Teaching Kids Problem Solving

Teaching Kids Problem Solving | Maybe your kids think too much or maybe not enough. In this episode, Teaching Kids Problem Solving, Felice once again challenges kids to make wise decisions and weigh the pros and cons of rash decisions they can possibly make! Just For Kids Series!  #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #teachingkids #problemsolvingTeaching Kids Problem Solving ~ Episode 426

Maybe your kids think too much or maybe not enough. In this episode, Teaching Kids Problem Solving, Felice once again challenges kids to make wise decisions and weigh the pros and cons of rash decisions they can possibly make! Just For Kids Series! 

Please visit my website at MediaAngels.com and be sure to sign up for our monthly planners. We have new character planners each month with fun activities that you can do with your children and I think parents really appreciate the page with scenarios. I ask the children questions that they can act out or write their answers. They are open-ended. At the end of the month, the children can even earn a character award that is provided. After the month is over you can only get the planners by purchase on the Media Angels website.

Here we go! Another episode in the JUST for Kids Series of podcasts.

Has your mom or dad or another adult ever asked you, “What were you thinking?” If they have that is probably not a very good thing!  When we think we can use our minds to figure out a right or wrong answer or to solve a problem. When we solve a problem what happens? We come up with a solution. We do this in school every day. We solve math problems we solve answers at the end of a chapter in a book, we solve for a mystery if we are reading a novel. Solving the problem is only half of the answer. What are you using to solve the problem?

Sometimes we use “What if” questions to solve a problem. This is part of thinking ahead or thinking for the future. It can also be used for looking at something in the past, for example, a past mistake. Is there something that you would like to change? What if you had done something differently?

Another way we think is by comparing and contrasting. How do we do this? Well, we look at the information and come up with all of the things that are the same and different. Sometimes we do this by looking at different aspects or angles. We see things from a different perspective depending on what the question is, and there are many questions that are asked when you are learning. This series of podcasts in the Just for Kids Series is a perfect example.  Can you think of all the different ways we solve problems? It may be as easy as figuring out what piece of a puzzle fits to make a picture, or it can be something really complicated like how to fix an engine or computer. Many inventions start with someone trying to solve a problem and asking a what-if question.

There is an acronym for solutions that is called SODAS – this is an easy way to talk about problem-solving because each letter stands for something different.

  1. S is for the situation
  2. O is for options
  3. D is for disadvantages
  4. A is for advantages
  5. S is for solutions

We are going to use this method to go through a problem-solving activity using a dog covered in paint. Yes, it gets even better. This happened on your watch and it is your fault. Right? How did this happen? If you are like most kids you probably act without thinking — but don’t worry! After this podcast, you will be an expert at figuring things out. So here is what I want you to do — I want you to download this PDF that is right on the show notes on the website so you can follow along with me.

Download Graphic Here: Making Choices and Problem Solving

If you are not near a computer or printer, imagine this…your mom and dad have been painting the rooms in the house and everything looks great. They stacked up the paint neatly in the corner of the garage, waiting for a chance to put it up high on the shelf. You have a lab and this dog is a handful. He is only about a year old and you are still working on training him. Let’s give our dog a name, let’s call him “Dakota.” Your parents went out to buy more paint and asked you to keep an eye on the dog. Your sister is next door at a friend’s house and the twins went with your mom and dad to the store. You turn your back for one minute to get a book to read, and when you look back the dog is gone. All of a sudden you hear a horrible noise. It sounds like a band decided to play a song, mostly off-key in the garage. In fact, it sounds like symbols. You know there is not a drum set in the garage and least of all symbols. ALl of this goes through your head in a split second as you wonder where the dog is and head to the garage to find out. You gasp! What do you see?

There is your beautiful white lab covered in paint, and what’s more, there is paint and dog tracks all over the floor. Yep, Dakota somehow managed to knock the cans over and not only did they spill all over but they spilled on him as well. So let’s stop here. You have this picture in your mind or you are looking at this picture on the screen of your computer or printed out.

Okay let’s stop here. We are going to look at this situation with our problem-solving SODAS toolbox. The first is the situation.


How do you feel? Are you upset? What should you do? Stop this audio here and think about this. If you want to go through each of the SODAS items before you come back you can.
So, what do you think, what did you do?

S is for Situation: What is your first reaction when you see something like this? Maybe it is to tell the dog to sit and stay – afterall, you’ve been working on this command and it usually works. Maybe you feel like this is not your problem but you still need to look at the situation and make a plan, and quick. A first reaction when you are upset is to yell at the dog. But what might happen if you do this? You might scare the dog and he will run and get more paint everywhere! So, while you are experiencing upset feelings, try to look at this issue, problem or situation, calmly! Yes, in this case, it would be difficult. I agree.

O is for Options: What are the options? These are the choices that you have– what are some of the things you can do to fix the problem or work out an answer? Maybe the problem is too big and you can’t handle it all at once. One thing you can do is break up the problem in chunks. For example, what would you do first, second, third? Even if the choice is easy—in this case, a clean dog and cleaned-up paint, you still need to get to the solution through solving the problem. If you have brothers or sisters you may want to do this activity with them and see what they would do. What makes the most sense.

Some of your options are:

  1. 1Put a leash on the dog, pull him through the paint, and get him sprayed off outside
  2.  Pick up the paint and put the lids on so more paint does not spill out.
  3. Scream at the dog
  4. Call your parents and ask them what to do. Get help quick from your sister next door or the neighbor.
  5. Take a hose into the garage and just start spraying it is a mess anyway.

