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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Homeschooling The Confrontational Highschooler

She sat across from me and said, “I’m sending him to public school next year.”  “I’m afraid our relationship will be ruined if I continue to homeschool.”

This mother of a teen is not alone with her fears, but as we continued to talk, we recognized the lack of time we had spent with our parents.  The lack of time we spent with our parents caused a gulf in communication and relationship.

When your kids are at school all day, the window to talk with your teen is shortened and you still find yourself doing homework until late at night.  Sending your child to school doesn’t eliminate problems with their obedience, it just shortens the time you are with them.

The Alabama Homeschool Expo has experienced parents to guide through the High School Years.  After my first Homeschooling the Highschooler Conference, I found myself taking a big sigh of relief.  There is help and I can construct a course that will benefit my individual child.

Don’t let your family miss World View Teen Track being held at this year’s conference.  Among the speakers is Dr. Jeff Myers, one of the world’s leading authorities on youth leadership development.

http://alabamahomeschoolexpo.com/worldview-teen-track/

Take Responsibility For Your Homeschooling

“If I showed up late this often to any other job, I would have been fired a long time ago.” Those words of a friend have stuck with me for years.  Am I late for the doctor or dentist?  Probably not, the consequences are often unpleasant.

The consequences of chronically starting your school day late are also unpleasant.

  • You become impatient trying to play catch up or from the guilt of skipping planned activities.
  • It is hard to get children motivated if they had too long of a down time before starting  morning work.
  • Your children are watching and learning from everything you do, show them the importance of a good start.

I could go on, but you get the idea.  In honor of my friend’s husband who is in the army: Homeschooling, the toughest job you’ll ever love.

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At Your Wits End?!

Do you need help calming your explosive household? Tired of yelling at, negotiating with and bribing your child?  Do you want your child to take responsibility for his homework, morning routine and chores?

Kirk Martin and his family have conducted innovative camps with over 1,500 intense children right in their own home.  Now they are bringing there program Celebrate Calm to the Alabama Homeschool Expo.

For more information on Celebrate Calm and other homeschool workshops visit the Alabama Homeschool Expo in April.

http://alabamahomeschoolexpo.com/

Worldview Teen Track , http://alabamahomeschoolexpo.com/worldview-teen-track/

Our Children Are Like Us

I was attending a homeschool conference where the speaker was giving facts on how many Olympiads raised children that became Olympiads themselves.  The point the speaker was making is that children are a lot like their parents.  So whenever my husband says, “What is with our kids and math?”  I remind him that we were late bloomers.

On one hand, our children will be like us and we shouldn’t have unrealistic fantasies for expectations.  However, they are also a unique individual and  homeschooling gives them the opportunity to explore personal interest. God uses ordinary people for extraordinary circumstances, not just straight A students.

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Worldview Teen Track

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Learning Lessons From Natural Consequences

None of us want to coddle our children, but that is what happens when we repeatedly bail them out.  When they didn’t keep up with their things, didn’t finish an assignment or overslept,  natural consequences would be a better teacher than nagging.   Sometimes we bail them out because it is easier than letting them suffer the consequences or because it would make the parent look bad.

  • You lost your coat?  Do you have any money, I’ll take you to the thrift store to buy another.
  • I am sorry you didn’t have time to pack your lunch, but you were told to do it last night.
  • You will have to do extra credit work to make up for that bad grade.

There are times to give grace in a situation and we shouldn’t  expect our children to get it right every time.  However, slipping into a habit of bailing out our children will keep them from maturing.  We want them to grow in responsibility while they are growing in stature.

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Register Now for Worldview Teen Track

One of my fondest memories of high school was the opportunity to hear speakers who came and made presentations especially for teens.  These speakers captivated my attention and introduced me to adult issues, motivating and inspiring me to reach beyond my youth.  My friends and I, beleaguered and sometimes resistant teens, but curious nevertheless, truly looked forward to these assemblies. Some speakers especially, changed our lives forever.

That’s why we created The Worldview Teen Track at the Homeschool Expo – to offer the same opportunities to homeschool students.  Parents can conveniently enroll their teens in this optional two day seminar and then attend the Alabama Homeschool Expo, seeing exhibitors and participating in a wide variety of workshops.  Although teens are always welcome anywhere at the Expo, this optional Worldview Teen Track is sure to enrich and inform every young person who attends.   Our speakers have years of experience working with teens and know just how to engage them. 

Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to enroll a student!  Parents are always welcome to attend Teen Track, too!

Learn More about Worldview Teen Track Speakers and Schedule:
http://alabamahomeschoolexpo.com/worldview-teen-track/

Warm Regards,

Randi St.Denis
Homeschool Parent of 7 Children/ Educational Consultant
Director: Home Educators Encouragement Alliance
AlabamaHomeschoolExpo.com
ExpoHEEA@aol.com