HSHSP Ep 136: Teaching Teens to Cope with Stress, Interview with Marianna Chambers

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HSHSP Ep 136: Teaching Teens to Cope with Stress, Interview with Marianna Chambers Adolescent years are good times to learn to manage stress and anxiety.

HSHSP Ep 136: Teaching Teens to Cope with Stress, Interview with Marianna Chambers

One things teens know about is stress. For that matter, we moms know about stress, too! Marianna Chambers joins Vicki for a discussion about helping teens (and ourselves) deal with stress.

Marianna, like Vicki, is a counselor by profession and a homeschool mom. One of her passions is helping people manage anxiety and stress. Marianna is also a fellow podcaster here on Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. Her podcast is the Peaceful Mom Talk. You’ll love this episode of her podcast: 4 Reasons We Struggle to Parent Peacefully.

To get you started, here’s a fun HSHSP episode on managing your own stress.

One of the most important ways to help teens cope with stress is helping them take control of their sleep.

Here are some tips:

Set a timer.

Set a timer for 10 minutes and spend that 10 minutes really thinking hard about all the things you’re stressed about. Believe it or not, when we give ourselves permission to think it through for a limited time, stress actually becomes easier to control. GREAT thing to do before bedtime (not when you are in bed).

Get thoughts down on paper.

Our brains do so much better if we do a *brain dump*: get all those thoughts on paper (or note pad on your phone). Don’t make it a proper essay (no one is grading this)! Make a bullet list, make a scribbled mess, whatever…just get everything out on paper.

Make your to-do list for tomorrow before you get ready for bed.

Make your plans and figure your tomorrow’s schedule out before you get ready for bed.

Talk it out with a friend.

If your friend was upset about something, would you want her to talk to you? Of course! Well, the same applies to you, right? That’s what friends are for, and it helps! (If your teen doesn’t have a friend like that, it is a good idea to pray about God’s wisdom on finding good friends.)

Talk to a counselor.

Talking to a counselor or youth pastor is a great idea. It really helps!

Shift your thinking to something else.

After you do the exercises above, shift your attention to something else. Here are some ideas:

  • Do a word puzzle.
  • Make a list of people to help.
  • Practice a mindful activity. (Here’s an excellent post from Vicki’s coaching site with mindful ideas for people who aren’t naturally mindful.)

Put your thoughts in a box.

It sounds goofy but it works, try it. Using your imagination, think about a beautiful box, think about what it would look like. Then tell your brain that you are now putting your thoughts in a box. Tell your brain you can get the thoughts back out later but for now they will stay in the box. This is something that, although it is unusual really helps!

Join Vicki and Marianna for a discussion on dealing with stress. Also, look for more from Marianna Chambers at FindYourMomTribe FB page and FindYourMomTribe.com.

You’ll also enjoy these posts:

3 Ways to Reduce Test Anxiety and 5 Tools for Success

What Does a Teen Need Most from Homeschool High School?

Homeschooling Teens with Mental Illness

HSHSP Ep 136: Teaching Teens to Cope with Stress, Interview with Marianna Chambers

HSHSP Ep 135: Heavy Equipment and Mothering

This week on HSHSP Ep 135: Heavy Equipment and Mothering.

HSHSP Ep 135: Heavy Equipment and Mothering Helicopter moms, Snowplow moms, Bulldozer moms. Here's how to avoid becoming a heavy equipment mom!

HSHSP Ep 135: Heavy Equipment and Mothering

Helicopter moms, snowplow moms… it is SOOOOO tempting to turn into a heavy equipment mother. Is it good for your homeschool high schoolers to have a mom who swoops and saves, clears out all the paths or smothers her teens?

While we’d love to say *YES*! We all know that it just ain’t so. Homeschooling high school means we are preparing to let our teens go into adulthood… in God’s hands, not ours!

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym as they wrestle through the tough issues of heavy equipment mothering.

We moms worry that we aren’t doing good enough jobs with our mothering! In fact, as Vicki says: Motherhood is all about guilt!

