Vintage Homeschool Moms

Tap Into Your Child’s Learning Potential

Tap Into Your Learning Potential | Did you know you can tap into your learning potential by understanding how the brain works? Felice Gerwitz and Jessica Parnell, CEO of Bridgeway Academy explain how a parent can benefit from this information. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #bridgewayacademy #bridgewayproudTap Into Your Learning Potential – Episode 354

Did you know you can tap into your learning potential by understanding how the brain works? Felice Gerwitz and Jessica Parnell, CEO of Bridgeway Academy explain how a parent can benefit from this information.

Thanks to our sponsor! Bridgeway Academy, your solution to online education and help for the homeschool moms.

The brain is creating new neuro-pathways throughout your entire life.  Studies show what parts of the brain are engaging as kids learn. Learning disabilities can be repaired through new neuro-pathways and the science behind education. Homeschool parents especially have the ability to tap into your child’s potential!

Working Memory:

The working memory is a term used for the pre-frontal cortex. It is responsible for conscious thought is highly important for education. This is important for learning for self-control.

  • Making decisions
  • Understanding
  • Recalling
  • Deciding
  • Self-control
  • Memory
  • Imagination

By understanding the effects of the brain’s working memory you can tap into your child’s learning potential.

Every single decision taxes our working memory.

  • Know those energy-sapping subjects for students.
  • Mix up how we use our brain, put in other subjects that are not as taxing
  • Small break replenishes the brain. 5-10 minutes…and add movement…
  • Move! That helps your working memory. Moving the spine sending new electrical signals up to their brain and getting it to think again.

Knowing Your Learning Style Helps – Ways to Help Retain Information.

  • Students learn differently
  • Need ways to get information off of working memory so that you can process – getting them off the pre-frontal cortex
  • Write down your information so your working memory is free
  • Developing metaphors, telling stories, engage the emotional side of the brain.

Basal Ganglia – Helps Preserve Working Memory

  • Drives habits
  • Things we turn into habits
  • So much more powerful and it does not take so much energy
  • Flashcards – get into basal ganglia becomes instinctive and routine, you are not taxing your brain so you can do more complex challenging tasks

Tap Into Your Learning Potential – Does the digital age help?

  • We are becoming dependent on that quick answer to things.
  • We are not developing to skills to see if the answer is correct.
  • Lack of focus and scattered attention span.
  • The social aspect has become difficult – skills learned in interaction are different than sending a text.

About our special guest, Jessica Parnell:

Jessica Parnell, CEO Bridgestone Academy | #bridgestoneproud

 

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Bridgeway Academy!

Bridgeway Academy was founded in 1989 in response to the need for more freedom in education as well as the protection that accreditation offers for homeschooling families. Since then, more than 30,000 K–12 students, and many charter and brick-and-mortar schools, have made Bridgeway Academy their trusted education partner.

As part of our commitment to personalized homeschooling, we are proud to offer both secular and Christian options for homeschool families, charter schools, state organizations, co-ops, athletic organizations, arts schools, and others who seek flexible education options for their families.

Click here to learn more!


 

Indoctrination Through Education

Indoctrination Through Education | Is indoctrination through education true? As homeschoolers we realize the importance of educating our children, but do you realize what is happening all around you? Our children, whether we are aware of it or not are effected by indoctrination through education! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #bridgewayproud #bridgewayacademyIs indoctrination through education true? As homeschoolers we realize the importance of educating our children, but do you realize what is happening all around you? Our children, whether we are aware of it or not are affected by indoctrination through education!

Indoctrination Through Education – Episode 353

We homeschool for many different reasons. I began homeschooling because my son was having difficulty learning and I happened to be an educator with a certification in specific learning disabilities and early childhood education. However, my reasons for homeschooling my subsequent children all had to do with religious reasons. I wanted to teach my children to think for themselves, be grounded in Scripture and allow them access to books that would stretch them academically and the ability to have time to think. If you have listened to my podcasts this is one thing I talk about often, the ability for children to think!

Thinking is an art as well as reason. Our children need to learn how to discern what they hear and how to make decisions for themselves. Does this mean we abdicate our role as parents? Absolutely not!

Indoctrination through education is happening in the local public schools, private schools, universities and colleges as well as the charter schools or online schools that are government-funded. What is indoctrination? I believe the terminology of the past has changed, indoctrination on the left or the right is often bantered around, but indoctrination is the repetition of philosophy or ideology that if repeated enough is believed as truth. Indoctrination happens when kids don’t think for themselves. Indoctrination happens when there is an absence of thought!

