HSHSP Ep 85: Healthily Handling Homeschool Mean-Moms with Melanie Wilson

This week on HSHSP Ep 85: Healthily Handling Homeschool Mean-Moms an interview with Melanie Wilson!

HSHSP Ep 85: Healthily Handling Homeschool Mean-Moms

HSHSP Ep 85: Healthily Handling Homeschool Mean-Moms with Melanie Wilson

Anyone that is involved in life with humans is going to run into a person who is so broken that they behave in unkind ways.

Join us for a wisdom-packed, grace-filled episode with Dr. Melanie Wilson. Melanie is a Christian psychologist turned homeschool mom. She is the popular host of Homeschool Sanity podcast, PsychoWith6.com, weekly Facebook lives, and periscope visits.

Dr. Melanie Wilson

Do your teens participate in homeschool groups, Sunday school, youth groups, league sports or dance classes, choirs, community service organizations? If so, they are likely at some point to run into a “mean-mom” or “mean-dad”. The world is full of people in pain, who react out of their pain and hurt those around them.

  • How do we handle situations that will arise?
  • How do we model Christ-like graciousness and healthy assertiveness in these tough moments?

Here are a few of the wise tips that Dr. Wilson shared:

  1. Calm down!
  2. Pray and ask a wise friend to pray with you. Talk to your spouse.
  3. Recognize your own feelings.
  4. Sleep on it.
  5. If it has to do with your child, talk to you child about. Balance what you heard from the “mean mom” and what your child says.
  6. Listen with grace to everyone.
  7. Be an “empathic investigator”: gather information in as balanced manner as possible, but remember “eyewitness reports” are notoriously flawed.
  8. Come up with the best theory about what happened that you can.
  9. Keep in mind: What is the goal of my investigation? What is the result we want to see?
  10. For EVERYONE involved: Relationship is more important than “rules”. Relationship is more important than “right”. It is okay to disagree, how will you move forward in front of your teens.
  11. Know when it is best to remove your teen from the contentious situation.
  12. Remember grace!

Join Dr. Melanie Wilson, Vicki and Kym for a powerful discussion on handling homeschool mean-moms. AND keep your eye out for Melanie’s upcoming book: Handling Difficult People.

In the meantime, visit Homeschool Sanity Podcast on Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, PsychoWith6.com, Melanie’s Facebook Lives.

Handling Homeschool Pharisees

Conflict Resolution Skills You Must Teach Your Children, Part 1

How to Keep Your Homeschooled High Schoolers Happy

3 Easy but Powerful Steps in Standing Up for Yourself

HSHSP Ep 85: Healthily Handling Homeschool Mean-Moms with Melanie Wilson


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HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool

This week on HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool.

HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool

HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool

You don’t need to go it alone as a homeschooling mom!

We humans are created for community and we women, especially, to support one another. Some moms are extraverted and need lots of friends most of the time. Some moms are introverted and love alone time, but still need prayer support and a few trusted friends.

How do homeschool mom friends find friends?

Join Sabrina, Kym, and Quella the seeing eye puppy for an honest, heartwarming discussion about finding friends as homeschooling moms.

  • God’s intervention: They will share how, in dark times in their lives, God supplied their friendship with each other, then with the other moms who became 7SistersHomeschool.com.
  • Prayer: Before seeing the intervention with God’s gift of friendship, Kym shares her story about praying for a friend.
  • Involvement: They share about being involved in their homeschool community had already made them acquainted with each other.
  • Serving: They share about seeing a need and being willing to help, which opened the door for friendship.

Homeschool moms, you don’t need to go it alone in homeschooling high school! God created us for community. If He created us for community, He will provide. Join us for this encouraging episode and look for God’s work in your life!

In the meantime, enjoy these encouraging posts and resources:

Confidence-Building Skills for Meeting New People VickiTillmanCoaching.com

Click here for this free download.

The Importance of Homeschool Friends for MOM

Here’s a freebie download on how to truly help a friend during difficult times.

HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool


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HSHSP Ep 83: Homeschooled and Headed for College

This week on HSHSP Ep 83: Homeschooled and Headed for College.

HSHSP Ep 83: Homeschooled and Headed for College

HSHSP Ep 83: Homeschooled and Headed for College

Many homeschool highschoolers are planning to attend college. How about yours? We know there’s not one right way to homeschool highschool AND there’s not one right way to do life after highschool. Some teens are call right into the workforce, military or missions. Others must go through college.

For teens who are homeschooled and planning for college, we’ve got some helpful information to think about. As experienced homeschool moms and community leaders, we’ve learned some insider tips. What experience do we have?

