Surviving The Last Days of Summer With Kids

The summer holiday is a wonderful time for a mom to connect with her kids. A mom is not in her usual stressful position of carpooling, keeping up with school emails, making lunches and helping with homework. You're kids too, are not spending hours at school, doing homework, and attending extra curricular activities. It's a time to refocus your family life and reconstruct your values and togetherness. Unfortunately, summer can also be a very trying time for mommy dearest. After Ramadan ended and (Read more...)

5 Steps to Improve your Relationship with your Teenager

Raising teenagers can be a painful experience - ouch! You want a close relationship with them, but they make it so hard to get close when they display disrespect and disobedience towards you. This "back-and-forth" causes the rift to widen each day in your relationship with your teen. Remember the good ol' days when your teen was little, and he would turn to you for everything? It was so simple to discipline him using rewards and consequences, and even easier to forgive him because he was so cute. (Read more...)

5 Lessons I’ve Learned About Homeschooling Upper Grades

Our homeschooling journey didn’t start from the very beginning. I did not have years of experience before we entered the middle school years on our own, and there are many times I wish I did. I believe there are steps that you make as each year passes, knowing what to expect and what new goals you have for both yourself and your child. Well, as someone who didn’t have that previous knowledge to work with, and knowing many people are pulling their kids out of school near the middle school years, (Read more...)

How to Get Your Child To Focus on Learning

In my last article I wrote about the importance of the teaching loop. In this article, I want to discuss the details of each, specifically on how to get and maintain your child’s focus and attention to the lesson that he/she is learning. 1. Gaining Attention In the first step of the teaching loop, you need to alert your child’s attention to what you’re about to teach her. Whatever method you use, it needs to be interesting and related to the lesson. Here are some things you could try: (Read more...)

5 Tips to Avoid Power Struggles With Your Kids

Power struggles. We see them all the time, especially in public places as mothers plead with their kids to behave. Common concerns among parents are, where do you draw the line? When do you put your foot down and declare authority in a situation? When do you listen to reasonable negotiations? As a homeschooler, I hear this question often, "How do I get my kids to listen to me without fighting with them all day?" Of course we must start with the typical mommy-blog disclosure: All families (Read more...)

Using Charts To Avoid Kids Excuses

There is an abundance of charts for kids all over the internet, and it can get overwhelming for a mom to choose the ones that suit her needs best. I've noticed the charts that work best for children are simple and have the least amount of frills. When I use charts for my kids, I see significant progress, and my kids are more productive. Why Use Charts? 1. Relieves Some Mommy-Stress A responsibility chart can help a mom get her child to complete tasks with less nagging. When your child sees what (Read more...)

How To Teach Your Young Child Anything

The way you teach your child will determine whether your child will learn or not. One way to teach is to use the teaching loop. Research has found this to be the best way to teach. There are four steps. 1. Alert You begin by first alerting your child to be ready to learn. This is obvious, as you would want to draw your child’s attention to what you’re about to teach. Without focused attention, your child will not be able to concentrate to learn. Gain your child’s attention, by showing (Read more...)

Preparing Your Child For Number Activities

Learning about numbers is more than just counting. By the end of the first school year, not only do children need to be able to count, but also be able to recognise numbers, count each item, and write the numbers. Each of these requires a different set of skills. To prepare your child and give him an advantage, you can start teaching him these concepts in a fun and playful way. 1. Rote Counting To say numbers in sequence is to rote count. Most children can do this easily through listening (Read more...)