Best of HIRL: I Love Homeschooling, But I’ll Tell You Its Flaws

I Love Homeschooling But I'll Tell You It's Flaws - Homeschooling IRL

On this episode of Homeschooling In Real Life, Fletch and Kendra discuss what it’s like when your homeschool student abandons your family’s faith and lifestyle.

How can this happen in a Christian home where you have created a sheltered homeschool environment? Christian homeschooling is designed to protect our kids. Shouldn’t our children turn out perfect?

To answer that question, we interview a young man who has done that very thing, but here is the best part: after being raised in a rigid environment which he ultimately rejected, he is still a huge proponent of  home education and thinks his mom is one of the best teachers around!

Homeschooling parents, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! We may challenge you to rethink about how you listen to your kids, how to look for and complement their strengths, but mostly we will remind all of us how important it is to just point them to Jesus.


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

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Running Your Home Like A CEO

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Running your home like a CEO is possible, and even with heart! Wouldn’t it be great if you could take a cue from corporate America and run your home like a CEO? In this podcast, we are going to discuss how running several businesses have taught me that I can apply some if not all of these skills into running a more efficient, time-saving, and organized home!

What about “heart,” you might ask? Shouldn’t you have an idea of running your household with heart? With care about those under your watch— of course! I can’t think of any company head who doesn’t care about the success of the business or the people in it!

I decided to look at six areas that a CEO excels in running a company. Successful companies are run with goals and everyone knows the direction and works hard to achieve it, together. There is strength in numbers and this is an important element in running a home. No one person can do it all—and if they do, at some point there is burn out. You can not sustain that level forever.

A home is made up of family and the needs of a family. In the next  I focus on family, communication and dealing with behavior and misbehavior and encouraging your kids to be the best they can be in life given their talents. In this podcast I focus on the running specifically of a home.

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Running Your Home Like a CEO Checklist:

Here is a printable with the topics below to fill out: Top SIX Traits For Running Your Home Like A CEO

First, let’s look at some of the attributes of a CEO –

  1. A CEO is a leader

Everyone looks to the CEO for leadership, to follow and to obey. The CEO is the person in charge and an authority figure. Determine the CEO of your family. Is Dad the CEO and mom the President? This is an important distinction. Families tend to have too many chiefs and not enough Indians and this can cause all kinds of chaos and problems within a family. Knowing who the leader is and why we follow the leader is very important. That is not to say that decisions can’t be made together but that when there needs to be one person making the decision (and taking the responsibility) that person is designated.

2. Determines strategic direction

  1. Everyone should understand the direction
  2. Jobs focus on the direction
  3. Daily responsibilities combined to achieve success

3. Decision making, a CEO makes decisions based upon: (*don’t worry about how you are going to accomplish any of these ideals, just think about how you’d answer each of these areas.)

A. Needs–Each person in the family has different needs and levels of care. Assessing this care and determining who can help is important. I call this manning the troops. Sometimes we need help

B. Values–What is important for your family? What values are the line-in-the sand? The not to be compromised truths your families will be known for?

C. Goals– What are your objectives as a family? Daily survival or thriving?

A CEO determines and communicates the organization strategic direction – until that gets settled, making decisions about anything else in business is hard. Without this goal the company is a group of people pursing individual goals guided by their own agenda. Does everyone in your family wander around with their own cares – not worried about the family as a unit? Are mom and dad the only ones who worry about each other and the kids yet this isn’t shared by the rest of the family? If so, the issue can be the strategic direction, no one knows the goal or how to reach it. What is the goal for your family? For ours it is heaven and getting there is very important to us, living out lives pleasing to God and each other is important. If we don’t live our lives with the “end in mind” we’d be very different people. Do you know your direction?

