Entertaining with Kids

Entertaining with Kids | Entertaining with kids is something most of us do without a second thought, but if you want some great ideas to get your special day off to a great start, join us with special guest! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #ChristmasEntertaining With Kids – Episode 381 with Denise Mira

Entertaining with kids is something most of us do without a second thought, but if you want some great ideas to get your special day off to a great start, join us with special guest, Denise Mira! Denise with a crew of boys (now adult) and Felice with three boys and two girls and eight grandchildren we are full of ideas. We discuss how to make kids welcome in holiday celebrations, preparation and ways to encourage success. You can send me some bullet points of what you’d add or say — just short ideas.

Visit Denise Mira on her website.

I’ve always included our kids when I entertain and often this has included hosting overnight guests in our home we’ve almost had a constant B and B it seems – this has built such active compassionate hearts in them and it’s their default now as they are also now the most hospitable men as adults. I was just hugging my third born yesterday as he and his wife had hosted our Sunday morning group. Priceless.

 

  1. They participated at every level.
  2. Welcome cards.
  3. House cleaning from toilets to vacuuming and anything needing to be done.
  4. Food Prep with clean hands and hair nets LOL truth-one of our sons always made the homemade caesar dressing (I’m married to an Italian so it’s usually an Italian Christmas 🙂 and here we are decades later he’s still making it for our dinners!
  5. Greeting warmly.
  6. Serving-guests go first, from the main dish to desserts
  7. Decor if a holiday – homemade decor as well as setting out the stuff from the attic.
  8. Included at adult table convo if there was room – I tried never to relegate them to ‘kids should be seen and not heard’ and they could carry on convos with adults at every age. Served them well.
  9. Helped care for the youngsters who were our guests, entertaining toddlers, holding babies, etc. etc.
  10. Clean up – dishes, etc.
  11. If mommies can forget about perfect, overlook faux paux’s in convos and delight in their children’s childish imperfect assistance, this is a major win for everyone!

Chores – Why and How – MBFLP 237

Studies show that although children who have regular chores are more likely to be happy as kids and independent as adults, less than one out of three families expect their kids to help around the house. Only 28%! As a family of ten, we found that teaching our children to help out was a necessity. There are long-term benefits, too! This episode, we talk about why we need to give kids chores, and how we made it work.

No Ordinary Child

No Ordinary Child | During an interview with Denise Mira, she surprised me with her love and passion as she explained the purpose of her book, No Ordinary Child! I was blessed as I listened and wanted to share this with all of you! | #podcast #noordinarychild #denisemiraNo Ordinary Child – Episode 380 with Denise Mira – Unleashed!

There is no ordinary child and in this interview with Denise Mira, she surprised me with her love and passion as she explained the purpose of her book, No Ordinary Child! I was blessed as I listened and wanted to share this with all of you especially as we launch into very busy times in our life.

Learn more about Denise Mira on her website.

The story of No Ordinary Child: Unlocking the Leader Within Your Child As a high schooler, I was never getting married or having babies. Feminism had its hooks in me and my sights were set on greater things than wasting my life as a frumpy housewife with snotty-nosed kids. When Jesus broke into my dark world and made Himself real to me at 17, a sudden transformation began. A year later, I was married. Four years later, my firstborn arrived. Then another and another until our quiver was filled
with five precious little boys. As a new mommy, the story of Moses’ birth to a captive Hebrew couple in Egypt was profoundly highlighted to me. There wasn’t a worse time in history to be expecting a child due to the evil king’s decree, and yet, his parents, Amram and Jochabed, didn’t falter in their faith, but trusted God to rescue their baby boy from certain execution. Hebrews 11:23 tells us, ‘by faith, Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw that he was no ordinary child and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.”

This passage put steel in my backbone to become No Ordinary Parent. I, too, would hide my babies for a season and refuse to be afraid. I deeply longed for more than the mainstream, mediocre parenting methods offered to me by society and religious culture. My Bible became my parenting manual and I set my sites on raising Daniels – men who would stand head and shoulders above their shallow peers – deliverers in their generation.

