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  1. PAGE #1 Welcome to High School Motherlode #1 -- the first "motherlode" of linked threads on high school topics. There is also a college motherlode of linked threads on preparing for/applying to/attending college AND a few post-high school topics that are NOT college related. Enjoy exploring the amazing collected wisdom of The Hive! (In case links break, I have listed threads by their original subject heading, and have also provided the original post date and poster for search in various ways.) Warmest regards, Lori D. topics linked in first 2 posts of this thread CREATED: Aug. 2012 UPDATED & REORGANIZED: Sept. 2018 ======================== CONTENTS: HIGH SCHOOL MOTHERLODE #1: page 1 topics: High School Time Table (what to do/when for each year of high school) Teaching Executive Function Skills Preparing for High School Addressing Fears Getting Started Books & Resources Making a High School Plan Time Management High School on a Budget Expectations/Attitudes Accreditation / Cover Schools page 2 topics: tests -- info and comparisons on: - PSAT (National Merit Scholarship qualifying test) - ACT / SAT (frequent college entrance requirement) - SAT Subject (also called SAT II) - AP (Advanced Placement courses & tests) - CLEP (college credit by exam) - GED (high school diploma equivalency test) - ASVAB (military entrance exam) - Compass/Accuplacer (college placement test) - IB (International Baccalaureatte program / diploma), and comparison with AP ======================== High School Motherlode #2 -- pinned thread at top of high school board page 1 - transcripts / credits / grading & GPA - honors designation - record keeping / course description / letter of recommendation - graduation / diploma page 5 - homeschool subjects (English, Math, Science, Foreign Language, Electives) - making your own courses - extracurricular activities - outsourcing / online classes / dual enrollment Going to College Motherlode -- pinned thread at top of college board page 1 = college search / college visits / online college page 2 = college applications / Common App (including more on transcripts, course descriptions, etc.) page 3 = financial aid / scholarships / FAFSA and CSS Profile page 4 = Honors Programs / Internships / NCAA page 5 = heading to college / at college / overseas studies page 6 = alternatives to college / gap year / military / career exploration ======================== GENERAL TOPICS Reference threads High School "Time Table" (deadlines + what to do/when in each year of high school and for college prep) -- Mar 4 2012, Lori D. College [prep] checklist: heading into 11th grade, what should we be doing? — Jan 24 2018, mirabillis What do "seventh" and "ninth" grade look like to you? (brain development and goals for the average student for grades 7-12) -- May 31 2012, Colleen in SEVA Could you point me to a list? (what type of classes "count" for what type of subjects/credits) -- Aug 13 2013, MomOfOneFunOne Can you help me decipher some terms please? (defines: Honors, AP, “regular”, high school, and college) — Apr 15 2018, chocolate-chip chooky Explicitly teaching executive function skills (great descriptions of techniques for helping atypical learners, esp. in learning how to study/learn) -- Sept 30 2018, lewelma Preparing for high school (looking ahead from middle school) If you knew then what you know now (what would you do differently for Logic stage years) -- Feb 25 2009, MSNative High school parents: looking back what would be your ideal for 7th/8th grades -- Jan 15 2009, at the beach 8th grade goals: What skills do your kids need to practice before high school? -- May 14 2015, Chrysalis Academy Looking back (what you would do differently to prepare for high school work) -- Oct 19 2008, Guest Hypothetical question: What to do for the 4 years before public high school? -- July 2 2013, Walking-Iris How best to prepare for high school? — Feb 2 2016, Gwenny Pressing through the middle years of homeschooling: how do you do it? -- Nov 11 2014, Chrysalis Academy Addressing Fears about homeschooling High School The "There Will Be Gaps" thread -- June 2 2013, swimmermom3 Damn...now things are starting to feel real -- Jun 28 2015, SparklyUnicorn To all you people with 8th graders (or there abouts) (encouragement of what to do in 8th to get ready) -- Nov 18 2008, Nan in Mass For those of you with 8th graders considering homeschooling high school (encouragement of what high school can look like) -- Jan 30 2008, Nan in Mass Will I ruin my kid's life by homeschooling for high school, and other