We want our kids to do well and be equipped for success in life! When they are young, we train our kids about behavior and consequences. So we apply the same concept to parenting. If we are perfect moms our teens will grow up to be perfect. Right? Right?

In God’s universe, things don’t work out that way. HE’S in charge of the outcome. Not us.

So we moms, when we are trying to be perfect and make life perfect for our kids, we are in danger of trying to be God ourselves. We want our behavior as moms to guarantee perfect outcomes (OUR version of perfect).

Snowplow moms:

Snowplow moms that swoop everything hard out of the path of their kids. However, when we clear the path in front of our kids so they have NO bumps or hardships, we actually debilitate them. They do not develop skills for problem solving and stamina!

We need to seek Godly wisdom on what to clear out and what when to step back out of the way. We are responsible for being aware of what our kids are ready to handle. The only way to know when to clear the way is to know our teens and know God’s voice.

Helicopter moms:

Helicopter moms are the moms who hover, giving kids answers to academics or life, tell sports coaches how to coach, or forgets that their teen’s friends are their teen’s friends. They are living their kids lives instead of allowing their kids to live their lives.

We need to be involved in our homeschool high schoolers’ lives. We need to primarily be listeners and questioning guides. We want to pull answers and good thinking OUT of teens. Not hover and do it for them.

Bulldozer moms:

Bulldozer moms push and push and push to the point that teens are frustrated and exhausted. These are moms who envision the very best life for their homeschool high schoolers so drive their kids into it, creating teens who are anxious and sad or are bulldozers themselves. Remember, teens need SOFT skills, not bulldozing skills. Remember grace and rest.

We are not responsible with outcomes! Keep your hope in God, not your own hard work!

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a powerful and gracious discussion about heavy equipment and mothering. Also enjoy this encouraging episode of the Homeschool Sanity Podcast about how to powerfully pray for your family. Also this episode on the good news about *mom-fails*. 

A Homeschool Mom’s 1 Corinthians 13

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HSHSP Ep 134: How to Ask for College Recommendation Letters

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HSHSP Ep 134: How to Ask for College Recommendation Letters Here's how to ask and receive a great recommendation!

HSHSP Ep 134: How to Ask for College Recommendation Letters

Even if you don’t have a college-bound teen OR your teen isn’t a senior yet, listen in on this episode. Vicki shares from experience from a couple of decades of writing hundreds of college-recommendation letters (and other favors for folks).

Step 1: Ask.

Don’t command: I need you to do something. Instead: Could you do me a favor? OR Could I impose on you for a favor? Then add: Please.

Step 2: Make it easy for the recommender to write the letter.

Give them a write-up of your accomplishments or special memories you have together that will make a good recommendation story. (Great recommendation stories are based on narratives, not just statements like: Sally is a great student.

Step 3: Provide the resources for sending that information.

If the recommendation is supposed to be a mailed letter, give a self-address, stamped envelope to the recommender. If it is an online recommendation, make sure they have any digital information they need such as what institution will send emails requesting information; whether they are a *recommender*, *teacher*, *advisor*, etc).

Step 4: Don’t be a cranky nag.

If the person is running late, ask if there’s anything you need to do to help.

Step 5: After the favor is done, say thank you.

You never know if you’ll ever need another favor, so leave a feeling of gratitude…don’t burn bridges. Remember, you may need a second favor. If you have been pushy or rude, your recommender may not be happy about helping out again.

Step 6: Return the favor.

This is not the same as buying a favor. It is a way to show appreciation. For instance: Make the *thank you* a written thank you note. Snail mailed. It is a powerful way to show appreciation.

If you had asked a big favor bring some cookies or some other show of appreciation.

Other notes:

  • Be sure to ask for the favor with plenty of time.
  • Be sure to ask in private (not in front of a bunch of people).

Join Vicki for a quick discussion on asking for college recommendation letters. You’ll enjoy this episode with more information on preparing for college. Also, enjoy these posts!

