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41 minutes | 6 days ago
Time Boosters for Mom
Let’s Talk About Time! Time Boosters to Increase Your Time Daily with Felice Gerwitz with your host Felice Gerwitz Everyone lives under the impression that there is not enough time to complete all the things you want to do each day, and I know, because I’ve lived with this concept for years. However, with the time boosting strategies I’m about to share with you – you will learn how to be the master of your own time, increase your productivity and never let the lack of time get the best of you! Handout: TimeBoosters_Handout_VintageHomeschoolMoms Show Notes: Books I recommend: Mary Jo Tate: Flourish at Home Crystal Paine: Goodbye to Survival Mode The post Time Boosters for Mom appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
12 minutes | 13 days ago
Teaching Kids Compassion
Teaching Kids Compassion Episode 425 Just For Kids Series Can you really teach kids compassion? You know some kids are compassionate toward others and they understand the hurts and failings of others without making the person feel bad, and others just love to antagonize and hurt for the fun of it – how help our compassionate children and those who do not become more compassionate? In this, just for kids episode, Felice asks the kids some hard questions and the answer… well, that is for you to address. Please visit my website at MediaAngels.com and be sure to sign up for our monthly planners. We have new character planners each month, and this month it is on the topic of Tolerance. This planner has some fun activities that you can do with your children and I think parents really appreciate the page with scenarios. I ask the children questions that they can act out or write their answers. They are open-ended. At the end of the month, the children can even earn a character award that is provided. After the month is over you can only get the planners by purchase on the Media Angels website. *** Do you like getting advice? Do you like having people tell you what to do and when to do it? Well, I hate to say this but you might as well get used to it because even adults have to do things we don’t like. And, today I am going to talk to you about something that you may or may not think you need, and that is more compassion. What is compassion? You may have your own ideas about what this means but it is thinking about the other person’s feelings and trying to understand the person better. It is also respecting the other person’s feelings. You may think your brother or sisters or someone you know is a crybaby because they cry at every little thing – but by making fun of this person does that make it better, does the person toughen up and not cry. No, not too often all it does is make the person feel worse. Having compassion means that you feel something for this person and anger and disappointment are not showing compassion. Why should we be compassionate? It is part of getting along with other people. Why? Well, because believe it or not you live in a world with lots of people in it and God gives you the opportunity to grow and learn in the safety of your families. Your family life is pretty sheltered and that means you don’t have to worry about where you are going to sleep or what you are going to eat. You know, even if we get in trouble your parents love you. You know that even if you get upset with your brother or sister, mom or dad that they care about you. They want what is best for you. There is something called giving a person the benefit of the doubt. This means before you jump to conclusions and think the worst of people – I know, this is easy to do – you look at the situation carefully before you say anything. Here is the deal, many times it is not what you think and you might get upset with someone, hurt their feelings, and then need to apologize. But, by that time the damage is done. Usually, we show people a lack of compassion when we feel we are wronged or someone has hurt us. Our first reaction is to fight back – because strong people fight and don’t get taken advantage of right? Of course, no one wants to be made a fool and taken advantage of but then, we really have to look at the situation and figure out why we are upset. Some people enjoy making others angry and that is never nice or kind. Let’s say you built this amazing Lego creation and you just finished it and left it on the living room floor because you want to show your mom – you go and get your mom and when you get back you see your brother standing over a mess! You scream and yell at him, he starts crying and your mom gets upset with you. You then find out it was the dog that sat on your creation and not your brother, and your brother was trying to pick up what was left before the dog came back to do more damage. How do you feel? Is it possible to go back and undo the yelling and making someone cry? I am sure your brother felt horrible to see your amazing creation messed up and was trying to help – that is showing compassion. When you see the other person’s reaction. We speak many times with body language and that is one way you can try to figure out what the other person is saying without words. Body language is a frown or crossing your arms – which may show you are closed off and angry – standing with your arms crossed while someone is trying to talk to you means, I am not really going to listen to what you have to say. In the same way, smiling and nodding your head yes means I am in agreement with what you are saying. Of course, you know that crying means the person is upset. Do you know someone who is understanding in your family, who gives the other person the benefit of the doubt – meaning they wait for that person to explain what happened without jumping to conclusions that could be wrong. Who is that person? Is that person you? Do you want it to be you? For those of us who have faith, there are so many Bible verses that speak about God’s love and the way that Jesus spent time not with those who were perfect but with sinners. Why did He spend time with sinners? Because Jesus was compassionate. God is love and you may have heard that before, well if you have the love of God in your heart it will actually be easier to be compassionate to others because God will give you that grace, and compassion is truly a grace. Sure, you can try to be compassionate on your own – go ahead and try it and let me know how it works out for you. But, I will tell you now that it will be so much easier to pray to the Lord and ask for this gift. This is truly a gift to love others as God loves them. Do people mess up and hurt you? Of course. Was it possible in the story I told you about your messed-up blocks that your brother could have destroyed it – sure! But if you don’t hear the other person out and allow them to help to make it better you will not be showing compassion. Compassion is a gift that we give to others and it is the same gift we get from those who love us and care for us. Most of us are blessed to live in homes that are safe, and we have the example of parents who love us – and because of this love, you too should love others. Wait or count to ten the next time you want to show a lack of compassion for someone else. And see if you can figure out a way to say things better. This takes practice. And, the next time that you can, try to show compassion to those you care about, and guess what? It may be the biggest blessing in your life. 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17 minutes | 20 days ago
Special Replay: Easter Celebrations On The Cheap
Easter Celebrations On The Cheap Easter celebration on the cheap includes fun and easy ideas. Celebrating Easter on the cheap doesn’t mean skimping on our favorite time of the year, it means celebrating in style and saving money along the way. Remember, it’s about Jesus not the candy! Remind your children about the true meaning of Easter which is the Ressurection of our Lord. This is what you are celebrating. Let’s review some fun, cheap activities you can plan this Easter! Potluck: Ask family to bring a side Delegate ice or drinks Baked ham goes far and is a favorite Little kids love chicken fingers Cold salads – make ahead. Reuse and Repurpose – Eggs: Those plastic eggs should be saved each year Fill with coins instead of candy – redeemable in the store (see below) Use as decorations Have little ones hunt for specific colors, or count how many they collect Easter Store – order online or dollar store (Explain easter egg hunt Gerwitz style): Shop sales, for everything. Candy bars, candy kisses, everything is a mini. I look for candles at odd times, discounts on decorations after the holiday, etc. Store under the bed in plastic bins or farm out to a family member with more storage space Less is more. I like minimalistic decorations. The more understated the better. Fresh flowers with outside greenery is wonderful. Make Your Own: Create your own dips or salads Rolls are very cheap, easy and fun to make. Kids love to help. We love chocolate. Many of our treats are chocolate based such as trays of brownies and dipped strawberries (hint: I use 2 cups of chocolate chips with a spoonful of unflavored coconut oil, helps it to harden – this is so much cheaper than buying them!), make a big cookie – use disposable (can be reused) round pizza trays. Be sure to leave room for expanding dough. Easy appetizers: fresh fruit with marshmallow dip, salsa, and chips, melted cheese poured over chips, cream cheese and packaged dressing for an easy dip (add mayo to liquify if needed.) Decorations – Easter egg tree from kids “blessing others” By performing these activities with your family, not only do you save some money, you teach your children the real meaning of Easter! Thank you for joining us for today’s special replay, “Easter Celebration On The Cheap”! Be sure to check out my other podcast episodes at https://ultimateradioshow.com/vintage-homeschool-moms/. Have a great week! The highest form of flattery is to share this page and podcast with a friend! How to Listen: Listen right here Subscribe on iTunes – give five stars! Click the purple icon above thank-you! Follow us on Stitcher Follow us on all other social media platforms! The post Special Replay: Easter Celebrations On The Cheap appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
16 minutes | a month ago
Teaching Kids About Cause and Effect