questions -- Apr 1 2015, NoPlaceLikeHome Talk to Me About High School Fears (will my homeschool transcripts/records be accepted by colleges?) -- Mar 11 2009, debbiec Teaching a high schooler next year.. I am terrified! (encouragement of what is needed, how to plan) -- Nov 30 2014, kfeusse Approaching high school, confidence flying out the window (can I do it at home? what about outsourcing? extracurriculars?) -- Oct 21 2014, Calming Tea How do you plan high school for the child that you've got? (big thread; how to support interests AND complete academic credits?) -- Jan 21 2015, Chrysalis Academy Please describe the reality of homeschooling high school (time commitment; typical day; what do you do) -- June 1 2016, EKT Homeschool vs. Public (or Private) High School vs. Classical Conversations Challenge Pros and cons of homeschooling high school — Aug 2 2016, Jean in Newcastle Just curious: why do you send you DC to public school [for high school] (discussion on why/why not homeschool high school) — June 2 2017, extrafor6 Rising 9th grader wants to try public school — Feb 1 2018, Tumbatoo When you teen decides, “I think I want to try high school next year.” (experiences?) — Sept 21 2016, Elfknitter.# Classical Conversations Challenge for high school - experiences? -- May 19 2017, diaper joys ======================== GETTING STARTED Overview/Topics to Start With Can someone link me to a nice 4-year overview for high school? (lots of topics: planning, required credits, tips, info on tests, etc.) -- Feb 22 2014, Halcyon I need a guidance counselor (addresses fears, tips on planning, ideas for outsourcing, info on tests, etc.) -- Mar 20 2015, SaprklyUnicorn Starting over again - homeschooling in 8th-12th grades questions (good overview of all the "getting started" topics) -- Oct 14 2014, snipsnsnailsx5 My son is starting high school this year (linked resources, tips, and gentle steps from posters on getting started) -- Jan 13 2013, faiths13 High school curriculum, where do I start?? (how to decide what credits to do, and then how to select curriculum) -- Dec 26 2012, mamakelly Homeschooling high school... where to begin? (links to threads on specific topics: getting started, curriculum, credits, transcripts, etc.) -- Oct 14 2010, iwjeanie Where to start? Which resources, etc.? -- Jan 23 2013, profmom Soon to be high schooler (where do I start?) - Feb 7 2010, scrapbabe Books and Resources Need book suggestion for help in homeschooling through high school -- Feb 7 2009, Debbi in Texas High School at Home (books/resources to help?) -- Mar 9 2009, Pensguys Homeschooling High School (suggest books for overall planning/getting started) -- Jan 19 2009, Chelle in MO Homeschooling high school with limited resources (need resource ideas) — Jan 20 2018, Entropymama High School on a Budget Free homeschool curriculum and resources (mega list, all ages, including high school) -- Feb 20 2017, shinyhappypeople A free high school curriculum list -- May 24 2014, Karen Looking to outsource: need ideas to make it affordable -- Nov 11, 2017, diaperjoys Homeschooling high school with limited resources -- Jan 20 2018, Entropymama Homeschooling high school on a very tigt budget, the duct tape and WD40 way -- Jun 8 2016, frugalmamtax Is this even possible: homeschool high school for free or very cheap -- Sept 13 2016, Um_2_4 Rigorous high school (esp. 9th and 10th) on a shoe string -- Jan 24 2016, Calming Tea High school on a budget? -- Sept 30 2015, Calming Tea s/o Minimalist schooling: poverty schooling? (ideas for all grades, as well as high school) -- Dec 28 2016, frugalmamatx How would you home school high school without internet and lots of driving? — Nov 29 2015, Pen Oldschooling Homeschooling for High School (a number of low cost ideas) -- June 8 2016, frugalmamtx ======================== PLANNING / SCHEDULING General Discussions The breadth vs. depth question -- July 7 2010, swimmermom3 Broad vs. Focused study in high school and how to find balance? -- Mar 18 2013, Kfamily Are we all crazy? How can a kid get everything done in high school homeschool? -- Mar 16 2010, titianmom To parents of freshmen, sophomores next year (4 types of college admissions, and why you have to plan ahead in the high school years) -- Apr 25 2014, Nan in Mass NOT planning for college (options? how would that change high school?) -- Feb 19 2016, shinyhappypeople What is a "good" education? -- Jan 16 2019, zyxwvut Making a High School Plan Looking forward toward high school (time line, planning credits, how to make a plan, picking curriculum) -- Jan 2 2016, Sebastian (a lady) When