Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Gospel Centered Mom {Review}

In today's world, there is overwhelming pressure on kids.  Get good grades, be good at sports, be popular, serve, and do it all with grace and manners.  And with that perspective comes unbelievable amounts of pressure on parents as well.  If your child is earning B's, hire a tutor.  Not playing in the travel league?  Get a private coach.  Not enough friends, throw big parties.  And what if you're not doing enough to ensure your children follow the Lord when they leave your home?

While all of this is good and well, they are just kids.  They're growing and maturing.  They're going to mess up.  We're going to mess up.  None of us are perfect.  How do we come to grips with the fact that we just aren't enough as parents?  How do we live the perception of always coming up short?

Brooke McGlothlin tackles this idea of being enough in her new book, Gospel Centered Mom.  She asserts that we aren't enough, that we were never meant to be enough.  That the only one who is enough for our kids is the one who gave them to us.  She encourages her readers that gospel centered parenting is more about leaning on Jesus than developing the picture perfect family life.  And that by rearranging our perspective of parenting, we're actually doing more for our kids than trying to live in a Pinterest perfect world.

My favorite chapter of this book revolved around the idea of fighting for, rather than against your children.  I have one of those "hard to handle boys" as McGlothlin would call him.  Constantly pushing boundaries and living life on his own terms.  How I approach him in our day to day interactions makes a great difference in our day goes.  Learning to fight for him without alienating him has been a challenge.  This was by far the most valuable chapter of the book as it gave me some very actionable steps in our struggle: Tell God He Can Have You, Learn When to Keep your Mouth Shut, Get inn the Habit of Prayer, Embrace the Power of the Mommy Time-Out, Prepare Ahead of Time, Be Stronger, Love Harder, Be a Student of your Child, Think Outside the Box, and Refuse to Give Up.  This was by far the most applicable chapter to my current situation.

On one hand, this book really spoke to me in that this parenting thing is really more about me than it is about my kids.  I really have so little to offer these kids in my finite experience and knowledge.  I can give them so little in comparison to to what they deserve.  And really that's McGlothlin's point.  We will never be enough for our kids.  On the other hand, I struggled with this book because it felt like there was so little hope.  In McGlothlin's focus on our inadequacy, the Lord's provision seemed to fizzle in comparison.  This book was so heavy on the not enough side, our hope in the Lord seemed to get lost.  I liked the book, but felt it could use some balance.  While I think this would make a good read for most parents, I would warn that you need a healthy dose of joy and perspective as well.  Ultimately, our hope, in all things, is in the Lord.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Monterey Bay Aquarium-- A Homeschooler's Review

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This past weekend, we were lucky enough to be a part of Monterey Bay Aquarium's Homeschool Program.  A delightful field trip to be sure.  Check out our experience!

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Homeschool Curriculum Review: Writing

 Teaching writing to your children can be a challenge.  At least it is in our house.  :-)  But over the last year or so, I've a few resources that have made that challenge just a little easier.  Below you'll find some of our favorite resources for teaching writing across subjects as well as a fun journal to take the pressure off and just get your kids writing.  Hope they help!

Resources in the video:

*Biography Outline:

*Famous Scientist Research Paper:

*Who Was... Journal:

Additional Resources for Writing:

*Living History Project:

*My Holiday Traditions Printable:

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Homeschool Curriculum Review Playlist

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Monday, February 5, 2018

12 First and Second Grade Read Alouds

We are a family of readers.  And I learned early on that read aloud time was going to quickly become engrained in our family culture.  It started out as nursery rhymes when the kids were toddlers.  Then it became picture books before bed.  What started as a fun way to cuddle in the evenings turned into a rich time of bonding and learning.  It grew organically from the time they were young, but it's never too late to start reading to your kids.  Pick a book that looks of interest to both of you and just go for it.  In that strain of thought, here are 12 books with a fun story and the right length to keep your first grader and second graders interested from cover to cover.  Enjoy!

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Stuart Little by E. B. White

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

Homer Price by Robert Mccluskey

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

White Fang by Jack London

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

What are some of your favorite read aloud for first and second grade?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Books of the Month Collab Jan '18

Sharing what I read this month... the good, the bad, and the ugly... some heavy reading to start off the year, but some life changing reads.  And find out my one of my favorite parenting books of all time!

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