Teaching Kids Cause and Effect What is cause and effect and how can we teach our children to understand that everything they do has a ripple effect on our world? In this Just For Kids Episode, Felice explores the meaning and how we can encourage our children to lay the foundations they need in their lives, now. Please visit my website at MediaAngels.com and be sure to sign up for our monthly planners. We have new character planners each month, and this month it is on the topic of Tolerance. This planner has some fun activities that you can do with your children and I think parents really appreciate the page with scenarios. I ask the children questions that they can act out or write their answers. They are open-ended. At the end of the month, the children can even earn a character award that is provided. After the month is over you can only get the planners by purchase on the Media Angels website. *** If you drop a pebble in a body of water, like a pond what happens? That’s right. You see a ripple effect. The act of dropping a stone causes the water to ripple and this is something we can see with our own eyes, but the reason this happens is because of any action on your part. You took the time and energy to throw the stone. The same happens without actions. This is a scientific law, did you know that Issac Newton had theories about laws and motion, and there is actually a third scientific law of motion that is taught as part of physics, it states for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So, that explains scientifically why this happens but now for the hard part, controlling our own actions. In the last podcast, we talked about the golden rule and how this is something that we should do, treat others the way we want to be treated. In this way, we are setting an example for others and we can cause a good effect as a leader who does things that are right and trustworthy. This causes a positive effect. An effect happens because of what we do or it also follows a “what will happen if…” question. What will happen if I punch my brother? What will happen if I spill this glass of water, what will happen if I eat an entire bag of chocolate? The effect comes directly, once again like the pebble from our actions. An amazing thing happens if we are aware that what we do – through our entirely given by God-free will – can cause things not only today but in the future. How does this happen? Well, now you know…by your direct actions. Some things are very easy to figure out and others are what we would call gray areas, those areas that are harder and take thinking or work to figure out. We can brainstorm some of these areas with our family. Here are a few you can discuss with your parent at home: If I spend all of my free time playing games I will… If I fix my bed every morning the effect will be… Treating others as I want to be treated will lead to… If I pitch a fit and am loud and rude I will… (helpful hint here: no, you will not always get your way.) I can lead by example doing what is right and just or I can lead by example doing what is always right for myself and this will cause the effect of… What are some of your answers? Can you imagine a world where we think through our actions before we do them? What do you think the outcome would be of this way of thinking first before we act? In many ways, we as adults do this because we have already lived longer and have had the experience. We have learned by our mistakes and we have learned to fix these by actions that are right and just. Long ago when I taught school I remember a sixth-grader telling me that I didn’t understand him at all, and there was no way that I could. I looked at him and said, “That’s right. I never was a sixth-grader, I skipped right over the sixth grade. I went from 11 to 23 (my age at that time) … do you think that is right? Of course, he said no. So, I said, I was in sixth grade and our teacher made us sit with our hands folded on our desks while she spoke, no paper, no pencils, and definitely no devices anywhere to be found. After she was finished we took our lessons and worked on them, copied from the board, and never spoke up unless spoken to. I knew at that time that I didn’t like school and would work hard to be done with school — and here I am years later a teacher. Obviously, that plan didn’t work well! Here I am many years later still writing curriculum and still teaching kids. Why? Because I love it! We can make plans as a kid and guess what? Our plans might change but one thing you can do as a kid is to realize that what you do has an effect on others and you may or may not get away with bad behavior, this time. But realize at some point it will catch up to you. When we see people who commit crimes or have no self-control because of drug or alcohol use, we know they were not born that way, at some point one bad decision, on top of another and another made them the way they are today. So, look at your life and take charge. Look at the decisions you will make and chose wisely. It can be the difference between a life that is filled with joy and happiness (as much as possible on this side of heaven) or one that is filled with mistakes that we have to constantly apologize for. A quick aside here to the idea of accidents. I do believe accidents happen but I also know that saying, “It is just an accident” can lead you to lie to yourself. You know deep down in your heart if it really was an accident or it was done on purpose. And, if you continue to lie to yourself, guess what? You will soon believe your lies and you are heading down the wrong path… a path that is wide and leads to, at some point judgment. So, what is it going to be? One thing I do love about kids is that you get it – you see the big picture and I think we as parents often do not give you enough credit for understanding. You know what is right, you know what is just you know that you can make a difference in your world for the better. So the question is are you going to think before you act? Yes or No? This may be one of the most important decisions you ever make! The post Teaching Kids About Cause and Effect appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
22 minutes | a month ago
Special Replay: Easter Faith Filled Family Activities
Let’s Talk About: Easter Faith-Filled Family Activities Podcast #125 with your host, Felice Gerwitz I like activities that teach and in this episode I will discuss some fun ways to teach deeper theological concepts to very small children, all while making memories that last a lifetime. Many links provided below from other blogs with printables! Visit Today’s Sponsor – Media Angels Wonderful novels, books and classes all with a Christian focus. Visit MediaAngels.com for more information. Show Notes: Easter Faith-Filled Family Activities 1. The purpose of the days leading up to Easter 2. What are your goals? 3. What are some fun activities that are tried and true. Activities: a. Fasting – from something as a reminder of self-control from sin. Make an Easter Garden visual parable b. Cross and Paper plates d. Easter Story Bag e. Easter tree – medallions with “catch you being good” f. Tie Dye Cross g. Christ Centered Easter Activities h. He is risen craft i. Random acts of kindness Budget-minded activities a. Scavenger hunt b. printables c. Resurrection nature walk d. Make our own Resurrection eggs – Link Here – preschool Resurrection eggs Link Here e. Visual Parable f. Cross Fingerprint Art Recipes To Make: Resurrection Cookies Easter Bread – with or without hard boiled eggs Coloring Easter Eggs – teach “eggs” symbolize new life – new life in Christ! Printables: Resurrection Scavenger Hunt Lenten eBooks Here Christ Centered Printables He Is Risen – Two Printables Make Words Out of Resurrection Here He is Risen Puzzle Empty Tomb Coloring Page Christ Centered Easter Books Easter ABC Fill-In Lenten Count-Down Calendar He’s Alive Flannel Set Flannel Set Resurrection Resurrection Cards The post Special Replay: Easter Faith Filled Family Activities appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
18 minutes | a month ago
Teaching Kids About The Golden Rule
Teaching Kids the Golden Rule Episode 423 We’ve heard about the golden rule but are you sure you can apply this to your life? In this JUST for kids episode, we will discuss the golden rule and how you can use this in your home, with your family, friends, and in your life. Visit the website for more information on Media Angels books and products. Including the Truth Seekers Mystery Series. We have communities filled with people, there are laws and people who govern. If we look at these people who govern we see decisions, we agree with and other decisions that we may not agree with. Sometimes we feel that people have lost their moral compass – that is a direction that points to what is right and just. If you do not know what is right and wrong, how will you know as you get older what to follow? Well, you have parents who help you by modeling good behavior. They let you know if what you are doing is right. What does is the golden rule? In the Bible, Jesus of Nazareth quoted Scripture from the Old Testament when he said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,” You can find this in Matthew 7:12 Another way people say this is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. So, you can paraphrase this – that means put it into your own words, which will help you remember the main point and that is to “treat others the way you want to be treated.” Some people like to memorize the words exactly the way it is in the Bible, but that is up to your family. The Golden Rule applies to all people, but especially for you and others in your world because it is a just and fair rule. Doesn’t everyone want to be treated kindly? Doesn’t everyone wish that others treated with more respect? Well, one thing to remember is if you lead the way and you treat others the way you want to be treated, this will happen. Can you think of yourself as a leader? Sure, anyone can lead to, but not everyone is just and kind. Some people think it is right to take advantage of those who are younger and will listen, but it is never right to do this. If we want those younger than us -or even our same age to see us as a leader we should set an example for others to follow. Having a good attitude with this rule is gaining wisdom. And this is a key truth to life. We learn wisdom from past mistakes. A mistake is often something we do not want to repeat again. And learning not to do something wrong is the beginning of wisdom. Of course, learning and remembering are gaining wisdom as well and that is the purpose of learning and school. Let’s quickly talk about a lie. Often people lie to themselves — how do you do this? But thinking you are fooling others. The only person we are fooling is ourselves. If we fool ourselves that bad is good then we are believing an untruth. Many times, we make excuses for doing something wrong and truth should be a big part of your life. Practicing telling the truth in all things means accepting the consequences, something we will talk about in another podcast. Wisdom is understanding truth. An interesting fact is that anyone who believes in a higher power, we as Christians call God, the creator of heaven and earth, know that all of our freedoms, and all of the blessings we receive are from Him. No one here on earth can take away our beliefs, what we learn, and who we are. We have rights and freedoms that do not come from any government but come from God Almighty. We have free will this is the ability to do whatever we want to do. Did you hear that right? Did I just say we have the freedom to do whatever we want? Yes, you do. God gave us the ability to make a choice and this choice is either right or wrong. Just because we have free will and can do anything that we want, that does not mean we should. Think about this. I’m going to say it again but another way. If we have free will and can do anything that we want, we should carefully decide what we should and should not do. Why? Because sometimes it means we will not do what is right or honorable, and that is not wise. Using our free will also mean that we do not break the laws. Wisdom is knowing right from wrong, good from bad, and having self-control. Wisdom is learning not only from our own mistakes but from the mistakes of others. Do you know why self-control is important? Self-control is the key to being a good student, a good worker and, also avoiding trouble. Did you know that people that have self-control are better students? This makes sense because to deny yourself or tell yourself no—to the thing you’d rather do besides learning is important to learn. Young people who have self-control go on to become successful as adults. For example, you may not want to sit and listen to this podcast, a lesson in school, or do your math lessons, but what would you do if