4. A CEO is responsible for day-to-day management decisions

A. Implementing long and short-term goals

B. Organizing and delegating

C. Making sure the different departments works toward a common goals

5.  Liaison:

  1. The CEO communicates
  2. Is a liaison

Communication is important. Period. Communicating the needs to each other and to the family without being hurtful is important. Constructive criticism isn’t often taken well. Is your family relationship good, if so it will be taken better. Most of the time criticism is taken as being critical of behavior or poor decision making. Working on lines of communication will benefit the immediate household as well as the

  1. Resources:
    1. In charge of balancing capital and people
    2. Using resources to the optimum

 

 

30 Top Films For Middle School to Adult

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Family Films For Older Kids

Do you have a list of your top 30 top films for families with older kids? In this podcast, I interview Lisa Winton, who along with her husband started a popular Facebook group to discuss their favorite movies and chat about them with friends. Lisa and Randy Winton have homeschooled for 16-years. Join us for more movies to add to your growing lists!

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Lisa Winton is my guest and will share her top 30 family friend film for older children. Here are the questions I asked, listen to the podcast for more!

  1. Tell me about yourself and your family:

I am a lover of classic literature, classical art, classic films and the outdoors, I enjoy history and art museums, orchestral concerts, classical ballet concerts, running, and decorating my home in a shabby chic/vintage style. I just recently decided to indulge in some new interests, and besides taking ballet classes for adults and joining my daughters in their art lessons, starting studying homeopathy in a group setting.

I have been married to my husband Randy for 29 years and we have four children, two adult sons (one married with two grand babies one in college) and two adopted daughters, one with special health challenges and one with health issues/developmental delays and autism. I am in my sixteenth year of homeschooling and love reading about and implementing various educational approaches, and have spent the last decade researching autism along with related therapies and implementing approaches to help see my daughter with autism to become the best-functioning adult she is capable of becoming.

I began a Facebook page, “Inspire:  Rediscovering Classic Family Films” (will come up by searching Classic Family Films on Facebook) several years ago, simply to highlight some of our family’s favorite films over the years because I had met so many people who had never heard of the ones that we loved, and after borrowing them from us couldn’t believe they’d never heard of them before. I thought that might be the case with others and wanted more people to enjoy the films we had found for our family.

  1. What ages will we focus on in this podcast?

We decided to focus on titles for families with middle and high-school aged children.

We briefly discussed the Hay’s code that went into a self-imposed standard that the Hollywood industry of old began when it started to police itself for decency mainly to keep the government from doing it when faced with legislative censorship.

  1. Lisa share that her family criteria for movies is:

Strong and moving story, high production values (good acting, beautiful scenery, inspiring and moving story and score, satisfying ending)

Inspiring themes–triumph, courage and honor, perseverance in the face of difficulty, redemption of a character (like Scrooge in A Christmas Carol or the Beast in Beauty and the Beast)

Historical or story narrative to gain insight and understanding–what it was like to live in different time periods (through World Wars, the Depression, the War for Independence)

Stories that when we are finished viewing, we are better for it. Inspired to stand stronger, be kinder, love others more, not repeat the mistakes of others or the past.

Last but not least, that the films we choose line-up with our family’s biblical values, and though very few films are flawless, promote that which we want to instill in our children and be inspired by personally. I.E.–it’s OK to have a Nellie Olson in a story. We need to have antagonists and protagonists to have a good story, but the antagonist should be seen clearly in the story as the one on the side of wrong, and the protagonist on the side of good and right. Not everyone will agree with us. Some people don’t want their kids to view anyone who has bad behavior–but I’d rather my kids meet Nellie Olesons in the pages of a book or on film where we can discuss these issues in imaginary circumstances before they face them in real life. And they will

4. What do you think about movie ratings?

Yes–we find it extremely entertaining that many older Shirley Temple films are rated PG, and so many more modern animated or even live-action “kids” films these days rated G are not ones we would choose to watch. We also have seen many PG-13 films that are rated because of the themes and not for content but meet our criteria as a worthy film for our family to view.  For example, two movies released more recently, The Book Thief (PG-13) and Hidden Figures (PG) I would choose to show my older children hands down over MANY rated G films released these days.

5. I also want to discuss underlying themes … many times movie producers even in animations place subtle hints (homosexuality, gender issues, etc. in movies that parents catch).