How to Request a College Recommendation Letter

12 Steps to Choosing a College Major

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HSHSP Ep 133: How to Handle it When the Curriculum is Wrong for Your Teens

This week on HSHSP Ep 133: How to Handle it When the Curriculum is Wrong for Your Teens.

 HSHSP Ep 133: How to Handle it When the Curriculum is Wrong for Your Teens We are discussing what to do when curriculum is a bad fit for your teens.

HSHSP Ep 133: How to Handle it When the Curriculum is Wrong for Your Teens

Sabrina, Vicki and Kym tackle the uncomfortable topic: What to do when you bought the WRONG curriculum for your teens?

What if you invested in a curriculum that YOU hate? or your homeschool high schoolers hate?

There are a few options, and they are good. Here’s how to handle it when the curriculum is wrong for your teens.

  • Remember: There’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school?
  • Remember: It’s okay to have options, so forsake your perfectionistic ideas about curriculum and your choices.
  • Remember: Some curriculum providers have a money-back guarantee (7SistersHomeschool.com, for one)
  • Remember: Are you having a curriculum issue or an attitude issue. (Teens have to learn that they CAN do things they don’t want to do…moms, too! Sometimes teens have never truly hit this issue before. They had never truly hated a school subject before, but high school has required credits, even if teens DON’T like those credits.)
  • Remember: Ask yourself, is this ONE subject that your teen doesn’t like or is it ALL subjects? If it is all subjects, it may be other issues besides the specific curriculum? Ask yourself: Is this character, anxiety, health, self-care, wrong publisher?
  • Remember: Model flexibility, adaptability, willingness to change, humility for your teens.

Remember: Ask yourself if you have the wrong curriculum, for instance: a college-prep text for a non-college-bound teen? Why waste time, energy and self-image on unnecessary rigor in a textbook. That’s why 7Sisters curriculum is easily adaptable for college bound teens’ needs AND non-college-bound teens’ needs.

Here are concrete ideas:

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a lively discussion and enjoy these posts, too!

Electives for Homeschool Transcript: History Electives

 

50 Ways to Scrap Your Schoolbook

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HSHSP Ep 132: Homeschooler’s Tips for College, Interview with Carly Smythe

This week on HSHSP Ep 132: Homeschooler’s Tips for College, Interview with Carly Smythe.

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HSHSP Ep 132: Homeschooler’s Tips for College, Interview with Carly Smythe

We have a treat for this episode! Kym interviews her youngest twin, Carly, about success in college.

Carly is a homeschool graduate and is now a senior Sports Management major at University of Delaware. She is captain of UD’s Women’s Hockey, as well as part time work at UDairy, internships with sports camps at UD.

Carly Smythe photo used by permission HSHSP Ep 132: College Success Tips for Athletes

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Carly got into ice hockey with her twin, Kendall, when the girls were 11 years old. The girls played travel league ice hockey all the way through high school. They both loved the sports so much that they looked for colleges with women’s ice hockey.

It was a big decision about playing at college level, Carly had to decide whether she had concern about burning out her love of the sport at that level. She evaluated colleges by the personality of the program. But most importantly she chose a college that had everything she wanted there. She was able to balance sports, service, academics and social life (even if she hasn’t slept all that much).

  • Carly had learned a lot about balancing academics, social and sports in homeschool high school. She was part of a homeschool umbrella school where she learned time management and what she likes to call: Self-accountability.
  • One of the most important things she learned in homeschool high school was how to use a syllabus.
  • Another thing she learned was how to translate study and projects on the syllabus into study time on her calendar.
  • She also learned how to make sure studying fits with practices, games, travel and work- that using good planning is necessary
  • Carly points out that studying with her teammates is important (especially while traveling)

An important tip that Carly offers is that finding stress management tools is necessary for success.

  • She depends on her sport or other fitness activities as stress burn-off.
  • Petting the family Seeing Eye dog helps, too. (Mom lives nearby, so she can drop the dog off periodically for Carly.)