Even Hitler realized this when he was quoted as saying, “Slogans should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea.” (He wrote in Mein Kampf.)

We hear it all the time, slogans and sound bites. We believe things that are not true. Need an example? “We only use 10% of our brains,” is an untruth that many people believe.

David Coleman, who graduated from Yale graduate and was a Rhodes Scholar is the architect of Common Core. While this podcast is not addressing Common Core in detail, know that he has set out along with a group of “education reformers” to change the landscape of American Education, which most of us believe is for the worse. In a nutshell, Common Core teaches kids to think about thinking (and causes confusion) while it pushes kids to learn — or the “process of learning” it is all meaningless. The result is kids who don’t care. For example, look at common core math problems that have made their rounds on social media. The false news surrounding this graphic I am using as an example is that it says it will teach the kids crucial problem-solving skills. All it does is confuse kids. Here is a sample graphic. 

Keys To Indoctrination In Education:

  1. Mediocre and confusing education
    • Dummy down curriculum – think Common Core
    • Feelings vs. learning – not a combination of the two
    • Kids don’t care
    • No freedom of thought
  2. Polarization and Tribal Mentality
    • Following the familiar
    • Following the crowd
    • Believing what you hear repeated
    • No facts or reason – only feelings
    • Illusionary truth effect
  3. Revisionist History
    • Falsifying facts with agendas (homophobe and white nationalism cliches)
    • Facts distorted
    • American is portrayed as a ruthless nation while other nations are elevated
    • The world stage is exalted with other nations held up as sterling examples

Absolutes are given a backstage in the classroom, movies, and in social media, it is frowned upon! There are no absolutes only relativism. There is no independent thought only skills without content-driven outcomes. Kids are trained in the process of doing math, not on the math facts themselves. After all, we have smartphones and Google to help with our answers. Right?

Help! How Do We Combat Indoctrination In Education?

  1. Teach Kids To Have Independent Thoughts
    • Present ideas and allow for discussion.
    • Open-ended discussions
    • Allow for thoughts that may conflict with yours
    • Expect factual representation
  2. Questions
    • Ask why
    • Multiple sources of reference
    • Primary sources and documents
  3. Educated Teachers
    • Parents, know your stuff!
    • Clear understanding and though
    • Simplify
    • Defend position

A person who thinks will realize when they are being taught propaganda. (Creationism vs. Evolution.) If kids receive information passively it doesn’t matter what you teach them, they will not be in a position to learn. For example fiction, and the humanities has been removed from most curriculums and the richness of language is all but forgotten. (Truth Seekers Mystery Series – fiction with fact.)

Until we teach our children to question, to think for themselves and to ground their beliefs in truth (God), we will have a fallen generation that is indoctrinated by the things they hear in the media (soundbites over and over again) without caring to learn what really matters.


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Bridgeway Academy!

Bridgeway Academy was founded in 1989 in response to the need for more freedom in education as well as the protection that accreditation offers for homeschooling families. Since then, more than 30,000 K–12 students, and many charter and brick-and-mortar schools, have made Bridgeway Academy their trusted education partner.

As part of our commitment to personalized homeschooling, we are proud to offer both secular and Christian options for homeschool families, charter schools, state organizations, co-ops, athletic organizations, arts schools, and others who seek flexible education options for their families.

Click here to learn more!


Military Mom To Be

Military Moms To Be | About six or so months ago my son told us (my husband and I) that he had signed up for the military - ROTC Army that is in college. To say I was blindsided is putting it mildly. When I asked him why...he had a noble cause. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #militarymomMilitary Mom To Be – Episode 352

An honest portrayal of one mom’s journey to a military mom to be. Most of us can agree that the military is much needed for the safety of any nation and those who serve are serving our country have chosen a noble cause. In this podcast, Felice shares her experiences with her child, the recruiter and perhaps sheds some light on the process which is a journey for military mom or dad to be.

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About six or so months ago my son told us (my husband and I) that he had signed up for the military – ROTC Army that is in college. To say I was blindsided is putting it mildly. When I asked him why he gave us no indication of his interest to join the military previously, he said that it was because he was unsure and until he had prayed and researched, he didn’t want to cause us undue concern.

