Mommy Jammies Night – Brooke McGlothlin

“How to Control Your Emotions, So They Don’t Control You”

Join LaToya and her guest Brooke McGlothlin May 8th at 9pm EST. Brooke will be talking about How to Control Your Emotions, So They Don't Control You! | MommyJammiesNight.comImagine what your life would be like if you could keep your emotions from spiraling out of control? What kind of changes would that bring in your home, to your job, to your relationships? If having more peace in your relationship with God, your children, co-workers, friends, and spouse sounds like something you need, Brooke can help you find the answers.

Brooke McGlothlin is Co-founder of Raising Boys Ministries, where moms and dads come to discover delight in the chaos of raising boys. You can find her writing about fighting for the hearts of her sons at the MOB Society blog, or living a life in pursuit of Jesus at her personal blog, www.brookemcglothlin.com. She’s the author of the newly released Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most, and co-author of Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess.

A normal day finds Brooke homeschooling her two boys, wrangling two large Labs, Toby and Siri, writing to bring hope to the messes of life (in the midst of her own messy life), and falling more and more in love with the man she’s had a crush on since the third grade (who just happens to be her husband).

Facebook group for moms struggling with their emotions: No More Angry MOB

5 Day Challenge: Fighting for those Hard to Handle Boys (or girls)

You can get a pdf copy of Brooke’s book for only $1.99: How to Control Your Emotions So They Don’t Control You!  Just use code NOMOREANGRYMOB 

Mommy Jammies Night – Shirley Solis

“Why You Were Told Being a SuperMom is a Myth and Why They Lied to You”

Join LaToya and her guest Shirley Solis as she talks about "Why You Were Told Being a SuperMom is a Myth and Why They Lied to You!" Moms are often told they are not supermom…as if being a supermom is a myth! Really???!!! You mean it’s not super to not get any sleep through the night and still get up early to feed your family breakfast, do laundry, clean the house, do school with the kids, work, make lunch, make dinner, drive the kids around, keep romance in marriage and still manage to make it out alive? Being a supermom is not a myth…YOU ARE SUPER! And Shirley is going to re-affirm who you already are…and her goal is to finally get you to believe it! Finally…someone who acknowledges who you really are and does not try to make you less than what you are worth!

Shirley Solis is on a family mission, along with her husband of 20 years and their 6 children (ages 18 to 4), to ignite the next generation of powerful families to live with purpose, passion and contribution. Her passions include family, culture and business. These are clearly reflected in her most recent works, which include Building Character with Children (an online training course for parents), her best-selling cookbook Not Just Tacos and her VIP Program for Mompreneurs. If you are ready for transparency, vulnerability and a little Latin flair, then you are gonna love this episode.

Shirley has a parenting webinar that focuses on building character in your children. It’s great stuff!  free videos with some awesome parenting tips (building new habits, teaching your children to do chores and more!)

Mommy Jammies Night – Kim Sorgius

“Parenting in a Broken World: Finding HIM Faithful”

It’s been said that your kids are only as healthy as you are. In a sense, that is true. What will you do with the unthinkable? In a world full of brokenness, heartache and trials, we must find God faithful if we are to survive. It’s what I like to call the “Joseph principle.” The choices we make in the storm will make all the difference: for us and for our children. Come and be encouraged today, as together we bask in HIS love and His promise that we will never be consumed. (Isaiah 43:2)

Kim Sorgius is a passionate homeschooler, mother of 4 sweet kids, and a life-long student. After teaching 8 years in public school, she traded her M.A. in Early Childhood Education for sippy cups and homeschool co-ops. Kim is the author of Not a Statistic: Parenting in a Broken World.These days she can be found writing at Not Consumed and The Homeschool Village, where she daily encourages women to find God faithful in the storms of life.

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Mommy Jammies Night – Felice Gerwitz

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As Felice was praying about her topic for Mommy Jammies Night, she asked her husband and he gave her the title! This has been a topic on her heart for years — seeing many marriages fail, homes lost and inter-family struggles Felice knows that many families have problems. How we deal with these problems is what sets us apart as Christians.

Felice Gerwitz is a Christian wife and mother. She has five children, three graduated and two she is still homeschooling. Felice is an author, a publisher and the founder of the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and podcast host of Vintage Homeschool Moms, Ultimate Homeschool Radio & moderates the Current Issues and the Constitution.