Once you look at your options the next question to ask is what do I do first. Out of this list put them in order one through five or cross off things that are a no.

D is for Disadvantages  – A disadvantage is also called a con, something that is not a good idea or option. An advantage is also called a pro—or something that is a good idea or option. We call these pros and cons. Okay, so looking at your options what are the disadvantages and advantages or pros and cons? You can go through each one of your options. Looking at the solutions one through five we can see that screaming at the dog is a bad idea so I would put that in the disadvantage column – why is that a bad idea? Because the dog could knock off more paint and run away, besides screaming is never a good idea unless you are in trouble. 4. Calling your parents and getting help from your sister or neighbor is an advantage but not sure you have time so that is not a good solution. And, taking a hose and spraying the dog and the paint is a definite disadvantage because it will make more of a mess in your garage. If one of your options is to pull the dog by the collar through the paint what might happen? If you said he could track paint all over the place, or get paint on you? This would definitely be a disadvantage!

A is for Advantages: This is a pro and we determined that putting a leash on the dog so we can contain the mess is a pro, and spray the dog off outside. Also, putting the lids on the paint cans is good as well so that more paint does not spill.  Getting help is an advantage but you do not have time. Getting the leash on the dog is the best answer without stepping in teh paint yourself as well as pulling the dog out by the collar if you can not get to the leash quickly enough.

S is for Solutions: What is your final solution what would you do?  A solution is figuring out a problem, it is looking for an answer and solving the problem – so a solution is an answer to a problem after you problem-solve and then taking action to accomplish the answer or solution. In this case, you might leash the dog, take him outside and hose him off, wash the dog, and then dry him. Also, put him somewhere out of the way. Then, grab some trash bags and paper towels and place the lids on the paint and clean up the mess. During this time, you may have called for help. In fact, this might be number one on your list! In real life, you can’t look at a situation like the picture of this poor dog full of paint with paint cans all around and go through all of these steps – but you understand the process and that is what is important.

If you practice this with different scenarios – you can make some up or look for some pictures online to help you come up with ideas, you will be able to calmly think through solutions for the times that things do not work out as you planned. All you wanted to do is sit and read and your dog caused you a ton of work! Practicing helps us to be ready and prepared.

Just like you practice your math and your reading and your spelling you can practice thinking. Thinking is an important skill and why is that? Because if you think through solutions you will have a good idea of what you want to do, what you think is right and wrong. Many times people who do not think can be lead astray. What does this mean? They can be lied to or taken advantage of by others. If you can think for yourself and come up with your own ideas and answers when other people tell you things that may not be true, you can think through the answer for yourself. Is this right or wrong? Is this true or false? That is the big question!







Time Boosters for Mom

With the time boosting strategies I'm about to share with you - you will learn how to be the master of your own time, increase your productivity and never let the lack of time get the best of you!Let’s Talk About Time! Time Boosters to Increase Your Time Daily

with Felice Gerwitz

with your host Felice Gerwitz Everyone lives under the impression that there is not enough time to complete all the things you want to do each day, and I know, because I’ve lived with this concept for years. However, with the time boosting strategies I’m about to share with you – you will learn how to be the master of your own time, increase your productivity and never let the lack of time get the best of you!

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Show Notes:

Books I recommend:

Mary Jo Tate: Flourish at Home

Crystal Paine: Goodbye to Survival Mode


Teaching Kids Compassion

Can you really teach kids compassion?  Felice shares the answer to this question in this week's "Just for Kids" episode.Teaching Kids Compassion Episode 425

Just For Kids Series

Can you really teach kids compassion? You know some kids are compassionate toward others and they understand the hurts and failings of others without making the person feel bad, and others just love to antagonize and hurt for the fun of it – how help our compassionate children and those who do not become more compassionate? In this, just for kids episode, Felice asks the kids some hard questions and the answer… well, that is for you to address.

Please visit my website at MediaAngels.com and be sure to sign up for our monthly planners. We have new character planners each month, and this month it is on the topic of Tolerance. This planner has some fun activities that you can do with your children and I think parents really appreciate the page with scenarios. I ask the children questions that they can act out or write their answers. They are open-ended. At the end of the month, the children can even earn a character award that is provided. After the month is over you can only get the planners by purchase on the Media Angels website.


Do you like getting advice? Do you like having people tell you what to do and when to do it? Well, I hate to say this but you might as well get used to it because even adults have to do things we don’t like. And, today I am going to talk to you about something that you may or may not think you need, and that is more compassion. What is compassion?

You may have your own ideas about what this means but it is thinking about the other person’s feelings and trying to understand the person better. It is also respecting the other person’s feelings. You may think your brother or sisters or someone you know is a crybaby because they cry at every little thing – but by making fun of this person does that make it better, does the person toughen up and not cry. No, not too often all it does is make the person feel worse. Having compassion means that you feel something for this person and anger and disappointment are not showing compassion. Why should we be compassionate? It is part of getting along with other people.

Why? Well, because believe it or not you live in a world with lots of people in it and God gives you the opportunity to grow and learn in the safety of your families. Your family life is pretty sheltered and that means you don’t have to worry about where you are going to sleep or what you are going to eat. You know, even if we get in trouble your parents love you. You know that even if you get upset with your brother or sister, mom or dad that they care about you. They want what is best for you.