  • We’ve graduated all of our homeschool highschoolers and all the college-interested teens attended a college of their choice.
  • Vicki has served as academic advisor for local homeschool upperclassmen, helping hundreds graduate and gain acceptance at a college of their choice.
  • Sabrina and Kym have, for decades, taught homeschool co-op and group classes and mentored college-bound students (including writing many, many college reference letters).
  • However, we can’t say that Quella the seeing eye puppy has helped many teens get into college yet. Maybe someday…

From our feet-on-the-ground experience, we’ve got helpful information for you regarding the questions we often receive:

  • How can you and your teens manage the stress of the college hunt, preparation and application process?
  • Why is junior year important for college-bound students’ transcripts?
  • How many colleges should homeschool highschoolers apply to?
  • Why fill out FAFSA?
  • What is FAFSA anyway?
  • What is the importance of college visits?
  • What are some secrets of scholarships?
  • What do you need to know about the application process?
  • Why are application essay important?
  • How to politely ask for reference letters?

Join Sabrina, Vicki, Kym and Quella the seeing eye puppy for a lively and helpful discussion about college preparation and application!

Also, check out these resources:

Mindfulness Activity: Progressive Relaxation VickiTillmanCoaching.com

Click here to download freebie how-to.

How to Request a College Recommendation Letter

 

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 53: Starting the College Search

 

Need some support and guidance on how-to write an eye-catching college application essay? 7SistersHomeschool.com has what you need.

HSHSP Ep 83: Homeschooled and Headed for College


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HSHSP Ep 82: Writing Happens, Make it Useful- Professional Writing Skills

This week on HSHSP Ep 82: Writing Happens, Make it Useful- Professional Writing Skills.

HSHSP Ep 82: Writing Happens, Make it Useful- Professional Writing Skills

HSHSP Ep 82: Writing Happens, Make it Useful- Professional Writing Skills

Homeschool highschoolers must have writing each year for their transcripts. Yes, writing happens, make it useful. Give them professional writing skills.

There is a greater need for professional writing-skills training in this generation. Because of the pervasiveness of the internet and the pervasively informal writing styles used in social media and blogs, teens often do not have the organic writing skills need for the many professional ways they will need to be able to communicate during adulthood.

Teens need to continually improve their communication skills if they want to find success in life. Professional Writing Skills development is one set of communication skills that they need.

Join Sabrina, Vicki, Kym and Quella the Seeing Eye Dog for an unusual discussion about this valuable kind of writing and 7Sisters’ Professional Writing Guide. This interesting guide will train your homeschool highschoolers in basic skills for the various kinds of writing they will need as adults. This is SO important! Whether they want to learn these skills or not, they WILL run into many of them either in work situations or during their service with church or community organizations.

7SistersHomeschool.com’s Professional Writing Skills course contains a semester’s worth of writing for juniors or seniors. There are 11 topics covered (13 lessons in all, each lesson lasts for approximately 1 week):

  • Business letter
  • Complaint letter
  • Newsletters
  • Meeting minutes
  • Advertising copy and press releases (and social media)
  • Product review
  • Book reviews
  • How-to instructions
  • Professional biography
  • Expository speech
  • Project proposal and abstract

Visit 7SistersHomeschool.com’s store for more information and to view samples from the text.

Here are some posts that you may find encouraging:

Give Career-Preparation Professional Writing Skills to Homeschool Teens

Here’s another important skill that helps teens be employable.

3 Reasons Why Courtesy is Cool and Makes You Cool and Employable

HSHSP Ep 82: Writing Happens, Make it Useful- Professional Writing Skills


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HSHSP Ep 81: Character-Building Skills for Homeschool Highschoolers

This week on HSHSP Ep 81: Character-Building Skills for Homeschool Highschoolers!

HSHSP Ep 81: Character-Building Skills for Homeschool Highschoolers

HSHSP Ep 81: Character-Building Skills for Homeschool Highschoolers

How do you help homeschool highschoolers build the thinking, communicating and social skills they need in order to develop good character?

Teens really do want to have good character. How do we help them feel empowered in various settings to manage themselves successfully?

Let’s start with us parents: (You might be able to call this episode: nag prevention for moms!)

  • Why is communicating with teens different than communicating with younger children?
  • Respecting the *Why’s* (theirs and ours).
  • Doing what they don’t want to do.
  • Teaching them to be contagious in a positive way.
  • Equip them for success and failure.
  • Understand that there’s not ONE right way to be a teen or an adult!
  • How to avoid barking!
  • How to handle crossed-the-line behavior.
  • How to keep your power.
  • How to handle tough moments.

