We're getting back to our homeschool routine Monday morning (she said optimistically) here are some posts I've saved about homeschooling, education, & parenting:
- Why We Don't Start School at 8 AM from Simple Homeschool. One of the primary attractions of homeschooling is its flexibility, right? I don't think our homeschool has ever started at 8 AM. If we did, it was a fluke.
- 23 Exceedingly Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Sanity While Living With Children. Funny but true.
- Encouraging Resilience in Kids by Mary at Owlhaven. This post echoes some of the things that resonated with me in the book Boundaries with Kids. We have to show empathy for the things our children are going through but we cannot be constantly rescuing them, protecting them from all hurt.
- A related post: Learning That Not Everyone Wants to Be Your Friend:Dealing With Conflict. Yes, sooner or later it's gonna happen, especially raising girls. What then?
- We've all been talking about how higher education may be the next bubble to burst. Constantly rising student loans only to graduate and not find a job are a definite concern for any parent these days. Which means I was hopeful to read this post: More Students Thinking Outside the College Box.
- I, as you know, have 4 daughters. This post from See Jamie Blog had me nodding my emphatic agreement (and it might have choked me up a little too): Tell Her She's Pretty.
- The Equuschick from The Common Room talked about two books on how the natural environment works to influence the minds of children. Another benefit of homeschooling: my easily distracted child is not labeled and we can work with her natural strengths and weaknesses instead of against them.
- Love this round-up from Apartment Therapy: Kids' Sleep Solutions for Small Homes. Sure wish we had that quadruple bunk!
- 5 Ways to Prepare Kids for Attacks on Their Faith by D.A. Carson. Love the advice about not turning those who disagree with us into cartoon villain types. What happens when our kids grow up and discover that some people disagree but are actually kind of nice?
- When Your Child Says "There's Nothing to Do" from MomLife Today. Let's all repeat what that post points out: it is not a parent's job to entertain the kids. Loved this post!
- Be encouraged: God is looking for Plodders by Mark Altrogge.
- Did you make a resolution related to Bible reading this year? You'll want to check out this post: How Not To Read Your Bible in 2013.
- Did you make a resolution about reading more? If you're a Christian woman you might want to consider adding a few of these to your list: Six Books of Theology Every Christian Woman Should Read.
- Make a resolution about your prayer life? You might want to read this post by Kevin DeYoung: How to Pray Using Scripture.
- Working on good habits in general? Loved this post about Keystone Habits and Routines.
- Our New Year's Eve was pretty low key, which, honestly, is pretty much how I like it. But another part of me sort of wishes I could get dressed up in a pretty dress and go somewhere with Philip and celebrate like it was...OK, I don't know what. Anyway, this post echoed my feelings: The Real New Year's Eve Party.
- Wisdom and encouragement from John Piper: Every Moment in 2013 God Will Be Doing 10,000 Things in Your Life.
- One Good Thing blog shared: 27 Ways to Save Money in the New Year. Her last piece of advice (Stop Trying to Keep Up with the Joneses) is related to this next post:
- Who Are The Joneses in Your Life? by Jenny at exConsumer.
- An alternative to resolutions: 101 Things by Marquette at the Pinstrosity blog.
- Best Church Signs of 2012 compiled by Ed Stetzer.
- Photos that Inspired Norman Rockwell's Paintings. Love these!
Helpful Avocado advice:
That's all for this week. (Not really. There were so many links I didn't have space to share! Oh, well. Next week!)
This post will be linked to Saturday Linky Love at Vanderbilt Wife. Come share your own links or see what other folks have been reading on the 'nets this week.