As I navigated and pioneered this new and unexpected mothering adventure, I poured my thoughts on paper. Journaling my deep reflections
and faith-filled longings became my passion. No Ordinary Child: Unlocking the Leader Within Your Child is the result.

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Liz, wife and Mom from Washington, D. C. says about N.O.C., “LOVE the book! I’m devouring it. My heart pounds all over every page. It’s food for the hungry, medicine for the sick, and hope for the hopeless. A real shot in the arm for what ails us. Denise, you tell it like it is. You’re a modern voice with an ancient message, and you’ve designed a roadmap for every suburban Christian mom to get them where they need to go!”
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Today I’m living in the fulfillment of the dream God put in my heart surrounded by my close-knit, supportive, faith-filled family. I actively
engage my miraculous home-educated grandchildren and I’m here to help YOU get the same results. I know where you live. I see your overwhelming, never-done to-do list. I know the bills left at the end of your money. I know the marriage struggles, the sleepless nights and the desperate sense of inadequacy you often feel as a Mama. But more importantly, I know the inestimable potential within your child. Yes, YOURS. Mama, you are thinking too small when you consider the destiny of your child. I know that in your babies’ DNA are seeds of promise too big for you to humanly comprehend. This is not a book of rules or a list of more stuff you have to do. Instead of a heavy yoke, you will find freedom. Instead of white picket fence illusions, you’ll get authenticity. Trade-in your overwhelm for an infusion of power and realize the transformation

 

Best of Life as a Lifeschooler: Self-Sacrifice in Lifeschooling – Dr. Jill Butryn

Self-Sacrifice in Lifeschooling - Dr. Jill ButrynEnjoy one of my favorite interviews on this rerun of “Self-Sacrifice in Lifeschooling – Dr. Jill Butryn.”

How much self-sacrifice would you be willing to practice? Would you give up a six-figure career in medicine to be “just a mom”? My friend Dr. Jill Butryn did just that. She went from a practicing MD to a present mom. Listen to one of our most popular episodes, this inspiring interview about how the Butryn family made it work and how lifeschooling and “staying out of the way” played a key part in “letting their boys be wiggly boys.”

Passionate about living and loving, Jill Butryn, MD, left a thriving medical practice to rededicate herself to faith, marriage, and family. When her verbally precocious eldest child made it very clear in no uncertain terms that being away from home all day to attend kindergarten was completely unacceptable, Jill and her reluctant husband began homeschooling and never looked back.

Bucking convention by not using a curriculum, Jill has home educated two wiggly and willful boys on a steady diet of Legos, literature, and labor, with a dash of mentoring. Committed to “staying out of the way” and allowing each child to develop at his own pace in his own way, the Butryns stress spiritual and relational development over academic achievement, where all that boy energy is channeled into meaningful activities and work projects instead of pointless busywork.

Jill believes parents ultimate responsibility is to turn out healthy adults who love and serve others, and this can only be achieved by modeling and facilitating personal growth through relationship and experience. It is an imperfect process carried out by imperfect people. Thankfully, there is grace.

Here is what I asked Jill during this episode’s interview:

  • So, you were a family doctor before you had children. Tell us what led to such self-sacrifice: the decision to leave your practice and start homeschooling?
  • What was the most difficult part about leaving your practice and did you ever doubt that decision?
  • To remind our listeners, the definition of lifeschooling is “the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents through real life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.” Is there a part of that definition that particularly speaks to you?
  • What are some of the gifts that you saw early on in your children and how did you tailor their education around development of those gifts?
  • Tell us about a typical day in your homeschool?
  • Now that you’ve graduated and married off one child and can look back on the entire journey, what would you say you did right, and is there anything you wish you would have done differently? Was the self-sacrifice of giving up your career worth it?
  • I feel like many of us, as adults, are just now learning what our passions truly are and what we were meant to do. I think lifeschooling is such a wonderful way to allow our children to find out who they really are and what gifts God has put into them when they are young. You recently started an online business that provides life coaching in several aspects. I know that came about as a result of some self-discovery of your own, so tell us a little bit about what led you to start that.
  • You can find out more about Dr. Jill and her services by visiting her website, www.jillbutryn.com.