you were not learning? Whatever it is I am sure is not as important as becoming a better person and learning, again something that no on can take away from you. What does this have to do with the golden rule? Wisdom is choosing not only for your own good but the good of others and this is similar to the teaching of the golden rule. Golden rule and treat others the way we want to be treated, that helps us remember self-control when tempted to do something that is wrong. When we practice the Golden Rule we may feel like things are unfair. But, practicing the Golden Rule just because we can is our own reward. We may not get anything special back or even someone saying “thank-you,” but the reward is knowing we did the right thing. If we do what is right it is for the common good, and maybe that will help others to also see your example. Working together is called collaboration and when you work in a group, whether it is helping your parents at home, or helping a neighbor, or volunteering this is showing others that you care. There are many ways to apply the Golden Rule to your life. It can mean something simple like sharing a treat with a brother or sister, or a friend or helping with a younger brother or sister. Offering to help is always nice think about how nice it would be if someone offers to help you with your chores. The Golden Rule is just – and what is justice? Justice is something that is morally right or fair. Justice has to do with the law. It is using wisdom to know what is right for the common good – the good of all people. This is very important in government and often we find people who are not just in leadership roles, which is very sad. Not everyone makes good decisions. Some people make decisions that are not good for all people but for themselves or special interests–we never want to be those people. We must pray that those in authority—the people who make the laws use justice and wisdom in their decisions and that is why voting is important. Usually, adults will demonstrate or show you the Golden Rule without using words—it is in their actions. They care for you, teach you and help you. They love you and help you to be a better person. For example, you do not see your parents sitting down, and watching television, and expecting you to make dinner all on your own … every night. Can you imagine? It might be bowls of cereal for everyone! But, you can see what I mean. Your parents give their time to make you a good dinner and they care about you. They may expect respect in return but isn’t that natural? They love you so it is easy for them to demonstrate the Golden Rule – but what about for people you do not like? There are many different people that make up our communities and the world. No two people are exactly alike, even twins can be different. But, the Golden Rule and wisdom are important for all. They are the foundations of a just society. Those that practice the Golden Rule, share, are kind, tell the truth—even if there is a punishment, care for others, do not steal or hurt others. People who practice the Golden Rule do what is right because they wanted to not because of the laws. When people are lawless, they break the laws. At home, you may not break a law, but if you go against what your parents teach you this is breaking a family rule. Hurting others because they hurt you is not doing what is right and truly it is unwise. That shows no self-control. No one likes people who are mean just because they can be! That is called a bully. Taking revenge is never a good thing because it not only hurts the other person but doing something wrong hurts you as well. Hurting others causes bad behavior and it is not a good way to act. It creates a cycle of people doing mean things to each other. How do you stop this cycle? Someone has to have self-control and be the first one to stop. It may be hard, but it is just and wise. The key here is to remember, wisdom is not only learning from our past mistakes but the courage to make a change, even if it is hard. That is being honorable. There is a saying that two wrongs do not make a right. Does that mean you let someone hurt you? Of course, not. It does mean you stay away from people who are hurtful and if you must – you should defend yourself. This can mean defending your property as well. We all have freedoms but no one is allowed to take what does not belong to them. We must practice the way we want to act and practicing the Golden Rule is a great thing to do with your family! The post Teaching Kids About The Golden Rule appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
29 minutes | 2 months ago
A Novel Approach – Teach Creation To Kids
Teach Creation To Kids With A Novel – Special Episode When you teach creation to kids it can seem overwhelming, perhaps you don’t know where to begin. In this interview (listen to the first one here), author Felice Gerwitz interviews her co-author, and daughter Christina Gerwitz Moss. Christina had a passion for writing and she turned her interest in science and writing into a novel that will teach creation to kids. The Truth Seekers Mystery Series is chock full of science facts. The series was reviewed by several creation scientists and there is even a vocabulary list at the back! You can purchase the book on Amazon or via the Media Angels Membership website. Thanks to our sponsor! Homeschool Connect Expo Felice Gerwitz is presenting three video teachings and there are over 70 speakers and sponsors – sign up to get more information about upcoming events. And, thanks to our sponsors who make these episodes free! The Truth Seeker’s Mystery Series is comprised of three novels, The Missing Link Found, Dinosaur Quest at Diamond Peak and The Keys To The Past Unlocked. In each novel, the children uncover a mystery and discover different aspects of creation. It is easy to teach creation to kids when they are captivated by a story that engages and encourages discussion. Thousands of people have read the novel and the feedback has been wonderful. These novels were written when Christina was homeschooled and finished when she entered college. Now Christina is a homeschool mom and is able to teach creation to her children. The post A Novel Approach – Teach Creation To Kids appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
18 minutes | 2 months ago
Teaching Truth To Kids
Teaching Kids About Truth Episode 422 We all want our kids to tell the truth, and it is time that we focus on teaching truth. How do we do this? How do we teach our children to discern what is true in our toxic culture? Well gather the kids – this is another just for kids and teens this time, episode. Please visit my website at MediaAngels.com and be sure to sign up for our monthly planners. We have new character planners each month, and this month it is on the topic of Tolerance. This planner has some fun activities that you can do with your children and I think parents really appreciate the page with scenarios. I ask the children questions that they can act out or write their answers. They are open-ended. At the end of the month, the children can even earn a character award that is provided. After the month is over you can only get the planners by purchase on the Media Angels website. *** So what is truth? Hey kids! I know your mom probably thinks this is a good podcast for you to listen to and I am sure you are thinking – “What is this lady talking about I already know what truth is…” and you know what? You probably do, but not only am I going to talk to you about truth, I am going to talk to you about lies and I am going to ask you a bunch of questions. I hope that you write these questions down and you use them to see if you can learn to be better about not only telling the truth but spotting lies when you are told lies by other people. And, I want to show you why truth is important and how twisting something just a little bit can really change the way people think about something. And, the example I am going to use here is Climate. [In this episode I am not going to go into Climate Change – because I already did one that you can listen to here.] So, first I think it is important to care about our climate. It is important to be good stewards over our land and this earth. We don’t throw garbage out the window do we? We put it in the trash. We do not pollute on purpose, we do our part. So, why am I talking about climate? What does that have to do with truth? Well, I want to walk you through the way a little lie can hurt us and make us think something that is not true. Talk about climate began when I was in school. Pollution was bad in some cities and people thought we should care for our environment. It was a good thing to learn to take care of our planet so what did I learn that was bad? I learned that if we did not hurry up and do something that in ten years all the polar bears would be gone and all the ice would melt in the artic and the Southpole. This was in the 1970s and in the year 2021 we still have polar bears and we still have icebergs. What did this lie do? It caused us to be afraid. I wrote many papers and did a big project on this topic. How do you think I feel now knowing the truth? Again I don’t want to go into the climate aspect here because I want to focus on the lie – the lie caused me to fear. Scientists didn’t really know. It was a guess, and not a very educated guess. They caused the kids in the 70s and beyond to fear. The idea here is that we have to understand the motivation that goes into what people say. Why would people say this? What was the reason? That is something to talk to your parents about… why would people say something that is false? Why would people say things that cause kids to fear? Let’s look at another example. The Green New Deal. The people who want the Green New Deal for example said the world would end in 12 years. The green new deal is six pages long and you can read it for yourself on a Congressional website – if it is not there look at the Congressional archives, they keep copies there. Later this person said they were only kidding–especially when people pushed back and said this was not true. But why would someone say this? What is the motivation? Is a politician allowed to lie? Does it make it okay if they are just kidding? Let’s dig a little further, what does this deal talk about? It talks about getting rid of all cows, getting rid of airplanes, getting rid of billionaires, and having a universal wage – that means all people make the same amount of money. What does that have to do with pollution, what does that have to do with saving the environment? If we get rid of airplanes how would we travel? Train? Bus? Car? Again what is the motivation – why would someone say something like this? Are people afraid? Yes, some people are especially if you are in public schools you hear a lot of information about climate change. I heard that our world would not have polar bears in ten years in the 1970s and was afraid for our world. Kids today are being told it will be 12 years until our world ends. This is not the truth, this is not science, this is to cause you to fear. What is truth? Some people think it has to do with how your feel about something. That is not right. Truth has to do with facts and reality – or what is real. Truth can not be subjective. Let’s talk about the word subjective. Subjective truth would be that truth is what you think it is. So, is it okay if I think it is true to take your money? Or to take something else that belongs to you? No, of course not – so that means subjective truth is not right. What about lying for a greater cause – like when you ask your mother if they bought you