Check out these post for more encouragement.

What Does a Teen Need Most from Homeschool High School?

3 Easy but Powerful Steps in Standing Up for Yourself

Join us characters from HSHSP for character-building skills for homeschool highschoolers!

HSHSP Ep 81: Character-Building Skills for Homeschool Highschoolers


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HSHSP Ep 80: Highschool Math for Math-Impaired Moms

This week on HSHSP Ep 80: Highschool Math for Math-Impaired Moms.

HSHSP Ep 80: Highschool Math for Math-Impaired Moms

HSHSP Ep 80: Highschool Math for Math-Impaired Moms

How do you teach highschool-level math to your homeschoolers if you:

  • hate math?
  • are *math-impaired*?
  • intimidated by higher maths?

Don’t worry! There’s hope!

Join us for an interview with our fellow podcaster here at Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network: Dennis DiNoia of Mr. D Math.

Dennis (Mr. D) is the popular online teacher of higher level maths from pre-algebra to calculus. We’ve heard from a number of homeschool moms that his clear *definitional* style of math instruction is helping lots of teens- even when their moms are out the their math-league!

Mr. D Math and More Podcast

In our chat with Mr. D, he encourages us moms not to fear math, to look for understandable definitions and resources and allow yourself to have some fun.

His good humor will (you mean you can have humor about math???) made us want to try math all over again. Don’t miss this fun episode with Dennis DiNoia of Mr. D Math.

In the meantime, do you have questions about how much math your homeschool highschooler needs? Check out these posts from 7SistersHomeschool.com:

Homeschool High School Transcripts- the 26 Credits Needed for Graduation

College-Attractive Homeschool Transcripts- What to Include

HSHSP Ep 80: Highschool Math for Math-Impaired Moms

 


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HSHSP Ep 79: Build Transcript and Character by Raising Service Dogs

This week on HSHSP Ep 79: Build Transcript and Character by Raising Service Dogs.

HSHSP Ep 79: Build Transcript and Character by Raising Service Dogs

HSHSP Ep 79: Build Transcript and Character by Raising Service Dogs

Get sparkle on the transcript and build some good life skills with service dog training!

Most of us homeschool parents have a real juggling act trying to help our teens:

  • Develop a powerful, useful transcript
  • Develop a sense of character that helps them to become the people God created them to be

Your teens can build transcript AND character by raising service dogs! Some things that colleges are looking for include:

  • Service hours
  • Commitment
  • Dedication to a cause

When your family volunteers to raise a service puppy, that’s exactly what your teen will experience:

Service hours- log a reasonable number each week. This should be in direct care and training.

Commitment- it is a commitment! 24/7 this important puppy will be with your family. Allow your teen to participate in all aspects of his development and training

Dedication to a cause. This includes:

  • Time
  • Effort
  • Personality growth
  • Money

Kym, Marilyn and Vicki for a discussion about how to build transcript and character by raising service dogs. Kym’s family has raised several service dogs for the Seeing Eye organization.

5 Skills to Teach that Matter More than Homeschool Transcripts

 

7 Tips for a Professional-looking Homeschool Transcript

 

HSHSP Ep 79: Build Transcript and Character by Raising Service Dogs

HSHSP Ep 78: What are Colleges Looking for in Incoming Freshmen

This week on HSHSP Ep 78: What are Colleges Looking for in Incoming Freshmen.

HSHSP Ep 78: What are Colleges Looking for in Incoming Freshmen

Photo Credit: Murray State University

HSHSP Ep 78: What are Colleges Looking for in Incoming Freshmen

College-bound highschoolers want to know: What are colleges looking for in incoming freshmen? What will help the gain admission to college?

You and your teens need good information about what colleges are looking for when they look at the thousands of applications they receive each year. Your teens also need ideas for skills to learn in highschool that will help them succeed in college.

Join Vicki for an eye-opening interview with Dr. Renae Duncan, Associate Provost of Undergraduate Affairs of Murray State University (Murray, KY) about what colleges are looking for in Incoming Freshmen. Dr. Duncan is the sister of 7SistersHomeschool.com’s Vicki Tillman.

Dr. Renae Duncan Associate Provost of Undergraduate Affairs Murray State University

Click image for more information about Dr. Duncan and MSU. Photo credit Murray State University.

What are large state colleges want to see?

  • SAT/ACT s
  • Strong coursework
  • Volunteer work
  • Extracurriculars
  • Application essay at most large state universities

What do regional universities look for? 

  • Strong coursework
  • Good SAT/ACT (more flexibility with scores than larger colleges)
  • Not as much emphasis on service and extracurriculars
  • Often don’t need application essay

What about community colleges?