She also recommends sleep (at least enough to survive). Self-awareness helps her know when her cutoff point on staying awake to study.

Carly suggests finding both serving and leadership positions in her college activities. She supervises at UDairy and is now a team captain and president of her UD Women’s Hockey team. She learned serving and culture/atmosphere creation in her homeschool umbrella school and has carried this through college.

Part of the culture creation she has loved is the power of creating fun in whatever project or program where she is involved

Carly is studying Sports Management and is hoping to stay in a career where she is busy and active.

Enjoy this episode with Kym and Carly. You’ll also enjoy this episode about what colleges are looking for in incoming freshmen.

You’ll also enjoy these posts:

The Secret to REAL Time Management

Homeschool Highschool Podcast #41: Time Audits for Teens

Helping Teens Become Independent Learners: Using a Syllabus

 


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HSHSP Ep 132: Homeschooler’s Tips for College, Interview with Carly Smythe

HSHSP Ep 131: How to Handle Homeschool Countdowns

This week on HSHSP Ep 131: How to Handle Homeschool Countdowns.

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 131: Handling Homeschool Countdowns. Feeling stress with deadlines coming for your homeschool? Here's how to handle it! #HomeschoolStressManagement #HomeschoolHolidayPlanning #7SistersHomeschool.com This photo shows a surprised woman holding a large clock.

HSHSP Ep 131: How to Handle Homeschool Countdowns

What to do when you feel a countdown coming on…

  • Vacation is coming!
  • Christmas is coming!
  • SATs are coming!
  • Missions trip is coming!
  • Portfolio reviews are coming!
  • College applications are coming!
  • Graduation is coming!

Are you ready enough? What if you don’t get everything done? What do you do?

Start with self-care. Really! It’s like putting your own oxygen mask on first.

Talk to your kids about managing pressure and stress.

Also, take Kym’s advice: Remember, there are some wrong ways to handle stress.

  • Ignoring your stress
  • Taking your stress out on other people

Take Vicki’s advice: Teach your kids the 3W’s

  • What am I feeling?
  • Why am I feeling that way?
  • What am I going to do about it?

Here’s more information from Vicki.

Find an appropriate person to talk about the stress. Also teach your kids the 6 degrees of separation of relationships. This helps your teens know who to talk about your stress. Read this post from Vicki Tillman Coaching on how to discern who is safe.

Then write down what you’re going to do about the stress! It helps you be accountable.

  • In a marble composition book like Sabrina does
  • On your phone like Vicki does

Remember: Apologize when necessary. It’s okay (and necessary modeling).

Enjoy this fun episode and also check out this episode for teens and crunchtime crazies.

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HSHSP Ep 130: Field Trips for Homeschool High Schoolers

This week on HSHSP Ep 130: Field Trips for Homeschool High Schoolers.

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HSHSP Ep 130: Field Trips for Homeschool High Schoolers

When you have homeschooling highschoolers, they are BUSY! Academics and extracurriculars fill their schedules while they build their powerful transcripts. It’s easy to forget field trips when homeschoolers hit the high school academics.

Don’t miss out!

Sabrina and Kym share about favorite field trips with their teens as well as the trips that didn’t happen, but they wish they had. (Check this post about a favorite field trip fail.)

Here are the most basic homeschool field trips for teens:

  • Science based
    • Botanical gardens
    • Wastewater treatment facilities
    • Dams
    • Zoos
    • Aquariums
    • Museums
    • Ranger-led events at state or national parks
    • Visits to blood bank
    • Nature hikes
    • Amusement part
  • History based
    • Architectural tours of historic towns
    • Historic town special events
    • Docent led tours of historic homes
    • Guide-led tours of national or state historic sites
    • Attend a re-enactment
    • Restaurants with food from a country your family is studying
  • Arts
    • Concerts
    • Plays
    • Museums
    • Arts and Crafts shows
  • Career Exploration
    • Visits to construction sites
    • Visits to small businesses
    • Visits to chiropractor or other medical professional
    • Visits to recording studio
    • Interviews with folks at church who have interesting careers
    • Visit to sports-team’s facility
    • Attend a career fair
    • Volunteer work and interview staff
    • College tours