something for your birthday and Christmas and they say no, and then later you get what you asked for? Is it okay to lie about this? The bigger question here is it right for you to set up your parents to lie by asking something because you can not wait to find out the answer? Think about this. So, do you see that by using words you can twist things and make them more than what they are? What does truth mean to you? Do you know? What is it that you believe in? A starting point is helpful. I know what I believe and I believe that all truth comes from a Creator God. If God is the truth then anything can be held up to the ten commandments, or the Bible. Can you imagine living in a world where absolute truth does not exist? What is truth? At the time of Jesus, this very question was raised by Pontius Pilate As Jesus stood before him waiting to be tried for something he did not do, absolute truth did not exist in the world of Pilate — he felt he could do whatever he wanted if he had enough money, power, and control over the people. Pontius Pilate had truth standing right before him and he could not recognize it. Even non-believers believe that Jesus was innocent when he was crucified. If you are a Christian, look up all of the verses that teach about truth in the Bible. There are some very strong Scriptures verses about this and the sin of lying. Little kids tend to lie. You can look at a little kid and watch them take a cookie and there are crumbs all over the place and on their face and you can ask, did you take a cookie? And the child will shake his head no, and say they did not even with the evidence all over their face. Why do people lie? For many reasons, but probably the biggest is for fear of rejection or to keep from getting in trouble. Think about this – why do you lie? What is the reason or motivation behind a lie? Have you thought about this before? I was in third grade and I was in trouble with my mother, and she put me in my room. I was in my room screaming at the top of my lungs that I. Did. Not. Do. It! In fact, I was screaming this over and over again and my throat began to get sore. It finally hit me — wait! I did do it, why am I screaming. I believe that was by the grace of God. I always prayed as a kid and felt I could talk to God. God showed me as I was pitching a fit in time-out in my bedroom that I was guilty of sin. I later apologized to my parents and all was forgiven. Has that ever happened to you? If that happens to you that means you are becoming wise, you are standing up for what is right and just, you are starting to see that there is truth in your heart and your life will change for the better. Or if you lie and get caught you might say, “Sorry, I was kidding or sorry, it was an accident.” If you do this think about the politician that lied about the world ending in 12 years and later said, I was kidding. That is the same as saying, “Oops it was an accident.” When you really know, deep down in your heart that it was not an accident or you were not kidding but if you say it was you can get away with not being punished. This is a lie. Who are you lying to? Well, your parents but more important you are lying to yourself. What happens when you lie to yourself. You begin to see things with yourself in the center. If it is the truth that means you are doing something to someone else, but when it is false, it is when someone is doing something to you. It is all about you–is this right? Do you know anyone who puts only themself first? How do you feel about this? Can you recognize the truth? Do you know when someone is lying to you? How do you feel when someone lies to you? Think about this. Write these questions down, and really think. The next question is that when someone lies to you what do you want to do? Do you want to call them out? Do you want to scream, “Liar?” What is the right way to handle it. I’m going to give you a hint here, screaming liar is not the right way. I want you to take the next few weeks and listen to people talking and see if you can figure out if they are telling the truth or not. But here is what I want you to do — you must not tell a lie. If you can look at someone else and spot the truth, they can do the same thing to you–and you want to be the one telling the truth. If you see someone telling a lie, what will you do? It is best not to say anything unless it will hurt someone. For example, telling a little kid to stand on a high step stool that is wobbly to get down the snacks your mom hid up in the closet so you could tell your mom the truth that you were not the one who got the snacks down — this is not being truthful. Get it? Kids, can I tell you a fun-fact here? Your mom, your dad, your grandparents, your aunts and uncles — they were all your age at one time. They already lived their lives and know what you are up. Sometimes kids think parents or adults don’t get them and don’t understand. Oh, yes! We get you and we remember what it was like to be a kid – and it was not always easy. Truthfulness is hard, it takes work and it is the most rewarding thing you will ever do. Truth means apologizing when you are wrong and you tell a lie, and realize this is not right. Truth makes us free and it allows us to lead lives that have no guilt because we have nothing to hide. I pray that you can live lives with nothing to hide! The post Teaching Truth To Kids appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
18 minutes | 2 months ago
Special Replay: Family Date Nights
Special Replay: Family Date Nights with Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira So many times we are not making memories we are getting by! Family date nights are a great way to create those lasting memories with our kids! Join Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira in this fun episode. Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, Inc Our world drives chaos-we can find ourselves ships passing in the night, over-scheduled, too many lessons, extracurricular and cell phones constantly dinging and buzzing; we have to be intentional about family time. Often family night fun is determined by the weather region we live in or the season of the year as well as the age of the kids as well as your personal preferences. Example: We are not a soccer family, but we are a baseball and football family. Your kids may be young elementary age or high schoolers; age determines a lot. Here’s a variety of activities to choose from depending on the weather and the preferences of your family! Rule #1 ~ Cell phones OFF, landlines unplugged. Engage! 45 Family Date Night IDEAS Physical, outdoor fun Backyard family softball/T-ball games. Backyard family soccer play. Backyard badminton or slippery slide play Snow play-make a snowman and clothe him, have a snowball fight Leaf play-rake piles and jump and roll in them Basement bowling or rollerskating. Ping pong tourneys on the dining room table. We had a sports court on our property – pickleball and basketball were much enjoyed. Late summer blackberry picking is free and abundant and very messy! Make a cobbler or pie or simmered sauce for ice cream. Hikes or bike rides Indoor Fun Have a Christian stand-up comedy night– Thou Shalt Laugh is a great video to start with – it boasts a variety of comedians to choose from. Michael Junior, Jeff Allen, Tim Hawkins, Thor Ramsey and more. Pull out the ancient family photo albums or family home videos, or mom and dad’s wedding video to watch and giggle at. Build a fire from the logs up w the kids. Make s’mores over the fire. Snuggle up and Daddy reads aloud to us. (Little House, Patrick McManus, the Redwall Series) Musical? Have a family jam night and play your instruments. Pizza night with take home to bake or frozen pizza, LaCroix with juice instead of soda. Do a DIY project or Pinterest project together-finger puppets, decorative photo frames, bath bombs Have daughters? Make it a spa night with facials, nail painting, foot massage, and special beverages. Dress up and role play night or do a puppet show -video the play and watch it on the big screen. Charades for kids – a card game from Walmart is a lot of fun to play together. Play board games/do an entire 100 (or more) piece puzzle in a night/play traditional card games. One of our favorites do-together activities is cooking. Build your own homemade pizzas, prepare Mexican food, build your own sub sandwiches or other fav meals Make cookies or a favorite dessert/play background music=kitchen dance party! Everyone builds a sundae on the sundae bar you create. Rent a movie and make stovetop homemade popcorn Nerf gun wars. Create a scavenger hunt. Create big cardboard box forts for each kid and let them decorate, cut windows and doors etc. (furniture stores or appliance stores will gladly contribute their boxes if you ask ahead of time.) Hide and seek in the house. Build a blanket fort. Build card houses with playing cards. Balloon volleyball. Hot tub nights together even in the rain. Invite a fav family over to share in the fun. Cheap Fun Away Family bike rides around the neighborhood or to a park, or Jamba Juice or along the beach walk. Baby bike seats are great for including the littles. Pocket parks are everywhere here and many include water spray park fun – all free entrance and lots of fun exercise. Kids eat free night at restaurants for the win! Find a public school w an indoor pool/YMCA open pool night for cheap Friday night swims. Head to the Dollar Tree with a $3 limit each kid to spend in cash-even the parents like browsing the Dollar Tree for fun finds. Play with the finds together later at home. A sporting goods store like Bass Pro Shop is fun to meander and take pics with the giant stuffed animals. Beaches are a stone’s throw from our house. We walk together and observe the wildlife, the shells, the driftwood, the clams, the boats-here in Seattle it’s often grey and cloudy but we make it fun. National Parks – free for families! Every kids outdoors challenge. Camping Water gun or water balloons The post Special Replay: Family Date Nights appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
14 minutes | 2 months ago