There is something called giving a person the benefit of the doubt. This means before you jump to conclusions and think the worst of people – I know, this is easy to do – you look at the situation carefully before you say anything. Here is the deal, many times it is not what you think and you might get upset with someone, hurt their feelings, and then need to apologize. But, by that time the damage is done.

Usually, we show people a lack of compassion when we feel we are wronged or someone has hurt us. Our first reaction is to fight back – because strong people fight and don’t get taken advantage of right? Of course, no one wants to be made a fool and taken advantage of but then, we really have to look at the situation and figure out why we are upset. Some people enjoy making others angry and that is never nice or kind.

Let’s say you built this amazing Lego creation and you just finished it and left it on the living room floor because you want to show your mom – you go and get your mom and when you get back you see your brother standing over a mess! You scream and yell at him, he starts crying and your mom gets upset with you. You then find out it was the dog that sat on your creation and not your brother, and your brother was trying to pick up what was left before the dog came back to do more damage. How do you feel?

Is it possible to go back and undo the yelling and making someone cry? I am sure your brother felt horrible to see your amazing creation messed up and was trying to help – that is showing compassion. When you see the other person’s reaction. We speak many times with body language and that is one way you can try to figure out what the other person is saying without words.

Body language is a frown or crossing your arms – which may show you are closed off and angry – standing with your arms crossed while someone is trying to talk to you means, I am not really going to listen to what you have to say. In the same way, smiling and nodding your head yes means I am in agreement with what you are saying. Of course, you know that crying means the person is upset.

Do you know someone who is understanding in your family, who gives the other person the benefit of the doubt – meaning they wait for that person to explain what happened without jumping to conclusions that could be wrong. Who is that person? Is that person you? Do you want it to be you?

For those of us who have faith, there are so many Bible verses that speak about God’s love and the way that Jesus spent time not with those who were perfect but with sinners. Why did He spend time with sinners? Because Jesus was compassionate. God is love and you may have heard that before, well if you have the love of God in your heart it will actually be easier to be compassionate to others because God will give you that grace, and compassion is truly a grace.

Sure, you can try to be compassionate on your own – go ahead and try it and let me know how it works out for you. But, I will tell you now that it will be so much easier to pray to the Lord and ask for this gift. This is truly a gift to love others as God loves them.

Do people mess up and hurt you? Of course. Was it possible in the story I told you about your messed-up blocks that your brother could have destroyed it – sure! But if you don’t hear the other person out and allow them to help to make it better you will not be showing compassion.

Compassion is a gift that we give to others and it is the same gift we get from those who love us and care for us. Most of us are blessed to live in homes that are safe, and we have the example of parents who love us – and because of this love, you too should love others.

Wait or count to ten the next time you want to show a lack of compassion for someone else. And see if you can figure out a way to say things better. This takes practice. And, the next time that you can, try to show compassion to those you care about, and guess what? It may be the biggest blessing in your life.



Special Replay: Easter Celebrations On The Cheap

Easter Celebration On The CheapEaster Celebrations On The Cheap

Easter celebration on the cheap includes fun and easy ideas. Celebrating Easter on the cheap doesn’t mean skimping on our favorite time of the year, it means celebrating in style and saving money along the way.

Remember, it’s about Jesus not the candy! Remind your children about the true meaning of Easter which is the Ressurection of our Lord. This is what you are celebrating. Let’s review some fun, cheap activities  you can plan this Easter!

  • Potluck:

    • Ask family to bring a side
    • Delegate ice or drinks
    • Baked ham goes far and is a favorite
    • Little kids love chicken fingers
    • Cold salads – make ahead.
  • Reuse and Repurpose – Eggs:

    • Those plastic eggs should be saved each year
    • Fill with coins instead of candy – redeemable in the store (see below)
    • Use as decorations
    • Have little ones hunt for specific colors, or count how many they collect
  •  Easter Store – order online or dollar store (Explain easter egg hunt Gerwitz style):

    • Shop sales, for everything.
    • Candy bars, candy kisses, everything is a mini.
    • I look for candles at odd times, discounts on decorations after the holiday, etc.
    • Store under the bed in plastic bins or farm out to a family member with more storage space
    • Less is more. I like minimalistic decorations. The more understated the better. Fresh flowers with outside greenery is wonderful.
  •  Make Your Own:

    • Create your own dips or salads
    • Rolls are very cheap, easy and fun to make. Kids love to help.
    • We love chocolate. Many of our treats are chocolate based such as trays of brownies and dipped strawberries (hint: I use 2 cups of chocolate chips with a spoonful of unflavored coconut oil, helps it to harden – this is so much cheaper than buying them!), make a big cookie – use disposable (can be reused) round pizza trays. Be sure to leave room for expanding dough.
    • Easy appetizers: fresh fruit with marshmallow dip, salsa, and chips, melted cheese poured over chips, cream cheese and packaged dressing for an easy dip (add mayo to liquify if needed.)
  • Decorations – Easter egg tree from kids “blessing others”

By performing these activities with your family, not only do you save some money, you teach your children the real meaning of Easter! Thank you for joining us for today’s special replay, “Easter Celebration On The Cheap”! Be sure to check out my other podcast episodes at https://ultimateradioshow.com/vintage-homeschool-moms/.

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Teaching Kids About Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect | What is cause and effect and how can we teach our children to understand that everything they do has a ripple effect on our world? In this Just For Kids Episode, Felice explores the meaning and how we can encourage our children to lay the foundations they need in their lives, now. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschool #justforkids #teachingkidsTeaching Kids Cause and Effect

What is cause and effect and how can we teach our children to understand that everything they do has a ripple effect on our world? In this Just For Kids Episode, Felice explores the meaning and how we can encourage our children to lay the foundations they need in their lives, now.

