Archives for January 2011

Correct Attitude Issues Immediately!

My kids go through their seasons of attitude problems.

As parents, Edric and I have always felt that it was necessary to address any wrong attitude right away. My own parents were strict with me when it came to moodiness, temper, and bad attitude. They would always tell my siblings and I that we need to be controlled by the Holy Spirit and that wrong attitudes were selfish. They also trained us to remember the golden rule for relationships. The Bible says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

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Simple Traditions, Simply Wonderful

Tonight we went walking again together as a family. There aren’t any “parks” nearby, but we have found an open field which the boys enjoy. It’s about a ten minute walk from our condo.  We went there this evening and let Elijah, Edan, and Titus run around and chase each other. Tiana was fast asleep so she stayed behind. The boys had Edric throw them up into the air and they used him as their punching bag. They loved it. I just watched. These are the simple joys of my life — seeing my kids play with their dad and taking in their laughter and big smiles.

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Are Workbooks Okay?

There are lots of workbooks out there for young children. Before buying a workbook, here are the pros and cons you should consider:

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Flashlights and bugs

Who would have thought that going for a walk at night with flashlights could turn out to be a Science adventure?! We gave each of the boys flashlights tonight and asked them to hunt for bugs in a field that was near our house. I wasn’t sure they would actually find anything but they started yelling out things like, “I found a cricket!” “I found a ladybug!” All they were doing was shining their flashlights on the grass so Edric and I weren’t really sure if they had actually found anything. But when we peered over their shoulders, it was true! By the end of the night, we also ended up seeing a grasshopper, leaf jumpers, a moth, several butterflies (sleeping), ants, a cockroach, and a frog. It was a little far out when Edan said he found a baby rabbit in the dirt. That one was definitely not true. Elijah was thrilled when he found burs because we had read about them in his Botany book.

The wonderful thing is they were more than ready for bed by the time we had walked home and their emotional tanks were full.  Evenings like this are a good reminder that we can find simple ways to spend time together without needing any media…just a couple of batteries, flashlights, and time.

Stay Fit, Mommy!

Are there days when you just feel lethargic, unmotivated and lazy? Well, today is one of those days. I read my Bible but nearly fell asleep towards the end of the chapter. It was a great chapter, too! I’m so glad it is Elijah and Edan’s day with Edric. They will have their Taekwondo class and Edric will teach them at work.

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HAPI for Homeschooling

The Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands or HAPI was launched last October 2011 during the 3rd Philippine Homeschool Conference. We had the HAPI leadership team over for a planning lunch last December 2010. HAPI is going to be a catalyst for the homeschooling movement in the Philippines. Go HAPI!