Stress-Free Celebrations

 

Stress-free celebration

 

Regardless of the holiday you’re celebrating, there’s always a certain amount of stress to go with it. There’s no magic wand to make that disappear, but some thinking ahead can go a long way. Here’s what Felice has to say …

 

Is stress-free enough? Every year, I dream of a stress-free celebrations. I’ve created seminars on the topic for my Thanksgiving and Holiday Expo, I’ve drilled down to the things that really bother me during the holiday, and I plan ahead. Throughout the year, I keep an eye out for holiday bargains that won’t break my budget. But I’ve realized that during the holidays, there is going to be some measure of stress that just can’t be avoided. The strategies below keep me sane: enjoy this list from my Stress-Free Seminar.

Which one of these things can you implement in your holiday planning?

  • Plans with Prayer
    • Make a Plan
    • Plan to Break It
    • Cross Out
    • Add To
    • Discuss
  • Adult Privileges
    • Just Say No!
  • Exceptions:
    • Brings you peace and joy
    • You want to do it
    • You are obligated
  • Mommy Time Out
    • Meditations
    • Focus – 60 seconds
    • Praise music
  • Revive Your Soul
    • Music
    • Reading
    • Praying
    • DO the ONE thing
  • Gift Giving  –card wrap
    • Time
    • Creativity
    • Exchange
    • Encouragement
  • Back Up Plan
      • You aren’t in control
      • Take out the List and cross out
      • Enlist help
      • Regroup
    • The Reason for the Season
      • CHRISTmas (or THANKSgiving)
      • Attitude Check
        • Expectations – yours?
        • Expectations – family?
        • Others WORSE off
  • Permission Granted
    • Neck rub
    • Foot soak
    • Hand massage
    • Family snuggles
    • Eat chocolate or cookies!
  • Affirmations
    • You are loved
    • You are a child of God
    • You are special
    • You are unique
    • You are treasured

 

Regardless of the holiday (or holy day), with a little advanced planning you can make your celebrations more stress-free.

How do you plan to avoid stress during family celebrations? I’d love to hear from you!

Felice Gerwitz is a wife, mother and author who strives to keep stress out of her life — but knows that only with GOD are all things possible! Here is a handout she hopes you enjoy: Vintage Handouts Stress Free Holidays

The Educated Parent – HIRL Episode 137

Free homeschool podcast about maintaining an education as parents.We home educators spend a lot of time educating our kids. But what about us? Are we taking the time to learn more, discover more, and be curious?

This episode of Homeschooling in Real Life is dedicated to you, the homeschooling parent. We want to see you grow and thrive in your role as parent educator, and to that end we’re talking about the reasons to educate yourself as well as the how-to. Let’s get learning!

 


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Episode 91 – Is Me Time Necessary?

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School Boy Heart by Jimmy Buffett – Buy it here on iTunes


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Educate – FREEDOM Tools part 2 – FAH episode 15

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In the previous episode, we began talking about my FREEDOM toolbox–7 tools for making the most of our time so that we can live balanced, peaceful lives. These are the tools:

  • Focus
  • Reflect
  • Educate
  • Eliminate
  • Discipline
  • Organize
  • Multitask

Today we’ll look at the third tool: Educate.

It’s easy for homeschooling moms to get so caught up in educating our children that we forget about educating ourselves! We can get caught up in curriculum, lesson plans, and goals for our children that we completely neglect our own personal growth.

But the truth is that we ALL need to expose ourselves to new ideas and new strategies on a regular basis for all three major life areas: personal, family, and business. You need to sharpen your own skills and broaden your mind, learn new ideas and methods for training and educating your children and running your household, and discover new ways to build your business, if you have one.

In addition, if you want your children to value reading and learning, they need to see YOU reading–for pleasure as well as for learning.

In this episode of the “Flourish at Home” show, you’ll learn a variety of ways to make the most of your reading, such as keeping a reading journal, writing in your books, and keeping a record of your reading.

Maybe you’re thinking, “Sure, I’d like to read more, but I don’t know how I can possibly fit it into my life. I already have too much to do without adding one more thing!” You’ll also discover practical tips for fitting learning into your life, such as taking advantage of the wide variety of formats available now, using audiobooks to multitask, using family time for independent reading as well as reading aloud, and the always-popular reading at bedtime.

Join us for encouragement and practical tips to keep learning and growing throughout your entire life!

Family Man, Todd Wilson, Encourages Roadschool Moms Everywhere

2014 09 21 FamilyMan Show Button  Are you doubting yourself again? Doubting your abilities?  Wondering if you’re screwing up your kids for life?  If so, you’re not alone!  We all have these doubts, but in this episode of Roadschool Moms, Todd Wilson, The Family Man, sets us all straight and reveals the often overlooked gifts of roadschooling.

