Friday, February 3, 2023

Weekend Links ll February 3, 2023











This Week: 

What I'm Cooking:
The best meal we had this week was Greek Stirfry and the best part is that we made the whole thing on sheet pans.  Chicken, red potatoes, zucchini, onion, cherry tomatoes and an amazing spice blend.  The first time we made it, my 17 year old decleared it the best meal of his life.  It's been a reoccuring dish on our menu ever since.

What I'm Reading:
I finally started The Emotional Lives of Teenagers.  I'm reviewing this one for the author and I think I'll take my time working my way through it.  With two teens and a pre-teen in my house, I can certainly learn a lot in this area.

What I'm Doing:
Ever since the beginning of the year, I've been trying to get my 11 year old outdoors more.  We've taken on the 1000 hours outside challenge sothat means gloves, hats, and afternoon bike rides.  I have to admit that I've really started looking forward to that hour or so when we ride and talk.

What I'm Enjoying:
Blanket basket by the couch...
Green Ember books...
Logic games...
Picture books...
Playing the piano...

What are you up to?

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

What We're Reading and Our Homeschool Read Alouds ll January 2023

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 Sharing our reads from January including some educational reads, biographies, and more!

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Monday, January 30, 2023

Five Non-Negotiables for Busy Homeschool Days

*This post was originally published on 4/20/22.  Enjoy!

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Friday, January 27, 2023

Weekend Links ll January 27, 2023








This Week: 

What I'm Cooking:
My favorite meal this week was Fajita Salad... grilled chicken seasoned with cumin and lime juice, sauteed peppers and onions, and a HUGE bed of lettuce.  Amazing!  Easy, healthy, fresh... it's a family favorite and easy enough for mid-week.

What I'm Reading:
Wow!  I'm reading In Vital Harmony by Karen Glass and it's so good.  So good and so ... deep? I'm enjoying it, it's good, but... my poor brain feels old.  Think I might need to put this one down for awhile and pick up some fiction.

What I'm Doing:

What I'm Enjoying:
Buttered popcorn...
Afternoon bike rides...
Encouraging homeschool reads...
Date nights!!!

What are you up to?

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Finding Our Way Forward {Review}


Parenting young adults at any time in history is a challenge.  They're growing into new thoughts and ways of living.  And as parents, we're readjusting our role and letting go of expectations.  This day and age has added an additional layer of challenge as parents are navigating a shifting world along with their shifting roles.  So how can we successfully launch our 18 year olds into adult life?  And how can we feel confident in the way forward?

Author Melanie Springer Mock brings her years of parenting, combined with her years of teaching experience together in her new book, Finding Our Way Forward, to talk about how we parent in the adult years.  Written post-pandemic, Mock addresses the shifting times we live in and how Gen Z is finding their way.  Mock also calls upon her readers to look to the new generation to lead the way in what she finds to be innovative ways of living and thinking.  She points out how the old ways of living and leading are no longer working, and how to observe these young adults for better ways of moving forward.

I found Mock's book to be extremely off putting and off base.  What she's calling for is a radical abdication of established norms in favor of untested principles.  Throughout the book, wherever old patterns find themselves at odds with newer ideas, the older ways of doing things are always discounted as out of date.  The new is what will work.  While I do believe our young adults are smart and innovative, to say that they're going to save us is shortsighted and dangerous.  Additionally, Mock is extremely biased and stereotypes large groups of people.  She repeatedly brings up the "white evangelical" church with a tone of distain and stereotypes "white cisgender men" multiple times throughout the book.  And these are just two examples.  Finding Our Way Forward is full of judgement on multiple groups of people.  Furthermore, she perpetuates political biases that have been discredited; still she repeats them as fact.

I had such high hopes for this book.  I really tried to come to Finding Our Way Forward with an open mind, ready to learn.  But I walked away from the book with such a distaste for Mock's work.  Other than a few ideas about how to encourage our young adults, there's nothing in this title that I would recommend.  Greatly disappointed in this one and would warn my readers to run far from it.

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

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