Please visit my website at MediaAngels.com and be sure to sign up for our monthly planners. We have new character planners each month, and this month it is on the topic of Tolerance. This planner has some fun activities that you can do with your children and I think parents really appreciate the page with scenarios. I ask the children questions that they can act out or write their answers. They are open-ended. At the end of the month, the children can even earn a character award that is provided. After the month is over you can only get the planners by purchase on the Media Angels website.


If you drop a pebble in a body of water, like a pond what happens? That’s right. You see a ripple effect. The act of dropping a stone causes the water to ripple and this is something we can see with our own eyes, but the reason this happens is because of any action on your part. You took the time and energy to throw the stone. The same happens without actions.

This is a scientific law, did you know that Issac Newton had theories about laws and motion, and there is actually a third scientific law of motion that is taught as part of physics, it states for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So, that explains scientifically why this happens but now for the hard part, controlling our own actions.

In the last podcast, we talked about the golden rule and how this is something that we should do, treat others the way we want to be treated. In this way, we are setting an example for others and we can cause a good effect as a leader who does things that are right and trustworthy. This causes a positive effect.

An effect happens because of what we do or it also follows a “what will happen if…” question. What will happen if I punch my brother? What will happen if I spill this glass of water, what will happen if I eat an entire bag of chocolate? The effect comes directly, once again like the pebble from our actions.

An amazing thing happens if we are aware that what we do – through our entirely given by God-free will – can cause things not only today but in the future. How does this happen? Well, now you know…by your direct actions. Some things are very easy to figure out and others are what we would call gray areas, those areas that are harder and take thinking or work to figure out. We can brainstorm some of these areas with our family. Here are a few you can discuss with your parent at home:

  1. If I spend all of my free time playing games I will…
  2. If I fix my bed every morning the effect will be…
  3. Treating others as I want to be treated will lead to…
  4. If I pitch a fit and am loud and rude I will… (helpful hint here: no, you will not always get your way.)
  5. I can lead by example doing what is right and just or I can lead by example doing what is always right for myself and this will cause the effect of…

What are some of your answers? Can you imagine a world where we think through our actions before we do them? What do you think the outcome would be of this way of thinking first before we act? In many ways, we as adults do this because we have already lived longer and have had the experience. We have learned by our mistakes and we have learned to fix these by actions that are right and just.

Long ago when I taught school I remember a sixth-grader telling me that I didn’t understand him at all, and there was no way that I could. I looked at him and said, “That’s right. I never was a sixth-grader, I skipped right over the sixth grade. I went from 11 to 23 (my age at that time) … do you think that is right? Of course, he said no. So, I said, I was in sixth grade and our teacher made us sit with our hands folded on our desks while she spoke, no paper, no pencils, and definitely no devices anywhere to be found. After she was finished we took our lessons and worked on them, copied from the board, and never spoke up unless spoken to. I knew at that time that I didn’t like school and would work hard to be done with school — and here I am years later a teacher. Obviously, that plan didn’t work well! Here I am many years later still writing curriculum and still teaching kids. Why? Because I love it!

We can make plans as a kid and guess what? Our plans might change but one thing you can do as a kid is to realize that what you do has an effect on others and you may or may not get away with bad behavior, this time. But realize at some point it will catch up to you. When we see people who commit crimes or have no self-control because of drug or alcohol use, we know they were not born that way, at some point one bad decision, on top of another and another made them the way they are today.

So, look at your life and take charge. Look at the decisions you will make and chose wisely. It can be the difference between a life that is filled with joy and happiness (as much as possible on this side of heaven) or one that is filled with mistakes that we have to constantly apologize for. A quick aside here to the idea of accidents. I do believe accidents happen but I also know that saying, “It is just an accident” can lead you to lie to yourself. You know deep down in your heart if it really was an accident or it was done on purpose. And, if you continue to lie to yourself, guess what? You will soon believe your lies and you are heading down the wrong path… a path that is wide and leads to, at some point judgment.

So, what is it going to be? One thing I do love about kids is that you get it – you see the big picture and I think we as parents often do not give you enough credit for understanding. You know what is right, you know what is just you know that you can make a difference in your world for the better. So the question is are you going to think before you act? Yes or No? This may be one of the most important decisions you ever make!

Special Replay: Easter Faith Filled Family Activities

Let’s Talk About: Easter Faith-Filled Family Activities

Podcast #125

with your host, Felice Gerwitz

I like activities that teach and in this episode I will discuss some fun ways to teach deeper theological concepts to very small children, all while making memories that last a lifetime. Many links provided below from other blogs with printables!

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Show Notes: Easter Faith-Filled Family Activities

1. The purpose of the days leading up to Easter

2. What are your goals?

3. What are some fun activities that are tried and true.


a. Fasting – from something as a reminder of self-control from sin.

Make an Easter Garden visual parable

b. Cross and Paper plates

d. Easter Story Bag

e. Easter tree – medallions with “catch you being good”

f. Tie Dye Cross

g. Christ Centered Easter Activities

h. He is risen craft 

i. Random acts of kindness


Budget-minded activities

a. Scavenger hunt

b. printables

c. Resurrection nature walk

d. Make our own Resurrection eggs – Link Here  – preschool  Resurrection eggs Link Here

e. Visual Parable

f. Cross Fingerprint Art


Recipes To Make:

Resurrection Cookies

Easter Bread – with or without hard boiled eggs

Coloring Easter Eggs – teach “eggs” symbolize new life – new life in Christ!


