Please disable your Ad Blocker to better interact with this website.

Connect with us

Uplifting

Priceless Sanity-Saving Tips From Seasoned Homeschool Moms

One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is that, contrary to that whole socialization myth, you are not alone.

Published

on

For many of us, the school year is halfway up, and so is our sanity. Whether you’re homeschooling a fresh-faced kindergartner or your very last highschooler, challenges are bound to show up.

Maybe you’ve come up on a hurdle with math comprehension, or a major life event has thrown a wrench in your lesson plans, or you just still haven’t quite fully recovered from the holiday break.

One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is that, contrary to that whole socialization myth, you are not alone. Many of other homeschooling families have gone on before you and learned incredible things about overcoming the difficulties that we sometimes encounter. And, lucky for you, many of them have blogged about it.

take our poll - story continues below

Will you vote for President Trump in 2020 if he can’t get the wall built?

  • Will you vote for President Trump in 2020 if he can’t get the wall built?  

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Flag And Cross updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Trending: Trump Gives HILARIOUS Response When Asked About Socialist Ocasio-Cortez (Watch)

So, if you’re heading into the second half of the school year with a few more gray hairs than when you started, this list of the best sanity-saving ideas and encouragement from our favorite homeschooling bloggers is for you!

Don’t fight against your child’s unique learning style, work with it!

This is truly one of the best reasons to homeschool, especially for parents who have had to pull their struggling kids from public or private schools with set curricula. Take the Learning Style Quiz from Homeschool On! to get a better idea of your kid’s style, and run with it!

Come up with a balanced schedule.
If you’re naturally Type A and a bit of a hyper-planner, you may need to loosen up. If you’re constantly falling behind on reasonable goals, you may need to focus on planning just a tad more. It’s not as hard as it may seem to have a flexible homeschool plan that works for your family and satisfies any state requirements, you just need to find balance, and Cornerstone Confessions has some great tips to help you on your way.

Guide your children toward independence.
Who says homeschooling doesn’t prepare kids for the real world? If anything, you’ll do a better job of it if you guide your kids into the mastering discipline and doing a fair amount of their schoolwork independently. This is especially effective with interest-led learning, and The Well-Planned Gal is the expert on it!

Don’t leave out life skills!
Budgeting, grocery shopping, small repairs, entrepreneurship, and so much more, nearly everything you do now as an adult is something your kids can, and probably should, learn from you. Not only do these life skills help to fill requirements for basics like math and science, this is yet another area in which homeschooled kids can have a huge advantage and a leg-up into adulthood. Plus, many hands make light work. If your teens learn to cook breakfast for their smaller siblings, that’s a weight off your shoulders!

Need “me” time? Get up long before the kids do.
As you work on finding that balanced schedule that works for your family’s needs, don’t mistake yourself for a robot and neglect the quiet time we all need! For many homeschooling parents, the golden hour for “me time” is early in the morning before the kids are up. You’re wide awake, you can grab your coffee, get into the Word, and truly prepare yourself for the day ahead.

I won’t lie, homeschooling is not an effortless, self-maintaining lifestyle. It takes work, and a fair amount of it. But, if you find yourself trudging onward joylessly through the week, take a moment to breathe, re-evaluate, and look to the seasoned home-schooles out there for guidance.

 

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

Uplifting

Former Green Beret Sentenced To A Night In Jail, But What The Judge Does Next Will Blow You Away

Published

on

By

Judge Lou Olivera doesn’t have an easy job.

Sure, it’s great to be the one to hand down justice to an unrepentant criminal or someone who poses a serious danger to society. Still, judges have hearts like anyone else and there are just as many instances where a judge like Olivera is forced to sentence someone they truly wish they could help.

Olivera, district court judge over the Veterans Treatment Court in Cumberland County, North Carolina, showed the world his kind heart after he was forced to sentence former Green Beret Joe Serna for probation violation.

take our poll - story continues below

Will you vote for President Trump in 2020 if he can’t get the wall built?

  • Will you vote for President Trump in 2020 if he can’t get the wall built?  

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Flag And Cross updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

As a Gulf War veteran, Olivera is no stranger to the life-altering experience of combat. He’s seen plenty, placing him in a unique position to serve both his community and his fellow servicemen as a judge.

When Serna’s case came before him, Olivera was deeply moved.

Serna, a three-tour veteran of the war in Afghanistan and two-time Purple Heart recipient, is one of the innumerable veterans who find themselves suffering from PTSD and unable to cope back home.