Tune in for an hour that will change your perspective and give you the boost you need to restore your confidence.

You’ve got this Roadschool Mom!  Press play  – listen to Todd’s message everyday until it sinks in!

You can find more information about Todd including his speaking schedule at http://familymanweb.com/

Encouraging Reluctant Readers in your Roadschool

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Both Kimberly and Mary Beth have experienced the frustration of reluctant readers.  When you roadscholar is a reluctant reader there are many gentle approaches you can use to encourage their love of reading.

Stephanie Simpson, Usborne Rep at http://www.raisingusbornereaders.com joins the Roadschool Moms to discuss the methods she’s used to forge a life long love of reading in her rig.

 

Click play now to learn about all the resources available for reluctant readers and be sure to check out this shows Pinterest Board here: http://www.pinterest.com/roadschoolmoms/show-26-reluctant-readers-in-your-roadschool/

 

Taking a Year Off to Go Around the World

keeperofthehomeHave you ever dreamed of taking a year off to explore the world with your family?

Do you wonder…

  • How could we afford it?
  • Can you do it with small children?
  • Is there an airline ticket for that?
  • and how would we find safe, affordable housing?

Then be sure to click play on this podcast as Mary Beth and Kimberly are joined by Stephanie Langford, the creator of the popular blog, Keeper of the Home.

Stephanie shares with us how her family accomplished a 1 year, 30 country, (every continent) around the world journey.  What they learned as parents and as a family, how they funded their travels, and what their travel future holds for them.  She also talks about what it takes to run a successful blog.

Go ahead, press play and then start planning your own family adventure!

 

Healing with Essential Oils with Meli and Nick Paul

healingoils Unless you have been living under a rock these past few years, you’ve probably heard about essential oils for healing and maintaining good health.  You may have even tried a few but soon realized there’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using oils in your every day life.

  • What is a carrier oil?
  • Which oil should I use for which ailment?
  • Are there oils that can be used for mood enhancement?
  • Is it safe to ingest oils?

In this episode of Roadschool Moms, Kimberly and Mary Beth talk with the oil experts from Shine Essential, Meli and Nick Paul to decode the mystery of essential oils.

The Pauls, who share their own oil success stories, break through the confusion and share with listeners some basic oil remedies and guidelines.

If you’ve been curious about essential oils and their health benefits, then this is the podcast for you.

Nick and Meli can also be reached and purchases can be made directly through their own site at: http://www.shineessential.com/

 

Top Tips for Keeping your Kids Safe

Showbutton Heart2HeartMary Beth and Kimberly, your Roadschool Moms, share their top tips for keeping your family safe.

Whether it’s on the road or online, the Roadschool Moms Don’t want you to be scared – just be prepared.

The time to ensure your family’s safety is now. Make a plan, share it with your family.  Employ these tips and you and your kids will be well prepared for what life has to throw at you


 

Roadschool Moms; Are you planning a Year Off?

Gretchen Breuner of gretchenThe RoadScholarz helps other families plan their own RV trip of a lifetime with both psychological and logistical support. You’ll find trip-planning details in my free eBook. The deeper story is told in my new book, The RoadScholarz: Lessons from the Scenic Route. Find out more about our trip in the blog, and in pics here.

Roadschool Moms; Ask The Dealer

2014 07 13 Show Button-1 “Ask the Dealer: Answers to your pressing RV Questions”  Lazy Days Master Certified Consultant, Lisa Padin joins the Roadschool Moms to discuss how to find the best rv for your family.

“Ask the Dealer: Answers to your pressing RV Questions”  Lazy Days Master Certified Consultant, Lisa Padin joins the Roadschool Moms to discuss how to find the best rv for your family. – See more at: http://ultimateradioshow.com/show-hosts/roadschoolmoms/#sthash.R9xPz1za.dpuf
“Ask the Dealer: Answers to your pressing RV Questions”  Lazy Days Master Certified Consultant, Lisa Padin joins the Roadschool Moms to discuss how to find the best rv for your family. – See more at: http://ultimateradioshow.com/show-hosts/roadschoolmoms/#sthash.R9xPz1za.dpuf
“Ask the Dealer: Answers to your pressing RV Questions”  Lazy Days Master Certified Consultant, Lisa Padin joins the Roadschool Moms to discuss how to find the best rv for your family. – See more at: http://ultimateradioshow.com/show-hosts/roadschoolmoms/#sthash.R9xPz1za.dpuf
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