The Benefits of Driving an Old Van

JMJ93  *You can fit half the neighborhood into your vehicle when you go places.  Seriously, it is nice to have extra space for additional friends to accompany us, or do a favor for another parent and transport one or more of their kids, on whatever adventure you are off to. Ring the School Bell 93/180…

Setting Goals for Part 2 of the School Year

JMJ90  *How are you personally holding up?  If you are overwhelmed, is there anything you can delegate to your kids or get outside help with?  When my children were little, we temporarily included a housecleaner once a month, and a gardener, in our budget.  Now that I have built-in more affordable help (older kids), we…

Bonding with your Older Child

JMJ-  *Be a good listener.  They will tell you more, if you just pause and listen.  Give advice in a non-bossy know-it-all way.  Talk about your own experiences, or what you would consider when they are talking about issues they are facing. Ring the School Bell 87/180 days I must confess, I have been a…

Reasons to Homeschool Part 2

JMJ  *With homeschooling, proper socialization opportunities abound, with people of all ages and backgrounds, assuming that you get out of the house!  It is more of a “slice of reality” to be mixed in with such an assortment of ages, than being mixed in with same-aged peers in a traditional classroom setting. Ring the School…

Technology and your Family

JMJ83  *As Sabrina worked diligently on her college application essay today, for Loyola Marymount University, it posed an interesting question: “Imagination requires going to the depths of reality. Do social media and instant communication pose obstacles to such reflection and serious thinking?  How can college students practice serious reflection in our always connected and instantaneous world?”…