Here are some tips:

  • Come prepared with questions for docents or guides. Talk about potential questions ahead of time.
  • Have teens write a response paper, essay or create a Powerpoint or Prezi about the trip. (Then present it at co-op or family gathering.)
  • Use field trips to level up courses or earn a special course credit. Check out this post on how to log hours for credit.
  • Remember, don’t KILL the field trip by overdoing the academic part!
  • Many field trips can be turned in some way into Career Exploration.

Here are even more field trip ideas.

Join Sabrina and Kym for this inspirational chat. Also, check out this post:

 

Why Waste High School Credits on Career Exploration?

 

HSHSP Ep 130: Field Trips for Homeschool High Schoolers

HSHSP Ep 129: Can You be a Creationist, Christian and Scientist?

This week on HSHSP Ep 129: Can You be a Creationist, Christian and Scientist?

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HSHSP Ep 129: Can You be a Creationist, Christian and Scientist?

You’ll be encouraged by this fun interview with Dr. Barbara Varnell and Dr. Sarah Varnell. Barb is Sarah’s homeschool mom, Sarah’s a homeschool graduate. Both have doctorate degrees, are scientists and Christian creationists.

Is it an oxymoron to be both and scientist and a creationist?

Live many scientists today, not if you’re Barb and Sarah. Good science is not contradictory to good Biblical understanding.

Here are their stories.

Barb came to know Christ after earning her PhD and was working at a local chemical manufacturer. Barb found that she was not the only scientist who were also Christians and creationists.

Sarah was raised by her parents to be a thinker, investigator, observer and scientist. She is a veterinarian today and is unwavering in her faith. Sarah points out the way she can see God in everything… even DNA molecules.

Vicki, being a counselor by trade, has to keep up with neuroscience research. She shares how the complexity of God’s work in creation is obvious even in the process of neurotransmitter production. It couldn’t happen on it’s own: one little step that was missing causes a neurotransmitter to not be formed. The complexity of our universe is one evidence of God’s hand in creation.

Sarah points out the need for Holy Spirit guidance on when to argue creationism/evolutionism and when to ignore the debate, how to play the game without risking your faith. She knew she wasn’t training to be an evolutionist, she was training to be a veterinarian.

Homeschool highschoolers can get some tips for thinking creationistically while in a secular college culture (or even a Christian college culture that does not necessarily hold to the creationist viewpoint).

Homeschool parents can get some tips for teaching and guiding their young homeschoolers to examine, think, pray and be guided by Scripture and the Holy Spirit.

You’ll enjoy this episode. Also check out these other interviews with Barbara (on homeschooling gifted teens) and Sarah (on how to prepare for vet school in high school).

5 Ways to Teach Teens to be Thinkers, Not Parrots


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HSHSP Ep 128: Scheduling Homeschool When the Holidays Are Coming

This week on HSHSP Ep 128: Scheduling  Homeschool When the Holidays Are Coming!

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HSHSP Ep 128: Scheduling Homeschool When the Holidays Are Coming

We know you’d rather not think about it (if you’re like us) but the holidays are coming. SOOOO why not get a jump on things and do some great planning and scheduling ahead of time. Can you imagine a peaceful, meaningful holidays season with homeschooling included?

Of course, there’s not ONE right way to handle homeschooling and holidays.

For many families, the holiday season is the first emotional checkpoint of the year. Because it’s not only a celebration season, its nearing the halfway point in many homeschools. It’s natural to informally or formally checkin on the homeschool progress.

Here are some gentle checkpoints:

  • Be kind and don’t look for only bad news
  • How’s the booklist?
  • Where are we on the syllabi of core courses?
  • Are there electives we are going to need to drop or postpone till next semester, the summer or next year?

Remember: You don’t actually HAVE to do everything you planned on last August!

