Family and Homeschool Cooperation

Family and Homeschool | Family and Homeschool Cooperation ~ Episode 414 It is time to have everyone on the same page, the kids, and the parents, and that means needs family and homeschool cooperation. Does everyone realize you are all on the same team and working toward the same common goals? In this episode, we discuss getting the kids on team-homeschool and having the homeschool experience that we all dream about in our homes. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #familyhomeschool #familyFamily and Homeschool Cooperation ~ Episode 414

It is time to have everyone on the same page, the kids, and the parents, and that means needs family and homeschool cooperation. Does everyone realize you are all on the same team and working toward the same common goals? In this episode, we discuss getting the kids on team-homeschool and having the homeschool experience that we all dream about in our homes.

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Getting the kids to cooperate in our homeschool day is sometimes the hardest thing we can attempt in our lives. Keyword here is “attempt” but it does not have to be this way. Our kids are smarter than we think and sometimes I feel we do not give them enough credit for making the right decisions especially when the facts are laid out. I acted like a homeschool dictator from time to time and when I did I receive the pushback that was normal from kids who thought that things were unfair. But, once they realized that my shortness of patience or the reason I would get upset for that pesky math book that was lost more times than it was found, they understood. What did they understand? That no matter how many times the book was lost the assignment remained.

I recently learned of a busy family that was in dire trouble because the mom took on all of the day-to-day household activities but resented this and ultimately complained to her family about being overburdened. The goal in her mind was to express her frustration and this was her cry for help. However, it went ignored. The consensus was, this is your issue because you want the house, laundry, meals to look a certain way and we really don’t care. So the complaining and the frustration continues on. If we were all together for a brainstorming activity I am sure we could come up with a list of what this overworked mom should do…but it boils down to this. What is the straw that will break the camels back? In other words, what is it going to take to get the entire family on board that mom and/or dad need help? It takes an action plan and homeschool and family cooperation!

Think about this seriously, spoiled kids become spoiled

Here are the facts:


  1. Head of the family. And you are responsible.
  2. We have a schedule or routine to keep in our homeschool day.
  3. We have a house to maintain, meals to make, and laundry/cleaning to fit in.
  4. We have a partner in all of this, and that is our spouse. If you are a single parent and a Christian, your partner is the Lord!


  1. Wake up each day, not necessarily excited about school. *yes there is an exception to the norm!
  2. Tired, hungry, and waiting to be directed by a parent or other siblings
  3. Has things they want to do, ie: hobby or play
  4. Not sure what is expected of them every day (unless there is a chore chart and things are spelled out ahead of time.)

For some of us, the rules and the assignments are clearly laid out and everyone knows the routine and what their job is within the context of a family, and for other families, the parents take on the main responsibly. The end result of that is the parents are upset, angry, and frustrated that all of the work lands on their shoulders. Moms and Dads with little ones, I get it! But, there is help… family, friends, people from church, babysitters. We can enlist the help of others or just take things off of your list. We can be our own worse enemies. I use to give myself so many to-dos in one day there was no way I could get 1/3 of the things on my list completed. Does this sound familiar.

So, here is the issue. Most of the time the big picture is not laid out.

  1. We are a family.
  2. We are on the same team.
  3. We want only good for our family.
  4. We want our kids to grow, prosper, and learn.
  5. We want to work toward a common goal!

But what is that goal?

  1. Children who are well rounded, love the Lord.
  2. Happy family, enjoying each other’s company.
  3. Household chores shared. Chores clearly explained.
  4. School Scheduled: School 5 days a week? 4-Days a week?
  5. Day off Scheduled? Vacation? Days for catching up? Field trips? Extracurricular?


  1. You are part of a family.
  2. You have an obligation to learn.
  3. You have an obligation to follow family rules.
  4. You have an obligation to help out and volunteer if not asked.

So, what’s the problem? Implementation and follow-through. I was great with the grandiose ideas, but it was the follow-through that had me stuck. Real-life got in the way. Issues with elderly parents, another pregnancy, or job issues with my husband’s career. But, if the kids know that we are all working together for a common goal this will be remedied and everyone can get on board.

The Real Solution For Family and Homeschool Cooperation:

  1. Have a family meeting, let the kids know the issue at hand (mom and dad need help, we are all part of a family with the same goals, etc.).
  2. Ask the kids for their input if they are old enough to share ideas? You would be surprised/ shocked!
  3. Listen to all the ideas and advice and compromise and get their cooperation to make changes.
  4. Tell your children what you expect. Charts, lists, whatever it takes.
  5. Have routine family meetings, put it on the calendar, and update as needed.

I pray your family enjoys a wonderful time making memories instead of working on discipline and frustration all of the time! And, I want to let you know about my other podcast, A Few Minutes with God Podcast for some short and encouraging faithful episodes! Check out Cooperate with God’s Grace here.

Special Replay: Problems With Socialism

Special Replay:  Problems with Socialism – Episode 372

What is the problem with getting everything for free? Isn’t that what socialism promises? Join Felice Gerwitz and Jeff Diest from the Mises Institute as they delve into this question.

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Today Felice welcomes the president of the Mises Institute – Jeff Diest.

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Jeff takes an active role in what is happening in our culture. Not necessarily a political role. He thinks we ought to organize our society around civil institutions, around families, and around markets because markets in my view are, are cooperative.

Jeff states in this interview: I believe the marketplaces represent people coming together and doing things voluntarily and that a lot of people worry about what they think of as free-market fundamentalism. Regardless of our own particular viewpoints, we can start to agree when we look at the 20th century and what’s unfolding in the 21st, that government is really not the best boss for us. And certainly not a faraway government in Washington DC that purports to rule over 330 million people with exceedingly diverse interests. We’ve become far too centralized in DC, and with the Supreme Court and with federal preemption of state law and that sort of thing. So long story short, I’m someone who had an opportunity to meet Ron Paul a long time ago when I was an undergraduate in college and just became interested in markets and economics as a result.