While that is a good reason, I was still surprised. My husband, on the other hand, was very encouraging and kept telling him to “look into it further,” while I knew that this was more than just research in my son’s mind.

I think the men and women who serve in the military are noble and they all have my respect. But, as a military mom to be I was… frightened. What did this mean? How many years? When do you go? Etc.

And eight years! Four years were active duty and four years could be in the reserves, except for a time of war and then the military had the option of calling you in for active duty. One of my concerns was that an eighteen-year-old could be making plans three years in advance for another eight years of his life. How would you know if you felt the same way in three years?

So, my mind started swirling and the research began in earnest.

I knew about ROTC – we had it in high school, even back in the dark ages when I attended school. I didn’t know the difference between enlisted (someone who goes to a military office and “sign’s up) and College ROTC – graduating with your college degree and entering the military as a 2nd lieutenant. (1st lieutenant is a higher rank).

Military Primer 101 – there are five branches of the military in the USA. They are Army, Navy, Airforce Marines and Coast Guard. All of the branches have a different focus while the goal remains to keep America safe from the enemy. A very noble cause. I have linked to each of the branches of the military where you can learn more about each branch, for my purposes the only one that I was interested in researching was the Army, my son’s choice.

Disclaimer: Please check with your child’s school and recruiter for information specific to your school or situation!

So, the questions began.

  1. Did you sign up for Army ROTC at your school because that was the only branch offered? (Answer: No. I always thought I’d enter the Army if I had to select a branch of the military.)
  2. Why do you want to serve in the Army? (Answer: to serve our country) [How do you argue with a noble cause?]
  3. Did you feel pressured into signing up for the ROTC? (Answer: No.)

My son explained and answered additional questions but the only ones I was interested in was the exit plan. And, those questions were not any that he was interested in and so while he answered the questions I felt that the answers did not satisfy my concerns. So, I asked how he felt about me talking to his recruiter. He was fine with it and so, I got together a list of questions to ask.

When I spoke to the woman at the school recruiting office she was wonderful, kind and understanding. She had served in the Army right out of high school. She said if she had to do it again she would have gone to college first, yet here experiences were very positive. She has a child who is joining the Army as well. As a mom, she had to leave children behind when she was deployed and she shared some of her story with me. She was very open to my questions.

And my questions were different than my son’s basically exit strategy questions.

  1. What happens if my freshman son switched colleges, he is still obligated to join the Army?
  2. Scholarships? They only applied to his major at that school – so transferring would negate that as well.
  3. How many years? Is it really 4 of active duty and 4 in reserves?!
  4. If my son went to Basic Camp (not boot camp for college kids), does that mean he was signed up to go with no ability to say no?
  5. When my son entered – if he decided to go ahead, where would he be placed? Did he have a choice?
  6. What if he was drafted by a professional team? What would that mean?
  7. When was the final time to make a commitment?
  8. If he didn’t want scholarship money did he have to take it?
  9. If he did accept scholarship money and decided not to enter would he have to pay it back?
  10. Want a law or medical degree? That is fine but you will owe more years. (I did not ask about scholarship opportunities here, but I do know depending on your grades they are available.)

I’m a little more at peace with the entire situation now that I have more information. While my son’s idea is to graduate and join the Army, as a military mom to be he has to forgive me if my goals are not the same as his. He is eighteen and my husband and I raised an amazing young man. He loves the Lord, he is personable and kind, smart, competitive, a great athlete, strong-willed and outspoken and rarely does not have an opinion about something. As the youngest he is tough and his siblings give him a hard time every chance they get.

Parents we each have our own goals and ideas about what our kids should do, what they should achieve and how they should live their lives but I’ve never been one of those parents that insist that “my will be done!” Yet, I found myself leaning toward that parent I did not want to be!

I’m sharing my journey with you and I ask that you keep us in prayer, that you share your stories – positive ones are very much appreciated!


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Bridgeway Academy!

Bridgeway Academy was founded in 1989 in response to the need for more freedom in education as well as the protection that accreditation offers for homeschooling families. Since then, more than 30,000 K–12 students, and many charter and brick-and-mortar schools, have made Bridgeway Academy their trusted education partner.

As part of our commitment to personalized homeschooling, we are proud to offer both secular and Christian options for homeschool families, charter schools, state organizations, co-ops, athletic organizations, arts schools, and others who seek flexible education options for their families.

Click here to learn more!


