As we began our seventh year of homeschooling this August, I found my mind plagued with doubts and fears. Are we doing the right thing? Why are we doing this? Is this what is best for our children? Are they missing out on a real school experience? Some homeschoolers have their kids take achievement tests […] Read more
Explode the Code is a workbook based, incremental phonics and reading program that has been utilized by schools and homeschoolers for over 30 years. Many homeschoolers have used this program with success throughout the years, and now with ETC Online, you can utilize this research proven program in a whole new way! My middle son […] Read more
At 7 o’clock tomorrow morning, all across America, Christian middle and high school students are gathering around their school flagpoles before school to pray. My 16 year old daughter is homeschooled, but I wouldn’t dream of excluding her from this yearly event. See You At The Pole is a student led prayer movement that happens just once a year. […] Read more
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. ~ Kahlil Gibran
Self-esteem is a core identity issue, essential to personal validation and our ability to experience joy.
Once achieved, it comes from the inside out. But it is assaulted or stunted from the outside in. A homeschooling mom with low self-esteem does not feel good about herself because she has absorbed negative messages about women from the culture and/or relationships.
The reign of youth, beauty and thinness in our society dooms every woman to eventual failure. Women’s magazines, starting with the teenage market, program them to focus all their efforts on their appearance.
Many girls learn, by age 12, to drop formerly enjoyable activities in favor of the beauty treadmill leading to nowhere. They become fanatical about diets. They munch, like rabbits, on leaves without salad dressing, jog in ice storms, and swear they love it! Ads abound for cosmetic surgery, enticing us to “repair” our aging bodies, as if the natural process of aging were an accident or a disease. Yet with all this effort, they still never feel like they are good enough.
In a women’s workshop a set of activities is designed to promote learning, discussion and feedback about a topic or event, you can achieve this with the traditional get together workshop, but online, all you need to do is logon to find other homeschooling mom’s views and suggestions about their life changing ways into a better self.
Get better everyday
Plan to do one thing that will help you improve physically, intellectually, emotionally, even spiritually. Making just one change for the better as a homeschooling mom will boost your attitude from the inside out. You can actually chose what you want to change in this category first. Things you do most are the ones you need to focus on. A simple task won’t take that long.
Little things add up
It’s amazing, really. The seemingly meaningless things you as a homeschooling mom do for yourself may not have immediate results, but after just a short period of time they’ll have you looking and feeling better. So add those bubbles to your bath, make sure you eat your vegetables, get enough sleep, think of doing something nice when you have nothing to do, and the results will be worth it.
Mirrors don’t lie
Catty acquaintances can. Well-meaning friends might out of kindness or fear of hurting the friendship, but if you’ve got spinach in your teeth, your mirror will point it out. These things can be bothersome when you thought you were in your best but end up like this, so keep in mind about how to look your best every time and enjoy its benefits. Remember, your homeschooling students are looking at your daily appearance – no pressure, right?
If you just can’t get rid of that cowlick in your hair, that pimple on your nose, or those extra three pounds from yesterday’s buffet, just throw some gel in you hair, conceal that pimple the best you can, and wear something that’s not too clingy.
To get that attitude going the right way, you need to appreciate your face and body for what it is. It may be unrealistic to tell you to love it, but you certainly shouldn’t hate it. You definitely need to value what life has thrown you. That’s easier said than done in this society of model adulation and unrealistic standards.
If you take a look at any success story and grasp the one element of similarity between them, you’ll notice that virtually every self-made, successful person has this one super-important object of success in their mind- a burning desire to succeed. What counts is your frame of mind. Age, location, ethnic origin, gender, or any other individuality have absolutely no part in your attitude to become what you desire.
Due to the slowly improving economy a lot of high school homeschooling moms are considering working from home, and now there is a set of decisions that must be made. First, high school homeschooling moms must decide whether or not working at home is right for them. Next, high school homeschooling moms need to consider what type of work at home opportunities would fit their already busy schedule. There are many opportunities for Wahms out there, both online and off. Having a successful Wahm career starts with evaluating your own skills and requirements in a job and then finding the right match.
Sometimes the best place to start with your Wahm career is where your out of the home career ended. Many highschool homeschooling moms find that they can become independent contractors in the field that they previously worked in. Highschool homeschooling moms can use their previous work experience as a launching pad for their Wahm career. Some of the ways to use your experience to your advantage are: finding a company that hires people in your field to work from home, using your previous experience to become an “expert” writer in your field or starting a business related to your previous field.
However, some highschool homeschooling moms look at their Wahm careers as a way to break out of their old job. If you’d like to try something completely different, there are plenty of opportunities for entry-level work as an independent contractor. Many of these jobs deal with telephone or online customer service. When you work as a customer service agent from your home, you just need a reliable Internet connection and a working phone. Companies also hire medical transcriptionists, data entry professionals and virtual personal assistants to telecommute.
Another option for starting your own business is offering a service in your community. Florists, professional organizers and hairdressers all have the option of working at home, among many other professions. Of course, starting a business in your community normally means that you’ve had some experience in that field. However, there are some small business ideas that can be started without much experience at all.
Many highschool homeschooling moms turn to the Internet for a source of at home income. The World Wide Web offers a plethora of job opportunities. You can offer your services online as a freelance web designer, writer or virtual assistant. You can also start an online store that sells products that you make yourself or have the rights to resell. Many Wahms establish their businesses online by using one of the popular auction sites, like eBay. Still others find a home in internet marketing, by directing web traffic to a website and then recommending certain products and services.
Decide first what type of job as a highschool homeschooling mom you’d like to do and then work from there. If you are truly a people person and need to get out each day, direct sales or a local service business might be right for you. If you are the type of mom who lives online and is comfortable with the Internet, try finding a job or starting your own business on the web. Just remember your first job is as a highschool homeschooling mom making sure your children have a full compliment of knowledge.
Once you’ve decided what category of job you’d like, do some research on what it takes to be successful at that type of business. If you feel like you are drawn to one particular business or company, then sit on your decision for a week and see how it feels. Imagine what your life will be like as you take on the duties of that job. Most importantly, be realistic with yourself about how much time you can devote to your business. Finding the right match isn’t hard when you thoroughly consider your options.
“Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.” Leonardo da Vinci
Winter is here, and it’s cold outside unless your African American homeschooling in Miami.
Time to turn up the heat in the home and our homeschooling curriculum to insure their fertile minds are focused on a positive foundation in education.
Da Vinci was very insightful in making the minds of genius bloom to their fullest. We have Kwanzaa celebrations to complete and continue to stoke the fires of our culture into our homeschooling curriculum as memorial to our rich and vast heritage.
Teach your children to be teachers…each one teach one.
Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. Malcolm Forbes
We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends. Mary McLeod Bethune
Our children have power….ever sat down and contemplated just that single affirmation. What power? Their future….being directed toward ‘good ends’, not drugs, prison, teen pregnancy or unemployment. Taught at home through a High school homeschool curriculum with the unlimited potential of internet homeschooling resources.
Courage is what it takes to change the ideas that allowed others to make bad choices, courage to change our homes, communities, cities, counties…our country. Courage shown when this country was first founded and everyone was homeschooled…..
The powerful potential to have a future that can change….the world.
Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. Malcolm Forbes