We probably have some diversity of opinion on what we believe, but the point I want to make today is that we have to educate ourselves and be able to talk to people who think differently than we do, which is very important. And, and be civil about it, which is another thing that is very important. What concerns me, Jeff is the problem with socialism.

Jeff :

Ludvig von Mises was a giant of economics in the 20th century and to an extent, folks on the left and even some folks on the right tried to underplay or dismiss his contributions in the 20th century. But that’s really been largely rectified. I think now, even his strongest critics would say that he was a very, very influential figure. And, and for our purposes today, he wrote a book in the 1920s called “Socialism.” And it remains today, maybe one of the most readable and most accurate criticisms of a centrally planned economy. What would later unravel in the former Soviet Union? What would later bring into turmoil Nazi Germany, which affected his life in Vienna, Austria, very much. And ultimately as a Jew, he fled Vienna to Munich for a period and then ultimately to New York City, which is how he became you know, a de facto American later in his life.

So he wrote, “Human Action,” (Free PDF on the Mises website here) which is one of his most important books a couple of decades later. And he wrote it in English, which was not his first language and it’s really the comprehensive treaty or treatise, I should say for modern free market economics. So he was a very influential guy, but more importantly someone who really understood what socialism was and what it could evolve into up close. And someone who tried to caution the world about it.

And I guess the question for our audience today is whether we listened and whether we’ve done the work to read and study history and really understand what socialism, materials and you know. Earlier we were talking off the air that sometimes conservatives are a little dismissive towards the threat and saying, oh, come on, America will never become socialist. And that might sound right in the sense that we’re not on the cusp of nationalizing whole industries.

We are going to have private ownership businesses and, and stock markets presumably for quite some time. But socialism is more than that. When we talk about ownership, what we really mean is control. So when we think about how the government controls industries, how the government controls business as an individuals, even though it doesn’t necessarily own those businesses the measure of control and the degree of control has been growing and growing and growing throughout the 20th century. And it’s increasing now. So when we look at, let’s say, the slate of Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election you know, the things that they advocate are absolute socialists. They want more and more control regulations, taxes, et cetera, over private industry. So if we, if we step back and look at the United States today, we could say that America is socialist in its educational system because so much of it is government ride.

You could say America’s socialist in its healthcare system because so much of it is government run or controlled by legislation like Obamacare. You could say the same about law. You could say the same about banking. You could say the same about energy. So there are, there are industries in America, fast industries that basically dance to the tune of the US federal government. So even though we’re not socialist in the sense that we still have nominally private businesses. We are becoming more socialists slowly but inexorably. So that’s a concern. And I don’t think it serves us well to, to just be dismissive of that. I think when the left tells us who they are, we ought to listen.


I agree. And, and I feel that people are saying why are many of the young people buying into this and why do they think it’s so great? I feel that our education system has done a great job in changing the opinions of our children. I remember reading a book in the early 90’s about data mining the information of our school kids. (“Educating for the New World Order, by B.K. Eakman – the true story about how Anita Hoge won a case against the US government before it went to court and she could make her case public!)

Anita Hoge (Follow her on Twitter: She is still fighting today trying to change the system. The goals of the schools have been and they still are to this day to change our kids’ opinions. So, when you get to the point where we are today almost 40 years later, you have what we find in the high schools and colleges. The opinions many kids have in the public and private schools are not in alignment with their parents at all!


With socialism people no longer bear responsibility as much for their actions, and when people no longer enjoy the success of their actions as much, then that kills incentives. And if there’s one thing economists tend to agree on, maybe only one thing, it said incentives do in fact matter. And so when, when people like Bernie Sanders or I hate to say it, your local teacher at a public high school wax on about socialism being a happy, healthy thing that just wants to care about people and make the world more fair. They’re trying to impress upon young people the idea of socialism being Denmark or Sweden or something like that. They don’t want to talk about the former Soviet Union. They don’t want to talk about Venezuela, they don’t want to talk about China.

So what a lot of people don’t understand of course, is history. Americans in general, not just young people, don’t know much about the rest of the world or even our own country. And, and beyond that we don’t know or understand much about economics. So this leaves the population ripe to this idea that well, socialism is just about being kind and providing a social safety net and having free health care and lots of good affordable housing and you know, free college education, these sorts of things. But it’s not that big bad a form of socialism, you know, outright communism that we had in the former Soviet Union. It’s going to be a nice soft kind of thing. And, and you know, that can actually work for a period if you have a population that’s very hardworking and that has a lot of inherited capital culturally and otherwise, like some of the Nordic countries.

But over just a few a generations, socialism always devolves into something where instead of being egalitarian, you end up with a very, very, very segregated ruling elite at the top and everybody else doing worse and worse with rationing and shortages and a lower standard of living. So it’s not rocket science. Even a lot of people on the left admit that markets work and that creates more prosperity. The question is just whether or not young people will attempt to overturn what we think of as American capitalism is as jaundiced and impure as it might be. Whether they really want to overturn that in exchange for at the least a style of European social democracy or maybe something beyond that.

So it’s our job to counter, especially for those listening who homeschool. It’s our immediate task to counter what people are hearing from their peers, from their teachers– even from mainline churches. This is a full-scale war. This is a multi-front war. That culture is arrayed against us. And so part of the cultural war is fighting back against the idea that socialism is benign.

Elites in this country are not simply financial elites. That’s certainly a big part of it. But there are also elites in the sense of media and academia and government who aren’t necessarily personally wealthy. So when we talk about who controls things, we don’t need to get into conspiracies. All human beings exhibit self-interest. So the idea that people who are sort of running things in any society would like to continue running things doesn’t require any conspiracy mindedness. It just requires an honest assessment of human behaviors.