This is something coming in more and more these days–I may have a position not everyone is comfortable with. Each family needs to discern for themselves. We watched Disney’s live-action version of The Beauty and the Beast, over which there was some controversy. It was not hard to see that they subtly included some propaganda I could discern as an adult. But in the end we felt the overall value of truth, beauty, good overcoming evil and prejudice, strong family affection and loyalty (Belle and her father) and redemption of the beast in the film far outweighed the objectionable elements they included which went right over my younger children’s heads. And as they get older, we will use those elements as jumping off points to talk about values that differ from ours and how to have judgment and discernment when approaching film and other viewpoints.

30 top films30 Top Films For Families Middle School to Adult  – those starred below are their family favorites.

  1. Little Women (June Allyson and Wiona Ryder)
  2. The Prisoner of Zenda (Stuart Granger)
  3. Night Crossing (Disney) *
  4. Miniver
  5. The Great Escape
  6. The Fighting Sullivan’s *
  7. The Long Gray Line *
  8. Little Lord Fauntleroy
  9. Anne of Green Gables & The Sequel
  10. A Man Called Peter *
  11. Sergeant York *
  12. The Agony & The Ecstasy * (Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel)
  13. Ben Hur
  14. Boy’s Town *
  15. Chariots of Fire *
  16. The Bishop’s Wife (Cary Grant)
  17. Smith Goes To Washington
  18. Edison: The Man *
  19. Madame Curie *
  20. Jackie Robinson (42 is also well done) *
  21. Pride of the Yankees *
  22. I Remember Mama
  23. Captains Courageous (Spencer Tracy)
  24. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Robert Donat)
  25. Miracle of the White Stallions (Disney) *
  26. Remember the Titans
  27. The Bode Thief
  28. Gifted Hands *
  29. Hidden Figures *
  30. Guns of Navaronne

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

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Transcripts Credits Grades

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Tips for an amazing transcript! 

Episode #65

Transcripts, credits, grades really are difficult to figure out but how do you navigate the waters of high school? Well-meaning parents and friends will tell you that your child won’t get accepted with a “valid” transcript. That’s not true, but we will talk about suggested credits and so much more. Road Map for success – http://www.collegeprepgenius.com/roadmap

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Show Notes: Transcripts, Credits and Grades

  1. What are suggested credits for high school?
    1. Depending on state and homeschool laws
    2. Minimum 23 credits
    3. Minimum, Recommended and Distinguished
    4. Shoot for the distinguished – 27-29 credits…you can fall into the recommended plan.
  2. Can you define a credit and how to award them to the student?
    1. Credit can be called a unit- measure the amount of time the student has spent on the course.
    2. A credit can be 120-180 hours of work
    3. The beauty is you can define your own credits. 5 x 45 min x 180 =
    4. You establish how you will award your credits.
    5. Homeschooling allows flexibility.
      1. Textbook/ tests approach
      2. Credits for sewing, art, Eagle scout, music, drama
      3. Related experiences classroom, rehearsals, etc.
      4. College classes, dual credit and early college Demonstrated expertise – take care of horses, equestrian class; baking, sewing, carpentry work, etc.

High School Grade Scale: Important for Transcripts, Credits and Grades

  1. High school grade scale.
    1. Important to allow your children to know your scale
    2. 90-100 –A | 89-80—B | 79-70—C | 69-60—D
    3. You can adopt your own scale or adjust to your scale
    4. Let the kids know you won’t deviate
  2. What are some possible grading standards?
    1. Establish standards can help your child and work toward their strengths
    2. Grades are based on:
      1. Math: 1/3 tests – 1/3 daily work – 1/3 final exam
      2. History ½ reading and ½ reports
  • Fine arts ½ performance and ½ practice
  1. DonnaYoung.org – free forms that will help record your grades
  2. HSLD – has a low-cost recording site
  1. Elective courses can be Pass/Fail but not calculated into average

What is a transcript and why does our teen need one?

