Finding Joy After The Storm

Finding Joy After The Storm

Patience is a virtue. hands-437968_640I had to repeat that phrase to myself many times this past week. Challenges come in many ways to families. A difficult child, physical limitations, financial struggles, mental illness, and other assorted trials in the form of learning how to deal with life on earth.  Families from every walk of life find themselves saying the same thing to themselves as they seek to find joy in the journey.

 

Homeschooling: Teaching Children How to Evaluate Sources

Homeschooling: Teaching Children How to Evaluate Sources

Girl taking notes in schoolAs a writer, I spent a great deal of time teaching my children to write and to do research. I taught them how to evaluate sources and to recognize bias. I wanted them to be intelligent readers. My parents were strict about this. When we watched commercials on television, they asked us what message the advertiser was trying to send us and what methods he was using to get us to see things his way. We learned to identify loaded words and arguments. When we researched a topic, they would show us how to evaluate the source to understand bias and the author’s qualifications to write on the subject. We learned how to find and use a wide range of resources. These skills are useful to me as a writer, as a life-long independent student, and as a human being.

Let’s Be Nicer to Moms We See in Public

When my first child was a toddler, she decided to have a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store. After all, what’s the fun in having one in private? She threw herself to the floor and began wailing. Irritated shoppers all stared at me or complained, and some started instructing me in what to do. Since the instructions were all contradictory, and some were abusive, they only made things worse. I became almost paralyzed with embarrassment and fear. How was I going to get out of this?

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