If we look at a lot of the institutions controlled by the United States, in the 20th century, we should rejoice that they’re being challenged and questioned. And some of them are crumbling. People are no longer view the Ivy Leagues and the products of the Ivy League as they once did. People no longer view the US Congress and the US Senate as these noble institutions. The same with the Supreme Court.  The same with a lot of nonprofits, with media institutions. So it’s good.

It’s good that we’re questioning elites because anti-elitism is warranted. They screwed things up. I mean, if elites had done a good job in the 20th century, we’d have better foreign policy and diplomacy. We’d have a better dollar. We’d have a better healthcare system, we’d have a better education system. When I hear populism blamed or the idea that anti-elitism is unintellectual or something like that, I always, I always want to ask the person, well, what is it that the elites were doing so well that we should stay the course? I mean, there’s a reason why Brexit happened.

There’s a reason why Trump won. These events didn’t occur in a vacuum because everything was going so swimmingly and Hillary Clinton was going to be the next version of technocratic rule. There’s a reason all this happened. And so our job is to understand it and, and also to offer some alternatives, not just to moan and complain. And homeschooling is a great alternative. I don’t view homeschooling as dropping out or sequestering your kids or anything like that. I view it as a very affirmative and positive choice for people who understand that they have a choice and that they’re responsible for their children’s education upbringing. And it’s not enough to just sort of turn those kids over for seven hours a day to a bunch of strangers who don’t necessarily have their or your best interest in mind.

So I, I think homeschooling is, is one of the most revolutionary acts by which one can strike a blow as a society and culture and a government seems oppressive. So Kudos to you and your audience because I know it’s not easy. It is a tough, tough road and it involves a lot more work than just dropping your kid off at school. And, and it’s the most important thing because there’s nothing more important than education is as much as I dislike some of the things our government does, I don’t think revolutions generally work out best for anybody. So I think our revolution has to be intellectual and it certainly starts right at home.

It’s socialism versus freedom and you know that this state is not the best to organize society. The government, if you believe in it at all, ought to have a very small role as a referee and a judge perhaps, and not much else that it ought not to be an active participant in society like it certainly has become, or what I’m talking about at first, the US Federal Central Government. So what at animates the left today is the doctrine of egalitarianism. And that has really become a religion unto itself. And socialism is a part of that.

Socialism is sort of the economic and political end of that, but egalitarianisms bigger–it is a religion. When people question egalitarianism you know, even pragmatically and you ask “Gee Whiz, when you raise the minimum wage because you think it’s going to help the poorest workers, it actually dislocates some and causes a lot of them to lose their jobs and they’re made worse off.” The reason you get such a vitriolic or emotional response is because you have challenged something that is an article of faith on the left.

Egalitarianism is not necessarily a rational worldview or mindset because of course, it’s so at odds with human nature and human experience. So it’s rude, but it’s very powerful. I mean, the idea of creating a more equal society is a very, very powerful and effective narrative. And we can understand why it works and why it holds appeal, especially with young people. It tugs at the heartstrings. So the fact that it produces the opposite of what it purports is something that requires some critical thinking and taking a few more steps and doesn’t always lend itself to sound bytes.

Like, well, let’s have medicare for all. Well, Gee Whiz, that sounds great. What’s the cost as opposed to what? So, you know, we have to, we have to appeal to the segment of the population that’s willing to go a little deeper and think a little harder. And, and I don’t think we should shy away from that.

Well, I think you have to get hyper-local, you know, hen something sounds philosophical or sounds overwhelming or daunting, I think you have to start at home and then work outward in concentric circles. So I would love to see people a lot more concerned about their town or their region. Then, you know, the Federal Government and America at large. I’m not a big fan of taxes, but if I have to pay them, I’d rather pay 80% to my state and 20% to Washington DC instead of the other way around. I think things can be improved locally. I think that that locally you can make a bigger difference get involved with education or schooling or whatever it might be. So there’s more to life than just the national politics. There are all kinds of things happening and below that. And, and I think you start with figuring out your own family situation and, and moving out from there. I mean, that’s, that’s the most important thing. No question.




Checklist For College 11-12

Checklist For College 11-12 | Help to chart your course, a checklist for college 11-12 grades! Not everyone goes to college but if you are planning to go this podcast is for you. This is for grades 11 and 12, so juniors and seniors, this is the podcast for you. It is crunch time for the twelfth grade, and last year of prep for the juniors. You will love this great information! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #collegeprep #collegeprepgenius #collegeprep11thgrade #collegeprep12thgradeChecklist for College 11-12 Grades ~ Episode 82 with Jean Burk

Help to chart your course, a checklist for college 11-12 grades! Not everyone goes to college but if you are planning to go this podcast is for you. This is for grades 11 and 12, so juniors and seniors, this is the podcast for you. It is crunch time for the twelfth grade, and the last year of prep for the juniors. You will love this great information!

You are going to be blown away by this information! You would have to pay thousands to get this information with a personal coach. Jean Burk’s an amazing author and teacher of getting free college at College Prep Genius has boot camp and classes to help you! There is 24 Billion dollars of worth of college money out there, why can’t you get some of this? Listen to find out how.

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Why go to College?

  1. Why go? College child the ability to get jobs that require a college degree.
  2. Teach children to interact with  and
  3. Freedom, responsibility, learn to deal with a schedule, learn good work ethics ready for a job.

Excuses For Not Attending College:

  1. Too expensive
  2. Too hard
  3. Low GPA

Additional Test Prep Tests is the CLT which will allow you to stand out from the other standardized tests. Reach out to the CLT for more information.

Jean can help you with these issues by using a well thought out plan. Once you remove the excuses and the financial burden what else will you do the next four years that this as productive? If you need a plan here it is!

Juniors and Seniors here are the various areas you need to work on:

Seniors – taking AP courses to get college credits and shows mastery

Low GPA? Alternative transcript – dual enrollment at a college.