  1. Should have a transcript whether or not you went to college
  2. Record of accomplishments completed during high school years, I did something and completed it.
  3. Validate your high school work that you completed
  4. Required for military acceptance
  5. Entry level employment jobs
  6. Internship
  7. Annual report card or a summary of what you have completed.
  • How to calculate the GPA?
    1. Grade Point Average
    2. GPA – assign a grade to a point. Multiply points by 1 credit or more credits that will give you the points
      1. A = 4 points
      2. B = 3 points
  • C = 2 points
  1. D = 1 point
  1. Yearly GPA takes you letter point, assign it a number value, divide it by the total credits you’ve given.
  2. Total Years – take all your credits and divide it by the points and divide.
  3. Weighted and Unweighted score: has to do with more advanced classes like more “weighted credits” for harder classes.
  1. Where do I start?
    1. The beauty of homeschooling is you can begin anytime. It is best to begin in the 8th grade using a master planner form or template.
    2. Kids can help chose the classes over basic core classes
    3. Taking ownership of the plan, compare admissions requirement and state law
    4. If your child knows they want to go to college you can shoot for distinguished
    5. Maturity helps, they become more serious as they get older

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

Visit here to learn more.


 

Family Action Plan

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Episode 265

Get your battle gear on, it’s time for a family action plan! Most of us enter into family life with a day-to-day survival mentality. Now is the time to kick that survival mode attitude and become proactive! In this episode, I discuss my aversion to details, planning and how life got the best of me most days, weary and defeated I fell into bed only to rinse and repeat again. Then an idea, a small seed that sprouted into what I call a family action plan – that I’ll share in this not be missed episode!

Thanks to our sponsor — Like Arrows 

As adults, we are responsible for our families. We have jobs, we figure out where we will live–we buy or rent a home, we decide what we will eat for the day, for the week or even for the month. But do we really plan and focus on what we hope to accomplish within our families? I felt the years were speeding by when my first two children sprung into their teen years. I had a little one and had started “life” over in a sense. I wondered what was becoming of our family, would I have enough time to spend with each kid, was anyone going to feel left out–and truthfully things I never worried about before started to creep in and concern me.

Let’s face it, having two kids was easier than five and having kids when I was younger with more energy was actually different then having children in my late 30’s because I was an experienced mom, and much more relaxed. My last three children got away with less since this savvy mom already knew what to expect!

Yet something was missing — a Family Plan!

My husband and I ran several businesses together. Being entrepreneurial was in my blood, if not his, and with some help and enthusiasm on my part, we began a construction and home inspection business that he works in, and I run my publishing business that consists of this network and books I’ve published. Our businesses have measures in place so they practically run themselves or if there is a problem, years of experience come into play. Why couldn’t we apply this to our family? Write a business plan for our family life?

And that is what I propose. Our goals and objectives will be different but some things are the same. Having a mission statement, goals, looking at our communication with our customers and employees, and keeping an eye on the future while planning for the unexpected. Yes, you can actually plan for things that might crop up without being Debbie-Downer! Of course, life can throw you a curveball, but if you have an idea of how you want your life to look it may actually help.

One of the main elements that has been our mainstay in all our years in business and family life is one main constant. Love of God, trust in God and His providence for our family, and looking to God for our answers before we find ourselves struggling! I may have shared with you in the past that I tend to get ahead of God. I get this idea and want to run with it, but when I stop, write it down and place it in my prayer journal I wait until I have peace I don’t move ahead with it…

So what are those top five things and how can you create a family plan of your own?

Click here to download the pdf file of the following for your own private use. Top Five Things To Do TO Create A Family Plan-handout

family action planHere is an outline:

  1. Top Five Things To Do TO Create A Family PlanMission:
    1. What is your family mission statement?
    2. Do you have your mission statement posted where everyone can see it?
    3. Does everyone understand your family mission statement?

    Goals:

    1. What are your goals and objectives for your family?
    2. Do I have priorities and are they in the correct order?
    3. How do I instill values and faith in my family?

    Communication:

    1. Do I have open lines of communication set within my family?
    2. Has there been a breakdown of communication? If so how can I fix it?
    3. Do I need to communicate rules in a better way?