And that’s Life as a Lifeschooler! Subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode. Hope you’ll join us next time!


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Top 10 Tips for Homeschool Leaders: Insurance & Record Keeping

In this episode Carol Topp, CPA discusses the various types of insurance a typical homeschool group might need.Homeschool leaders sometimes wonder when they need an insurance policy. And what type of policy do they need?

 

In this episode Carol Topp, CPA discusses the various types of insurance a typical homeschool group might need. Additionally, homeschool leaders get a few tips on record keeping and reimbursements for expenses.

 

This is the final part of a 5-part series on Top 10 Tips for Homeschool Leaders, a workshop given to homeschool leaders in Wichita, Kansas

 

Each episode can be found at HomeschoolCPA.com/Podcast. In the 5 part podcast series Carol will cover:

Episode # 180 Board duties

Episode # 181 Bylaws

Episode # 182 Preventing fraud

Episode # 183 Paying Workers

Episode # 184 Insurance and Record keeping

Find more Homeschool CPA episodes here!

 

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Introducing the Soft Skill of Time & Distraction Management

This episode of Soft Skills 101 is going to introduce the Soft Skill of Time and Distraction Management. This is an important Soft Skill to teach our kids!This episode of Soft Skills 101 is going to introduce the Soft Skill of Time and Distraction Management. This is such an important Soft Skill to learn well and to teach our kids! Each of us is entrusted with a specific amount of time on this earth and learning to steward it well allows us to fulfill the good work the Lord has for us to do!

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

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Time & Distraction Management

This episode is going to be a quick over view of two great time management systems: Stephen Covey and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and David Allen and Getting Things Done. Covey starts with the big picture of vision, which he then breaks down into Mission and Goals, Allen starts with the details, inventorying all of the pieces and builds from there. Both offer value as we learn to manage our time and resources effectively!

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  1. Be Proactive.
  2. Begin With the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First.
  4. Think Win-Win.
  5. Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood.
  6. Synergy
  7. Sharpen the Saw

A vision statement focuses on tomorrow and what an organization or family or person wants to ultimately become.

A mission statement focuses on today and what an organization does to achieve it the BIG picture

Goals-are the small, incremental steps to achieve the mission and should be SMART

5 Key Aspects of Getting things done

  1. Capture – what has your attention. Your brain is for having ideas, not storing them. You must “capture” what has your attention and store it somewhere besides your mind.
  2. Clarify – process what it means.
  3. Organize – identify what everything is, and put it in the appropriate container.
      • Trash
      • The 2 Minute Rule
      • File it
  4. Reflect – Review and asses regularly
  5. Engage – IF you’ve set up your system correctly pull up your list and execute the plan.

“Anxiety,” claims David Allen in Getting Things Done, “is caused by a lack of control, organization, preparation, and action.”

On the next show we’ll talk about how to manage distractions!

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Teaching kids soft skills for digital communication

Teaching Kids Soft Skills for Digital Communication

Episode 60: Teaching Kids Soft Skills for Digital Communication – interview with Lisa Nehring

Lisa Nehring from True North Homeschool Academy and the Soft Skills 101 podcast is the guest on today’s show. She shares with us some of the soft skills for digital communication we need to teach our children.

Learn more about the importance of soft skills in this article by Lisa Nehring.

Some of the topics covered in this episode that you should be talking to your children about are:

1) checking and responding to emails/messages in a reasonable time frame
2) using good grammar in online communication
3) considering tone in emails, and knowing when to speak to a person rather than use digital communication
4) digital communication lasts forever
5) integrity in online communication

Don’t assume your children understand these things. I encourage you to listen to the full episode to hear all the wisdom Lisa shares with us as we discuss this important topic.

For more on this topic, read Lisa’s blog post on teaching effective online communication.

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HSHSP Ep 186: Careers that Don’t Require College, Interview with Susan Stewart

This week on HSHSP Ep 186: Careers that Don’t Require College, Interview with Susan Stewart.