What if you do not know what you want to do, or what you are good at? Jean recommends:

Juniors: This is your “to-die” year. This is the year for many tests.

Don’t be too aggressive. but stay strong in your course load/ AP classes and will help your GPA

To-Do List Checklist for College 11-12 Grades:

  1. Separate email just for college correspondence
  2. Think about the types of colleges you want to attend
  3. What do you want to major in? Personality and aptitude tests can help. *Jean names a few on air.
  4. Look at college websites. (US Dept. of Education has a link to colleges based on degree.)
  5. Make up a list of the safe, reach, and dream colleges. At least 10 of the colleges you want to attend.
  6. Contact colleges for more information (to the new email)
  7. Reach out to the admission counselors in the colleges.
  8. Check the Tuition Tracker.

Checklist for College 11-12

Great information you need to know. Be sure to use black ink if you are using something filled out. Never leave a blank space, put in N/A if it does not apply to you. Use registered mail when you send something in the mail. Be sure to write a stand-out essay. (Information on air about the details of this.) Use ZeeMee – a very cool app to add additional information to make you stand out. You can upload photos and videos to this app.

Must-Know Information:

  1. Transcripts up to the 1st-semester senior year
  2. Test scores
  3. Letter of recommendation


Homeschool Perfection

Homeschool Perfection | In your homeschool journey, you may seek homeschool perfection. But, what happens when you fall short? In this special edition celebrating our seventh year as a podcast network, Felice shares some of her insider's tips. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschooltips #homeschoolhelp #realhomeschool #homeschoolinfoHomeschool Perfection – Episode 413

In your homeschool journey, you may seek homeschool perfection. But, what happens when you fall short? In this special edition celebrating our seventh year as a podcast network, Felice shares some of her insider’s tips.

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Here are some past episodes JUST for the kids. Of course, there are over 400 episodes of homeschool moms for you, mom!

Choosing Good Behavior 

Family Loyalty 

Winning Science Fair Projects 

Time Management for Kids

Time Management for Teens 

This podcast is based on a detailed interview I gave, the link is above. In this interview, one of the main questions I covered was relationships, starting with your husband. A homeschool only goes as well as your relationship with God, and with your spouse. Everything else will fall into place. Being home together has brought out the good and the bad in each of us! It has helped us to look at things and examine ourselves. In this episode, I talk more about this and the ways to communicate nicely! Set some ground rules, if you didn’t do this early in your marriage there is no time like the present!

  1. Talk to your spouse about the issues.
  2. No character assassination (no demeaning comments.)
  3. Uplift each other.
  4. Be thankful each day for something (about each other, your family, etc.)

I discussed what I would do if I could “do-over” my homeschool journey. The first thing is the more unit studies in the younger grades. I didn’t start out this way but when I changed to this method my homeschooling went so much better. Another is that for non-college-bound students to be open to more creative ways of homeschooling. What is your child interested in and how will you help your child attain their goals and find employment after homeschooling? It’s easy to do textbooks and workbooks, but true learning takes place when the children can experience the information. Also, a solid formation in the Word of God and especially a creationist perspective to science. When your child realizes that God created the world and all people, there is not prejudice and there is a stronger focus on a Christian worldview. So, secular science rarely takes hold!

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Special Replay: Raising Moral Kids In An Immoral Society

raising moral kids in an immoral societyLet’s Talk About Raising Moral Kids In An Immoral Society with Felice Gerwitz

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Help! I want to raise moral kids, but this is such a hard time to do so, right? It depends. In every society, there was moral decay and while I will be the first to agree that the moral climate today is horrible – I am encouraged by what I see around me. Tune into this podcast to be encouraged and supported as you strive to raise moral kids.


Show Notes:

Here is the ideal –

How are Homeschool Parents changing the culture?

  1. They are the people that are grounded in faith in Christ first and all else second
    1. They are focused on their marriage and their kids.
    2. They are the people who swim against the flow.
    3. The ones who don’t care what others think – but only what their spouse or kids think.
    4. The ones devoted and focused on providing a great education while developing their children’s gifts and talents.
    5. The ones who are encouraging, nurturing and enthusiastic about their kids and their progress – even if it is one step forward and two back on some days.
    6. They are the parents that are more concerned that their children are fed than the laundry, house or perfection is attained.


Are Homeschooled Students changing the culture?

    1. They love the Lord before everything else and are encouraged to have a personal relationship with Jesus no matter what their denomination
    2. They realize that they should be thankful for the little or the much they are given and always be thankful to the Lord for their gifts.
    3. Homeschoolers that change the culture are those that don’t buy into the culture.
    4. They are the ones with parents who are caring, encouraging and nurturing.
    5. They are the ones who are encouraged in whatever area their talents lie – my granddaughter and crafts – mass producing things…
    6. They are encouraged to pursue greatness.
    7. They are challenged by their education and seeking the best they can be.

Now – how do you attain this? Listen to this broadcast – and here are some questions to ponder:

  1. Do you have time to pray?
  2. What are the rules in your family?
  3. What does your family stand for?
  4. Do you encourage?
  5. Do you enjoy your kids?
  6. Do you have the time to devote to your family?
  7. How do you plan to change the moral culture in your family?
  8. What are ways you can introduce good books that teach morality by example and the lives of others?


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Time Management For Parents

Time Management For Parents | There is hope! Are you ready for time managment that will help you to reclaim your day and feel good at the end? Is this too good to be true? No, it is a reality and if I can do it, you can as well. How does it happen? Well, very easily with one sheet of paper and four squares. #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #timemanagement #managingyourtime #managingtimeTime Management Parents Episode 412

There is hope! Are you ready for time managment that will help you to reclaim your day and feel good at the end? Is this too good to be true? No, it is a reality and if I can do it, you can as well. How does it happen? Well, very easily with one sheet of paper and four squares. Today I will help you figure out the main issues that steal your time and the hope on how to reclaim it.

