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Youthful Tendency Disorder

It seems like everyday there is a news article explaining some new research, or treatments and therapies for disorders.  When I first saw this one, I thought ,”OH NO!   A new disorder, what now?”   Usually, I would have skipped over it,  but it was from The Onion, and I like the way they spin their “reporting”.

So my conclusion after reading about Youthful Tendency Disorder is this:   All of my children, even the 21 year old, have several symptoms of this condition.  I notice it most often during our homeschooling days, especially when it’s nice outside, or time for a grammar lesson, or after they  have read  an exciting story.  It’s probably in their genes, for both my husband and I have struggled with Youthful Tendency Disorder for years.  Until this article informed us, I did not realize just what is was that we have been “suffering” from.

I’m hoping that a cure for this “disorder” is never discovered!

Here’s the link so you may investigate this unusual disorder for yourself, and I hope you and your family have it also!   http://www.theonion.com/articles/more-us-children-being-diagnosed-with-youthful-ten,248/

albert-einstein“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Albert Einstein

betty jo

Concerned Teacher

Math lessons are the least of my homeschool concerns for this coming up homeschooling week.  Well, for that matter, neither is anything “common core” a big concern for this new week.  Nor is our homeschool group field trip.  So, what is it that concerns me about this week?  It’s this,  “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (James 3:1)

 I’m concerned about how the judgement of  my teaching at the end of the week will turn out.  Will I have demonstrated Godly behavior?  Did I teach them Bible truths as we went about our day?  Was I slow to anger and quick to forgive?  Will my kids know without a doubt that I love them and think they are wonderful?  Did I encourage them?  Did I go about my work without grumbling or complaining?  Do they know their Savior better because of something this momma said or did?

These words haunt me as I plan for our school week, “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.” (Mark 9:42).

God help me.

And I’m praying that maybe, just maybe, the week will end with a judgement like this, “True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.” (Malachi 2:6)

betty jo

The Homeschool Village

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Not So Weird Afterall

15 years ago homeschooling wasn’t all that popular. It was for hippies, survivalists, and religious fanatics (or so I thought). I did not fit into any of those categories, But, there I was pulling my kindergartener out of of public school anyway.

I checked out 2 different homeschool support groups and neither seemed to have hippies, survivalists, or religious fanatics as members. They were just normal moms that happened to be educating normal kids at home. The larger group had 25 or so families, the smaller had 6. Make that 7, because that’s the one we joined.

These awesome ladies helped me so very much. They taught me to breathe, relax, and pray. They prepped me on how to answer all the opposition questions that would come my way.  You know those questions, “What about socialization?” or “How will they get into college?” , etc (insert eye rolling here). They encouraged me and built me up.

This homeschool support group must not have been alone in encouraging newbies.  The number of homeschoolers in our country is now over the 2.5 million mark. Families are seeing home education as a viable option to traditional schooling. The opposition questions are still being asked but not as often and are now mixed with some very positive comments. It’s not so weird anymore.

Oh, and by the way, throughout the course of our 15 years homeschooling, I’ve happily learned to be a hippie, a survivalist, and a religious fanatic.  betty jo