For many veterans like Serna, alcohol or drugs seem to be waiting with open arms, offering false comfort and sending them on a downward spiral of self-destruction. The Veterans Treatment Court exists to serve veterans fighting this kind of battle, and it became Judge Olivera’s mission to make a difference in Serna’s life.

Serna was arrested for drunk driving a few years before this court date. One condition of his probation was that he was strictly prohibited from drinking alcohol. But when Serna lied about a recent urine test, Olivera couldn’t just let it slide.

“I gave Joe a night in jail because he had to be held accountable,” Olivera recounted to CBS.

Later on, when Serna entered his cell for the night, terrible memories came flooding back into his mind, memories of the event that sparked his PTSD.

“When I walked into the jail cell, and they closed the door behind me, I started feeling this anxiety,” Serna said. “It came back—a flashback.”

As an Army Sargent First Class, Serna survived an IED and a suicide bomber during his time in Afghanistan, but that wasn’t the event that shook him. Instead, it was a simple truck ride with three other men in his company that proved to be the most horrific event of his life.

“We were following the creek and the road gave way,” Serna recalled, tearfully, “And the vehicle went into the creek.”

As the water began rising in the truck, Serna found himself stuck and totally unable to move. The water rose up to his chin before finally subsiding and, tragically, he was the only one to leave that truck alive. Because of this incident, Serna not only suffers from PTSD, but extreme claustrophobia.

Judge Olivera, however, wasn’t finished with Serna. “I knew what Joe was going through and I knew Joe’s history. And he had to be held accountable,” Olivera said, “but I just felt I had to go with him. I felt I had to go with him.”

Within a few minutes of being locked up, Serna received the surprise of a lifetime when Judge Olivera walked through the door to join him for the night.

“We talked about our families,” Serna said, smiling. “The walls didn’t exist anymore. He brought me back to North Carolina from being in a truck in Afghanistan.”

“He is a judge, but that night, he was my battle buddy,” Serna said. “He knew what I was going through. As a warrior, he connected.”

And, just like that, Olivera, who saw his brother-in-arms struggling, lifted him up and carried him through the night, and hopefully sparked a change leading to a brighter future for Serna.

Continue Reading

Uplifting

WATCH: A Group of Strangers Work Together to Save Puppies From Pet Store Inferno

Published

on

By

The incredible lengths even a stranger off the street will go to in order to save a life, even when their efforts may put their own lives at risk, never cease to amaze.

When a fire broke out at Puppy Love, a pet store in Danbury, Connecticut, 86 terrified puppies were trapped in the blaze.

According to San Antonio Express-News, the call came in around 9 pm that the building had caught fire, and firefighters arrived on the scene in just two minutes. A second alarm was called in right away, but the firefighters knew they had to act quickly to rescue the animals inside.

take our poll - story continues below

Will you vote for President Trump in 2020 if he can’t get the wall built?

  • Will you vote for President Trump in 2020 if he can’t get the wall built?  

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Flag And Cross updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

“Chief, we gotta get the animals out,” one firefighter was overheard saying.

That’s when concerned members of the Danbury community started coming out of the woodwork to help rescue the howling dogs inside Puppy Love.

Civilians stopped their cars in the street, diners at neighboring restaurants got up from their seats, and even the manager of a nearby bar ran to the scene to break into the building and start pulling out crates containing the helpless, whimpering pups.

Even with brave citizens boldly smashing windows to rescue dogs in their crates, the sheer volume of animals inside forced them to come up with another plan.

With the heaviest flames still at the back of the building, the incredible crew of firefighters and civilians quickly formed a “human chain” to pull the dogs out of the building, Deputy Fire Chief Steve Williams said.

Thanks to their bravery, all 86 dogs and puppies were safely evacuated from the building and no injuries to animal or human were reported.

Sean Silverman, who co-owns Puppy Love with his wife, Nancy, revealed that the fire originated at a pole barn behind the store owned by a local utility company.

The Silvermans made their immense gratitude to the community who rallied behind them known in a recent Facebook post.
“We want to thank all of the Danbury Fire Department, City of Danbury Police Department, many veterinarian staff of Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital and South Salem Animal Hospital, staff of Stanziato’s Wood Fired Pizza and the whole community of Danbury and beyond for reaching out and helping the Puppy Love family!”

“All of our puppies are safe, warm and happily ate an extra dinner tonight,” they continued. “Stanziatos was kind enough to open their doors to us so our puppies have temporary housing while our store can be cleaned and be put back to order.”

This fire could have been a heartrending tragedy, but thank goodness for the brave firefighters and civilians who risked their own lives to give this story a happy ending.

Continue Reading

Latest Articles

Best of the Week

Send this to a friend