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Bullying, it seems to be the theme around our house the last few months. I don’t know about you but as a mom of two tween’s I want to teach my kids the necessary tools to deal with what ever comes their way. This is where the old saying “growing pains” fits in… growing up is hard. It is down right painful, but I truly believe that if we guide our kids we can ease that pain. I am not saying they will never feel pain. Trust me… If I could have taken pain away, my kids’ life would be a whole lot different around here. What I am saying is, by guiding them, maybe their pain could be lessened. Maybe they just might listen ( we can dream ) and avoid some of it altogether. I do know this, I will never regret teaching them, giving them insight, or giving instruction to my kids on how to treat others or how they should expect to be treated.

In the last year we have had our first run in with a word bully, then our first playground fight, and in this last few weeks we just experienced our first round of cyber bullying.

In these three cases came so many teaching lessons.

When we had our run in with the word bully we took this opportunity to teach ‘Why’? Why would someone say something so hurtful. We talked about this person and what is going on in their life that might cause them to have sadness, anger, and pain. We talked it out and then we prayed for those things then we tried to forgive. It is really easy to tell your child to forgive someone… but they are kids… heck I was still upset. I understood better but that did not take the pain away. So we tried to forgive. Still today we talk about this word bully… we are still forgiving.

Then came our first playground fight and the opportunity to teach friendship was ginormous. “WHAT!” I know that sounds bad right… but in all seriousness, one of our kids displayed friendship during a fight. Sometimes, well most of the time… going against the crowd is hard. During this event one of our kids pulled a child out of a position where he was getting beat up by many other children. Our child thought first of someone else! YHA! Fighting is wrong, but standing by idly while your friend is in need… that would of been wrong too… Friendship was taught…

Now Cyber Bulling… When in a leadership role on the internet you have responsibilities. This act of bullying has taught both of my kids how to stand up to a friend for the injustice of another friend. It has taught them that what you type on the computer is forever documented. Black and white for all the world to read. It has taught them to take caution with whom you give authority to.

All good things right? Of course none of these things came without a price. Bullying is real. But when talked about it, we can all learn.

We did a study on You Version about bullying with the kids. It was awesome. It brought on some really great discussions. I hope that you will do this study with your kiddo’s. Help them hide these words in their hearts.

 If possible, to the best of your ability, live at peace with all people.

Romans 12:18

Homeschooling Mama Drop out! Gasp!

As you all know I started out this school year homeschooling Ty…. Today, Ty started school at a nearby charter school. If any of you are wondering… Yes! I did throw myself a party this morning! I am so excited for him to be at school, largly because he is so happy. He is excited to be at school surrounded by peers in an environment that is challenging to his growing brain!

I have some thoughts on home schooling (now that I am an expert, listen real hard!)

1. Homeschooling is one of the single hardest things I have tried to do as a Mama.  I am not kidding, I applaud the amazing parents who have the brains and stamina to keep at it.

2. Homeschooling for me was lonely… FOR THE MAMA!!! I am not kidding, I have never felt more isolated. To be a great homeschooling parent you give up a large part of your daily (social) life. I don’t care what anyone says it is not okay to teach and talk on the phone… Totally not cool.

3. If you hate housework, cooking, or laundry then you should totally homeschool… At least for me something had to give, my sons education or the house. I was choosing school but getting irritated as the days went on and the house started looking like it should be on TLC. Get my drift? I am not a hoarder! I swear.

If  by chance you are a Mama who happens to have kids in traditional school but have friends who are homeschooling Mama’s, I highly suggest loving on them ALOT. Maybe a little note or dropping by lunch for her and her kids. Remember she won’t have time to visit but she will never forget that you fed her… Tummy and Spirit.

So here I am a Homeschooling Mama drop out. Things I learned about me,

I am NOT a great teacher. God made me for something else. I am an awesome help mate, I am awesome at helping with homework. I am not awesome at teaching a concept.

I still don’t like math. This is okay we were not all made to be CPA’S

Art is my Favorite subject… It is just apart of me… I love it!

Reading is awesome if you don’t have to. It is so important to read stuff you love… Anything!

Housework can wait… GASP! I know but my kids are growing up so fast!

Dinner can and has come from a box or a bag or delivery… that’s okay sometimes

I have a willing Spirit… My spirit it is willing…

Things I learned about my Son…

He like to wear his socks inside out all the time…This is a laundry challenge…

He hums or sings all day long… Drives me crazy but it soothes him or something.

He is the worlds fastest reader… even faster than me! I am amazed.

English is his favorite subject… And he is totally amazing at it!

Math is hard but if given the chance, he Rocks!

He needs constant affirmation. I have become a great cheerleader.

He needs physical exercise… A lot.  Kinda like a puppy.

He eats a lot! No wonder kids come home hungry!

He is a self learner.

My son is amazing. Through lots of prayer we made both the choice to home school and now the choice to join this charter school. Whatever education choice you make for your kids is personal between you and God. I am sure that The Lord wants for Ty way more than I can ever dream. And I have very lofty dreams for my kids. My hope is that at the end of each day, Mama’s you know that the choice you made is the right one because it was made on your knees. My hope is that we will, as Mama’s, hold each other up and cheer one another along. This is a long haul… 12 years of our babies life’s they spend on education we choose for them. I want my kids to look back on their education and know we did what was best for them. As hard as it is to admitting failure, realizing it 12 years from now would be so much harder.

So all in all I am so thankful for the last 18 weeks. I am thankful that I tried, I am thankful that we still love each other.  I am Thankful that we came across a school that fits most of our educational dreams for our kids.

Homeschooling Mama’s you rock my socks… I am in awe of your grace. As my grandma would say…

Keep on keeping on

On the Third Day of Christmas…

Another song!

 

httpv://youtu.be/p9mbYphmUZY

 

The previous two, the kids did about 20 takes each.  This one was on the first shot, and… well, its a fun one, so it is what it is.  🙂

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