101 Staycation Ideas

Staycation Ideas | Staycations are so much fun and this podcast focus is 101 Staycation Ideas that won’t break the bank! In this episode, I'll share some of the best ideas to enjoy around your own town and state. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #staycationideas101 Staycations Ideas – Episode 351

Staycations are so much fun and this podcast focus is 101 Staycation Ideas that won’t break the bank! In this episode, I’ll share some of the best ideas to enjoy around your own town and state.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, Inc. Learn more at MediaAngels.com

There are many staycation ideas that will save you money. Why a staycation instead of a vacation? Listen here to learn more of the pros and cons of staycations. Staycations are a way to save money as well as have a summer (or fall, winter, and spring) vacation! It is a wonderful way to reconnect and spend time with the people you love, namely your family and friends. Here are a few quick tips for planning your staycation (and be sure to check out the previous podcasts on this topic here and here).

Best Staycation Ideas Tips:

  1. Make a plan. The entire vacation can be spent planning if you don’t plan ahead. At least six weeks if possible before your first trip.
  2. Consider going as a group to get cheaper rates or discounts.
  3. Buy tickets to the theatre at retail outlets that offer discounts for example membership stores offer discounts to the movie theatre and local restaurants.
  4. Look for resident discounts. We have a nearby water park that offers discounts to the residents, and there are often Florida Resident discounts at the theme parks.
  5. Buy ahead – if you know you are going somewhere budget or buy the tickets ahead of time. So, when it is time visit you won’t be out of pocket that money too.
  6. Pack lunch. Food is always so expensive at theme parks or the theatre.
  7. Look for sales.

Here is my list for over 101 Staycation Ideas For Your Family!

Arts & Drama

  1. Children’s Theatre
  2. Puppet Shows
  3. Take art classes – Drawing or Painting class
  4. Paint at home – abstract art – cheap paint and water balloons – throw against a canvas or pin to a canvas and throw darts! Use a drop cloth
  5. Paint tile – go to a tile store and ask for samples or buy broken pieces – paint on these.

Classes

  1. SCUBA lessons or become certified
  2. Learn to sail
  3. Take a gardening class
  4. Swimming lessons
  5. Learn how to landscape
  6. Take a mechanic class
  7. Take a self-defense class
  8. Take a martial arts class
  9. Take a baking/ cooking class
  10. Take sports lessons
  11. Learn how to skydiving

Outdoors

  1. Stargazing
  2. Planetarium
  3. Plan a trip to the museum
  4. Nature tails – go hiking
  5. Plan a trip to the nature center
  6. Study Nature: make own binoculars (t-p rolls) or spyglass – out of paper towel roll, paint or wrap with paper.
  7. Nature hunt – use an egg carton – small nature pictures – kids find each item and bring a sample
  8. Fly remote control planes
  9. Play mini golf Play paintball
  10. Play Airsoft
  11. Go to a Farmers Market or Flea Market
  12. Do an obstacle course
  13. Study Birds – binoculars – bird charts, nature walks, bird feeders
  14. Stage several scavenger hunts
  15. GeoCaching
  16. Camping Trip
  17. Horseback camp
  18. Horseback trail riding
  19. Horseback lessons
  20. Groom horses for pay/ trade lessons
  21. Swim for fun – swim in pond, river or ocean, pool – above ground pool
  22. Rent a jet ski
  23. Go parasailing
  24. Go on a hot air balloon
  25. Go snorkeling
  26. Go boating (rent a boat) kayak or canoe
  27. Plant a garden at home
  28. Go to the Zoo
  29. Go fishing
  30. Build an outdoor fort

