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You can have your Village! I'll take 'home' any day of the week.

April 19, 2015

Funny enough as I’ve been in a bustling 'tunnel of preparation' for my speaking sessions at an upcoming home education conference, there’s been lot’s of noise and buzz in the news this week about educating the next generation. I had to come up for air today to chat about the first headline…


After throwing her hat in the ring last Sunday for a presidential run in 2016, Hillary Clinton’s first official campaign stop in Iowa last week included a ‘round table discussion’ about education with locals: students and educators. During the discourse, our former Secretary of State praised the infamous (and failing, by the way) Common Core, and she made this telling statement…


“But your question is really a larger one.  How did we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important non-family enterprise in the raising of the next generation which is how our kids are educated?…”


Showing she is either 1. Oblivious to the fastest-growing educational movement in the U.S. - that ‘family enterprise’ called home education - which not only boasts phenomenal growth in the past decade (growing by 74% from 1999 to 2007 according to the scientific data gathered by NHERI) but in addition, exhibiting significantly higher test scores over all amongst its students (NHERI), while at the same time strengthening families, churches, cities and states in more ways than I can list in this brief blog post, or 2. Hillary’s in denial that moms and dads are, in actual fact, the true experts their children need (No Ordinary Child by Denise Mira Chapter 15).



There are reams of data to be found (that I don’t have time or energy to cite at the moment), not only suggesting, but proving that when the process of educating children involves the active support of their dedicated family members, its outcome is far more successful than without this support. Surely Hillary can’t be ignorant of this glaring truth?! So why on God’s green earth would she refer to education as a non-family enterprise?


May I go on?! Education is such a family enterprise that the bulk of taxes we Americans pay, property taxes (YES! Your home is right where the County's heart is!) and don’t forget those sneaky occasionally-passed, bloated, everlasting levies, are funneled to public education. Check it out, it’s ugly.

At last count, public education was sucking 500 BILLION (yes, that’s a B) documented dollars (can you imagine the dollars that are undocumented?) from our nation of hard-working, tax-strapped, recession-poor, day-late and dollar-short mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, foster parents….need I go on proving how connected to the family education actually is?!


John Stossel shared his thoughts, too… I couldn't agree more!

Have a beautiful week.

 

Should Junior Be Forced to Do the Dishes?

April 10, 2015

Yes, I can often be guilty of overthinking. And in this case, perhaps that’s my problem, but I’m trying to contain my incredulity as I read this article ^^^ on why kids need to do chores around the house. It’s taking up real estate in what would be considered a respected, widely read periodical and in my opinion is well written. 


But, really? 


Have we all degenerated to such a low level of existence that we even need to read such an essay??? So much so that we highly evolved (ahem) hi...


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It pays to listen to your husband.

March 31, 2015

 
Admit it.


Why do we marry someone we adore, admire, pursue and commit our everything to, then relate to him at times as if he’s a stupid kid? Just ponder for a moment how much husband-disrespect and disregard goes on around you throughout a typical day with friends, workmates, gym gals, fellow shoppers and strangers on T.V. I observe it all the time and sometimes I’m the guilty critic, chiming in with her two and a half-wit cents! 


Marriage is a team of two who most often have opposing...


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What kind of parents are we raising, folks?!

March 26, 2015

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/parenting/a31760/balancing-mother-and-wife/?

^^^I don't know what went wrong here, but I can assure you this Good Housekeeping memoir article riding the web waves this week regarding 'mother-wife balance' is full of dangerous woman propaganda! One more voice loudly proclaiming the impossibility of being a contented wife, momma, and woman simultaneously. A mindset like this isn't a blessing to anyone, and if a woman is this 'mentally, physically and emotiona...


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You are a GENIUS.

March 23, 2015
You are a Specialist. An Absolute GENIUS. In something. And so is that kid of yours!

I just got off the phone with Paul. Paul is a mattress guy. We're not talking 'mindless, on-the-clock, employee of a mattress store,’ now. We are talking about a well studied, passionate mattress maniac! He knows more about the sleep habits of 10,000's of people worldwide than I thought I cared about, but talking to Paul Mattress Man made me hungry for more facts. Push his button and this guy disseminates mo...

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Toiling. (Provocative title, I know. LOL)

March 20, 2015

Toil, toil, toil. That word just keeps running through my head this week. It’s a rather unpleasant word, actually. You’ll probably never see it on someone's fridge or tattooed on someone’s arm, right?!

The dictionary on my computer elaborates quite effectively…


toil

verb

1 she toiled all night: work hard, labor, exert oneself, slave (away), grind away, strive, work one's fingers to the bone, put one's nose to the grindstone; informal slog away, plug away, beaver away, work one's butt...


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The Dream is Worth the Investment

February 4, 2015
My Seattle Seahawks were almost there...just 36 inches and mere seconds away from a consecutive victory at Sunday's XLIX Super Bowl. But almost wasn't good enough. To put it simply, one bad offensive decision from the Seahawks and the New England Patriots danced away with the Lombardi trophy and that's the end of that for this year in the NFL.
Coach Pete Carroll's face summed it up pretty well.

But like I said in my last post, as passionately as I felt about wanting this win for my team, it's o...
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My Super Bowl

February 1, 2015

I sat on my couch, watching the big game unfold on my 50 inch screen and with each play I not only sunk deeper into the cushions, but a sinking (or shall I say ‘stinking’?!) sense of doom began to fill the room…and my heart. 


This was the final playoff game of the National Football League season between the Green Bay Packers and my home team, the Seattle Seahawks. The hoopla was deafening, electric anticipation had built with each subsequent game, week-by-week throughout the football s...


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How to train your budding little athlete...

May 4, 2014
It's that time of year again when city parks will be teeming with hoards of little people in matching uniforms, along with tired dads and moms hauling bags of bats, bases, and water bottles early Saturday mornings. Clusters of shouting parents will be found vying for the trophies...these thoughts conjure memories of years gone by for so many of us. It seemed like a good time to share this (somewhat controversial) article I came across a few months back.

I live quite happily with lots of men, a...

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It pays to listen to your husband.

May 2, 2014
"Why?" you ask.

I've had many seasons when I sketched out my weekly or 2-weekly meal plan. It was effective. But for the past couple of years, I've been in the midst of a lot of activity and transition (not unusual for me LOL, but somehow it increased!) and this habit went to the wayside.

I began to shop somewhat haphazardly, grabbing stuff I liked, shopping the aisles by memory, buying what I 'knew' (or intended) I would use, and relying on my favorite habitual recipes and the cow I have in t...
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