Entries for month: January 2014

Should homeschooling be all-consuming?

Homeschooling , Support , Homeschool , Families , Parenting , Marriage , Encouragement , Mothers 1 Comment »

by Penny Ross
AHEAD Partner Blogger

“It only takes an hour or two in the early elementary years.” I heard this advice often when I was beginning to homeschool. And true—my actual teaching time was only an hour or two. But perhaps due to my planner/researcher/take charge personality, I soon found homeschooling taking over my life. After all, there were books to read, curriculum catalogs to pore over, supplies to track down, seminars to attend, and my entire house to re-arrange to accommodate all the new stuff. Not to mention, there was still all the usual all-day-long tasks of cooking, cleaning, and caring for three children.

We mommies can easily spend our days in crisis management mode, tending to the tyranny of the urgent (which means answering the loudest and highest-pitch scream first)

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If I do not have love

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I Corinthians 13 for Homeshool Moms

by Misty Krasawski

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and teach my children Latin conjugations, Chinese, and Portuguese, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal, and no matter what I say, they will not hear me.

If I have the gift of prophecy, and know my children’s bents and God’s plan for their lives, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and am the keeper of the teacher’s editions and solutions manuals, and if I have all faith, so as to move mountains, and even keep up with my giant piles of laundry and dishes, but do not have love, I am nothing, even if all the people at church think I’m Supermom.

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Do you have homeschooling fears? Me, too.

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by Tricia Goyer

When I first started homeschooling I was afraid of a few things.

  • 1. My kids would get on my nerves.
  • 2. My kids wouldn’t get enough socialization.
  • 3. My educational weaknesses would be my kids’ educational weaknesses.

Now in my 17th year of homeschooling, I can say that all of those have come TRUE.

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Social media fills a mom's time

Support , Internet , Encouragement , Homemaking 2 Comments »

by Kate Ophoven

As stewards of God’s creation, we are charged with the wise use of time. We cannot stop it from ticking away, and once it is gone, it is gone forever. “Time is a creature – a created thing – and a gift. We cannot make any more of it. We can only receive it and be faithful stewards in the use of it. Demands on our time differ, of course, and it is here that the disciple must refer to his Master. What do You want me to do, Lord? There will be time, depend on it, for everything God wants us to do.”

Society pressures us to cram as much as possible into our 24 hour day. Demands on our time come from all different directions, especially for homeschool moms. Cooking, cleaning, parenting, educating, exercise, personal devotions, sports, music lessons, church activities, shopping, play dates with the children’s friends, Bible studies, field trips, coffee breaks with friends, movie night, and….e-mail, texting, blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, Instagram, Netflix, Hulu, and Pinterest. 

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