Events

  1. Visit a museum
  2. Attend an Airshow
  3. Attend a music production or free park event

Activities

  1. Plant a garden at home
  2. Learn how to landscape
  3. Learn to make fancy paper airplanes
  4. Photography using an inexpensive digital camera or phone camera
  5. Become a History buff – interview a War Vet
  6. Teach yourself to play the recorder, harmonica or keyboard
  7. Camp your Backyard or even family room (campfire cooking, tin foil meals, or stick meals – s’mores)
  8. Europe – Google Earth – study culture – eat foods, dress, etc.
  9. Cook exotic foods – snails, calamari, turtles, rabbit, crab, etc.
  10. Take a cooking class – cook or bake
  11. Taste test foods or drinks – apple juice, different juice boxes, orange juice – blindfold, and rate.
  12. Moviethon – watch an entire series
  13. Buy a streaming service Pureflix
  14. Plan a day trip that is 10 miles, 30 miles or 60 miles from home
  15. Pick own fruit or veggies
  16. NO schedule – try to be unstructured
  17. Don’t limit technology – it is a vacation (unless you see it causing problems)
  18. Trips to the books store
  19. Frequent library trips
  20. Attend talks at the library
  21. Trade books with a friend
  22. Start a book club with regular weekly or monthly meetings
  23. Learn a new sport
  24. Join a summer league
  25. Buy a sports package for home – Badmitton set, basketball goal, etc.
  26. Dinner picnic – watch the sunset
  27. Explore new foods – make homemade ice cream
  28. Night tag – glow sticks – etc.
  29. A yes day – instead of a no day
  30. Try a new hairstyle – short hair, etc.
  31. Try a new wardrobe style
  32. Learn a new skill – carpentry, faux painting, mechanics
  33. Learn good health – healthy eating
  34. Learn about homeopathy
  35. Learn about essential oils
  36. Eat only foods you have never eaten
  37. Learn a new skill like writing, blogging
  38. Learn a new skill like podcasting
  39. Stage your own podcast at home or production
  40. Play games / learn to play chess
  41. Create a summer themed party and invite friends
  42. Go biking
  43. Learn a new language
  44. Learn woodworking
  45. Try to listen to new music – classical
  46. Learn to dance
  47. Create an exercise regime
  48. Train for a 5K
  49. Build an indoor fort
  50. Set up an obstacle course
  51. Buy a pet – train! (or better yet rescue)
  52. Learn about pets – domestic an exotic
  53. Learn to shoot a bow and arrow

 

Best Staycations For Kids

Best Staycations For Kids | What are the best staycations for kids? Well, glad you asked! My twelve-year-old granddaughter wrote an article here about Staycations For Kids! I can’t wait to share with you some of her ideas, her reasons for staycations | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #vacation #staycationBest Staycations Just For Kids Episode 350

What are the best staycations for kids? Well, glad you asked! My twelve-year-old granddaughter wrote an article here about Staycations For Kids! I can’t wait to share with you some of her ideas, her reasons for staycations – and some kid-friendly ideas. If you want to read her blog post it is here.

As I shared in my two other podcasts on this topic, why take a staycation and how to plan for a staycation, it is so much less stressful to plan to vacation around your own zip code. It obviously can be cheaper but you can use that money to buy some play equipment like a trampoline or perhaps a slip and slide. It doesn’t need to be extravagant.

Kids love to have a good time and if we (parents) are in a good frame of mind the vacation will go much better. I remember traveling to Virginia for a trip to DC to see the Smithsonian Museums, Williamsburg and then up to the mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had children five children, four months to nineteen with us. The trip was costly, my husband lost ten days of work (he is self-employed but lost a big contract with another builder because his crew messed up something in his absence), and I was exhausted when I got home. We did have a good time and the sights were amazing, but for use, it was a once-in-a-lifetime-with-all-the-kids visit.

The great thing is you don’t have to do this all at once – you staycations can happen all year long, so be sure to take out the calendar an plan it!

So, what are some of my favorite summer staycations for kids? My grandaughter’s list included:

  • The Zoo with some fun ideas such as play games.
  • Visits to the Museum – with a game such as a treasure hunt looking for specific things
  • Camp-In complete with camping “foods” and games.
  • The beach or park
  • Family Sports Team – weekly

Our family has hosted staycations for years. Best Staycations For Kids Include:

  1. Theme parks state resident passes
  2. Camping – we were able to camp near home on a waterway that was inexpensive
  3. Parks
  4. Night events (it’s cooler)
  5. Marathon movies at home w/ snacks and popcorn
  6. Canoe/kayak
  7. Guided boat trips – backwater to see water life, manatees, dolphins, etc.

Best Staycations For Kids – Day Trips.

What is nearby that you can visit in a day and come back home? Around my area there is:

  • Theme parks
  • Historical Museums
  • Thomas Edison’s Winter Home
  • Henry Ford’s Winter Home
  • Native People (Indians) Mounds and Digs
  • Shell Museum (2)
  • An Island – (2)
  • Baseball Stadiums (2)
  • Beaches
  • Jet skis
  • Parasailing
  • Ice Skating
  • Alligator Farm
  • Airboat Rides
  • Nature trails
  • Nature Museums
  • Ding Darling Nature Preserve
  • Planetarium
  • Campground

What is in your area? Have you really thought about it and planned out a vacation? If we wanted to do all of the things on my list we would not have enough weekend time.

