit a collective sigh of relief from thousands of parents who homeschool their teens. --Jodi Mailander Farrell