Reading – One of the Great Indoor Activities for Kids!

Photo: flickr.com/people/adwriter" It's a sad, but true fact. It's getting harder and harder to get children reading more books instead of doing other things, such as gaming. That's why it's so important to use reading as a mainstay for indoor activities for kids. In this new age of electronics and the allure of all the gaming possibilities, it seems many children are becoming virtually addicted to playing computer games.  Even on beautiful Spring and Summer days, my son would spend all his free time playing computerized games, it was left up to him. And now that the cold, winter months will soon be upon us, it often becomes even more challenging to entice our children to do productive things with their time - especially for a family who lives in Minnesota, as we do.  In our neck of the woods, there are way too many days that I can not send my son outside to do something, because it is physically just too cold. So, if our children have to be indoors on certain days, what's a … [Read more...]

Can you really home school and still work outside the home?

When my three children were young, I often thought of home-schooling them.  My daughter seemed to fit in more with the "traditional' school setting, but I think that my two sons could have really benefited from learning at home.  (Ironically, I was at home for ten years doing home daycare, as I had left my job and decided that I wanted to be at home with my kids during the day when they were younger). There were a few things that held me back from taking the home school route.  First of all, my husband did not even want to consider the idea.  He had lots of misconceptions about home-schooled children and he did not think that it would be in their best interests.  Secondly, I did not personally know anyone growing up who had been schooled  at home, and as an adult, I did not know any other parents who home-schooled their children.  So basically, I did not have any real knowledge about home-schooling and I  did not have the support to follow through with it. When my kids entered … [Read more...]