Have you looked at online resources? Did you know you can find the following online?

Helpful Advice For The Best Staycations For Kids:

  • Budget your time. Be sure to have snacks on hand, plenty of water, and time out for lunch.
  • Naptimes – consider this when planning a staycation.
  • These are the best and you can go back home at night.
  • Kids love to touch things so for little ones be sure the exhibits are things they can touch
  • Let the kids take pictures.
  • Have a plan. Whether it is time for a packed lunch or time allotted for the visit.
  • Check the weather a few days ahead and make alternative plans if the weather is bad.
  • Create memory books of the places you visited or things you did.

Staycation Planning

Staycation Planning | If you are not sure how to plan a staycation, stay tuned – this episode is just for you! We will learn how to plan your staycation and enjoy the time with family and friends. #podcast #staycation #homeschoolpodcastStaycation Planning Episode 349

If you are not sure how to plan a staycation, stay tuned – this episode is just for you! We will learn how to plan your staycation and enjoy the time with family and friends.

  1. Be sure to take the time off.
  2. Indulge – reading, events, food.
  3. Make a plan for the day, week-end or week.
  4. Research

Begin by brainstorming. What are some of the things in your area that you could do with the kids, and maybe even with just your husband? In our area these things revolve around water sports. There is boating, Skiing, Jet skiing, parasailing, fishing, SCUBA diving, and more. We have a shell museum, actually two – we have a hands-on museum for kids, and a small zoo nearby.

There are sporting events such as baseball. We have two indoor ice-skating rings and an island nearby. There are also many outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, outdoor concerts at the local mall and more. There are art events, theatre and music festivals. Once you have a list of ideas, narrow it down to the top ten.

Which of these top ten ideas are feasible? Now it is time to make a plan.

Five Things To Think About In Staycation Planning

Budget

  1. What is the amount of money you will spend for these events?
  2. If you do not have a set budget think about a max you are willing to spend each day?

Activity or Event or Both

  1. List your event – be sure to figure in the time.
  2. Is this free or is there a cost?
  3. How long will it take to get there?
  4. Will you pack breakfast/ lunch or eat out?

Planning – Schedule

  1. What is your time frame?
  2. Can you take the time off of work?
  3. Do you plan to go out to eat? If so, where?
  4. What will you do during the day – the more planned out the better your vacation will go even if the schedule deviates.

Eating:

  1. Try something new.
  2. Enjoy an appetizer/ or dessert or both
  3. Go to restaurants that are family owned and not chains.
  4. Think of conversations you can have with your family.
  5. Take your time – there is no hurry! You are on vacation.

Rules:

  1. Relax! Make a decision you will enjoy yourself (think about how much money you are saving!)
  2. Enjoy each other.
  3. No drama – set boundaries for fighting, etc.
  4. Make time to see the little things you would normally overlook.
  5. No work. This is a vacation so be sure to leave your work behind temporarily.
  6. No electronics during the outing.
  7. OR – your kids can enjoy unlimited electronics if you decide this is their vacation!
  8. Relaxed dress – unless you are going somewhere that requires fancy clothing.
  9. Enjoy the events – look at the little things and enjoy!
  10. Praise God each day and what are your thankful for?

 

 

 

 

Staycations

Staycations | Sometimes the best vacations are staycations! These fun times are so close to you that you never see them or make the time to enjoy these places. In this episode, we will discuss why staycations can be the best vacation your family ever takes. #podcast #homeschoolpodcastStaycations – The Pro’s and Con’s Episode 348

Sometimes the best vacations are staycations! These fun times are so close to you that you never see them or make the time to enjoy these places. In this episode, we will discuss why staycations can be the best vacation your family ever takes.

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So, what is a staycation? It is a vacation at home.

Let’s look at why people take vacations.

  1. Spend time with family
  2. Relax and unwind.
  3. “Get away.”
  4. Experience new things.
  5. Avoid work.
  6. Visit different places.
  7. Try different foods.
  8. Learn something new.
  9. Enjoy local culture
  10. For the mystery, uncertainty, and excitement

Staycations ~ Best Vacations at Home

Often we overlook the wonderful things happening right in our own town in order to travel to another destination, live out of a suitcase and spend lots of money. Don’t get me wrong, vacations are wonderful and sometimes just getting away can bring so much enjoyment it makes it worth the time to plan and the money spent. But what if you decide to do something different this year?