formulating a high school plan (what factors to consider?) -- Feb 10 2010, razorbackmama To parents of freshmen, sophomores next year (4 types of college admissions; why you have to plan ahead in high school) -- 25 Apr 2014, Nan in Mass How many credits / college prep & graduation requirements How many credits for all of high school? -- Dec 16 2016, Garga 5 or 6 classes a year per year in high school? — Sept 30 2014, LNC Hold my hand: help with 9th grade plan? -- Apr 16 2017, Lucy the Valiant Advice for 9th grade planning (includes discussion on over-scheduling, balance/not burning out student, etc.) -- Nov 28 2016, popehj Frustrated with meeting college requirements vs. our own -- Sept 13 2011, Kfamily Another transcript issue for us: # of credits (will 30+ credits be too much?) -- Aug 31 2018, Evanthe Graduation requirements (how to plan credits over high school; college prep set of credits; what an English credit looks like) -- Aug 31 2017, provenance61 Time Management How do we get all of the things we want to cover crammed into 4 years of high school? Looking for advice from seasoned moms — Feb 19 2018, housemouse OMG! Please tell me this is typical and it gets better -- Sept 28 2016, reefgazer A homeschooled day week in the life of a teen -- May 4 2015; Quark Please tell me this is typical and gets better -- Sept 28 2016, reefgazer High school planning angst - time, credits, depth, oh my -- Dec 5 2015, Chrysalis Academy Too many hours doing school work vs. just being a kid -- Feb 27 2016, dereksurfs Typical length of hours for academics in high school? -- May 30 2017, j_thurm Specific Ideas for Scheduling Planning 4 or 5 days/week? Some other method? -- May 12 2012, OHElizabeth Scheduling questions -- how much in a day? (ideas for not overloading/keeping a balance) -- Aug 14 2014, Brandicm Scheduling: time on task vs. set amount of time/subject vs. predetermined assignments -- Aug 28 2014, g1234 Scheduling -- Nov 7 2013, Woodland Mist Academy I'm toying with block scheduling (last post includes links to more threads on block scheduling) -- Aug 30 2012, Jean in Newcastle ======================== EXPECTATIONS / ATTITUDES Various Teen Topics Seeking advice on teen boys :) — Feb 12 2018, lewber How organized should a 16-year-old be? — April 9 2018, borninthesouth How much do you interact with or talk with your high schooler throughout the school day? — Mar 20 2018, hopeistheword “Why Aren’t American Teenagers Working Anymore?” (link to article; sparked much discussion) — June 11 2017, Melissa M Helping our young adults find the “bright side”? — June 1 2017, swimmermom3 Depth and Passion? (how to help your student develop this?) — Feb 21 2018, Jazzy Is anyone else’s senior just worn out? — Mar 22 2017, Attolia Interest-led AND college-bound? — Feb 6 2018, PeachyDoodle Attitude Smart yet unmotivated teen — Jan 24 2018, leeannpal How do you handle an intentionally difficult high schooler? -- Nov 30 2017, Sharon37217 Homeschooling a reluctant teenager -- Dec 30 2017, 2ndGenHomeschooler How to deal with a teen that doesn't want to do anything -- Aug 31 2015, GypsyHomesteader Tired of dealing with this kid (bright, NOT motivated, behind -- just graduate him?) -- May 2 2016, razorbackmama Accelerate / skip a grade / graduate early Red shirting an accelerated learner? (discussion covers several topics on this subject) -- July 17 2018, JRmommy 2e high school - pushing a highly-gifted low-energy teen -- Apr 29 2017, tj_610 If your child is accelerated does s/he graduate early? -- June 5 2015, JadeOrchidSong Graduate early (gifted)? (your experiences?) -- Aug 22 2016, StephanieZ Has anyone decided last minute to graduate their junior early (posters pose good questions to think through) -- Oct 28 2016, prairie~phlox Skipping junior year? (any repercussions with earlier PSAT or ASVAB tests and declaring a grade?) -- May 18 2015, jetzmama I can't decide whether this is my DD's 9th or 10th grade year -- Aug 17 2018, Calming Tea No outsourcing and now potentially no Dual Enrollment: WWYD? Graduate early? — Feb 17 2018, frugalmamatx "Just Average" Does anyone on this board have a NON-superstar high school student? — Jan 17 2015, Kinsa High school AS high school — Feb 16 2012, Kim in SouthGa Anyone just doing average work in high school? — Aug 1 2012, scrapbabe s/o “average” work in high school: when did you know that’s how it would be? — Sept 9 2012, JaneP I want to share some very average PSAT scores — Dec 8 2012, teachermom283 Launching an average kid — Sept 8 2017, Jazzy I would like to hear from moms of “average” kids who want to go to