    Future:

    1. How do I anticipate my family structure changing in the future?
    2. Have I projected the financial needs of my family now and in the future?
    3. Have I considered savings, investments or college funds?

    Unexpected:

    1. Have I identified unmet financial needs?
    2. Have I identified unmet needs with my spouse or children?
    3. Do I have a plan in place for the unexpected (financial: medical, school, home)?

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

Visit here to learn more.


Best of HIRL: Answering Homeschool Critics

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Answering Homeschool Critics

Homeschool critics seem to be everywhere and some of us have had our share of uncomfortable conversations about our choice to homeschool, how we’re going about it, whether or not we’re qualified to teach our own kids, and even what they’re learning.

Learning how to answer homeschool critics, especially those who are close to us, sometimes requires us to offer a soft answer. Other times it requires us to be very direct and set firm boundaries in our conversations or interactions with our critics. Either way, we need to remind ourselves of the gospel and remember that our identity is in Christ alone.

On this short episode of HomeschoolingIRL, Fletch and Kendra discuss gracious responses and remind us all that we only really have an audience of One. Tune in and enjoy this episode of Homeschooling In Real Life To Go!


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

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Best of HIRL: How The Gospel Makes Us Unoffendable

How the Gospel Makes Us Unoffendable - with Homeschooling IRLWhat if someone told you that you had no right to be angry? What if you could live a life that was defined as unoffendable? What would it look like to not be offended by the things people say and do, or by the way they treat you? And what if you could smile and relax, knowing that God has covered every offense with his inexhaustible love for you?

Homeschoolers, let’s face it. We are quick to be offended. Whether it’s outsiders who watch us and don’t like our educational choices or fellow homeschoolers who challenge our methods or curriculum, we can often take offense at anyone who questions what we are doing. What would your life look like if you were unoffendable?

On this episode of HomeschoolingIRL, we’re talking with radio host Brant Hansen about his new book, Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better. When the gospel gets involved, it really is your best life, forever.


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Homeschool Burn Out

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Yes, homeschool burn out can happen to you, even the most die-hard or poster-child-for homeschool mom. You know you’re burned out when … can you fill in the blank? For me it began when I didn’t feel like getting out of bed, when I dreaded listening to my children read because it would put me to sleep and when the thought of teaching another child long division made me cry. Basically, I didn’t care if the kids completed one page or ten pages in their book, and the questions were never-ending. In this podcast I deal mom burnout, especially homeschool burn out and ways to combat it with some real and doable suggestions.

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Show Notes: Homeschool Burn Out

When you are stuggling with burn out the last thing you want is a know-it-all-mom to tell you one more thing you need to do to overcome burn out. I mean, the reason you feel burned out is you are overwhelmed, right? I know. I’ve been there. you see I had a really cushy life. My husband made a good living, provided for our family and is loving and kind. I’m blessed. I had two children, a house on a couple of acres and lived in a place with perpetual summer and spring weather. I began a publishing business right before I found out I was pregnant with child number three. The publishing business flourished and so did my fertility. I had number four, and number five in my 40’s. So, homeschooling highschool, having little ones while running a publishing business became an amazing feat. Something had to go!

Do your kids ask:

“Mom, what do you want me to do first, math or reading?

Mom, can I go to Jimmie’s house after our field trip?

Mom, I can’t find my math book!”

If I had a penny for each time a child lost a school book or for the number of times my name, “Mom” was used in a sentence that ended in a question, I’d be very rich! There was a time in the not so distant past when my business became very profitable at a time when my husband’s business took a sudden downward turn, due to the economic decline. It was a blessing to be sure, but juggling little kids and little, constant problems with launching a new branch of my business became very tough. On top of this, I was dissatisfied. I was sad I didn’t have more time to complete my homeschool tasks, I was sad my house was a mess. And, yes – I was just plain sad!

I needed a break but I didn’t have anyone who I could trust to babysit nearby or even friends to trade with, in fact, I felt selfish for even thinking of leaving my kids alone for any period of time. I realized years later I was my own worse enemy. I had all these rules, these do’s and don’ts and no way out of the mess I had created.

