Welcome to Thursday Roundup, where I get to showcase the best stuff I found online this week: parenting, homeschooling, faith, freedom … whatever catches my eye! Grab a cup of your favorite and check out my favorites too!
Your Children Want YOU! says April Perry of The Power of Moms:
I decided to try out Pinterest for a few minutes until my husband got home. There it was–1,000 reasons why I’m failing at all things domestic.
Feeling extremely frustrated, I said, “That little girl in the video is so lucky to have a mom who knows how to do hair.”
My daughter stopped me in my tracks when she responded, “But I have a mom who is trying.”
There’s something deeper going on in family life than can ever be expressed on a social network. Whatever it is we feel we are lacking, can we collectively decide–as deliberate mothers–that we are not going to sit around feeling discouraged about all the things we’re not?
Glennon Melton at Momastery writes about Lowering the Bar:
MOMMY! YOU SMELL LIKE A BAR! YOU SMELL LIKE A BAR, MOMMY!!! WHAT DID YOU DO, MOMMY?
Kay. So the waiting room is very crowded. And all of sudden the noise stops. All the other cardigany moms look up from their parenting magazines and right at me. They cannot look away, although I’m sure they really wish they could.
This is when I remember that I have a one billion ounce transparent water bottle with me, filled to the rim with BEET JUICE. This is the sort of thing one recovering from Lyme Disease has to drink in the morning. But unfortunately, all I can consider now is how incredibly much it looks like a 40 ounce Bloody Mary.
Homeschooling & Unschooling
On Christian Unschooling I talk about Giving in to Your Kids (or, Why I Unschool):
I don’t give in to my kids … but I can see why she thinks that I do. When she sees me not making choices for my children’s education and not pushing them to reach a standard in something, her assumption is that I’m just letting them walk all over me because of my laid-back-itude…. In fact I am parenting quite strictly, in accordance with my own goals for my children.
Huffington Post showcased An Adorable DIY Sock Bunny, a blog post that appeared in atwelve-year-old homeschooler’s crafting blog.
Easter crafts don’t get much simpler — or cuter — than these rice-filled sock bunnies. We can’t get over those lovable faces!
Amy Grimes at The Houston Chronicle tells us All That Testing is Perverting Public Education:
Even when not specifically doing test prep, teachers are advised to limit instruction to what will be tested. In some schools, students are pulled from core classes like English and science daily for hours of intensive test prep. Rather than learning to think critically and write coherently, students learn how to select programmed responses.
Mike Duran at Decompose writes about Why Christians Need to Be More Misunderstood:
No, I’m not inferring that we abandon our Message, that we cavort on the fringes of society and accepted social conduct, but that living a life of grace and producing art that reflects it will, on occasion, be misunderstood and go against the grain of conventional religious wisdom. In fact, the best test of Christianity may be the degree to which we are misunderstood.
That’s it for today … I hope you enjoyed my Thursday Roundup!