Resurrection Scavenger Hunt 

Lenten eBooks Here

Christ Centered Printables

He Is Risen – Two Printables

Make Words Out of Resurrection Here

He is Risen Puzzle

Empty Tomb Coloring Page

Christ Centered Easter Books

Easter ABC Fill-In

Lenten Count-Down Calendar

He’s Alive Flannel Set

Flannel Set Resurrection 

Resurrection Cards


Teaching Kids About The Golden Rule

Golden Rule | We've heard about the golden rule but are you sure you can apply this to your life? In this JUST for kids episode, we will discuss the golden rule and how you can use this in your home, with your family, friends and in your life. | #podcast #goldenrule #justforkids #kidspodcast #homeschoolpodcast #truth #teachingkids #teachingkidstruthTeaching Kids the Golden Rule Episode 423

We’ve heard about the golden rule but are you sure you can apply this to your life? In this JUST for kids episode, we will discuss the golden rule and how you can use this in your home, with your family, friends, and in your life.

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We have communities filled with people, there are laws and people who govern. If we look at these people who govern we see decisions, we agree with and other decisions that we may not agree with. Sometimes we feel that people have lost their moral compass – that is a direction that points to what is right and just. If you do not know what is right and wrong, how will you know as you get older what to follow? Well, you have parents who help you by modeling good behavior. They let you know if what you are doing is right.

What does is the golden rule? In the Bible, Jesus of Nazareth quoted Scripture from the Old Testament when he said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,” You can find this in Matthew 7:12 Another way people say this is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. So, you can paraphrase this – that means put it into your own words, which will help you remember the main point and that is to “treat others the way you want to be treated.” Some people like to memorize the words exactly the way it is in the Bible, but that is up to your family. The Golden Rule applies to all people, but especially for you and others in your world because it is a just and fair rule.

Doesn’t everyone want to be treated kindly? Doesn’t everyone wish that others treated with more respect? Well, one thing to remember is if you lead the way and you treat others the way you want to be treated, this will happen. Can you think of yourself as a leader? Sure, anyone can lead to, but not everyone is just and kind. Some people think it is right to take advantage of those who are younger and will listen, but it is never right to do this. If we want those younger than us -or even our same age to see us as a leader we should set an example for others to follow.  Having a good attitude with this rule is gaining wisdom. And this is a key truth to life. We learn wisdom from past mistakes. A mistake is often something we do not want to repeat again. And learning not to do something wrong is the beginning of wisdom. Of course, learning and remembering are gaining wisdom as well and that is the purpose of learning and school.

Let’s quickly talk about a lie. Often people lie to themselves — how do you do this? But thinking you are fooling others. The only person we are fooling is ourselves. If we fool ourselves that bad is good then we are believing an untruth. Many times, we make excuses for doing something wrong and truth should be a big part of your life. Practicing telling the truth in all things means accepting the consequences, something we will talk about in another podcast. Wisdom is understanding truth.

An interesting fact is that anyone who believes in a higher power, we as Christians call God, the creator of heaven and earth, know that all of our freedoms, and all of the blessings we receive are from Him. No one here on earth can take away our beliefs, what we learn, and who we are. We have rights and freedoms that do not come from any government but come from God Almighty. We have free will this is the ability to do whatever we want to do.

Did you hear that right? Did I just say we have the freedom to do whatever we want? Yes, you do. God gave us the ability to make a choice and this choice is either right or wrong. Just because we have free will and can do anything that we want, that does not mean we should. Think about this. I’m going to say it again but another way. If we have free will and can do anything that we want, we should carefully decide what we should and should not do. Why? Because sometimes it means we will not do what is right or honorable, and that is not wise. Using our free will also mean that we do not break the laws.

Wisdom is knowing right from wrong, good from bad, and having self-control. Wisdom is learning not only from our own mistakes but from the mistakes of others. Do you know why self-control is important? Self-control is the key to being a good student, a good worker and, also avoiding trouble. Did you know that people that have self-control are better students? This makes sense because to deny yourself or tell yourself no—to the thing you’d rather do besides learning is important to learn. Young people who have self-control go on to become successful as adults.

For example, you may not want to sit and listen to this podcast, a lesson in school, or do your math lessons, but what would you do if you were not learning?  Whatever it is I am sure is not as important as becoming a better person and learning, again something that no on can take away from you. What does this have to do with the golden rule? Wisdom is choosing not only for your own good but the good of others and this is similar to the teaching of the golden rule.

Golden rule and treat others the way we want to be treated, that helps us remember self-control when tempted to do something that is wrong.  When we practice the Golden Rule we may feel like things are unfair. But, practicing the Golden Rule just because we can is our own reward. We may not get anything special back or even someone saying “thank-you,” but the reward is knowing we did the right thing. If we do what is right it is for the common good, and maybe that will help others to also see your example. Working together is called collaboration and when you work in a group, whether it is helping your parents at home, or helping a neighbor, or volunteering this is showing others that you care. There are many ways to apply the Golden Rule to your life. It can mean something simple like sharing a treat with a brother or sister, or a friend or helping with a younger brother or sister.  Offering to help is always nice think about how nice it would be if someone offers to help you with your chores.