college — Aug 13 2012, Kris in Wis Anyone with extraordinarily average students attending college? — Dec 19 2017, dereksurfs I get so depressed reading some posts on this board (anyone else NOT have over-achievers?) — Feb 11 2016, kfeusse I need former slacker teen success stories today — Mar 9 2018, texasmom33 "Behind" (due to illness or other) / LDs (Learning Disabilities) Learning disabilities and college admission (and accommodations for tests) -- Feb 11 2017, AmyinMD Accommodations for teen with ADHD, anger, and depression — Jan 22 2018, Zoo Keeper Do you tell your student's online teachers about LDs? -- Jan 11 2016, AppleGreen Online high school for someone who is behind (due to illness) — Jan 30 2018, Joyce Gripe High school with a chronic illness -- Aug 15 2017, Chrysalis Academy Online high school for someone who is behind -- Jan 30 2018, Joyce Gripe Very behind in math: need some advice for best path forward -- Mar 8 2018, ILiveInFlipFlops ======================== ACCREDITATION / COVER SCHOOLS / STATE REQUIREMENTS Accreditation Living overseas and need help with homeschool diploma -- Jun 20 2022, Kencam Homeschooling internationally with an accredited online high school -- Aug 27 2019, Nikki Dee Can I get some clarification? Accredited vs not (is it the school/organization that is accredited, or can curricula be accredited?) -- Jan 9 2017, heartlikealion Accreditation: how important is it? -- Feb 12 2018, momof2cowboys In this situation would an accredited transcript be worth it? (not going beyond high school, or only to trade school) -- Feb 2 2018, HSmomof2 9th grade: seek accredited program or not (in case ending up at public high school or trade school) -- May 14 2016, blue darling Accreditation (how GA homeschoolers can be accredited) -- June 19 2012, Momto MERLD Accredited diploma programs for high school -- Apr 21 2017, HSmomof2 Cover / Umbrella Schools NARHS documentation for diploma -- Mar 13 2019, Hilltopmom Does accreditation matter for outsourced classes? -- Mar 9 2022, EKT Using a cover school for only 9th and 10th: cons? — Mar 14 2018, MamaSprout Accredited diploma programs [cover school] for high school (which ones let me choose the curricula) -- Apr 21 2017, HSmomof2 NARHS: any experience with them? — Mar 8 2018, bluebonnetgirl Options for earning a high school diploma (what program/organization oversees credits and awards diplomas?) -- Feb 27 2016, Daria State Requirements Do you base [your homeschool] high graduation school requirements on local public school standards? -- May 15 2018, Innisfree Do I have to follow state [public school] graduation requirements? -- Dec 11, 2014 Veritaserum State requirements for graduation (do you follow public school requirements or not?) -- Apr 1 2016, Pronghorn Determining your graduation requirements (how/when did you decide?) -- Nov 12 2015, MissMousie Graduation requirements (what are yours?) -- May 9 2015, FreeIndeed College requires proof of meeting high school graduation requirements -- Dec 12 2016, Amoco California a-g California charter schools and a-g requirements -- Apr 16 2017, LAmom If you plan to apply to UC schools, list your courses here: another a-g thread -- Sept 10 2016, mirabillis UC a-g online vendors: a lot are being dropped -- Mar 20 2018, Calbear A-g -- July 4 2018, happycc College admissions requirement: accredited high school (CA colleges and a-g requirements) -- Feb 17 2015, Cakes Accredited high school diploma needed for community college (is this needed in CA or for a-g requirements?) -- May 31 2017, Virlizorchid99 New Jersey Is this too much for 9th grade? (NJ credit requirements + topics of college prep set of credits, how to include "extras", etc.) -- Jan 4 2017, CatholicMom Graduation requirements (translating NJ 5 credits = 1 credit + other topics) -- Aug 31 2017, provenance61 New York Anyone in upstate NY? Can you please fill me in? -- Feb 27 2018, EKT Tired of NYS -- Apr 19 2016, Blossom'sGirl NY wanting proof of high school diploma -- Oct 2 2015, Nancy in NH Pennsylvania Not exactly new, but need help (PA credit requirements + topics of blending public high school & homeschool -- June 26 2016, kozureokami ======================== topics / links continue on next page
  2. Hello, Can anyone share information about homeschooling groups (mainly focused on academics) in the Silicon Valley area? I'm looking for a cooperative group where dedicated parents prepare and teach lessons to the group at weekly meetings. Does anything like this exist in that area? Also, any suggestions on housing areas to seek or avoid on a limited budget? Thanks!