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Visit Felice here -Website – Media Angels, Inc.

Facebook – Media Angels Publishing

When Life Crashes In

 Lunch with Meredith & FeliceLet’s face it – none of us live perfect lives – at least Meredith Curtis and I (Felice Gerwitz) will admit we don’t! So what do you do when Life Crashes IN? How do you handle stress and what is the first thing you should do? Listen to this broadcast from two women who have experienced life’s stresses and share their tips with you.

Learn how to turn lemons into lemonade – Felice will be hashtaging #lemonadefromlemons

Felice will discuss this topic at length at the MommyJammiesNight.com episode with host, LaToya Edwards.

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Lemonade from Lemons

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We’ve all done it – you know, made a bad situation better. We pull out our “Mommy Capes” and race head-long into trouble with a prayer that the Lord will help us figure it out, and quick!

The one incident that comes immediately to mind is the time we planned to go river rafting in North Florida, in early August. The national park was beautiful and we had enjoyed a wonderful weekend of camping. Other than my children getting in trouble for feeding the deer with my delicious fruit salad, the week-end had gone without a hitch. The weather was hot but beautiful under the shade trees and if you wonder – yes, we have air-conditioning in our “pop-up” trailer, a microwave and mini-frig.

This camping trip included my brother and his wife. She wasn’t the camping type but then, I assured her either was I! I knew she would enjoy it if she just gave it a try. Well, that was before the river-rafting trip.

We had just rented our large rafts from what we thought was a reputable place and two minutes down the road my brother’s raft was flat as a pancake atop his SUV. We called to alert him of the fact and we both pulled over to the shoulder. A quick trip back to the seller, with us following, yielded disappointing results. The vendor would not replace the raft nor refund our money. What to do! We had paid cash. The weather at that point looked ominous and the rain clouds were pouring in at an alarming rate. This park was 8 hours from where I lived so a trip back would not happen in the near future. The kids knew this.

I felt the Lord had protected us from being out on the river in a bad storm. I had peace.

My brother and sister-in-law, not so much.

They ranted at the sales person and it was so bad, my husband walked back to our car. I had stayed in the car with the kids and began to lead them in a prayer. For our disappointment, and for this unethical vendor!

We had already packed up our gear, and after the rafting trip we had planned to head home. It appeared our trip home would begin a bit earlier than we planned. I called my brother (whatever would we do without cell phones) and told him it was futile. This wasn’t the type of business you could report to a business bureau! My brother finally convinced his wife to let it go, and we were on the road again. The kids were disappointed, yes we could have continued without my brother but then it was not setting a good example. Family sticks together.

He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor. Proverbs 21:21.

I asked my brother to meet us on a particular exit that I knew had soft-serve ice-cream and I alerted the children that a surprise was in store up-ahead. Ice-cream is not an equal substitute for river-rafting, but they saw the benefit. It was nothing as opposed to something! By this time my sister-in-law and brother had calmed down and they realized the storm was heading our way rapidly and we definitely would be drenched if we had ventured out into the river.

Big hugs from my kids and a thank-you made it all better – for me anyway.

This situation is something I’ve wanted to share with others, but the opportunity never came up until now! I’m speaking at the Mommy Jammies Night, with host, LaToya Edwards on February 11 at 9PM. The link will be posted here after the event. For now – visit the Mommy Jammies Night page for details.

How have your turned a bad situation into a good one? Share with us! We all need the encouragement.

Home For Learning

I’ve just officially named my blog and while Learning at Home sounds better than Home for Learning you can’t be picky when choosing a domain name these days! The word “blog” had to go – and my on-again-off-again blogging schedule is going as well! It’s not that I didn’t write blog posts, I just never finished them.

Here’s my problem. I use too many words!

And, by the time I completed a blog post I found what I really had was a mini-e-book! Can any of you bloggers relate? Well, short and pithy really isn’t in my vocabulary but as I learn the art of blogging I’ve decided I’ll break up my blogs into posts rather than try to write everything I want to say in one blog post. So, be ready for a series of post on one topic! As always if there is a particular topic you want to learn about let me know. Homeschooling since the dinosaurs roamed the earth in 1986 has to count for something. [For you purists out there — no the dinosaurs did not roam the earth in 1986.]