  • What are the benefits?

PLUS! Dr. Duncan gives insider tips for success:

  • WORKAROUNDS if your homeschool highschooler doesn’t do well on SAT/ACT type testing
  • Insider tips for college success
  • Thoughts on college search and choice.
  • Small college vs larger state college
  • College prep for highschoolers: What skills do they need for college success?
  • College prep for highschoolers: The difference between difficult highschool courses and courses that challenge your teen to think.

Homeschool-Friendly College: Murray State University

Click here for more information on college attractive transcripts and tips for college admissions.

Don’t miss this episode!

HSHSP Ep 78: What are Colleges Looking for in Incoming Freshmen

 

HSHSP Ep 77: Apologetics: Important Life Preparation for Teens

This week on HSHSP Ep 77: Apologetics: Important Life Preparation for Teens.

HSHSP Ep 77: Apologetics: Important Life Preparation for Teens

HSHSP Ep 77: Apologetics: Important Life Preparation for Teens

What is Apologetics and WHY is it important life preparation for teens?

There is research that shows that 2 out of 3 young people that have been raised in Christian homes will leave the faith by the time they are 20 years old!

Apologetics is the “business of examining and understanding the reasons for the Christian faith”. Our teens need to understand their faith historically and objectively. Apologetics looks at the “provable facts” of Scripture. It encompasses:

  • Archeology
  • Science
  • Cultural Anthropology

Apologetics “removes roadblocks to faith”!

This is important because as teens mature developmentally (see metacognition in Human Development), many begin to question the important areas of their lives- including their faith. This is not a bad thing! In order for them to make their faith their own, they need to ask questions. Unfortunately for many teens, they don’t find answers to their questions and in frustration, they leave the religion of their childhood.

Join Sabrina for a vulnerable and powerful interview with Dr. Gerald R. Culley, Professor Emeritus of Classics at University of Delaware. Dr. Culley is a “homeschool grandfather” (he is the father of 7SistersHomeschool.com’s Sabrina and Allison). His mission in life is to give homeschool highschoolers a solid foundation in Apologetics to help them wrestle with deep questions!

Dr. Culley has developed a FREE Apologetics curriculum that is simple, no-prep, no-background-needed, interesting! These downloadable lessons are video ppts with Dr. Culley’s narration and handouts. They have been a favorite course for our 7Sisters teens! Download them for YOUR homeschool highschoolers!

Apologetics 101 Apologetics course FREE from 7SistersHomeschool.com

Click image for more information

Watch this delightful YouTube video of Dr. Culley and some of his homeschool Apologetics students:

HSHSP Ep 77: Apologetics: Important Life Preparation for Teens

 


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HSHSP Ep 76: Homeschool Transcripts for Transfer Students

This week on HSHSP Ep 76: Homeschool Transcripts for Transfer Students!

HSHSP Ep 76 Homeschool Transcripts for Transfer Students. Insider tips for transcripts EVEN if your teen is not a transfer student

HSHSP Ep 76: Homeschool Transcripts for Transfer Students

This is an episode that you’ll enjoy EVEN if your teen isn’t a transfer student: LOTS of tips for transcripts and highschool planning.

However, if you are beginning to homeschool after your teen has been in traditional school for part of highschool, here are some great ideas for homeschool transcripts for transfer students (along with LOTS of planning tips).

Join Vicki, Marilyn and Dr. Barbara Varnell for a lively hand and helpful discussion. You’ll be glad you did!

  • Recording another school’s credits on the homeschool transcript
  • Discerning what material a transfer Math or English course covered
  • Figuring out which Social Studies are left to cover for graduation
  • Why bother to plug the holes in the Maths
  • How to plug the holes in Maths
  • What do STEM transfer students need to look for
  • Which Sciences need to be emphasized if you have a STEAM teen
  • When to lean on dual enrollment opportunities

Not only that, but Dr. Varnell shares some insider tips such as: getting a syllabus BEFORE you withdraw your teen from traditional school! And success tips for college, too!

Your newly homeschooling highschooler will have the best years yet. You CAN do this!

(And our editor, Seth, gave us another blooper reel this time.)

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Here’s another great discussion with our friend, Dr. Barbara Varnell!

 

 

 

 

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Listen in on this useful episode!

 

 

 

http://7sistershomeschool.com/college-attractive-homeschool-transcripts-what-to-include/College Attractive Transcripts- What to Include

Here’s what you need to include!

Contact Vicki at VickiTillmanCoaching.com for coaching through the process of college search and application.

HSHSP Ep 76: Homeschool Transcripts for Transfer Students

 

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