  3. Our son is 12, almost 13. He's a good kid, very smart, but entered puberty last year and -- oh my. He is developing a lot of curiousity and an interest in some not so good things. And the worst of it is very recent, he got from listening to two older boys talking at a Boy Scout meeting of all things. When they were goofing around and not busy. Things beyond just a basic interest in sex. So obviously we have a lot to work on here. I would like to find some books we can go through together which talk about puberty in boys and its' challenges. How to approach growing up and becoming interested in girls, but in a healthy manner. And some which also tackle issues of how to develop maturity and a sense of right/wrong. And how to deal with temptations. I do want to approach this from a Christian perspective, too -- but would like books both Christian and secular. Please can anyone help us find a place to start?
  4. Emma MacDonald, a 16 year old homeschool teen, released her new CD by a teen for teens that homeschool families made possible through Kickstarter!! Lyrics and snippets for each song are on her website to make sure it's right for your family. To buy a CD or download a digital copy, go to http://www.emmamac.com and we'd LOVE it if you'd share her website with ALL your friends!
  5. Homeschooling has enabled my daughter Emma to write Christian music for other teens. You can listen to 2 of the songs she'll put on the CD through the link below -- PLEASE LISTEN to her music and let us know if you like it on her facebook page Emma MacDonald's Music). Her title track, Something Greater has everything to do with how she's been able to view the world through the blessings of homeschooling - https://soundcloud.com/emma-macdonald-music/sets/emma-macdonald She's stressing because she only has 3 days left of her CD fundraiser. It ends Friday, Dec. 6 @6pm. If you've considered donating, NOW would be a great time. Thank you for all the prayers, donations & words of encouragement on her behalf - this is a big (read hugely exciting & stressful) undertaking for a 15 (now 16) year old. I pray that God will help Em become Something Greater than she is now and the He will Never Let (her) Go. Video & Fundraiser Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/emmamacdonald/something-greater-album Thank you SO much for listening and watching! Jenn MacDonald
  6. Those of you on the College Board are aware of the struggle my middle son is having right now with depression and anxiety. I had naively hoped that by dropping AP Latin, finishing this quarter of college classes this week and getting some relief on his AP World History class, that things would be getting better. In a way, they have. My son feels relieved. However, he also has felt more free to share things with us (or has been instructed by his therapist to do so.) Well, things are worse than I imagined. It is like an onion - the more we peel back, the more we find underneath. While meeting with ds' therapist this evening, she strongly encouraged us to take ds to the ER for an evaluation. I was uncomfortable with this because friends of mine have had terrible experiences with this, but she was pretty insistent. Things keep coming out. Well, we did take him to the ER and they transferred us to their Mental Health facility. More things came out during the intake interview. I am just ill with worry and anxiety over this. The upside is that they recommended a partial inpatient stay - meaning he goes to their outpatient facility every day for the equivalent of a school day and then comes home. They have a structured program that helps kids with his issues learn to manage. Plus, he gets in to see a psychiatrist much earlier than we would be able to get him in otherwise. My son seems hopeful that this is a good thing. It is the most positive I have seen him in a while. I know that more stuff is going to come out and that will be very scary. I am emotionally exhausted. My husband is very distraught, but very supportive. Please pray for us - strength that we can deal with the ups and downs of his illness and pray for him - for peace and healing and that he finds hope and joy again.
  7. We as a family practice Sabbath on Sundays. Now our eldest is having to work on Sunday's some weeks. My husband has requested that she takes her Sabbath as close to ours as possible. She has to pick Saturday because she works Mon - Wed. Sabbath in our home, means studying scripture, sitting in a sermon or two, no household chores like laundry, dusting, etc. The only exceptions is preparing meals and cleaning up afterwards. How do other families balance one person taking their Sabbath when others aren't. Toss in the young adult in question doesn't pull her fair load during the week and the younger 3 are going to look at me cross eyed when I inform them after lunch that we have to now clean the house to prepare for Sabbath and no, the eldest doesn't have to help. I really wish my life was different today!
