All posts tagged: teen

24 Ways to Serve as a Family

24 Ways to Serve as a Family

Teens are naturally self-centered. The high school years are a time of great self-discovery as young people decide who they will be, what they will believe, and how they will interact with the world. That’s why we as parents work hard to bring them out of themselves, to show them the tremendous impact they can make on the world around them. We all learn so much through service. We learn true humility, proper perspective, higher priorities, and broader worldview by meeting the needs of others. When we bring our children and teens with us in service, when we include them in regular ministry, we help them reach a higher potential far beyond themselves. As parents, we cannot instill values and habits into our teens that we don’t practice ourselves, right? That’s why serving together is so important. When we model the right behaviors and attitudes before our teens, these values will become much more contagious. But this is not a one-time thing. Putting the needs of others ahead of ourselves is a constant struggle with our …

Why My Teens Don’t Dual Credit

My oldest is graduating from high school in just a couple months, and no, he’s not receiving a bachelor’s degree at the same time. He isn’t transferring credits as a high school freshman, and he’s not accelerating his studies. He’s just graduating as a normal (don’t laugh) homeschool student with a mixture of regular and honors courses and a normal amount of high school credits. According to my facebook feed, that should make me a complete failure as a homeschool mom. Why didn’t he take dual credit and CLEP and community college and Oxford prep? For Pete’s sakes, how do I expect him to get into college? What have we been doing for the last four years, anyway? When my students were younger, I was so enamored with the idea of dual-credit. After all, as a homeschool student myself, I had worked hard to complete four full years of high school material in three. If college work had been available to me, I know I would have jumped at the chance. But my own students …

7 Ways to Make People Fall in Love With Your Teen

7 Ways to Make People Fall in Love with Your Teen

I think one of the nicest things a mother can hear is, “I just love your teen!” Ok, it can be a little embarrassing (what do you say to that? I just stammer, “Thank you!” and stand there awkwardly), but in hindsight it is so affirming. Rearing children through the teen years is so daunting, and those adolescent years are especially frightening. We can’t help but wonder what kind of person is our teen becoming and what is he really like when he’s away from me and all those scary unknowns. It’s those scary unknowns that makes us want to clamp down and grab harder and control more, but in reality the opposite is what they need. We have to let them go so they can grow. I’m not a teen expert (this is not “” — but if you get that reference we are BFF’s), but this is a short list of ways my husband and I have handled this. If you are just entering the teen years with your children or looking for ways to make it easier …

How to know if your #homeschool student is ready for graduation #homeschoolmadeeasy

Day 30: When Is Your Homeschool High School Student Ready to Graduate?

I think of all the stages this one is the most obvious. You just know that you’re done, that the cake is cooked, so to speak. But sometimes we wonder, “Is he really ready? Is it too soon?” So, here’s some questions I asked myself to verify what my heart knows and my eyes clearly see every day — my homeschooler is ready to graduate.