Teaching Your Child Tolerance Episode 421 Teaching tolerance is possible without selling your soul? Too harsh? Okay, how about without compromising your beliefs. We live in a mixed-up world right is wrong and wrong is right. You are allowed to have an opinion if it is the right one. How do we educate our children in our beliefs if we have parameters of what we can and can’t say? In this episode, I tackle this question with some ways to begin the journey into our uncharted world. Please visit my website at MediaAngels.com and be sure to sign up for our monthly planners. We have new character planners each month, and this month it is on the topic of Tolerance. This planner has some fun activities that you can do with your children and I think parents really appreciate the page with scenarios. I ask the children questions that they can act out or write their answers. They are open-ended. At the end of the month, the children can even earn a character award that is provided. After the month is over you can only get the planners by purchase on the Media Angels website. When Did Our World Change? Okay –where do I begin? Many of us feel abandoned. We have been deserted by everyone that we thought we could trust, especially those in authority in our world. The news, politics, our friends, and neighbors, our relatives, and even some of our pastors. It is as if the world has been turned upside down. So, if we teach our children values and teach them to be tolerant of others who may not agree with us, where does that get us? In this volatile culture do we need to teach our children to compromise their beliefs? The word tolerant means to put up with in some way. To put up with noise, or hardship, or annoying people. But does it mean that we have to be accepting of the beliefs of others? One definition is from the American heritage dictionary that says and I quote: tolerance is “The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others.” I think we can all agree that that is an even-minded and fair assessment of how we as Christians should be. We can recognize and respect the beliefs and practices of others as their free will and choice before Almighty God, but on the other hand, that means they also need to respect our free will and choices before Almighty God. But that is not what we’re finding in this world. We cannot serve two masters if we have 1 foot in the world trying to please all those around us who disagree with our beliefs, and 1 foot in the spiritual world where truth is compared to the teachings of the Bible and perhaps your particular denomination, well we will find ourselves in a situation where we are on unstable ground. So now that we’ve determined the problem with is a solution? Here’s a shortlist: Clarify your beliefs. And explain these to your children. Explain the difference between tolerance and compromise. Explain the concept of the line in the sand. What is the point not to be crossed? Is it the value of life from conception to death? Is it social justice? What is the issue that you will not compromise? Explain when compromise when is possible. Explain acceptance does not mean agreement. This just gives you an outline to start with of course you can add more to this, let’s go over each point. Clarify your beliefs and explain them to your children. Many times, we expect our kids to pick up our beliefs through osmosis. This is an impossibility we must spell things out clearly for kids of all ages. Do you teach them right and wrong is? Do you give them examples of consequences, do you explain how to make good decisions? These are Lessons I am currently working on And hope to have completed it sometime in the near future. Explain the difference between tolerance and compromise. Tolerance is allowing accepting that we are all different and not bullying or calling someone out for their difference in opinion, and compromise is the ability to make a decision that is agreeable to both people. Compromise and tolerance never allow for allowing your own beliefs to be trampled for the sake of what someone wants you to say. Explain the concept of the line in the sand. What is the line you will not cross? When do you say no and walk away? This must be clear. Do your children know and understand, and further do they know what to do in these situations? When is compromise not possible? Explain when compromise is possible. It is for choices, in areas of selecting a game to play or a movie to watch that are all acceptable but might not be a favorite. Basically, it is giving in to what someone wants for the sake of peace and unity. Again, not compromising your ethics or beliefs. Explain that acceptance or tolerance does not mean you agree. If you tolerate the decision that someone makes that does not mean you agree with them, this is a fine line and children need to again understand what that means. I can tolerate you making noise but that does not mean I want you to make noise, etc. Our children need to be given scenarios so that they can practice how to talk to people that they disagree within a loving and kind manner. As you may or may not have experienced there is extreme vitriol on social media among those who disagree with a point of view. Since when have we been unable to discuss things rationally? I think we can give our kids a very simple explanation of people who get very upset when they disagree with your viewpoint. In fact, this possibly happens in your home. Have you given your child instructions about something you want them to do and they get upset and talk loudly and anger? Of course, as parents are tempted to return the reaction with anger. Use these as teaching moments. If your child is the one getting angry you can have them sit until they are calm, and I would highly recommend not sending them away. Kids tend to be put in their rooms and there they become distracted or feed on their anger and continue to think about the injustice in their opinion. The best advice I have is to ask your child why they’re so angry. You’ll be surprised at the answer. And doing this over my many years of parenting I have learned that my children’s concept of why they are in trouble is way different than mine. The idea here is to look at the way we react when people do not share our opinion. Tolerance can be beningn. I’m going to tolerate a messy room, or loud music, or staying up late. That does not mean I agree it means it’s okay if you want to live in a room where you can’t find anything, not hear anything else but music, or experience tiredness the next day from staying up too late. This tolerance does not compromise faith or morals. And, that is the bottom line when our constitutional rights starting with the First Amendment are trampled upon for the sake of someone else’s ideal of what is right and just it is time as a people that we look at our own families and begin there before it is too late. The post Teaching Tolerance appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
15 minutes | 3 months ago
Physical and Mental Health
Physical and Mental Health ~ Episode 420 Where is your physical and mental health! What a year! As I record this we have just dipped our toes into a new year and already emotions are high and low and the overwhelming consensus is that we just want life to return to “normal.” But there is hope, and in this episode, I’m going to talk to you about balance and getting healthy both body and mind! Check out all the great products, books, membership website, character planners and so much more at MediaAngels.com This podcast does not have a focus on weight loss, but if you are looking for episodes on this topic, here they are: Missing Key to Weight Loss Body Weight and Good Health Weight Loss Secrets Can we just tall take a collective deep breath. No one expected what has come over our nation with illness and mental stresses. It is all around us and I for one am ready to take charge of my life and focus on what is really important and that starts with my faith and my family. So, how do we balance our lives in a way that makes sense and is doable? I wish we were having a coffee somewhere quiet because this message has been on my heart to share and I just didn’t know exactly how I wanted to say it and finally it is falling together. Sharing this message with you has helped me as well. First, I want to share with you something that I’ve observed from the most successful and busiest people I know in the homeschool curriculum community and they just put their minds to something and get things done. We need to assess our situation and our lives and make that commitment to change. Now, I’m not going to give you a list of 100 stress busters or 100 ways to lose weight, but what I am going to talk about today is very doable and it is more of a mind over matter. Physical and Mental Health What do I mean? First, we have to make a decision that we are going to make a change. I know in all the times I’ve failed to lose those ten pounds, it was because I was not really committed. First, we needed to get past Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then there was New Year’s and what about Valentine’s Day right around the corner. See what I mean? . Make a decision that you are going to make a change even if you are not crystal clear what that change will be, and now for the easy part. How do we do this? Easy. Seriously it is easy. We must take ownership only for the things we can control. What is in your sphere of influence that you can personally control? Look around you, begin with your relationships. Relationship with God, with your spouse, with kids. Stop! That’s it. Just your family because we are going to get our own life worked out before we head out to the wild yonder. Now, your family duties. What are the things you must do each day? Feed people, homeschool, keep the house clean, wash clothes, etc. Look at this list. Where can you get help? And, who can help with some of these things? For moms with little ones I know it is an uphill task just to get chores done and watch those babes, but it is so worth it. Don’t’ be so hard on yourself. We all started that way, some of us with more kids than the other but all of us at times overwhelmed. Are you done? What else do you have direct ownership of, the things you can control? Add those to your list. It is time to combat physical and mental stress. And, now? Those things you can not control, what are they? You know, those things that stress you out. List those. Is there something you can do? Is this something going to stress you out? If so, drop it now. If not, add it to your sphere of influence. The answer for the things that you can not control is to let them go and let God. God is in control even if you look at this chaos and can not see the hand of the Lord, He is there. On my podcast A Few Minutes with God, I spoke about this fact in Stress and God and go through the scriptures I love beginning with Luke 12:22-31 – Here God talks to us about how he provides for the birds in the air and how much more He loves us and will provide for us. But here is the catch. Are we willing to let go? You can pray but that is it, and here is what I pray. Your will Lord. Because my will sure isn’t getting done! We have to let go at some point friends and we can’t create the world in our image. Each thing that happens in our lives has great consequences not only for ourselves and others but stressing about the things we can not control does us more harm than good. I also pray to the Lord that he helps me to see what he wants me to see and ignore the rest. Look into the gift of discernment. It is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and it has been a blessing for me to pray in this way. Now onto the physical side of things. If you are sick, it’s time to take care of yourself. I struggled with a problem and refused to go to the doctor, and finally did not have a choice. It all worked out well, but why I fought it I have no idea and I feel so much better. Peace of mind goes a long way toward our mental health. And finally getting to the doctor helped me remember something, and that is the Moringa plant. It is amazing, look it up. My doctor happens to grow it and I have to tell you that I started taking Moringa – from my doctor’s farm, it works in giving me energy and perking me up. I take it at about 1-2 in the afternoon, whenever I started feeling tired. If you are super unhappy with one aspect of your life it can weigh you down and add that unneeded stress. If you are tired and run down (stress can do that!) or you want to shed a few pounds, do it. How can you solve your problems? Moms, we are resourceful, there is always a way and if you have little ones, it is time to give yourself a break! Quit expecting to accomplish so much, some days it is just not going to happen. Our minds are the issue even with our weight. While we place more merit on the interior than the exterior, sometimes we just have to look in the mirror. Are you happy with your appearance? Okay, let me rephrase that! None of us are totally happy with our appearance and now with so many more conference calls and seeing our faces, we are reminded that age knows no time. Let me share a quick observation. Have