  8. Hosting a giveaway for this game on my blog right now and I'd love to get a few more entries. Not specifically homeschooling-related, but I thought some of us might have kids who'd be interested in it, particularly because it seems like a good game for big kids and little kids (reading) to play together. Because I have many Jewish readers, I do mention that a "Jewish Fluxx" expansion pack is available; if you win, you can choose whether or not you want to receive that. Without it, it's just the regular game. :-) Click here to enter between now and Friday, Dec 21!
  9. I was remembering the days when my ds1 was at home for one year of high school when we would wrestle sometimes....Even now I'll sometimes wrestle with dd, but not as much....I think it came from me trying to teach them a little self defense - escaping if someone tried to get them down for example, and how to toss someone over your shoulder using physics principles. Then I thought it might make an interesting poll.... Though I hug and kiss (probably the European influence) all my young adults, some are more affectionate than others, yet they all still like a good hug.... And I was wondering if this is something that homeschoolers would maintain longer - a warm physical relationship with teens/university level young adults? Joan
  10. ETA this is not about cereal that was one point of aggravation please do not respond over the cereal that is not the point I was stating how my daughter was acting and it seemed that was hard to understand so to be clear this is not about the cereal I have a 15 year old daughter who is a really great kid 99% of the time. She has some small moments nothing ever major. She helps me out with the youngers doesn't run wild has great manners other adults adore her but every now and then I am just kinda at a standstill. This is the situation... A few nigts ago she came to me with Can my friend stay all night? OK there has only been one friend who comes here often which I totally adore and calls me mom. I just love her considering the relationship it is not an ask situation so right off I knew this was someone else. She talks about a kid I have never even heard of before. Well I say I guess it is summer we do live in the boonies not many other kids around etc. Right off she says the kid is coming Friday and leaving Sunday night.Um NO! I don't know this kid I would not feel comfortable with all that. OK fine she will leave Saturday afternoon. I fully expect the kids mother to drop her off I have been giving directions over the phone assuming it was the mother No it was the sister in law who looked about 16 to be truthful. Not happy but the kid is here what can I do right? OK move forward it is dinner I hear my kid go into the bedroom telling her what we are having for dinner the kid is all I don't eat that tell your mom I already ate, OK for me and 4 kids we have a 600 a month budget for food and not food items this includes the animals food too toilet paper etc. Everything is budgeted I have a kid with food issues (tourettes adhd etc) Meals even breakfast is totally planned down to how much cereal is needed for a week. I always make sure to get a bit extra in case of guests a bit ..... I tell the kid I will wrap her dinner up and she can have it later if she gets hungry. I catch the door to my daughters room locked this is a major NO NO we do not lock doors I knock I enter there is no reason to lock doors especially since she is sharing a room with her sister. This ticks me off I say nothing I wake up this morning to make my youngest breakfast the bag of cereal is gone. Just gone I am like OK where did the cereal go? They had taken it in the bedroom at some point and ate over half the bag. Just snacking on it like chips or something. I am very angry. That kids plate is still wrapped in my fridge along with lastnights leftovers. The rule in this house being if you are hungry later you eat the leftovers period. Now she tells me the kid will be picked up tonight instead of this afternoon. I want the kid to leave I am angry and I feel like I am going to snap. Am I overreacting?
  11. I saw a number of posts on this site about the need of book reviews written from a Christian point of view. For the past 16 years, the Christian Library Journal has provided this service. We exist to let parents and librarians know about books for kids and teens, looking at them from a Christian point of view. There is no charge for this service. Go to www.christianlibraryj.org and register to access all past issues. And while there, join our blog, no charge. Beginning this month we are posting reviews regularly on the blogs, rather than make up a pdf version. We are also developing, and posting, titles which will make up a core collection for the Christian reader. Same blog, both services. Enjoy!