If you are like me, you might live in a city that is a vacation destination. There are so many things to do, however, most would be considered off the beaten path. We don’t have a theme park in my town, but we do have gorgeous beaches, two baseball stadiums, a hockey stadium and not one but two indoor skating rinks. People fly to southwest Florida from all over the world to enjoy our white sand beaches, local seafood, and glorious and endless sunshine. Even the days it rains you can count on the fact that the showers are typically localized and short, with the sun peeking out of the clouds soon afterward.

Truthfully my area is a tourist hub anytime from October to the week or so before Easter. The traffic becomes congested with tourism and all those who come to see the two major league baseball teams that play in my area. And, the locals pay money to leave.

How do you make a staycation a vacation? In the next episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms I’ll go into details on how to plan one to make the most of your time, but just let me explain the basics here.

  1. Create categories of what you would like to do if you were on a typical vacation. These may include accommodations, site seeing, attending events, or an experience like parasailing
  2. Think about the foods you would eat or restaurants you would frequent.
  3. What activities would you do? Adventure, active or passive?
  4. Length of time.

What are the pros and cons of a staycation vs. a vacation?

Staycation Vacation
Pro’s Con’s
Save money Costs More
No packing Packing clothes for different events
Less stress Stressful – unknown hard to plan for
Less planning More planning
No time off from work Time off from work
No travel Plan travel time
Can be done on a whim Need time to make arrangements
No need for house sitter – care for pets House sitter – pets, etc.
Con’s Pro’s
Harder to relax and unwind Easier to relax and unwind
Staying home “Get away”
Same surroundings Different surroundings
Harder to experience new things Easier to experience new things
Harder to try new foods/ events Easier to try new foods and events
Harder to sightsee Easier to see new sights

 

Ultimately the choice is yours – but recently when I was looking at a vacation in nearby Georgia for my family I found the average house that would fit my size family, close to nature walks, the rapids, and other local events would cost six thousand dollars for one week. That is not including food, although since it was a house we could save money and cook. However, we decided that while it would be fun to see the mountain views the cost was more than we wanted to spend.

So, instead we plan on visiting the local beaches, trying local cuisine on nearby Sanibel/ Captiva Island, and take nature walks along our beaches. The kids will fish, again locally and perhaps take SCUBA diving lessons. This is a fraction of the cost of going away for one week.

And, there is more! I have some fun podcasts upcoming. Stay tuned for more ideas and a way to plan out your staycation so that you’ll wonder why you ever vacation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mommy Night Time Routines

Mommy Night Time Routines | Mommy Night Time Routines | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #help-sleepingMommy Night Time Routines Episode 347

Many people can’t sleep because they can’t still their minds. Mommy night time routines can help you wind down. These tips will help you to get a restful nights sleep.

In this episode, we will discuss why night time routines are good for you and ways to help you relax. This month is all about you moms – and I hope you’ve enjoyed this series.

Catch the other shows if you’ve missed them here:

Why Mommy Night Time Routines:

  1. You don’t have to think. You are in autopilot.
  2. It can free your mind to think about other things, pray or even think about your next day.
  3. Repeating the pattern trains your body to get ready for bed.
  4. Make your unwind time a specific time. For example, put kids to bed, read for thirty minutes, soak in the tub, etc.

Things that interfere with a good nights sleep.

  1. Lights – clocks, red lights on TV, clocks, etc.
  2. Noise – is the room quiet?
  3. Limit or avoid electronics.
    1. The light from certain devices can affect your internal clock. Some phones have dimming lights for the screen.
    2. Takes valuable sleep time
    3. Can cause worry or stress – robbing you of sleep.
    4. Overstimulate your brain
    5. Caffeine or other stimulants such as black tea, energy drinks, etc.
    6. Alcohol – some people think it helps them fall asleep but it can interrupt deep sleep so you are less refreshed the next day.
    7. Sugary foods, spicy foods, or carbs.
    8. Overeating – being too full.

Mommy Night Times Routine — Things that help you to relax.