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Let’s get our time management back!

Does your day lack focus? Are you overwhelmed with the shuffling of papers, trying to get school “done” and keep up with the household chores? You can see why there is such burn out among moms, and especially moms who homeschool. Even at the beginning of the year! I have to say I struggled with this for many years and it left me feeling tired, defeated, and like I wasn’t getting anything accomplished each day. I felt like a young mom with little children, if I kept everyone safe by the end of the day it was a win!

However, I wanted so much more. Especially for those who are new to homeschooling or even if you are a pro, you need the help that comes from getting all of your ducks in a row. Let me cut to the chase here. I was out of time because my time was managing me instead of the other way around. What was interrupting my day? Easy, three things:

  1. Talking on the phone (substitute social media here and texting).
  2. No set schedule with household chores.
  3. Disobedient kids

I had a defeatist attitude and could not wait until my husband came home so I could dump all of my daily woes on him, and guess what? That didn’t work out too well. My husband ran his own business and often needed my help to do the payroll, or help with management and the details of filing payroll taxes, filling out forms and so much more.

Fast forward, and we raised five kids and have not one but three businesses that we run out of our homes, successfully. How did this happen? Believe me, it was not overnight but now I can share those tips and techniques with you, and these are even better than what I had in my toolbox at the time.

Rules are made to be broken, but sometimes you can look at them as good suggestions, so take heart as I share some quick ones with you.

  1. Just because you get an idea it does not mean you have to act on it right now. Write it down and look at it at lunchtime, or after dinner, and plan for it. Quickly one thing I do not do even with a business is looking at emails in the morning – emails such the life and my day away from me. Unless I have planned for this, I don’t do it until after lunch. People who really need to get hold of me quickly know how to do this. Everything else can wait.
  2. I learned my time wasters. See number one – but there were others. I let myself get sidetracked and once I learned the keys to keeping myself on track it worked.
  3. Make a plan and stick to it – I know, for those of you kindred spirits that are spontaneous. But believe me, it works.
  4. Every self-help book or how to get organized is not going to help you get organized if you refuse to do what it suggests (same with this broadcast)
  5. Seek help when needed.

I think that is important to note that many times we think an issue is one problem when it is really something else. Another issue with time management is that we have false expectations or perhaps, no expectations at all! So first it is homework time. I am going to encourage you to stop this recording and write out your most pressing need and what you hope to accomplish. What is your main expectation? Is it a peaceful home, is it happiness that surpasses all understanding, is it kids that get along, laundry washed, dried and folded and put away in one day, is it meals planned? What is that? What is important to you?

So the first thing to do is look at your expectations, hopes dreams, and break them down into a day, week, month or even a year. Remember the old saying, “Rome wasn’t built in one day.” But I am going to add my Felice twist here –  “But the fires that destroyed Rome were set on purpose.”

What fires are you setting for yourself? I’ve looked at my expectations and goals and realized that they were so grandiose, and my expectation so unattainable that I was setting myself up for failure and it wasn’t going to happen even with a household of full-time employees! SO, let’s get realistic. I’m not going to tell you the platitudes I’ve read like, “make every minute count” or “delegate” or “make easy to serve meals.” This is a duh, duh, and double duh. We are talking about surviving the day here. But what I will tell you is that you need to use what you have on hand.

I’m an author, which I do believe most of you know and years ago my daughter wanted to write a novel. I told her, “Christina, I don’t know how to write a novel,” and she said, “Mom, we are homeschoolers, we will figure it out.”

Moms and Dads if you are listening. You may or may not be homeschoolers – but if there is something you want to do, you can figure it out. The one novel turned out to be three and sold in catalogs such as Christian Book Distributors, currently on Amazon and my website, and have been around the world. We figured it out.

What is important to you. The list usually looks like this:

  1. Need to manage the kids.
  2. Need to manage the home.
  3. Need to teach school (for those who are homeschooling.)
  4. Need time with my spouse.
  5. Need to keep my sanity.

Kids always seem to be number one when they should not hold that revered position. As a Christian, the first thing that should be on the list is a time of prayer. I’ve talked about this before, but the days I did not wake up, grab a cup of coffee, my Bible and have a short prayer session with the Lord was the day that all heck broke loose.

So, we need to rearrange the list and have it look something like this.

  1. Keep my sanity. Begin the day with God.
  2. Time with my spouse – figure out when to have a meaningful conversation, spend time and date night even if it means to put the kids to bed and grab some popcorn and watch a movie at home.
  3. Manage my home. What is pressing? Laundry? Food? Use your weekends, bulk cook, and freeze. Just like a copy machine is a blessing to every homeschool family, so is an upright or chest freeze.
  4. Manage my kids. Mean what you say and say what you mean. Follow through. Practice good behavior, if this means having your kids repeat after you, do it. I have several audios on this topic and I also have audios I have created for the kids, see links below. Have your kids listen to them. Side note here – Tell your kids you are on the same side. Sometimes I think we are in a battle and the kids need to know there is one leader, it is you as a parent and the troops need to file in… if you do not have a set of consequences this is important to think about. Ahead of time.
  5. School! Yes, this is last. My kids learned despite my beautifully created curriculum or lessons. Read, read, and read. If you want your kids to learn life lessons do it in books, if you want your kids to learn math get a curriculum. I have a series of character quality free downloads I give away every month on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network, you can sign up to get them and past sets are for sale on my website at why is this? Because prior to the 1960s character was infused and morality in schools, families, and churches. Now, it is all revisionist and secular. Interestingly I read a quote recently from a past president that shocked me. In the words of John Adams: “Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any others.”Friends this is the key, we must bring morality and all that is good and holy into our homes. If that means restricting screen time, do it – if it means only watching good movies, get Pureflix. I realize this is a challenge for some of you but I have faith in you, you can do it!

Lastly the key here – how to do it how to get organized. Fast Track.