you looked at a photograph of yourself in your younger years? Maybe you were leaner, had fewer wrinkles, and no gray hairs, you know before kids. Did you think you looked great? Do you see where I am going? Even when you looked great or greater than you do now, you were not satisfied, so here is what I’d like you to do. You are going to decide you are going to take care of yourself and you are going to be happy with yourself no matter what. If not, what are you going to do about it? If you are not going to do anything about it then you are not going to complain. Do you see a pattern here? I am going to talk about weight loss and I’ll have some links to other podcasts on the topic in my show notes, but for now, I want to focus on your outlook on things in this session because it is important to not only your well being but also your weight and your health. Often we allow our goals our insecurities to get in the way, no one believes that I was once very shy. No one! But, I was and somehow I was passionate enough about my message and what I had to say that I allowed that to move me forward instead of focusing on my insecurities – we all have them, I focused on the message and the goal. Do what makes you comfortable and what is within your ability at this stage of your life. Don’t keep thinking you will do this and that when the kids grow up because my kids are grown up and I still run out of time each day and take on projects So moms, take a breath and first things first, take control of that wandering or racing mind and get it under your control, don’t let it control you. If you can do something to change it, fine, do it and if not, we are going to let it go! Once again I wish we lived closer, I’d give you a hug of encouragement and tell you – you’ve got this! And, I believe you do. The post Physical and Mental Health appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
15 minutes | 3 months ago
Special Replay: Teaching With Laughter
Teaching With Laughter – Special Replay! Just thinking about teaching with laughter makes me smile. I stumbled across this recently when I tried this technique first-hand. It worked! I can’t wait to share the details with you. We all love to laugh. Often we read things on social media that are so funny we share them with our friends. Laughter makes us happy, it reduces stress. Laughter crosses culture, all over the world people laugh. Babies even laugh before they can speak. It is a form of communication. Teaching with Laughter has benefits! Research shows that that laughter: Increases blood flow Decreases stress Triggers endorphins Promotes well-being The use of humor in an education setting is beneficial and I found this out the other day. When I was working on a reading program, I found my student (aka grandson) was becoming stressed. We were pushing it to right under his frustration level in order to create new neuro-pathways. This is one of the ways to teach a child who may struggle in a specific area. We don’t want the child frustrated, so it is under this frustration level where a child will say it is too hard. I decided to use humor to defuse the tension so I began with all the jokes I had on hand – believe me, I’m not the best teller of jokes. What time is it when the elephant sits on a fence? (Time for a new fence) Why did the man throw the clock out the window? (To see time fly) etc. It was wonderful – he began telling me jokes and we laughed, went back to our work and they were able to get a bunch done! Telling jokes or teaching using humorous antidotes does encourage a healthy learning environment. While humor in itself does not cause learning it does affect the brain. It causes the brain condition to fire up and get ready for learning. You may not be a comedian – very rarely do our own kids think we are funny; we can use humor as a tool. To get your kids attention. To defuse bad behavior. Help to get their neurons to fire up. Help pave the way to learn difficult subjects. Makes learning fun. Encourage your kids to participate. Helps the kids remember the information Soothes anxiety if the child has difficulty with a subject Causes relaxation. It is a good tool for laying groundwork for learning. But, if you are not funny – then what? You can use the child’s names in a book you are reading. Switch out the character’s names with your children and watch them sit up and listen. Set up a Pinterest Board – Use funny memes. (Look up.) Use video just search for funny video for kids You are not going to use humor all the time otherwise it does not become effective. The post Special Replay: Teaching With Laughter appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Best Marriage Tips
Let’s Talk About Marriage – Best Marriage Tips! with your host Felice Gerwitz After 40+ years of marriage, I have some of the best marriage tips ever and these really work. You are probably thinking… oh great! Another know-it-all podcaster trying to tell you how to make your marriage work! Well, I have 35 years under my belt – I’m no expert, but I’m a hard-headed, first-generation Italian, New Yorker, married to a German-Irish-American! It has taken years of give-and-take to make our marriage great. And, I wanted to ask some others who have been married for years to chime in with their tips! This podcast contains advice from: Carol Topp: Dollars & Sense Radio ; Hal & Melanie Young: Making Biblical Family Life Practical; Meredith Curtis: Finish Well Radio ; Andy & Kendra Fletcher: HomeschoolingIRL Show Notes: Scriptures to Study in Regard to Marriage: Genesis 2:22-24 Proverbs: Some I love!! Proverbs: 5:18-19 ; 20:6-7; 30:18-19; 31:10 Matthew: 19:4-6 1-Corinthians: 7:1-6 Mark: 10:6-9 Ephesians: 5:22-33 Links: Test – Learn Your Love Language Recommended Books: The Bible! Look for Books on “Love Language” at the library or your favorite book store. Advice and Tips: Jeff Gerwitz: Keep Communication and Smooch Them Often! Felice Gerwitz: Don’t go to bed angry: A. You both agree to solve your issues before bed — B. Understand the resolution will be a compromise for Both of You! and If you love giving gifts – A. Don’t expect anything in return and B. Accept gifts graciously Carol Topp: One key to marriage success is to set aside time each day to catch up, even if it’s just 10 minutes. A co-worker gave me this advice over 20 years ago and he was right! My show http://dollarsandsenseshow.com. BTW my husband and I had our 30th Anniversary this year. Hal Young: When God created marriage, the very first reason the Bible gives is companionship – “It is not good that the man should be alone,” God said (Genesis 2:18). We should make it our goal to make our mate our best friend as well as our spouse. That takes time and commitment, but don’t we know how to keep up a friendship? Why not use the same relationship skills in our marriage? Their show, Making Biblical Family Life Practical and you can find it on this network – here is an easy way to find them –(HalAndMelanie.com/radio/) and they wrote a wonderful book on marriage “My Beloved and My Friend: How To Be Married to Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses.” (www.mybelovedandmyfriend.com). Meredith Ludwig Curtis: Another Mom with a large family, who has a show on this network specifically for teens and that is Finish Well Radio – FinishWellRadio.com – she is married to a Pastor and says, “A key to marriage success: Put Jesus first! Serve Him together! Love Him together! Raise godly children together! Change the world together!” Andy Fletcher: We were given two pieces of advice. The first was very simple: Outserve one another. If you make it your goal to out serve your spouse, you will be in the right mindset. The second piece of advice was just silly: … you’ll have to listen to their podcast to find out! Catch their show on homeschooling and marriage, What Homeschooling Does to Marriage The post Best Marriage Tips appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
11 minutes | 3 months ago
New Year Memory Book
New Year Memory Book ~ Episode Want to remember all of those great memories? You can with a new year memory book your kids create. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it can hold those treasures that are priceless! Check out the Media Angels books on Media Angels.com I have some fun novels for kids – one is A Few Minutes with God which is a story about two kids who are siblings who have identical dreams. Another is a series of books, The Truth Seekers Mystery Series that focus on two siblings who are great at solving mysteries and uncovering truth… just like the series name. These books can all be found on my website. This is another show that is Just For Kids – so get your kids and get ready to make some memories! Okay kids I want to ask you a question – what was your favorite Christmas gift this past year. Okay, now what was your favorite birthday present this year. What about the year before? What about two years ago? See my point? We can sometimes remember things from the past, especially presents we receive but often we can’t remember those really important memories like the times we spend with our families on a nature walk, or a backyard picnic or maybe building a fort in the living room with sheets and towels. These are things that are fun to look back on and remember those good times. Why do we like to remember good times? Because sometimes we are sad and we think that everything is going wrong. We all have days like that when we are feeling like we just want to go to bed an have a “do over” the next day. But, when we keep a journal, or a memory book and write or draw some of the things that are special that happen during the year we can go back and revisit and remember those good times. How do you make a memory book? You can use a notebook with lines. You can take blank pieces of paper and staple or glue them together. You can use a notebook with plastic slip sheets to preserve pages that have fun things you might find in nature. You can use pages you create on a word processor such as a publishing program or maybe Canva.com – you can get a free account and try it out, and you can make all kinds of pretty graphics and things with their free templates. What are some things you can put in your memory book? You can put in field trips that were fun or special. You can add things you find that are special – for example, my kids use to find snakeskins and wanted to put them in slip sheets – I still find them to this day whenever I’m cleaning out old files, and they are still as new as the day they found them long ago. You can add pictures you draw or have taken with a camera and print them out. SO many people leave things on a phone or camera that it is fun to have pictures that are printed. You can add special journal entries about special things that happen, or school papers you’d like to save like a story. Have you thought about the things that are special to you? What are some things you’d like to remember? Do you know I still have a small autograph memory book from when I was younger? In this book I had things like the names of my friends and even their signatures. Autograph books were fun in those days and we would go around asking people to sign our books. One of my friends put in a rhyme when she learned I was moving to Canada. It said, “May our friendship last until America drinks Canada Dry.” Canada Dry was the name of soda pop! Yes, I did live in Canada from third grade to sixth grade. But we moved back to the United States when I entered the seventh grade. It is fun for me, even as an adult to have something from my childhood. What would you like to write about in your memory book. Maybe you like the idea of an autograph book and want to start one of those. For those of you who don’t like to write, remember you can draw or take pictures to make this memory special. Whatever it is, make it unique. How can you do this? Well, one way is with an online service. I saw a memory book that was pictures people uploaded on a website and had it printed into a book. It was a gift to a grandparent and it was a wonderful gift. So, maybe you want to use some of the things in your memory book as a gift to a grandparent or even one of your parents. Have fun with this and enjoy the memories you make with your family. Each family is special and unique and I hope you put an effort to get along with your siblings and listen to your parents! Thanks for joining me today and I’d love to hear how you are sharing your memories with your family and friends! The post New Year Memory Book appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