  1. Regular bedtime – this helps your body get use to winding down the same time each day – phones even have an app about this.
  2. Routine – which we are talking about. Set time, read, pray, drink a warm beverage, etc.
  3. Your bedroom – use it only for sleep, not reading even or watching TV. Good sleeping environment to sleep.
  4. Reading – in another room.
  5. Take a bath – soaking in a scented tub helps relax the body. Using Epsom salts helps to detox the body as well. Be sure it is not right before you go to bed, as the body might be too warm to relax.
  6. Drinking herbal teas or warm milk – there are properties in heated milk that help to relax the body. Add a drop of pure vanilla extract (avoid chocolate as it has caffeine.)
  7. Use a praise and thanksgiving journal – being thankful is helpful.
  8. If you can’t help thinking of things as you unwind, write it down. Use a book just for that.
  9. Sleep in a cooler environment – keeping the temperature down, if possible signals the body to start shutting down!
  10. Prayer! It helps to cause our bodies to relax.

Exercise and eating well — drinking plenty of water during the day. This will help with your mommy night time routines.

Routines can look like this – after the kids are in bed, you can kick off your shoes, take a bath. Afterward, your nightly routine can include brushing your teeth, facial routine, and then reading a book. Write in your Praise Journal and end the evening routine with prayer.

Overcoming Mental Fatigue

Overcoming Mental Fatigue | The help you need to identify and combat mental fatigue | #homeschool #podcast #homeschoolpodcastOvercoming Mental Fatigue Episode 346

Feeling tired results in mental fatigue, causing you to feel anxious, forgetful and emotional. In this episode, we will discuss ways to overcome mental fatigue. And don’t miss the episode on Mommy Night Time Routines – listen here.

Thanks to our sponsor – MediaAngels.com and the book One More Child.

Mental fatigue comes when we are overworked physically and mentally. Typical life for a homeschool mom involves so much! We clean, we cook, we work with the kids. We are overjoyed on the success of our children and follow them to lessons, and events. We even plan events and host endless get-togethers for birthday celebrations and the like.

Even with all the technology we have today instead of making our lives easier it becomes more complicated in some ways because it brings information into our homes (think Facebook here) that might cause us to worry or stress. And the pressure we put on ourselves! To succeed, to achieve, for our kids to succeed and achieve! Our schedules are busy, busy, busy. Sometimes it is difficult to think!

This becomes a vicious cycle and it can become a way of life if we are not careful. Many times we resort to coffee or caffeine to combat our tiredness which just continues the cycle. Having mental fatigue causes our thinking to be impulsive and we don’t really think things through!

Here is what causes the problem:

  1. Too much on our schedule.
  2. Never relaxing, keeping busy all the time.
  3. Overcommitting
  4. Your phone or other digital devices.
  5. Hurried meal times, eating standing up.
  6. Not enough sleep
  7. Not enough exercise

 

Here is how to break the cycle.

  1. Enjoy each moment – take the time to look around and appreciate your surroundings.
  2. Say no – stop overcommitting
  3. Pray – and then breathe! Taking deep breaths does help.
  4. Put down your phone
  5. Eat sitting down, enjoy your food.
  6. Get a good nights sleep – nightly routine
  7. Exercise even if it is just walking

 

Overcoming Procrastination

Overcoming Procrastination | Join Lucia as she shares how taking charge of your life and overcoming procrastination will help you live your best life on purpose. Today’s the day to open the door to the cage of self-imposed limitations so you can step into a bright future that includes freedom, success, and victory! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastOvercoming Procrastination

Join Lucia as she shares how taking charge of your life and overcoming procrastination will help you live your best life on purpose. Today’s the day to open the door to the cage of self-imposed limitations so you can step into a bright future that includes freedom, success, and victory!

Jeremiah 33:3 tells us, “To call unto God and He will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you don’t know.”  Lucia explains that it’s necessary to make time in your daily schedule to clear your mind and imagine what your life can be like.

Success and procrastination are totally incompatible so if you plan to change your habits, you must discipline yourself to take responsibility for your life and stop putting things off.  Today’s the day to seize the moment – seize the day, because, at the end of the year, you don’t want to look back and say, I wish I would have done so and so.

We can’t deny change when it comes to our lives, and we can’t stop making choices to change and grow or we become stagnant in life.  We need to embrace change because it helps us grow. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, For everything, there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”

Lucia will encourage you to change your habits this year, because if you don’t, this year will be like last year, and next year will be like this year.  Before you know it, you will be at the end of your life with a bag full of wishes and I should haves!

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