The challenges of raising kids in an online world

The challenges of raising kids in an online world
Written by Deb Velto of Oak Meadow

Electronics can be an overwhelming presence in our lives these days, and their use has become a topic of debate–and source of guilt–for families everywhere.

Between our smartphones, iPads, home computers, video games, and high def TVs, electronics are woven into the fabric of American life whether we like it or not.

No one likes the thought of their child staring at the electric glow of a screen all day, but some purposeful screen time can open new opportunities for learning in our homes that was never possible before.
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Self-care for the highly sensitive parent


Written by Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy.

I‘ve known for a decade or three that I’m an introvert, but it’s only recently — after reading Susan Cain’s excellent book Quiet — that I discovered I’m also a “highly sensitive person.”

Whether or not you’ve heard the term before, that description should ring true for about 1 in 5 of you.
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The 5 love languages of homeschooling

The 5 love languages of homeschoolingJamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

A few weeks ago an issue with one of my children kept me up late into the night. You know, one of those little things that you can’t quite figure out.

After pondering, praying, and a bit of crying, I eventually reached out to my friend and homeschooling mentor, Rachel DeMille.

In just a sentence or two I outlined the problem and asked if she had any advice. And in one sentence she solved it for me:

“What’s your child’s love language?” 

Hmmmm. Love languages? I had that filed back in my brain somewhere as it relates to marriage, but I had never paid it much attention when it comes to my children.

And after some research into my child’s love language and a little attention in that area, this so-called “issue” pretty much vanished. Vanished, I tell you!

So what is a love language and how can I determine my child’s?

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Confessions of a read aloud slacker

Confessions of a read aloud slacker
Written by Shawna Wingert of Not the Former Things

When my children were younger, we read together every night.

I worked long shifts and was away from them for most of the day. Reading was our time together. It transitioned my boys to bed.

It was one of the sweetest parts of our day.

Then, I stopped working and we started homeschooling.

I was determined to do it “right.” I spent tons of time learning about all the benefits of reading aloud to my boys. The more I learned, the more pressure I felt.

The lists of classics and required books for each grade level made me feel like a failure.

My oldest son LOVED it when I read him a history textbook, and my youngest requested a very well worn copy of a Scooby Doo Mystery every single night for a year. I felt shame over not reading the “right” books.

“Twaddle” was a word I had never even heard of, until it already seemed like it was too late.

But I believed it was important, so I pressed on, determined we would be read-aloud champions.

And it was no longer fun. It was now a ‘thing.’ It was a requirement. It was what a good mom should do.

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How much should your push your sensitive homeschooler?

Written by Kara Anderson

I used to do this thing when my kids were small.

When we would enter a busy place, I would sort of situate them in front of me, and waddle behind them, steering their shoulders as we navigated the room or store or farmer’s market.

I thought this made sense because if they were in front of me, I could see them. There was less chance of losing them in the crowd.

The problem, of course, was that I was sending a toddler or pre-schooler into the fray ahead of me, with no idea what sorts of sights, sounds and smells they would encounter.

More than once a little one turned around, threw their arms around my kneecaps and started wailing.

How did it possibly take me so long to figure out my mistake – that I was literally pushing my kids into all sorts of unknown situations?

This sort of push-waddle-steer might not be a big issue for a lot of kids.

Eager kids.

Excited kids.

Kids who would view Disney World as a dream come true instead of a scary, loud, sensory disaster, for instance.

Somebody else’s kids.

But for my kids, doing this was overwhelming and scary.

When I finally realized my mistake I did things differently, and the results were very different. They could enter situations feeling safe and confident.

They knew I was there. That’s a big deal.
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