HSHSP Ep 186: Careers that Don't Require College, Interview with Susan Stewart. Some teens are not college-bound. Help them make the most of career exploration with this discussion of careers that don't require college. #HomeschoolHighSchoolPodcast #CareerExploration #CareersThatDontRequireCollege #NonCollegeBoundTeens #SusanStewart

HSHSP Ep 186: Careers that Don’t Require College, Interview with Susan Stewart

God creates all kinds of children. All kinds of children develop all kinds of interests and giftings. We need to make sure that teens are not pressured into going to college if their callings include careers that do not need a college degree. Why waste talent, time and money on that?

One our of favorite topics at 7SistersHomeschool.com is Career Exploration (in fact, our Career Exploration Bundle is one of our top sellers), so Vicki was really excited to be joined for this HSHSP episode by Susan Stewart of Practical Inspirations. Susan serves the homeschool community as advisor and blogger (and now has a book: Harried Homeschoolers). She has three homeschool graduates who are all doing well careers and life. None of them have college degrees.

Here are thoughts from our discussion on careers that don’t require college.

Susan starts off with a little encouragement for homeschool moms:

  • Things aren’t perfect
  • Things fall apart sometimes
  • You are not a failure because of that
  • We are not God, he has simply given you the job of raising his kids
  • God has made you enough for what he has given you

Susan and her husband did not have the homeschool goal of raising kids who go to college. Their goal was training Godly adults. So they concentrated on life skills and teaching to their homeschoolers’ needs and interests.

Susan reminds us: Not all teens are called to go to college!

Redefine success. We can fall into the trap that in order to be successful, our teens must earn a four-year degree. That is not true. Success is growing and fulfilling God’s plans!

Susan reminds us that her three kids learned that their career callings did not need college degrees. Her husband is an electrician and so her kids knew by watching their dad that career satisfaction comes from a satisfactory career, not necessarily a college degree!

  • Her kids were tired of education so graduated and just “got a job”. Her daughter got a job with a tech company and is now in management, climbing the ladder.
  • One son had some learning difficulties. He tried photography but decided he loved repairing mechanical instruments. His trouble shooting skills have made him valuable to his company.
  • One son started out in the Marines. After his stint, he made the most of his love of travel by becoming an over-the-road truck driver. He loves earning a living by doing the thing he loves: seeing America.

Susan says: We homeschoolers need to remember not be snobs about jobs. If a job is honorable and fits a person’s needs, it is a good job.

We homeschoolers need to remember not be snobs about jobs. If a job is honorable and fits a person's needs, it is a good job.

Because her older homeschool high schoolers were not interested in college, Susan invested in her children with some life preparation skills and experiences which included:

  • Part-time jobs (watering plants at a local plan nursery). Began resume building
  • Service opportunities (they did Meals on Wheels, library volunteer)
  • Job application skills (resume, interview skills, filling out application- especially answering short essay questions)
  • Financial Literacy
  • Community involvement (they did theater and other community activities)

Susan’s homeschool graduates have found that these extracurricular activities on the high school transcript can be as important (or even more important) in early employment opportunities.

Sometimes there is some discussion on whether homeschooling families should bother with an official transcript and diploma. Susan felt like it was a good investment for her teens. Vicki pointed out that sometimes employers want to see the transcript and/or diploma. This is also true sometimes when getting a passport or college applications,  if they decide to go to college later.

What are some careers that don’t require college?

Careers that don’t require college: Trades

  • Training can include:
    • Union courses
    • Apprenticeships
    • Classes at local community college
  • Carpenter
  • Welders
  • Surveyors
  • HVAC
  • Mail carriers
  • Railroad workers
  • Masons
  • Heavy equipment operators
  • Truck drivers
  • Painters
  • Steel workers
  • Construction contractors
  • Line workers
  • Electricians

Careers that don’t require college: Service

  • Training can include
    • Apprenticeships
    • Special courses
    • Classes at local community college
  • Cosmetologists
  • Barbers
  • Dog groomers and trainers

Careers that don’t require college: Technology

This field is growing so quickly, there is no way to keep up with the job descriptions. Here’s a try:

  • Training can include
    • Apprenticeships
    • Special courses
    • Classes at local community college
  • Computer-user support
  • Junior data analyst
  • Digital marketer
  • Podcast and digital media editor
  • Web developer

Careers that don’t require college: Arts

  • Training can include
    • Apprenticeships
    • Classes at local community college
  • Photography
  • Local dance teachers

Careers that don’t require college: Retail, Food Service and Banking

  • Training can include:
    • Learning hands-on
    • Avail themselves of free training within the corporation
    • Taking courses on MOOCs such as EdX

Careers that don’t require college: Fitness and Personal Training

  • Training can include:
    • Training schools
    • Apprenticeships

Careers that don’t require college: Real Estate

  • Training can include:
    • Courses from various agencies

Careers that don’t require college: Law Enforcement

  • Training includes:
    • Specialized academies

Careers that don’t require college: Military

  • Here are Susan’s suggestions for the military:
    • Develop a military-attractive transcript like she did for her son who started out in the Marines:
    • Civil Air Patrol in high school.
    • Talk to recruiter. Take the ASVAB military career test (not a test that can be failed, simply identifies best-fits for military careers).
    • Susan suggests for teens who don’t have a clue what they want to do be sure to do after graduation take a GAP year:

Careers that don’t require college: Gap Year

Some teens need a year to transition from homeschooling high school before they settle into seriously thinking about a career. Here are some of Susan’s suggestions for a gap year:

  • Get an entry-level job
  • Travel
  • Do short-term missions
  • Volunteer in a local ministry or organization

Want some more ideas about homeschooling high schoolers who are not called to go to college? Check out these HSHSP episodes:

Join Vicki and Susan for this encouraging episode and check out Susan’s resources.

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How To Trust God With Pets And Possessions

Hey, homeschoolers!

It’s time for another edition of the Trust Project. This month we will discuss how we can trust God with our pets and possessions. This may seem like a more minor issue than some others we’ve addressed in this project. But I know from experience that it can be a challenge.

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Have a happy homeschool week!


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Ultimate Holiday Checklist Advice

Holiday Checklist Advice and Homeschooling | Are you ready for the holidays? Here is holiday checklist advice from two homeschool veterans, Felice Gerwitz and Janice Campbell. Both have homeschooled during the holidays for many years and have much to share with you! | #podcast #homeschoolingpodcast #holidaychecklistUltimate Holiday Checklist Advice & Homeschooling Episode 379 with Janice Campbell

Are you ready for the holidays? Here is holiday checklist advice from two homeschool veterans, Felice Gerwitz and Janice Campbell. Both have homeschooled during the holidays for many years and have much to share with you!

Thanks to our sponsor – A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood!

Visit my special guest’s website! Get to know Janice Campbell:

Bookstore: Everyday-Education.com
Literature resources Excellence-In-Literature.com
Blog: DoingWhatMatters.com

About Janice Campbell and her husband Donald homeschooled their four sons from preschool into early college using a lifestyle of learning approach influenced by Charlotte Mason and classical education. A lifelong reader and learner, Janice has been sharing her joy in homeschooling at conferences since the 1990s. She is the author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12, Transcripts Made Easy, and other resources, and she writes for various homeschooling magazines, as well as online at EverydayEducation.com, Excellence-in-Literature.com, and DoingWhatMatters.com.

Holiday Checklist Advice & Homeschooling

Here is a blog post on Holiday Checklist Countdown

  • My business tagline has been “Making time for things that matter” from the very beginning.
  • Homeschooling and caregiving made me aware of the value of time.
  • My grandmother’s influence: weekly routines, lists, twice-yearly home plan, etc.
  • Tried all the planners  . . . at least once.
  • Tried to be my grandmother . . . but not for long.
  • Lifelong planning plus four boys turned me into a planning realist.
  • Created my own forms which have become my Peaceful Planning System.
  • The newest item is the oldest and longest used — the weekly planner, a printable, customizable, quarterly planner.
  • Flexibility, the big picture, knowing what matters, and just do the next thing.
  • It all comes back to making time for things that matter and Charlotte Mason’s point that “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life.”

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