Yes, sometimes there are things out of our control. The washing machine breaks, there is a hurricane and no electricity for two weeks, this has happened to us three times while living in southwest Florida, and yes I still live here. There are those unaccountable and unavoidable things that happen in our life. But that doesn’t mean we quit. I’m going to share with you my life raft tips, those things are sure to help you with homeschool burn out!

List: Life happens. We need to realize that every day isn’t going to be perfect, everything on our list will not be checked off and we need to be okay with it!

Important: What is the most important thing to tackle that day? The one thing. You know the one thing that if completed will make me happy. If there isn’t one thing you are not fine-tuning your list enough. Take a few moments to think about this each day, or better yet the night before an make a plan.

Fear: Fear can be crippling. It can come from many sources but in order to overcome fear you must identify it and call it out for what it really is, fear is debilitating and crippling. It can make us sick! I pray this prayer each time I am fearful: Dear Lord, by your death and resurrection you have conquered fear and death, and I ask that you bless me, my family and friends and in the name of Jesus I cast out fear since you are love and perfect love casts out all fear! 1 John 4: 17-18 – In this way, love has been perfected among us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment; for in this world we are just like Him. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear involves

Easy: A office supply company made an entire marketing campaign around the “easy button,” the premise was based upon the ease of completing a task only took hitting the button, and it was done. We make things so complicated and difficult. We are either perfectionists and that holds us captive or we are lazy and leave dishes in the sink, piles of clothes all over the place and we complain that our kids never help us! I admit it, there are times when I am lazy when I don’t want to do the dishes and every one of useful age is gone! Guess what? Kids grow up, they leave home and those pesky dishes are still around. It really is easy. Take turns, make a schedule or ask your kids to split up chores. I did that one year when the schedules were not working any longer and everyone selected jobs they liked, and guess what? Yes, you guessed right, no one complained about doing the job because they didn’t mind it. Easy!

Reality: Sometimes we will be sad and on overload. It’s okay. Really. We have this false sense that we are allowed to complain or that no one cares. I care. God cares. Your kids care even if you don’t think they do. Sadness on occasion happens and typically because we haven’t accomplished that goal. Be realistic, look at your goals. Are they attainable? If not why? If so, then how are you going to make it happen. If you don’t have goals, write them today!

Anger: Burnout is when you get angry at the smallest, littlest, inconsequential things. Burnout happens when we are angry and don’t really have a reason for it. Anger doesn’t make us feel better. It makes us feel worse and when we lose control, it can be horrible for all involved. Everyone has been angry from time to time. If you feel you are losing control get help. Don’t try to fight it alone.

Forgive: Forgiveness begins with yourself. Forgiveness isn’t easy! I invite you to listen to this podcast on forgiveness and this one on asking for forgiveness.  If you’ve hurt your children with unkind words set the example and ask them for forgiveness as well. Happiness and joy will come from this, I promise!

Truth: False thinking is one of the reasons we can’t face the truth. You are not a horrible person, you are not a failure, you are not terrible at everything you do. How do I know? Because you are listening to this podcast and you don’t want to suffer from burn out!

Burnout is a very real thing. It means it’s time for mom to take a break. A short break, but one nonetheless. When things become insurmountable it is time for help. I pray this podcast has been a help to you. I want to leave you with this thought.

Even in our worse moments at home, we are providing for our children that we genuinely love. There is no one out there who will love our children as much as we do. No one.

At one time or another, we’ve all questioned our ability to homeschool — we are doing a horrible job of homeschooling, our kids will never get the education they need or as good as the schools. They’ll never get a good job or go to college. Believe me, they will. I’m graduating my last child of five this year, and they’ve all succeeded. Some in jobs and three in college.

Friends, you are doing a better job than traditional schools! Recently friends pulled their children out of school because the administration or staff decided to run drills on mock school shootings. They will pretend there is a shooter in the school and then not let the children know it is a drill. That fear is crippling! Like a fire drill is good practice, this could be as well except for the fear factor of not knowing if it is real or not! This could cause a lifetime of psychological damage! My friends decided the home was preferable.