  1. One week at a glance. Take a sheet of paper and draw a horizontal line and a vertical line. So, it has 4 squares. Faith, Kids, School Household. You can use different headings on each of these squares for whatever you want. This is an overall sketch of what you are going to do and accomplish. The weekly goals if you will. You will not get detailed with the kid’s schooling, other than maybe to put a time frame, or perhaps books you are going to read as a family, etc.
  2. Square one: Faith you can add spouse there as well. But first, you need to get right with God. You need to be filled up before you can pour into others. My show –
  3. Square two: Kids – what are your overall goals – is there something in particular or one kid, in particular, that is the squeaky wheel that needs help. Whether it is academic or discipline. At a time of war they always went after the leader, so if there is one child that is leading the others astray begin there.
  4. School. Once again the overarching here – do you have a field trip, are you going to do a science experiment, watch a specific video -put this on your list.
  5. Household. When are you doing the laundry, prepare meals – you can have a start time, etc … list it here:

Whatever you use make it work for you! Make it your own. I really do believe you can figure this out and reclaim your time. Time management is you managing time and making an effort to not allow it to manage you!

Resources: Past Vintage Homeschool Moms Podcasts and Show notes to help you!

  1. I have several past podcasts and if you look at the show notes page, you will see links to download a bunch of forms!
    1. Here is one on Homeschool Forms  another on
  2. Last-minute Christmas prep – contains 4-square planner
  3. Running Your Home Like a CEO
  4. Easy Way Planning link here



Testing Secrets During COVID

Testing Secrets During COVID | With so much misinformation out there about college testing here are the testing secrets during COVID, Jean Burk with College Prep Genuis is here to set the record straight. | #podcast #testingpodcast #homeschoolpodcast #testingsecrets #SAT #ACT #CLT #testingsecretsCollege Testing Secrets In The Time Of COVID ~ Episodes 80

With so much misinformation out there about college testing here are the testing secrets during COVID, Jean Burk with College Prep Genuis is here to set the record straight. Tests are constantly being canceled, and it is such a confusing time. With so much frustration among students and families, here is a simple guide of 5 top tips to help you navigate the uncertainty.

If you are the parent of a college to be a student it has been a very confusing time. People are worried, and confused about what to do – is there liability if someone gets sick? Parents are angry with the SAT college boards and ACT college boards. But Jean explains test makers do have a link with updates with cancellations and extended testing time and additional test times. She suggests you pay more attention to the college board websites rather than a friend that has misinformation.

Tests may be canceled but not necessarily in your area. The wrong information is being shared and that is the issue. First, one claim is that the SAT and ACT tests are going away. They are not going away. There are some schools that are temporarily suspending the testing for right now.

ARTICLE – California school system the USC which has 10 schools out of nearly 5000, and they are coming up with their own test which is similar to the ACT and SAT – Keep in mind there is misinformation out there.  80% of colleges give scholarship money just based on a test score.  The reason colleges can not just use transcripts is that different high schools have different levels of difficulty. For example, if a student has a 4.0 or 4.5 transcript in high school in one school, and they are not the same value as a student in another school. On paper, they look the same but the school load or class load can be very different.

College Testing: SAT, ACT & CLT:

The one numerical component that is fair to all kids is a fair system known as standardized testing. There have been cries that it is biased, but actually, it is not. It is based on logic, reasoning skills, and the ability to answer questions under a time constraint and pressure. It crosses the socioeconomic group as well. Colleges achieve their national ranking based on test scores. Colleges get more money based on ranking. SO, these are extremely important for the college.

Five Tips to Taking Test During Difficult Times:

  1. Find a location that is having the test. School search button – zip code, schools in your area. It gives you a place to start. If you are not finding a location, your support group your co-op you can become your own test facility. Link — directly to the information you need to figure this out. ACT as well. If the facilities are canceled – you can reschedule or get a refund. To transfer you have to complete the form on the website. Be sure you have the right, email to the account. [Cancelling happens – you can get it canceled by online form or call the phone number. It takes a while to get your refund, so keep that in mind.
  2. Alternative tests – if your ACT is canceled see if the SAT is canceled – they are about 99% the same test … still doing well if you know how to logically answer the question and beat the test. The new PSAT date – offering a Jan. 26th If you have a junior right now, don’t take the Oct. test. Wait for the Jan. test you have several more months to promise. National Merit Scholarship is based on the PSAT test only in the Jr. year. One student went up 590 points in your SAT in 5 months! You can get a full ride to just about every school. Full ride, full tuition, dorms, money in cash, the perks and benefits are unbelievable.

Oct. CLT – All of a sudden (Classical learning Test – PODCAST) proctored remotely and schools began accepting the CLT that never accepted it before. All schools were accepting the CLT now since the pandemic. Read more about how to beat the CLT – tips – information about it.

Could apply to a test-optional school without a SAT and ACT not required but to get scholarship money you need a SAT and ACT 0 80-90 percent of students will still submit a score. It will set you apart in a negative way, even though they are not required, it is important to the school. Submit other tests instead of the AP or IB tests, school-administered placement test. Catch: Vary between universities. AP will work in one school and not another. Require means a minimum.

  1. Deferred Exam score submission. Allow new students to enroll that they will submit score later when they can –bought yourself some time to study for it. At this point, it is not clear if you don’t make a high enough score, so it is a gray area. It gives you a grace period. But, no scholarship.
  2. Special accommodation for high school students – if you are a senior right now, and not taken the test –early registration access to the test. Who has not taken it you will get priority. If you have taken the test it does not apply, but If you have never taken the test it applies.
  3. Don’t stop test prep. Use this as a grace period. It is a time to study they are beatable test; it is a different skill test. It is knowing how to take the test. Learning the logic makes the test beatable; the questions are purposely misleading. It is a skill because the colleges are testing your ability to answer questions under pressure in a short amount of time.