The Golden Rule is just – and what is justice? Justice is something that is morally right or fair. Justice has to do with the law. It is using wisdom to know what is right for the common good – the good of all people. This is very important in government and often we find people who are not just in leadership roles, which is very sad. Not everyone makes good decisions. Some people make decisions that are not good for all people but for themselves or special interests–we never want to be those people. We must pray that those in authority—the people who make the laws use justice and wisdom in their decisions and that is why voting is important.

Usually, adults will demonstrate or show you the Golden Rule without using words—it is in their actions. They care for you, teach you and help you. They love you and help you to be a better person. For example, you do not see your parents sitting down,  and watching television, and expecting you to make dinner all on your own … every night. Can you imagine? It might be bowls of cereal for everyone! But, you can see what I mean. Your parents give their time to make you a good dinner and they care about you. They may expect respect in return but isn’t that natural? They love you so it is easy for them to demonstrate the Golden Rule – but what about for people you do not like?

There are many different people that make up our communities and the world. No two people are exactly alike, even twins can be different. But, the Golden Rule and wisdom are important for all. They are the foundations of a just society. Those that practice the Golden Rule, share, are kind, tell the truth—even if there is a punishment, care for others, do not steal or hurt others. People who practice the Golden Rule do what is right because they wanted to not because of the laws. When people are lawless, they break the laws.

At home, you may not break a law, but if you go against what your parents teach you this is breaking a family rule. Hurting others because they hurt you is not doing what is right and truly it is unwise. That shows no self-control. No one likes people who are mean just because they can be! That is called a bully. Taking revenge is never a good thing because it not only hurts the other person but doing something wrong hurts you as well. Hurting others causes bad behavior and it is not a good way to act. It creates a cycle of people doing mean things to each other. How do you stop this cycle? Someone has to have self-control and be the first one to stop. It may be hard, but it is just and wise.

The key here is to remember, wisdom is not only learning from our past mistakes but the courage to make a change, even if it is hard. That is being honorable. There is a saying that two wrongs do not make a right. Does that mean you let someone hurt you? Of course, not. It does mean you stay away from people who are hurtful and if you must – you should defend yourself. This can mean defending your property as well. We all have freedoms but no one is allowed to take what does not belong to them. We must practice the way we want to act and practicing the Golden Rule is a great thing to do with your family!




A Novel Approach – Teach Creation To Kids

Teach Creation | When you teach creation to kids it can seem overwhelming, perhaps you don't know where to begin. #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #creationpodcastTeach Creation To Kids With A Novel – Special Episode

When you teach creation to kids it can seem overwhelming, perhaps you don’t know where to begin. In this interview (listen to the first one here), author Felice Gerwitz interviews her co-author, and daughter Christina Gerwitz Moss. Christina had a passion for writing and she turned her interest in science and writing into a novel that will teach creation to kids.

The Truth Seekers Mystery Series is chock full of science facts. The series was reviewed by several creation scientists and there is even a vocabulary list at the back! You can purchase the book on Amazon or via the Media Angels Membership website.

Thanks to our sponsor! Homeschool Connect Expo Felice Gerwitz is presenting three video teachings and there are over 70 speakers and sponsors – sign up to get more information about upcoming events. And, thanks to our sponsors who make these episodes free!

The Truth Seeker’s Mystery Series is comprised of three novels, The Missing Link Found, Dinosaur Quest at Diamond Peak and The Keys To The Past Unlocked. In each novel, the children uncover a mystery and discover different aspects of creation. It is easy to teach creation to kids when they are captivated by a story that engages and encourages discussion. Thousands of people have read the novel and the feedback has been wonderful. These novels were written when Christina was homeschooled and finished when she entered college. Now Christina is a homeschool mom and is able to teach creation to her children.

Teaching Truth To Kids

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We all want our kids to tell the truth, and it is time that we focus on teaching truth. How do we do this? How do we teach our children to discern what is true in our toxic culture? Well gather the kids – this is another just for kids and teens this time, episode.

Please visit my website at MediaAngels.com and be sure to sign up for our monthly planners. We have new character planners each month, and this month it is on the topic of Tolerance. This planner has some fun activities that you can do with your children and I think parents really appreciate the page with scenarios. I ask the children questions that they can act out or write their answers. They are open-ended. At the end of the month, the children can even earn a character award that is provided. After the month is over you can only get the planners by purchase on the Media Angels website.


So what is truth?

Hey kids! I know your mom probably thinks this is a good podcast for you to listen to and I am sure you are thinking – “What is this lady talking about I already know what truth is…” and you know what? You probably do, but not only am I going to talk to you about truth, I am going to talk to you about lies and I am going to ask you a bunch of questions. I hope that you write these questions down and you use them to see if you can learn to be better about not only telling the truth but spotting lies when you are told lies by other people.

And, I want to show you why truth is important and how twisting something just a little bit can really change the way people think about something. And, the example I am going to use here is Climate. [In this episode I am not going to go into Climate Change – because I already did one that you can listen to here.]

So, first I think it is important to care about our climate. It is important to be good stewards over our land and this earth. We don’t throw garbage out the window do we? We put it in the trash. We do not pollute on purpose, we do our part. So, why am I talking about climate? What does that have to do with truth? Well, I want to walk you through the way a little lie can hurt us and make us think something that is not true.