I believe I’ve been blessed with the perfect amount of children, and my children have taught me so much! I’m working on a podcast on what I’ve learned from my children, and it is so much!

I know you’ve got this and  you are not alone. When burnout comes creeping in, banish it but don’t think you have to do it alone. We have a facebook group for the purpose of small group discussions – if you are in need, reach out. We are here for you! You are qualified to teach your children! And this podcast network is dedicated to help you! Listen to the many wonderful broadcasts on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, and I pray this podcast was a help!

Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, The Miracle Season!

Based on the inspiring true story of West High School girl’s volleyball team. After the tragic death of the school’s star player Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship.

Visit here to learn more.

Top 50 Christian Films

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Episode

In this episode of the top 50 Christian Films, I explore past favorites along with some new and promising film companies who are currently making Christian movies into mainstream theatres. These movies are ones I would recommend however with any recommendation comes a caution to parents. The information is provided as a base for your own favorite list, watch these first before allowing your children to view them, unattended.

Show Notes: Top 50 Christian Films

Praise God and Hallelujah, the recent filmmaking industry has vastly improved in their creations of productions with a Christian theme. It was difficult to convince my young children to watch anything not animated or humorous. As my daughter often reminded me, Christian themes are sad because Jesus dies. Yes. But, He also rises from the dead!

All of these movies obviously have religious undertones or they would not be on this list. Some have been viewed by me, or relatives of mine that I trust! If I have not bolded the title, I have not seen the movie. Please watch any movie you wish to show your young children or even teens. Listen to this podcast for more details.

There are more than 50 here, those with an asterisk* I’ve seen, the others are recommended.

These are broken into the following categories: Religious-based fiction; Fiction with religious undertones, Fiction with sports content, Overcoming Hardships, Documentary, Catholic Religious Films.

Religous based fiction:

  • The Nativity Story**
  • Jesus of Nazareth**
  • The Robe**
  • Parables of Jesus
  • Road to Emmaus
  • Polycarp
  • The Bible**
  • Apostle Peter and the Last Supper
  • The Gospel According to Matthew
  • *The Gospel of John – word for word adaptation
  • The Passion of Christ ** (caution, graphic!)

Religous Based Undertones

  • God’s Not Dead ** (God’s Not Dead 2)
  • The Encounter
  • Heaven is for Real
  • Grace Unplugged
  • Soul Surfer 
  • The Chronicles of Narnia*: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Voyage of the Dawn Threader 
  • War Room
  • Unstoppable
  • Letters to God*
  • Faith Like Potatoes
  • Miracles from Heaven*
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • East of Eden
  • Ben-hur
  • All Saints
  • The Blind Side
  • Help

Overcoming Hardships

  • Before All Others
  • Indescribable
  • A Cross to Bear
  • Unexpected Places
  • Corrie Ten Boom
  • 94 Feet
  • The Encounter

Animations Christian Theme:

  • Veggie Tales!**
  • The Prince of Egypt*
  • Old and New Testament: NEST *

Documentary Christian Theme: 

  • Shroud of Turin- 3 DVD**
  • Journeying with Jesus
  • Tomb of Jesus
  • Case for Christ
  • Hillsong: Let Hope Rise*
  • Tim Tebow: On a Mission

Sports Focus Religious Undertones

  • Champions of Fath **
  • Milltown Pride
  • Catching Faith
  • One Hit From Home
  • Pitching Love
  • Jackson’s Run

Catholic Films:

  • Joan of Ark*
  • Pope John Paul II*
  • The Song of Bernadette*
  • A Man For All Seasons*
  • The Mission*
  • The Trouble with Angels*
  • Going My Way*
  • The Bell’s of St. Mary*
  • Therese*
  • The Sound of Music*
  • The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima
  • Come to the Stable *

Releases Upcoming: Previewed the ones with **

  1. Ice Dragon — in theaters March 24, 2018 **
  2. Miracle Season in theatres April 6, 2018**
  3. Like Arrows –in theatres May 1 and 3, 2018 **

Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, The Miracle Season!

