No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope – Book Review

No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope – Book Review

Those tween years of 8-14 can really be difficult to navigate, for both parent and child! I know that I have often wondered myself, “where has my sweet little baby gone?”. We can all see and understand the physical changes happening at this age, but it is the emotional changes that really throw us for a loop. Or at least they throw ME for a loop! That is why I was so excited for the opportunity to read and review No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope from Great Waters Press.

Authors Hal and Melanie Young guide us on this challenging journey through these critical years of parenting. The book is full of personable stories of their experiences with the own children going through the tween years. And let me tell you, they are SPOT ON! As I read through the book, I found myself nodding several times. These were the exact things that are going on in our house right now, it was as if they could see into our home and were writing just for us! Not only do they tell about their own experiences, but they explain WHY these behaviours and feelings are happening, and how we can cope and help our children (and ourselves) through this difficult time of transitioning, of being “No Longer Little”.

As you can see from the table of contents below, they don’t skip out on anything. From Getting Bigger, to Brains Turning to Mush, from Social Struggles, to Media and Gaming, and Conflict At Home. Hal and Melanie cover all of the topics that we are struggling to make sense of.

They remind us that we aren’t alone in this, and that our children aren’t the only ones that seem to have gone completely bonkers at this age.
Does this sound familiar at all:

“We were convinced our son was brilliant, homeschooling was great,

and really, our parenting and teaching skills were awesome, too. Yes,

sir, life was sweet.

Then he turned nine, and the wheels fell off the train.

That year, school fell apart. Math was an all-day ordeal. Often, it

seemed, it was the only thing we got done. Everything he did took

forever, and he was constantly getting distracted.”

I had a similar experience with my son in our homeschool. He has become easily distracted and simple tasks dragged on and took forever! Hal and Melanie give an explanation as to why this happens, and it’s no ones fault.

Or how about this scenario:

“Son, go get me my keys,” one of us would tell him. The car keys were

always left on top of the microwave oven in the kitchen. No variation.

Forty-five minutes later, we’d find him wandering aimlessly around

the house. His shades were up, but no one was home.”

There have been SO MANY times when I would ask my child to do something, and the response would be “okay, just a minute”. And then 20 minutes later I’d go back and ask why he hadn’t done the task. I’d get a blank stare, and he didn’t even remember being asked in the first place. This was always so baffling to me, and frustrating!

It just can’t be helped. Hal and Melanie reassure us that this is a normal occurrence:

“During puberty, the part of the brain changing the most is the area

that controls executive functions. These are tasks like problem

solving, priority setting, short term memory, attention, and focus.

This is the center of common sense and good judgment, the part

which decides, “This thing—Good idea? Bad idea?”   ……

Neurologists say that during early adolescence, these parts of the

brain actually unravel; there truly is a temporary loss of function

as the neurons re-assemble into their adult configurations.”

Well, it all makes much more sense now doesn’t it?! They give some great advice and tips for coping through this stage, but of course there is no “cure” and we just have to do our best to be understanding and supportive of our children as they make this confusing transition from child to teenager.

If you’ve ever secretly thought to yourself “what has happened to my child!?”, I highly recommend that you read No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope. It is available as either an ebook or a printed copy from Great Waters Press. I’d suggest the printed copy so that you can keep it with you wherever you are, to re-read over each chapter as they come up in your own child’s life. Even if we can’t “fix” the tween years, this book is like a comforting hug to help us to help our children get through this stage with as much grace and hope as possible.

6 Simple Ways To Earn Extra Income As A Stay At Home Mom!

6 Simple Ways To Earn Extra Income As A Stay At Home Mom!

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We could all use a little extra income right?

But if your a stay at home mom like me, it can be hard to find ways to earn from home while still being able to look after our little ones. But it can be done, and I’m here to share a few of the ways that I have been earning extra income, without sacrificing my family time!

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Blogging

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So there you have it. These are some of the ways that I’ve found to earn an income from home without sacrificing my family time! I’m sure there are many more ways, but these are the ones that have been working for me.

Have you found other ways to earn from home that don’t take away from your job of being mom? I’d love for you to share your experiences in the comment section!

SchoolhouseTeachers.com | An Honest Review

SchoolhouseTeachers.com | An Honest Review

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I’m very excited to announce that I was recently accepted to the Homeschool Review Crew!