Talk about climate began when I was in school. Pollution was bad in some cities and people thought we should care for our environment. It was a good thing to learn to take care of our planet so what did I learn that was bad? I learned that if we did not hurry up and do something that in ten years all the polar bears would be gone and all the ice would melt in the artic and the Southpole. This was in the 1970s and in the year 2021 we still have polar bears and we still have icebergs. What did this lie do? It caused us to be afraid. I wrote many papers and did a big project on this topic. How do you think I feel now knowing the truth? Again I don’t want to go into the climate aspect here because I want to focus on the lie – the lie caused me to fear. Scientists didn’t really know. It was a guess, and not a very educated guess. They caused the kids in the 70s and beyond to fear.

The idea here is that we have to understand the motivation that goes into what people say. Why would people say this? What was the reason? That is something to talk to your parents about… why would people say something that is false? Why would people say things that cause kids to fear?

Let’s look at another example. The Green New Deal. The people who want the Green New Deal for example said the world would end in 12 years. The green new deal is six pages long and you can read it for yourself on a Congressional website – if it is not there look at the Congressional archives, they keep copies there. Later this person said they were only kidding–especially when people pushed back and said this was not true. But why would someone say this? What is the motivation? Is a politician allowed to lie? Does it make it okay if they are just kidding?

Let’s dig a little further, what does this deal talk about? It talks about getting rid of all cows, getting rid of airplanes, getting rid of billionaires, and having a universal wage – that means all people make the same amount of money. What does that have to do with pollution, what does that have to do with saving the environment? If we get rid of airplanes how would we travel? Train? Bus? Car?  Again what is the motivation – why would someone say something like this? Are people afraid? Yes, some people are especially if you are in public schools you hear a lot of information about climate change.

I heard that our world would not have polar bears in ten years in the 1970s and was afraid for our world. Kids today are being told it will be 12 years until our world ends. This is not the truth, this is not science, this is to cause you to fear.

What is truth? Some people think it has to do with how your feel about something. That is not right. Truth has to do with facts and reality – or what is real. Truth can not be subjective. Let’s talk about the word subjective.  Subjective truth would be that truth is what you think it is. So, is it okay if I think it is true to take your money? Or to take something else that belongs to you? No, of course not – so that means subjective truth is not right.

What about lying for a greater cause – like when you ask your mother if they bought you something for your birthday and Christmas and they say no, and then later you get what you asked for? Is it okay to lie about this? The bigger question here is it right for you to set up your parents to lie by asking something because you can not wait to find out the answer? Think about this.

So, do you see that by using words you can twist things and make them more than what they are? What does truth mean to you? Do you know? What is it that you believe in? A starting point is helpful. I know what I believe and I believe that all truth comes from a Creator God. If God is the truth then anything can be held up to the ten commandments, or the Bible.

Can you imagine living in a world where absolute truth does not exist? What is truth? At the time of Jesus, this very question was raised by Pontius Pilate As Jesus stood before him waiting to be tried for something he did not do, absolute truth did not exist in the world of Pilate — he felt he could do whatever he wanted if he had enough money, power, and control over the people. Pontius Pilate had truth standing right before him and he could not recognize it. Even non-believers believe that Jesus was innocent when he was crucified. If you are a Christian, look up all of the verses that teach about truth in the Bible. There are some very strong Scriptures verses about this and the sin of lying.

Little kids tend to lie. You can look at a little kid and watch them take a cookie and there are crumbs all over the place and on their face and you can ask, did you take a cookie? And the child will shake his head no, and say they did not even with the evidence all over their face. Why do people lie? For many reasons, but probably the biggest is for fear of rejection or to keep from getting in trouble.

Think about this – why do you lie? What is the reason or motivation behind a lie? Have you thought about this before? I was in third grade and I was in trouble with my mother, and she put me in my room. I was in my room screaming at the top of my lungs that I. Did. Not. Do. It! In fact, I was screaming this over and over again and my throat began to get sore. It finally hit me — wait! I did do it, why am I screaming. I believe that was by the grace of God. I always prayed as a kid and felt I could talk to God. God showed me as I was pitching a fit in time-out in my bedroom that I was guilty of sin. I later apologized to my parents and all was forgiven. Has that ever happened to you?

If that happens to you that means you are becoming wise, you are standing up for what is right and just, you are starting to see that there is truth in your heart and your life will change for the better.

Or if you lie and get caught you might say, “Sorry, I was kidding or sorry, it was an accident.” If you do this think about the politician that lied about the world ending in 12 years and later said, I was kidding. That is the same as saying, “Oops it was an accident.” When you really know, deep down in your heart that it was not an accident or you were not kidding but if you say it was you can get away with not being punished. This is a lie. Who are you lying to? Well, your parents but more important you are lying to yourself.

What happens when you lie to yourself. You begin to see things with yourself in the center. If it is the truth that means you are doing something to someone else, but when it is false, it is when someone is doing something to you. It is all about you–is this right? Do you know anyone who puts only themself first? How do you feel about this?

Can you recognize the truth? Do you know when someone is lying to you? How do you feel when someone lies to you? Think about this. Write these questions down, and really think. The next question is that when someone lies to you what do you want to do? Do you want to call them out? Do you want to scream, “Liar?” What is the right way to handle it. I’m going to give you a hint here, screaming liar is not the right way.

I want you to take the next few weeks and listen to people talking and see if you can figure out if they are telling the truth or not. But here is what I want you to do — you must not tell a lie. If you can look at someone else and spot the truth, they can do the same thing to you–and you want to be the one telling the truth. If you see someone telling a lie, what will you do? It is best not to say anything unless it will hurt someone. For example, telling a little kid to stand on a high step stool that is wobbly to get down the snacks your mom hid up in the closet so you could tell your mom the truth that you were not the one who got the snacks down — this is not being truthful. Get it?