As Kym always says: Pray, do something, pray, do something, pray!

If there are some things your family is behind on, what is causing the *behindness*?

  • Was there a hurricane?
  • Did someone get sick?
  • Did you end up with some unexpected events?

Here’s an episode to help you with unexpected events.

How to bounce back:

  • Pick a catch up time by doing a marathon session on a behind subject.
  • Pick a catch up time by adding a little time to the end of each day.
  • Pick a week to catch up instead of break or add it to the end of the school year.
  • Bring in a tutor.

Remember: Everyone is different, adjust your bounce back to student’s abilities. Be realistic, don’t expect more than can happen and everyone remain sane.

Remember: Reward your kids and yourself for small or large goals met in catch up.

Now, thinking about the holidays. What do you need to consider?

  • What is it your family needs this year? Big holiday, small holiday?
  • What level of scheduling and routine does your family need?
  • How much warning about change does your family need?
  • Do you want to do some special educational projects for the holidays, like 7Sisters’ Holiday Family Narrative writing project.
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Remember: Communicate expectations and get input from all your family members (that is, if you are willing and able to include their ideas).

Join Sabrina and Kym for a honest discussion of the ups and downs wisely planning for the holidays. You’ll also enjoy this posts.


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Homeschool High School Mid-Year Checkup

HSHSP Ep 128: Scheduling Homeschool When the Holidays Are Coming

Maintaining Momentum Through the Homeschool Year

Maintaining Momentum through the Homeschool Year - with Homeschool Highschool PodcastThere really is a rhythm to the homeschool year, and whether you school according to a traditional academic year (Sept. – May) or follow your own schedule, the rhythms are helpful to recognize. Every homeschool family hits moments of “stuck,” and it’s encouraging to recognize the natural rhythms that can help you get unstuck without anyone getting too frustrated with anyone else. Here are the months of the traditional academic year with notes on the rhythm that tends to match them as a starting point:

August : Gear up! Everyone feels excited. This year is going to be the best ever!

September: We are establishing the year. We are creating good habits and schedules that will be good for all of us.

October: We are in the swing of things. This feels good. We are getting stuff done.

November: Umm…that part’s not working like we thought it would. Can we change it? Is it okay to make adjustments?

December: Isn’t it Christmas yet? Can’t we play???

January: Come on, y’all. We need to wrap our heads around how to make this school year a success. We got this.

February: Okay, new strategies are working pretty well, but I keep finding myself thinking about how much fun it will be NEXT year when we __________ (fill in the blank).

March: Are we really this close the year-end? Oh, my! But we haven’t done a thing yet about ___________ (fill in the blank)!

April: Get ‘er done. Get ‘er done. Get ‘er done.

May: Hurry up! Finish up! We are SO close!

June: Woot!

July: So, next year calls for…

Maintaining momentum through the homeschool year means first recognizing that inspiration and positivity ebb and flow. It’s just the way humans respond to tasks that take a long time to accomplish. It’s okay that you and your kids don’t wake up every day ready to conquer the educational world!

Mom sets the tone in most homeschools. Yes, that can be a heavy mantle to wear, but it’s true for most families. When we are discouraged, our kids pick up on it. When we PRETEND to be positive when we are not in reality, our kids pick up on it. Having honest conversations is good for everyone in the house.

Setting long-term goals and then turning them into short-term goals by scheduling backwards from the deadline (here’s a free download that can help with Scheduling Backwards) will often get the ball rolling. Parents and students working together to set goals and evaluate progress is healthy for all!

Making time for fun, meaningful conversation outside of the normal homeschool setting can help students and parents remember the long-term goals, agree on the short-term goals that will get them there, and celebrate all that has been accomplished thus far. Try taking a drive in the car and talking there, or going out for a quick bite and talking in a restaurant. Your students want to succeed and so do you; see if you can join forces to tackles the distractions and frustrations that are common to all and come out the other side victorious. You really CAN find yourselves maintaining momentum through the homeschool year!


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