Your decision should be the institution and not the money on how to pay it. Do not worry about content, learn the recurring patterns, standardized questions, and standardized answers. Success can be yours! 3-Day and 8-week Boot Camp online. Online eCourse at no cost. Proven program with lots of awards.

Special Replay: Discipline Success

Do you have discipline success in your home?Let’s Talk About Discipline Success with Felice Gerwitz

Do your children know what you expect? Do you have discipline success in your home? Do your children know how to answer and when to come? Having children who are obedient and follow your lead is very important, but following these seven simple steps can be very helpful.

See the show notes below.

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Show Notes:

  1. Explain what you expect ahead of time.
  2. Teach your children how to listen
    • use simple techniques
    • practice coming when you call
    • practice appropriate responses
    • short explanations and sentences
    • set boundaries
  3. Implement Disciplinary Measures
    • identify the issue
    • find a solution
    • explain consequences
    • ask if the understand – tell you back
    • follow through
  4. Set guidelines
  5. Activities that build self-discipline
  6. Set up kids for success
  7. Use affirmations

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Climate Change The Real Story

Climate Change | We want to be good stewards of our environment, but the climate change advocates keep changing the definitions. So, today I have a noted scientist, Dr. Jay Wile who will take some of the mystery out of climate change and explain it in a way that we can understand!| #podcast #climatechange #globalwarming #globalwarmingtruth #truthglobalwarming #truthclimatechangeClimate Change – The Real Story with Special Guest Dr. Jay Wile ~ Episode 25

We want to be good stewards of our environment, but the climate change advocates keep changing the definitions. So, today I have a noted scientist, Dr. Jay Wile who will take some of the mystery out of climate change and explain it in a way that we can understand!

*One main point near the end of the broadcast will shock you!

Dr. Jay Wile has a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in nuclear chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry from the same institution. He has won several awards for excellence in teaching and has presented numerous lectures on the topics of Nuclear Chemistry, Christian Apologetics, Homeschooling, and Creation vs. Evolution. He has articles on these subjects in nationally recognized journals and has authored or co-authored thirteen award-winning science textbooks designed to be used in a homeschool setting.  Books by Dr. Jay.

Climate Change Articles – Search Climate change of Dr. Jay’s blog – here is the search results.

Scientists created computer models of climate that were predicting warming. And as they were tracking the warming of the globe the models did not show this huge increase as per predictions and scientific models. The theory was as the years progressed the computer models and data collection would show definitely that the earth was indeed warming and it would be a huge problem for people on earth. The problem was the globe has not warmed much, so it’s been hard to convince people that it is a problem. The greatest warming took place before the 1970s.

Here are some things we know about global warming. The globe has not warmed enough so in essence the science now focuses on a new term, “climate change.” The theory is the carbon dioxide is not warming the planet but due to the carbon energy it is trapping it is causing the extreme weather we are seeing. There is evidence that the earth has warmed a little bit since the mid-1800s. Long before the build-up of carbon dioxide. The question is what has caused it, and scientifically we really don’t know. We do know that carbon dioxide traps heat.

The big question is the “equilibrium climate sensitivity” and that is a question we will address in this broadcast. It is the single most important piece of data related to climate change, and therefore the question that should be asked and is often avoided or even unknown by many of the politicians campaigning on this topic.

What is it? In Dr. Jay Wile’s own words: “Equilibrium climate sensitivity is defined as how much will global temperatures increase if the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere doubles.” And that question is completely unanswered. It is somewhere between zero degrees and 3.5 degrees. There is no trend! Some studies show a very very low equilibrium climate sensitivity so we could easily double the carbon dioxide and nothing significant would happen other studies produce a very large climate sensitivity which means everything gets really hot and bad things to happen.

The most recent studies show no one agrees. If that single more important question what is equilibrium climate sensitivity can not be answered scientifically then you can’t say scientifically that global warming is a problem. You just can’t!

Anything we do in the short term can’t produce a long term effect. It will be making a minor difference. That is just standard scientific reasoning. I can’t take a short term action and produce a significant long term effect. For example Paris climate accord. Everyone agrees in this accord that if every country followed the Paris Climate Accord the average temperature of the earth would drop by .01% and that is if every country agreed–which we know they won’t or can’t.

Extrapolated data that scares children and gloom and doom. “Anxiety caused by people who are afraid of climate change,” is actually a thing. Dr. Jay says this is not reflected in the scientific literature. If you do a search on all of the scientific literature on climate change you will find virtually no scientific literature that expects a catastrophic outcome. And for the ones that talk about a catastrophic outcome, it is an outcome for certain regions of the world.

There is nothing in the scientific literature that says the world is going to end due to climate change, not even the most radical proponents. Things published in the scientific literature are peer-reviewed and they know they can not publish something that is just conjecture.

We have weaponized science. 

That is taking science and weaponizing it to fit a political agenda. And, this is done all of the time in various ways including philosophical arguments. It just doesn’t work if you look at the true scientific findings and not extrapolated data.

Dr. Judith Curry is a favorite climate scientist. NASA climatologist for years. She had to resign due to craziness in the field of climate scientists. When reporters talked to her she told the truth. She pointed to the scientific literature. Reporters were shocked and contacted others and she would get punished for telling the truth to these reporters. She has a blog, Climate, etc. it is a balanced approach to climate science.

We have to realize this science has become ridiculously political. There are some whose livelihood depends on everyone believing there is a crisis and if there was not a crisis their job would be in trouble. Some people probably do believe there is a crisis. Dr. Jay says read both sides of the issues. And, contrast how they are looking at the data.

What we are seeing is the extrapolated data presented. We have three ways of measuring global temperature. But is the data unbiased? Dr. Jay explains the way that temperature is tracked today?