Based on the inspiring true story of West High School girl’s volleyball team. After the tragic death of the school’s star player Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship.

Visit here to learn more.

Miracle Season The Movie

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Miracle Season

Rarely does a movie make me cry like the Miracle Season. It’s not that I’m heartless but truthfully I just don’t get immersed in a movie, I’m too much a realist. It’s fake. These people are actors. The story is made up.

Okay so it is a movie, these people are actors but it is based on a true story. The Miracle Season is inspiring. It is based up Caroline Found a volleyball player and the impact she had on her parents, her friends, and her community. And, it’s a tear-jerker.

Providentially, I didn’t even watch the movie in one sitting. I can’t imagine what an emotional wreck I would be if I had! As it was my husband found me sniffing, watching the movie on my laptop, perched on a container of flour as I was stir frying dinner. You know how we working moms can multi-task. The company that made the movie is our network sponsor, but I volunteered to write the review, without payment.

I was super busy the day I received the preview link, deadlines crying out to be met…podcasts and several phone calls all vying for my attention. Yes, even though I’ve completed my homeschool journey my days seemed filled with even more mayhem then my homeschool days. So, I watched the movie on my laptop in three different time segments during the course of the day, and still, the impact was hard!

Why I loved the Miracle Season … and I don’t often use the word love with a movie title.

The character of Caroline was impulsive, reckless, but she had heart. She loved. And, she lived. She had hardships in her life, her mother was dying of cancer. Yet, she was joyous. It is that joy that surpasses all understanding, to anyone looking in, the joy that comes from within a person–but is infused by a higher force. I call this the Holy Spirit. The movie is about the impact of her death on her family and friends, especially her volleyball team that is left with the state competitions as their season begins and no center.

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This will be our year. And it was The Miracle Season…

But not in the way that Caroline expected. “This will be our year.” That’s what Caroline’s last words were to her best friend. This year would be the best. It would be remembered. It would be something that would impact them forever. And, it did just not as Caroline planned. This movie makes you think of the could of, should have, would have moments in our lives. Are we invincible? Teens think they are and that is why this is a movie that I’d recommend for every invincible teenager out there. I want my boys to see this, and my daughter even though they are 22, 20 and 17. For kids 13 and up it is a must see. It will make them think.

While the movie centers around a high school and sports, it is bigger than just another sports movie. It is about being a friend. Friendships among teens tend to be fickle. We know this given our own experiences with friendships, many that are better left forgotten. In this case, the friendship’s impact transcends death. And that is what I loved. I loved that her spirit and short time on earth was spent loving and being joyous to the best of her ability. Like sports, Caroline (Line as she was known to her family and friends), gave it her all.

She understood her friends. She had her coach’s back. She loved her mother throughout her sickness and was her biggest encourager and champion. She loved her father, and her extended family the community. She just loved.

Caroline loved.

The character of Caroline depicted in the Miracle Season showed that kind of love that is selfless and it is giving. That is the way I want my children to be, to grow up to love not as they are loved but to love in a sense that all who see them understand God’s love.

If I have one critique of the movie it is about downplaying faith in the character of Caroline. Where did she get her love? Why did she grow up that way? We are told it was the example of her mother, I’m sure this is true, but additionally, it comes from a deeper source. That source is God. There is a scene where the father struggles after his daughter’s death. The pastor is understanding and thankfully seen in a good light. Many times pastors are portrayed as silly or passive. Neither happened in this case. The pastor is willing to listen and help. However, I would have liked to have dialogue that was more pervasive about the very essence of who Caroline was and her relationship with God. I’m certain she had one. No one can love that way and not be touched by God.

And that is the reason I recommend seeing this film with your teens. It is an example to all of us in how to live a life showing God’s love to others. Having each other’s back, giving confidence and support to those who are hurting. To just be like Caroline. The ending was very uplifting and I won’t spoil it but it centers around the grieving father coming to terms with his loss.

Did you see the movie? It comes out on April 6th – and if so, what did you think?

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