Internet Safety Tips for Teens and Tweens

If asked, every parent would say they want to keep their kids safe online. However, statistics have shown that children are more and more at risk online than ever before. Teens and tweens are more at risk than any other age due to the fact they have increased independence, and are more likely to seek out relationships online.

So, what is the secret to keeping our teens and tweens safe online? Educating our children about the dangers online can be done a few simple ways. Here are a few internet safety tips for teens and tweens.

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Homeschooling is a Lifestyle Choice

When I first began homeschooling I had no idea how quickly I would become passionate about it. Homeschooling has turned into a way of life. I am sure the same can be said for many of you. Homeschooling is a lifestyle choice. NOT just an education choice.

 

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How to Include Chores in our Homeschool Routine

As parents it is our job to prepare our children for life. As homeschool parents we can do this easily as we go throughout our day to day lives with our children. They see us “out in the world” on a daily basis; they go with us on errands to the grocery store, bank, and doctor’s offices. They are home with us and see us do laundry, clean the house, cook and more. But, how often do we complete our household tasks and NOT involve our children?

As homeschool parents we have ample opportunities to train our children to complete daily tasks and household chores. It is our job to train our children to work, and this can start at a young age. Even a preschooler can put his dirty clothes in the hamper. A 5-year-old is more than capable of picking up her room, and your 8-year-old is old enough to be responsible for unloading the dishwasher.

We can even include chores in our homeschool routine. Here is how chores work in our home, and this may also help you include chores in your homeschool routine as well!

  • Choose age appropriate chores. To find chores that are appropriate for your child’s age, check out this printable from the Happy Housewife.
  • Set a time each day for chores to be done. For our kids this is right after breakfast. Chores are expected to be completed BEFORE book work starts.
  • Count chore time as school. For logging purposes our school day begins at 8:30, book work does not start until 9. In this time our children are completing household tasks. You could consider this home ec, or something else, but for us it is an important part of learning. For example on some days my oldest does laundry, my middle feeds the animals, and my youngest helps me clean up from breakfast. All these things are teaching our kids something. Another example is cooking. This is a valuable skill, and one that many kids do NOT know how to do. Getting kids involved in it as a young teaches them measuring, temperatures, and in many cases patience….
  • Reward you children for their work. Our kids do get an allowance. It is a set price per day that chores are completed. For us this teaches them the value of a dollar, and teaches them that they do NOT get paid if they do NOT work.
  • Save and Give. If you choose to reward your children monetarily, be sure to teach them the importance of saving and giving. This allows them to learn the importance of saving their money, and the importance of giving back to an organization they care about.

As a homeschool family we are busy. And, one of the things we all realize is that we cannot do it all, and we shouldn’t have to! Our children can be built in helpers, and we are teaching them many valuable traits in the process.

Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

 

Heaven Brought Home

Welcome to Heaven on Earth : A Biblical Model for Parenting-A Comprehensive Group Study

This parenting course:

• Lays a biblical foundation for raising children for the glory of God.
• Examines the four ways Jesus grew and gives parents practical ways to help their children to become intellectually developed, physically healthy, spiritually strong, and socially connected.
• Explores ways to discipline children that inspire respect and obedience rather than insite anger and rebellion. The study directs the parent to see God as the perfect disciplinarian and gives real life examples to emulate Him to their children.
• Compassionately empathizes with parents who struggle with the feelings of failure. This biblical advice gives parents hope and encouragement.
• Enlightens every parent to understand the destructiveness of using anger to control a child’s behavior. It directs the parent to deal with his or her anger in a biblical way. Finding victory over an angry spirit is not only possible but God’s will for each person willing to submit to these biblical principles.
This six week parenting course strives to encourage every parent to be good stewards with the precious gift of every child He bestows on us. The course material includes everything needed to lead groups, small or large. All files and information necessary to administer each session is organized in folders on a CD data disk. A PowerPoint presentation containing author notes and a facilitator guide are included. Each lesson comes with printable student handouts, reading assignments, discussion questions, and homework assignments.

Kids Zone Program

     Optional KidsZone Program: Choose one, two or three days, April 7-9. Your children ages 4-12 can attend their own child sized homeschool conference while you attend Expo events. Alternatively, children are always welcome with their parents anywhere at the Expo.

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Are You Training Your Child To Complain?

Do you find yourself second guessing the amount of work you assigned your child based on their moaning and groaning? You know your child’s capabilities and have given out the assignments. As time passes your student is taking a long time and starts appeals of, “It’s too much writing and my hand hurts! All my assignments are long today, can you shorten some? I’ll never get this done in time.”

There are times to reevaluate, but do not let your child regularly manipulate you into changing your mind about the day’s lesson plan. If it works once, they’ll try again and a bad habit of complaining has started.

Be encouraged, if this has already started as a pattern in your homeschool you have the power to turn it around. Stand firm for a few days and your children will come to know that you have a NO WHINING HOMESCHOOL ZONE!

Homeschooling 101

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Children Who Struggle To Learn

Learn to homeschool special needs children.  Meet Randi St. Denis at the Alabama Homeschool Expo.  Randi is recognized as an expert in the technical aspects of learning that allow every type of child, from special needs to gifted the opportunity to learn.  She shows parents how to purchase materials that fit their child’s learning needs.

Discover ways to improve learning abilities and overcome stumbling blocks while attending the Children Who Struggle to Learn workshop. Important Handouts included.