  12. I've written a post about the unexpected benefits of reading aloud to older kids and teens. I've found it such a wonderful way to talk about difficult issues with them: http://www.knittedthoughts.com/2011/11/reading-aloud-to-older-children.html
  13. I know that on any given week here we have questions... lots of WWYD... from exasperated (to varying degrees) moms dealing with teen attitude... I am hoping that I can get several of you to respond and share a favorite tip... (outside of duck tape...)(that's a joke)... for handling this. So far, I keep telling myself to not respond... to ignore mouthiness... to not get drawn into the moment (son likes to mumble and complain to get me arguing). So, when I make a statement like, "You need to turn off the video game and make your bed and come out to start the day," I try to walk away right away and humm or get something else into my mind right away because I KNOW he is going to put up a fight. "Why can't I play my video game? There's nothing to do all day anyway!" etc. But, my heart starts racing and I am agitated. I am the kind of parent who believes that I don't have to answer to my kids... I don't owe them explanations over and over throughout the day... That said, if the teen has a good attitude, I DO offer lots of explanations. "Hey, this is what the day is looking like..." I am working with a 14yr old boy and a 12 year old boy. I have a lot planned for the summer.... projects around the house and yard and volunteer opportunities for them once a week. The older one works for a neighbor and on boats at the docks at least once a week. I am not asking for them to sit around the house and crochet with me... lol My bottom line in all this is... when he gets my heart racing with his attitude and confrontational attitudes and mouthing off, I want to have a "matter of fact" consequence that is significant enough for him to WANT to stop behaving that way... I just don't know what consequences... Please share what you have been doing to work through these types of situations... (if I am not the only one!)
  14. Hi, I'm interested on how parents of teens divide up the parenting and life responsibilities. I'm not talking about the homeschooling part of it. I'm curious about how others divide up the parenting. (NOT the homeschooling - the parenting. Think about the things you would be doing to parent kids if they were in public school...) Who handles oversight of kid's chores? Who has the final say on what extra curricular activities each child will have? And then who gets them there and helps the child learn to manage those activities so the kid can be a part of them? Who teaches the kids about money management? Time management? Who handles bad attitudes? Who sits down with the kids to discuss life goals and careers? And then who sits with the child to remind them about those discussions and have healthy discussions about how much effort they are putting forth to MEET those goals. (Again a fine line here...... but imagine your kids were in public school and they said they want to do well and go to college. Which of you would have regular discussion with them about that and then follow up to make sure the child is making progress toward those goals? "You say you want to do ______, but you are earning a C+ average in school. What are you going to change so you can accomplish what you want to accomplish?" That kind of thing.) Which parent works with the child to brainstorm meaningful ways to spend summers in order to present a well-rounded student to selective colleges? How do you divide up the household stuff: Home Maintenance? Shopping? Major purchases and weekly errands? Cooking? Cleaning? Laundry? Yard Work? Car Care? Appliance Maintenance: Furnace filters, drier vent, defrost freezer, vac. coils on the fridge so it can breathe.... Financial Stuff: Who handles the budgeting and writes the checks? Who does the banking? Who handles household paperwork? Who handles long-term financial planning? Anything more you can think of? I'm curious about how couples with teens divide up these kinds of things. I'm the MOST interested in the teen-interaction stuff, but figured insight into how couple handle the house stuff might offer up a more balanced picture of the division of duties in your home and marriage. Thanks for your inout, Janice
  15. Does anyone have suggestions for a curriculum that teaches organization skills and time management for teenagers?
  16. Okay, kid just turned 16 this month. She's bright and capable but I really thought I had her nailed down this year. She's taking a heavy load 3 college classes and 5 "mom-designed" classes and has volunteer work too. Oh, and of course, she's focusing on driver's ed. On top of all that, we have a HEAVY (by most people's standards) Christian study and meeting schedule that she keeps up with beautifully. She's also the one that practically holds down the fort here due to my illness so she has more chores, goes on every errand, etc. My concern? She STILL has too much free-time. Now, that might not be such an issue, of course, if she spent it in ways I wasn't concerned about, but that isn't the case. I can deal with the extreme reading regimen. But she is playing an online game and with certain brain teasers A LOT. Now, I know very well that I could just limit those things but she's SIXTEEN (which seems so weird to be saying). At some point Mommy has to not micromanage. Mommy isn't going to be there to say "no more video games" SOON. She has got to learn to self-regulate. But she isn't just getting sick of doing these things as Mom would hope. So I keep thinking of other things she could do. Another class, maybe CLEPing something? There is also an ad in the paper for tutoring an Algebra student and they stress the need for patience (and Kimberly is the most patient person in the world as long as we're not relating it to her brother). I don't know. Am I just worrying about it too much? If she's keeping up with her studies, doing well, and considering the amount of other stuff she also does, maybe I should just be glad she's sooooooo "together." Help?
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