Bring a part of the Review Crew gives me the opportunity to try various homeschooling products and give you my honest opinions about them. No more wasting time wondering if a product is worth looking into. I will be giving you all the details right here, from one mama to another!

My first product review to share with you is the Yearly Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com!

SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a subscription-based website full of curriculum from preschool to high school. You will also find courses and resources for parents. They cover all your regular subjects, as well as many electives as well! Choose from a variety of online courses, videos, printables and even planners!

One of the first things I wanted to try with my own children was the Adventures In Writing course. It is perfect for both my 2nd grader AND my 5th grader, as they can each work at their own pace and capability.
The course takes them through the full process of creating their own story. From creating characters and a setting, to developing their own plot. It walks them through writing the beginning, middle and end of their story, and then teaches them to go back to add more detail and edit their work. The process was super easy, they even provided cute printable worksheets to go along with each lesson. I was able to teach each lesson by using the printable Lesson Plans for parents.
Both of my children were asking me each day “Can we do the story writing first?”. I think that is a good indication that they are enjoying the course!

Another area that I was really impressed with was the Just For Parents section.
If there is anything you are worried about as a parent or homeschool teacher, I bet you will find answers and inspiration here!

There are a plethora of courses and resources just for us parents, some of which include;
– Building Faithful Kids
– Joy In the Morning
– Special Needs
– Parenting Your Teenager
– How to teach Elementary Math
– Marriage Built to Last
– And there are so many MORE!

In this section you’ll find many tools to help make your homeschooling journey a little bit easier. Some of these tools include schedule builders, report card creators, a scope and sequence, and special needs help.
There is even help to streamline your household tasks, such as organization tips, monthly menus, and whole foods cooking!
You’ll receive encouragement from Bible studies, parenting articles, and homeschooling tips from veteran homeschoolers.

Just these resources alone would be more than worth the subscription cost of SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
I’m looking forward to diving into many of these great courses and articles.

Your membership with SchoolhouseTeachers.com includes some great Freebies too!

One of those awesome freebies that are included free of charge is a subscription to numerous World Book libraries, which is one of the newer features of SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
The World Book resources are broken up into 10 different libraries: Early World, Kids, Student, Advanced, EBooks, Timeline, Social Studies Power, Science Power, Discover and Spanish Library.

Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com also provides your family with free access to hundreds of streaming videos from providers including Creation.com, Drive Thru History, Vision Video, Discovery House, Boat Angel, City on a Hill, RightNow Media, and more!

Many of these videos are a part of the different courses offered, but they have also listed them in a Video Library section of the website so that you can watch them whenever you like!

Why not watch a video about Drawing with Realism?

So now that you’ve read my review, go ahead and visit SchoolhouseTeachers.com for yourself!

If you’re not quite convinced that it will make a great addition to your curriculum, why not read some more reviews by other awesome homeschooling moms HERE.

Now I’m off to print out a FREE planner and learn how to use Applecore Recordkeeping (YES, they are both included with your membership)!

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Educational Toys to Entertain Your Toddler

Educational Toys to Entertain Your Toddler

With my own toddler running around I know first hand just how active and busy they can be!

While I’m trying to homeschool my oldest two, I often find myself having to stop to find something to entertain my toddler every few minutes. Even when we aren’t doing school work, he is still so busy!

I always keep my eye out for toys that will be able to entertain and keep him busy for longer periods of time. And if they can be educational too, BIG BONUS!

Would you like to see some of the toys I’ve found recently that I absolutely LOVE?
You can click directly on a product below and it will take you to the site with more information. And you can also purchase the item there as well if it looks like a good fit for you and your toddler.

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I just love wooden toys, and I’m also a big fan toys that work on fine motor skills. My little guy could spend half an hour taking something apart and trying to put it back together again! That’s 25 minutes longer than a lot of other toys. I don’t know about you, but I can get a lot more accomplished in half an hour versus 5 minutes!

If there are any awesome toys you’ve found that can hold your toddler’s attention and are also educational, please tell me about them in the comment section below!

Spring Activities To Enjoy With Your Children!

Spring Activities To Enjoy With Your Children!

It’s that time of year again when the temperatures are starting to rise to a comfortable level and the weather is decent. For those of us that have felt cooped up all winter, now is our chance to get outside and take in that fresh air and sunshine!

But what if you’re not quite sure what to do outside with your little ones?

Have no fear!

Here is a list of some fun, yet simple activities you can do outside with your children!

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