  1. We have thermometers scattered across the earth that take the temperature and those numbers are averaged.
  2. We have satellites that are constantly orbiting the earth tracking the microwaves and are constantly tracking the temperature of the earth.
  3. We have weather balloons that use radio waves that determine the temperature.

All three ways come up with different answers. And what is bad is thermometer data is shown because they show the greatest change. What scientists don’t realize is that data is constantly “tweaked.” Even the data from the early 1900s is changed in the present. In order to do these averages, you have to be able to do a model. Every time the model changes all the past data changes as well. The scientific data is “changed.”

Blog post-2018- Does anyone really know how it is? It shows the raw data and the currently adjusted the early temperatures.  Tweaked the data to show their hypothesis.

When people look at data through the lens of assuming that global warming is happening. Climate scientists don’t even know how this data is adjusted on the fly. You never see the raw data. You see only the massaged data.

The argument is that the Paris accord is the first step and that makes sense, but unless you give me a plan to make a greater change than .01% — if you are going to make gasoline and electricity more expensive I won’t make the sacrifice. No one in the scientific literature can tell the answer. No one knows climate sensitivity.

Some changes are good: Forced auto manufacturing to put catalytic converters get rid of carbon monoxide (most of it), to pre-industrial levels but it had a good outcome.

Climate Change: we don’t’ talk about what the outcome is going to be. Every time you raise prices on electricity prices people die. 

If I know the increase the electricity prices will cause people to die because they can not afford their electricity, the correct question is: “How many old people are you willing to kill to stave off something that may not happen!” If we don’t even know it will happen — the changes — then how can we make these ridiculous (ed. emphasis here) assumptions that can cause death?

Bullet train fiasco in California – cost billions.

2020 prediction that the Glacier National Prak would disappear. Well in 2019 the sign was removed when Dr. Jay and his wife visited because they knew it was nowhere near disappearing. Also Al Gore and his false predictions that the North Pole would melt in 5 years – it has been over 10 years since his prediction and the North Pole is still incredibly icy.

The fact that the globe is warming right now still shows cooler temperatures than we have seen in the past. The Northern hemisphere was warm during the medieval period. It has been significantly hotter in the past. Studies show that in every major region the temperatures are due to a natural cycle.


Time Management for Teens

Time Management For Teens | More in our series on time management, this show is for teens with The Homeschool Highschool Podcast, Vicki Tillman. Learn how to take your time back and learn about doing a time audit.  |#timemanagement #timemanagementforteens #forteens #takebackyourtime #timeTime Management For Teens – Episode 411

More in our series on time management, this show is for teens with The Homeschool Highschool Podcast, Vicki Tillman. Learn how to take your time back and learn about doing a time audit.

Special Guest: Vicki Tillman, who is one of the voices behind The Homeschool High School Podcast.

Check out Vicki’s Coaching:

Listen to the podcast for the full conversation, here are some points we covered:

Vicki is a counselor and life, and career coach and she has been doing this for close to thirty years, and she has had to learn time management skills in order to juggle all those hats.

The digital age encourages distraction, with notifications popping up and too many tabs open, it’s really hard to keep our time under control.

Don’t wait until your children are teenagers. You know, if you’ve got them at that age, great, we can, we can work with whatever we have because we’re flexible because we’re homeschool parents, we just make it work. But encourage it as the kids are younger. When they’re younger, we can start enlisting some of these skills and encouraging them.

So one of the things that I think helps, especially when you are at the place where you have multiple ages in the house is to remember … that as moms, we have this picture in our heads of what we really want to accomplish, but we have to let God guide our footsteps and to be able to humbly set aside the things that just aren’t going to happen in the chaos of a day. But there are some things that we have to learn to structure and manage so that we can actually get education done with everybody that needs that.

So I have some ideas that I have used with my kids in our local homeschoolers that I’ve worked with over the years is the battle of time. When do they wake up to begin their day? Sometimes that’s not a battle you want to argue about. And sometimes it is, and it takes prayer. What character are we developing right now? But one of the things to do is to notice that there’s not one kind of high schooler. Some kids are the kind that requires your help to learn, to manage their time because they will just game all day or they’ll check out YouTube all day. Or they are naturally distractible or go with the flow.

And so they need some structures and some tools. And then there are some kids who are born structured, they get up in the morning and they want to get everything done, and they are working really hard. And those kids, you have to teach them time management. So they learn to turn that off and rest and hang out and, and let their brains and bodies do some other things besides being productive.

Know your kids and allow God, to show you what they need and help work with them in that way. So I’ll start with the easy ones, the ones that are naturally structured and will overwork themselves. One of the things that I suggest is to teach them how to do a time audit.

So it’s really simply put a time audit is to look at how we spend our time.

In this way, you can look at how you spend your time, and make sure you are not doing something you’re not supposed to be doing.

Have your teens write down every single thing they did and how much time they did it. And then after the end of a week or two weeks, if there’s a lot of variety in the things that you do you make a pie chart of those activities. And you look at this, these slices of pie. So a big slice of pie is for sleep, another slice of pie for meals, this slice of pie for study this slice of pie for chores, this for extracurricular, this is for friend time. This is for chilling and watching television or whatever. All the pieces of the pie are there. And then sit with your teen and say, is this how you want your pie to look? Do you see things that you’d need to change? I need more time for devotions or I haven’t spent any time with a friend in weeks. And then help them kind of redraw that pie that looks like a life with balance. Be sure to include time for self- care so that they stay healthy and don’t get too anxious.

And so for us moms, if we do the same, we will find some times that we have slices of pie that aren’t useful. Like the “death scroll” on Facebook. Now I can check Facebook once a day and that’s it. So you know, a timeout is just a wonderful thing for the type of kids who can’t turn off, who the ones that are over-structured. Okay.

When people see how much time they typically spend on that kind of thing, (like social media) then they can put that in perspective and say, okay, you know, I’ll put a timer on.

Listen to the podcast for the remainder of the interview.