Many of you have written to us in the blog post early on, when I asked the question about the type of radio show you’d like to hear. We are very close to fulfilling that list, with a few more holes to go. I enjoy podcasts that I can listen to on my phone and I find I learn so much. My children enjoy them as well and I’m happy that we are able to provide two podcastts that have information for teens and more to come. [Current Issues & the Constitution as well as Dollars & Sense]

I’m always learning about shortcuts to cleaning, cooking or even time management. What are you learning about, share it with us!

 

Friendships, Growth, Challenge, & Accountability

 

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Friends, yes they are important no matter what your age. Felice Gerwitz shares her mastermind girlfriends in this episode! Maggie Hogan, Kim Kautzer, and Mary Jo Tate share a behind-the-scenes look at life, work, and homeschooling. Three years together in a mastermind group have taught them the value of friendship and accountability. They make a point of meeting annually to share the ups and downs of the past year: the good, the bad, and the ugly! Gain helpful tips on homeschooling through trials, running a home business, and keeping your sanity. Bring your questions — these ladies are ready to answer them!

Currently, these ladies are meeting at an undisclosed location on their 2018 Mastermind retreat. This replay is an enjoyable reminder of friends and friendships still sharing business, work and marketing tips with each other.

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Felice Gerwitz is a homeschool mother of five and currently schools the youngest two. She is the founder of Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and Media Angels Publishing.

Maggie Hogan, a veteran homeschool mom, is the creative director at Bright Ideas Press, which publishes award-winning homeschool geography, history, and science curriculum.

Kim Kautzer graduated the youngest of her three children in 2003. She is author and publisher at WriteShop, homeschool writing curriculum for K-high school.

Mary Jo Tate is a professional editor and author of the new book from Apologia Press, Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms. You can find her at FlourishatHome. She is a homeschooling mom of four boys, two of whom have graduated.

Teach pre-teens about money: Dollars and Sense Show # 9

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In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp discusses teaching your pre-teens about managing money.

Show notes:

Recap: Our motivation to be teaching pre-teens about money:
Other people’s bad examples are all around us, including the US government.
Avoid excessive debt. College debt now exceeds credit card debt.
Someone is watching!
Avoid boomerang kids. We are raising adults, not children

How to Teach
Natural style. As you go about your day. Real life examples.
Get someone else: Sunday school, Scouts, Homeschool co-op
Focused teaching: Family nights, games, books

What to Teach: Pre-teens

  • Allowance. Not always in cash. Try a clothing allowance
  • Savings Account. Power of compound interest. Match their savings.
  • What things cost. Houses, cars, pets, clothes, etc. Explain sales tax.
  • What people earn. Occupations.
  • Start earning money. Extra chores around the house or for family and neighbors. Really motivated kids should read Micro Business for Teens

Resources:

Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls money badges
The Secret of Handling Money God’s Way from Crown.org Ages 8-12. 12 lessons. individual or class
Money Matters for Teens Age 11-14 Edition by Larry Burkett (oldie but still available)

Career Exploration article Pursuing Their Dreams: Career Exploration for High School Students
Schoolhouse Teachers offers my Career Exploration 8 week class
Micro Business for Teens
Starting a Micro Business television program on YouTube

Kids can play popular online money management games such as Road Trip to Savings, Financial Football, Peter Pig’s Money counter, Money Metropolis, Financial Soccer, Record shop tycoon, Burger Restaurant

I’m not familiar with these games, so if you have an opinion for or against, please drop a note in the comments.

Tune in for the next Dollars and Sense show on February 13, 2014 when I will discuss teaching your teenager about managing money.

Carol Topp, CPA

 

Vintage HS Moms – Electives

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with Felice Gerwitz

High school parents and teens are focused upon what credits are necessary for graduation, but what about the most important key to homeschooling through highschool? Learn ways Felice encouraged her teens to seek what the Lord has called them to do, try different apprenticeships as well as making Bible studies count! Felice will share her reluctance of encouraging sports in her teens, yet finding their giftedness in this area opened the doors in ways previously shut.

Felice Gerwitz is a Christian wife and mother. She is an author, speaker and podcast host as well as owner of Media Angels, Inc. and Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. She has learned that God’s still voice is best heard in silence.

Felice Gerwitz is the founder of Media Angels, Inc. here: http://www.MediaAngels.com