10 minutes | 4 months ago
Joyful Kids – Yes, This Means You! Episode 418 This is an episode just for kids! Can you be joyful? Do you think someone would say, “There are those joyful kids again!” No, well in this episode I am going to show you some special things about joy and how you can be joyful each and every day. If you want to give your parents the best present every no matter what time of the year it is, this is an important podcast to listen to! Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child book — A Few Minutes With God TruthSeekersMysterySeries Other episodes you may enjoy: Christmas Memories Special Christmas DIY Gifts Christmas Eve Celebrations Some people are naturally happy, and this might or might not be you. But, wouldn’t it be nice if people thought of you as a happy person? Do you know any people that are happy or seem like they are happy? What makes someone happy? Let’s think about this. You get something you want. You get your own way. You get to have a special food you like to eat. You do not have to do school work or homework. You get to do a hobby or something fun that you like to do. I am sure you can add to this list but this is enough to get you started. Did you notice that all of these things, one through five are all about you. What is in it for me is a pretty selfish way of living your life, and that is why people are so miserable and not joyful. When things are all about you and not others it is difficult to have joy in your life because we can always find something wrong – something we did not get or something that did not turn out as well as we would have liked it to! What are some of the things that make you joyful or another word for joy can be happy, but joy I believe is a deeper sense of happiness. Here is why. Did you know that joy is a choice. You can either decide you want to be joyful or not. You can say, “Wow, today I don’t want to be upset or mad and I am going to choose to be joyful.” Does that work? You may be thinking no, but it does! You can choose to be miserable or joyful. It is as easy as that. And, I am going to show you what I mean. First, if you have our joyful planner that will help. It is freely available in the month of December if your parents are on our mailing list, but if not your parents can find it on my MediaAngels.com website. That will help you, but here are some things I am talking about. When you wake up decide to smile. Yes, it is that easy. Put a smile on your face. Maybe you do not smile often so you may want to practice this in front of a mirror. You don’t want to scare people in your family by showing your teeth without a grin! Say something nice to others. Maybe you don’t know what to say, so practice. You can say, “Your hair looks nice,” or “Can I help you with anything today,” (This might be something dangerous if your mom or dad is eating something–it might cause them to choke if it is not something you say often, so use caution when saying this! And, yes I am kidding!) Think. What can you say that is nice to someone. It can be a compliment or an offer to help. Help without being asked. Would you believe this will bring joy to your life? Just doing something kind for someone else is payment enough. If you can do it without expecting praise that is even better! Did you notice numbers 1-3 are all about other people? Being kind, smiling at others, being helpful. All about other people and that is the key to happiness and joy. People who give of their time and talents are much more joyful than those who are selfish. Yes, this is true and I am sure it is a statistic somewhere. Truthfully if you get in the habit of smiling at those in your family you will find that they can’t help to smile back at you. This is just the beginning of deciding that you will be happy and find something each and every day to be thankful for. Each day you can find something, some little thing to be thankful about. Look at your family and start there. Some people do not have families and some people have even less than you do. Yes, somewhere in the world this is true. The most important things in your life are free. The air we breathe and the joy that a smile brings to the heart of someone sad or lonely. These are things you can do, starting today. What else can you add to this list on being joyful and choosing joy each day? Are there joyful kids in your home? I am sure if you start this trend you will find that others in your family will also choose joy! I pray this happens in your own life. The post Joyful Kids appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
21 minutes | a year ago
Best Gift Giving Tips
Best Gift Giving Tips with Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz Episode 384 Best Gift Giving Tips are easier than you think. Here are some great ideas for gifts that will last throughout the year. Thanks to our sponsor – The Star Movie – limited run December 7 and 8th 2019 – the DVD is still available for purchase. Faith brings us together. Happy Anniversary to The Star, which debuted on this day in 2017! Celebrate the film by seeing its re-release in theaters this holiday season, December 7 and 8! Tickets here: http://www.thestarmovie-tickets.com Another great show is here – Gifts You Can’t Unwrap I’m so excited to talk Meredith Curtis who is the queen of Christmas! Meredith is the “Christmas girl” and likes to turn her home into a Christmas Wonderland — on a budget! Both Meredith and I have big families, and sometimes it is difficult to juggle both school and home. We’re going to talk more about that but, also how to save money while living within the big family budget! Here are some quick tips to get you started. Plan to make schoolwork lighter in December and set some deadlines for Christmas vacation. Try to do Christmas related unit studies. Read Anne of Green Gables, or a very British Christmas, or study Christmas during Colonial America. We learned not only how people celebrated Christmas, but we would learn as we read through the book aloud. And we also watched Christmas movies and made crafts, created recipes and had tea. When we studied a British Christmas, we tried to cook a goose and we read a Christmas Carol aloud. All of our projects had a purpose. For example handwriting in December focused around Christmas letters and addressing Christmas cards. One of our crafts with wrapping Christmas presents. One of our projects was making a Christmas budget and Christmas shopping. One of our school projects was creating Christmas gifts. We baked Christmas cookies. So we would bake cookies and freeze them or we made gifts in a jar. And so by the end of the unit study, we had read all these delightful picture books, but we had also finished all of our presents for neighbors and people at church and all we had to do the final day was just delivered them, you know, right before Christmas. A focus on Christmas really put things into perspective and to make the time for the things that we really want to do rather than feeling like we have to do the things on a checkoff list and what better time than Christmas! Best Gift Giving Ideas: Christmas Carols – if you can sing, give the gift of music. Prayers – record some prayers and create a CD as a gift. Keepsakes – whether they are handprints or pictures, be sure to put the date on the gift. Budget gifts – set a price point or limit. Books – add to a series of books, or begin a new series as a gift with a few books to begin. Shop used book stores. Movies – something that is a keepsake like The Star Movie for example. Or the Nativity. Home-baked goods such as breads, quick breads like pumpkin loaf, cinnamon rolls, or cookies. Mixes – you can give as gifts. Use decorative tins. Be sure to add the recipe taped to the outside. Create a recipe book, duplicate and give as gifts. You can print out recipe cards for ease if you want to make your own homemade version. Create gift photo books. These are wonderful and can be stored easily. The post Best Gift Giving Tips appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
13 minutes | 4 months ago
Christmas Memories – Episode 417 What are your favorite Christmas memories? Each year we have so many wonderful memories of Christmas but soon we forget. Here is the solution! A Christmas Memory book! In this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, Felice shares another just-for-kids episode with you! Don’t forget a kid favorite! Novels for tweens – that are Christian based. Check out the Media Angels kids series, Truth Seekers Mystery Series and the book, A Few Minutes with God! Check out the Media Angels books on Media Angels.com Be sure to go to VintageHomeschoolMoms.com – a copy of the Christmas Memory Book Holiday Memory Book-2020 Advent Calendar: Here What are your favorite Christmas memories? Was there a special gift you received? Maybe a special food you get to eat during the holidays. Is it a favorite activity, like roasting marshmallows or sipping hot cocoa when it is cold outside. Maybe it is a visit from special family members like grandparents or cousins. Do you like the Christmas decorations? The special books that your parents may read, or a special trip you take for example going camping or visiting a relative or friend? There are so many different things that happen around Christmas time but often we forget these things once the holiday is over, and so in this episode, I want to share with you a special book I’ve put together just for you! A Christmas Memories Book. You can print it out and put it in a notebook or binder and add to it each year. Or, maybe this will give you an idea of creating one of your own. What are those memories that make Christmas truly special? Sometimes the most important things are the things that cost nothing! This can be praying in what we like to call the count-down to Christmas, and that is the days before called Advent. It is a time when we gather as a family each night and light one candle per week as we read a passage from the Bible. Then we pray for special intentions. For example, “Peace on Earth,” or we pray for “Those who do not have anyone special to pray for them.” This is a time to think about what is truly important at Christmas time and that is the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I want you to think about the best toy or gift you ever received for Christmas. Do you remember this? Did it break? Did you lose it? Did it not meet your expectations, that means when you got the gift did it not seem as special as you thought it would be? This happened to me when I was a kid. I wanted a camera so badly and when I finally got the camera I wanted that printed the instant pictures I was super disappointed. For one thing, the pictures were not