Kids, can I tell you a fun-fact here? Your mom, your dad, your grandparents, your aunts and uncles — they were all your age at one time. They already lived their lives and know what you are up. Sometimes kids think parents or adults don’t get them and don’t understand. Oh, yes! We get you and we remember what it was like to be a kid – and it was not always easy.

Truthfulness is hard, it takes work and it is the most rewarding thing you will ever do. Truth means apologizing when you are wrong and you tell a lie, and realize this is not right. Truth makes us free and it allows us to lead lives that have no guilt because we have nothing to hide. I pray that you can live lives with nothing to hide!

Special Replay: Family Date Nights

Family Date Night | 45 Date Night Ideas! So many times we are not making memories we are getting by! Family date nights are a great way to create those lasting memories with our kids! Join Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira in this fun episode. | #podcast #Homeschoolpodcast #45FamilyDateNightIdeas #DateNightIdeasSpecial Replay: Family Date Nights

with Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira

So many times we are not making memories we are getting by! Family date nights are a great way to create those lasting memories with our kids! Join Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira in this fun episode.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, Inc

Our world drives chaos-we can find ourselves ships passing in the night, over-scheduled, too many lessons, extracurricular and cell phones constantly dinging and buzzing; we have to be intentional about family time. Often family night fun is determined by the weather region we live in or the season of the year as well as the age of the kids as well as your personal preferences.

Example: We are not a soccer family, but we are a baseball and football family. Your kids may be young elementary age or high schoolers; age determines a lot. Here’s a variety of activities to choose from depending on the weather and the preferences of your family!

Rule #1 ~ Cell phones OFF, landlines unplugged. Engage!

45 Family Date Night IDEAS

Physical, outdoor fun

  1. Backyard family softball/T-ball games.
  2. Backyard family soccer play.
  3. Backyard badminton or slippery slide play
  4. Snow play-make a snowman and clothe him, have a snowball fight
  5. Leaf play-rake piles and jump and roll in them
  6. Basement bowling or rollerskating.
  7. Ping pong tourneys on the dining room table.
  8. We had a sports court on our property – pickleball and basketball were much enjoyed.
  9. Late summer blackberry picking is free and abundant and very messy! Make a cobbler or pie or simmered sauce for ice cream.
  10. Hikes or bike rides

Indoor Fun

  1. Have a Christian stand-up comedy night– Thou Shalt Laugh is a great video to start with – it boasts a variety of comedians to choose from. Michael Junior, Jeff Allen, Tim Hawkins, Thor Ramsey and more.
  2. Pull out the ancient family photo albums or family home videos, or mom and dad’s wedding video to watch and giggle at.
  3. Build a fire from the logs up w the kids.
  4. Make s’mores over the fire.
  5. Snuggle up and Daddy reads aloud to us. (Little House, Patrick McManus, the Redwall Series)
  6. Musical? Have a family jam night and play your instruments.
  7. Pizza night with take home to bake or frozen pizza, LaCroix with juice instead of soda.
  8. Do a DIY project or Pinterest project together-finger puppets, decorative photo frames, bath bombs
  9. Have daughters? Make it a spa night with facials, nail painting, foot massage, and special beverages.
  10. Dress up and role play night or do a puppet show -video the play and watch it on the big screen.
  11. Charades for kids – a card game from Walmart is a lot of fun to play together.
  12. Play board games/do an entire 100 (or more) piece puzzle in a night/play traditional card games.
  13. One of our favorites do-together activities is cooking. Build your own homemade pizzas, prepare Mexican food, build your own sub sandwiches or other fav meals
  14. Make cookies or a favorite dessert/play background music=kitchen dance party!
  15. Everyone builds a sundae on the sundae bar you create.
  16. Rent a movie and make stovetop homemade popcorn
  17. Nerf gun wars.
  18. Create a scavenger hunt.
  19. Create big cardboard box forts for each kid and let them decorate, cut windows and doors etc. (furniture stores or appliance stores will gladly contribute their boxes if you ask ahead of time.)
  20. Hide and seek in the house.
  21. Build a blanket fort.
  22. Build card houses with playing cards.
  23. Balloon volleyball.
  24. Hot tub nights together even in the rain.
  25. Invite a fav family over to share in the fun.

Cheap Fun Away

  1. Family bike rides around the neighborhood or to a park, or Jamba Juice or along the beach walk. Baby bike seats are great for including the littles.
  2. Pocket parks are everywhere here and many include water spray park fun – all free entrance and lots of fun exercise.
  3. Kids eat free night at restaurants for the win!
  4. Find a public school w an indoor pool/YMCA open pool night for cheap Friday night swims.
  5. Head to the Dollar Tree with a $3 limit each kid to spend in cash-even the parents like browsing the Dollar Tree for fun finds. Play with the finds together later at home.
  6. A sporting goods store like Bass Pro Shop is fun to meander and take pics with the giant stuffed animals.
  7. Beaches are a stone’s throw from our house. We walk together and observe the wildlife, the shells, the driftwood, the clams, the boats-here in Seattle it’s often grey and cloudy but we make it fun.
  8. National Parksfree for families! Every kids outdoors challenge.
  9. Camping
  10. Water gun or water balloons