that great and for another, the film was super expensive. It was better to wait to have your pictures printed rather than have a camera that prints out instantly but the quality is not that great. Today we have wonderful cameras on our phones and rarely do we ever print anything out! Look around you this Christmas. Notice the beautiful decorations, enjoy each sip of your favorite drink, and make some new holiday traditions of your own! Here are some things that families like to do to celebrate the Christmas Holidays: Use an Advent calendar or wreath and pray each day or evening as the count down to Christmas begins. You can start this at any time. Be sure to read different Bible passages you can read the Nativity passages in the New Testament, but don’t forget the prophetic ones in Isaiah that talk about the coming Messiah! Read each evening from a special book. Some families like favorites like the Christmas Carol or the Night Before Christmas. What is your favorite book? Take this out and maybe this is a great time for a new family tradition to begin. Does your family like to bake? What are the Christmas cookies that you enjoy? Write these recipes in your memory book. There are some special recipes that are passed down from family to family that are very important and can be lost or forgotten. This way you will have your own copy. Plan a special trip. This can be a picnic in the park if you live somewhere that is not so cold – if you live in a cold area, do a drive through looking at the Christmas lights at different homes in the early evening. Or maybe put lights up on your own home for others to enjoy. When you get home think about your favorite part of this even. Spend time as a family. Look around you! Being a kid only lasts a short time. This is a special time to journal and remember because soon you will be grown up, have a job and a family of your own. So, enjoy this time with your family. Make a special Christmas ornament. This can be with a family picture or it can be something you draw. Be sure to write the year you made this and place it on the tree. Secret notes. Write a note to someone in your family that is kind and positive and put it somewhere they will notice. Do not sign it! It is nice to say things that are nice and special to encourage others. Make an outdoor fire with your family of course, and roast marshmallows -even if it is cold! You can bundle up and tell stories about past Christmas events or ask your parents to share their favorite Christmas past stories with you! Joyful attitude. Each morning wake up with a smile on your face – or one soon after you wake up – and greet each person in the family with a smile when you see them first thing in the morning. They will wonder what is going on, but smiles are contagious! Be kind! It is not always easy to be kind to others, but try this Christmas season to be joyful and uplifting to those in your family and only say things that are kind…or nothing at all! Can you think of other things? I am sure you can! Use this as a beginning of making your own Christmas special this year! And, I pray a joyful and blessed Christmas on each one of you! The post Christmas Memories appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
Special Replay – Best Ever DIY Christmas Gifts
The Best Ever DIY Christmas Gifts Episode 311 I know, we’ve heard it before the best ever DIY Christmas gifts often are more expensive than buying something on sale at the store. But, when you have a large family or many additional family and friends to consider these gifts are a life saver. Thanks to our sponsors – The Truth Seekers Mystery Series – brought to you by Media Angels, Inc. Do it yourself or DIY is all the craze, but only when it is simple and the gifts are truly worth giving. One year I received bath salts that smelled great and were different colors. When I looked at them closer I noticed the coloring was actually food coloring and could turn my skin the bright yellow, green and purple of the bath salts! Needless to say, this item was not used for baths at all. Here are my go-to rules for DIY Christmas Gifts: Must be tried and true. This is not the time to experiment. Nice presentation. No one wants to open a box to see a hot-glued mess. Something someone would actually want. Think cheesecake vs. fruitcake. Take into account dietary needs. These days there are gluten, dairy and nut allergies. Stay away from these offenders if at all possible. Gift certificates do not need to be impersonal. Stay tuned to learn more! The best every DIY Christmas Gifts can be every bit as charming as a high priced item that more than likely will break, wear out or possibly be something that is returned or regifted. Think about the person you want to gift an item. What are their likes? Dislikes? Take these into account. Here are a few of the favorite gifts I have given and received: Recipe book: Tried and true family recipes. Think about making these into a book online that can be duplicated. Coupons: The kids have gifted me with coupons for the following and all were much appreciated! Car wash, make beds, wash dishes, babysit, neck rub, vacuuming, organizing. DIY personal: Bath Salts, Homemade Sanitizer, Rag rug, Food: Applesauce + recipe for muffins; Tomatoes + recipe for sauce; Pumpkin + recipe for pie; Fat Bombs + recipe; Baked goods + recipe; Mixes + recipe and decorative containers Gift Certificate to a: nature center, zoo, museums, amusement parks, Amazon, bookstore, coffee store, etc. Make it personal by going with the person whenever possible to enjoy their gift. Slide presentation with pictures Prayer audio Painting or other art projects Decopauge – a favorite saying or special memento on a wood plaque. Experience: Rooftop star gazing, impromptu road trip, see hot air balloons, country visit or city visit, camping The post Special Replay – Best Ever DIY Christmas Gifts appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
14 minutes | 5 months ago
Thanksgiving Memory Book
Thanksgiving Memory Book ~ Episode 416 What is your favorite Thanksgiving memory? Another episode just for kids! Join Felice as she shares her encouragement to notice those little things that are important to appreciate. Check out the Media Angels books on Media Angels.com Be sure to go to VintageHomeschoolMoms.com – episode 416 and you will find a copy of the Thanksgiving Memory Book – Thanksgiving Memory Book Thanksgiving is a time to make memories and share joy with others. A fun craft is to take branches and make a Thankful tree. You add leaves to the tree and on each, you can put a word that reminds you of something you are thankful for. Think About This: What are you thankful for? People may ask you that question and you may say, “I don’t know!” I get it, sometimes it seems that the questions you get asked don’t really have good answers. Here is a challenge for you. Do you think you can do this? Start looking around. What do you see? Here are some possibilities. You see people in your family, you see the things that you own, you see the things that are part of your world. Maybe a pet, or something you think is important. It may not be valuable meaning it costs lots of money, but it is valuable to you. So what are those things? Maybe you are thankful for: Your family. Your home. You brothers or sisters. Your friends. Your toys. The food that you eat. Your pets. A favorite vacation. A favorite sport you play. A hobby you have. These are just a few of the things you may be thankful for. We did this quickly, but you can take more time to do this on your own. So, the next time someone asks you what you are thankful for you will be able to answer it quickly. Have you ever had a super fun time doing something and wish you had pictures or written down exactly what you did? How about keeping a memory book? Have you ever kept a journal? A memory book is something like that. I have a free one you can download here: – Thanksgiving Memory Book You can add things like what you are grateful for but you can also list who was at your celebration, what you did, and what you ate. Maybe your family plays games. What is it that made the day special. What are some traditions that your family does every year? Think about this. Do you have your celebration at your house? Do you go somewhere special for Thanksgiving? Do you eat turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy? What is your favorite dessert? One time, friends of mine lived far away from their family and friends, in fact, they had just moved to a new town. So they decided they wanted to have a different type of Thanksgiving and had a picnic. They had turkey sandwiches, and fun sides, and they played games at the park. The kids all said it was one of their favorite Thanksgiving memories. Have you ever heard that what makes something special is what you put into it? You might not think the food at Thanksgiving is very good, maybe you don’t like turkey and gravy. But, either way what you are celebrating makes it special to you. (Remember – what are you putting into the celebration?) I had another friend who used Thanksgiving as a day to help out at a soup kitchen, a place that cooks meals for the poor. She said she felt so thankful for all that God had given her that she wanted to give of her time for others. That is truly being unselfish, isn’t it? Each person can give from what they have and share it with someone else. You can do this in your family as well. Whatever you do to celebrate this happy day, I pray that you make memories that you will always remember. I hope you have a very special thanksgiving with your family and your friends. Even if you have a turkey sandwich at the park this year, make it the best Thanksgiving memory ever! The post Thanksgiving Memory Book appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
39 minutes | 5 months ago
Special Replay: Best Kept Holiday Prep Secrets
Let’s Talk About The Best Kept Holiday Prep Secrets with Felice Gerwitz The holidays are around the corner, and ready or not it is time to learn about the best kept holiday prep secrets. We are celebrating all the time – whether it is the biggies like Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter – or the other big events like birthday celebrations, anniversary, baby showers and other parties! Are you ready? In the many of preparing large family gatherings and parties, I’ve had quite a bit of practice. I’ve learned many shortcuts that make party planning fun! If you have a few things on hand your parties will always be spectacular. From food to decorations – and the best news? It won’t break the bank. Special sponsor – Media Angels Inc. Homeschooling with Proverbs! Check it out. Join our Private Facebook group – Show Notes: Holiday prep secrets. Make a list (mine tend to be general – if you are detailed go for it! Prepare things way ahead of time. Ideal items: casseroles, prep items like onion, onions and peppers, soups, stews, lasagna, mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc. Buy in bulk – crackers, appetizers (salsa, hummus, etc.) Extra gifts to have on hand (bless people twice with this holiday prep secret) Bake extra – two cakes and freeze one, make smaller cakes to gift, extra cookie dough and more. Fresh fruit and nuts for decorations Use “broken” ornaments upside down in a glass bowl Kid decorations – make it special Music – get that playlist ready. Wrap gifts as you buy them. More great episodes Keeping Sane for the Holidays Fun Holiday Tips Holiday Planning The post Special Replay: Best Kept Holiday Prep Secrets appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
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