Parents morning out notes October 2013

CC Mom’s Morning Out– notes taken:
Books mentioned, brought with us, or talked about:
Crazy Busy” by Kevin DeYoung   
—- Just one look at our jam-packed schedules tells us how hard it can be to strike a well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing it all.  That’s why award-winning author and pastor Kevin DeYoung addresses the busyness problem head on— and not with the typical arsenal of time management tips, but rather with the biblical tools we need to get to the source of the issue and pull the problem out by the roots.
Innocence to Entitlement: A Love & Logic Cure” by Jim Fay & Dawn Billings
— Entitlement has become an epidemic. Yet parents think they are giving in to this disease out of love for their children. In From Innocence to Entitlement: A Love and Logic Cure for the Tragedy of Entitlement the legendary Jim Fay, and entitlement expert, Dawn Billings, take an in-depth look at the devastation and destruction of entitlement and provide techniques for preventing and curing the problem.

Teaching the Trivium” by Harvey Bluedorn

–How can you give your children the tools they need to teach themselves? Long ago students were first taught how to learn. Today, students are taught an encyclopedia of subjects trivia but they are not taught the basic skills of learning: to discover, to reason, and to apply. They are not taught the trivium.  Can you homeschool in a classical style without compromising your Christian principles? Classical Education must be sifted through the critical screen of the Scriptures to be transformed into a Biblical model.
Going Public” by David & Kelli Pritchard

—–“Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Taking this verse at face value provides the perfect opportunity to prove it in the educational setting of our children, say the authors of Going Public. By nurturing the life and power of Christ within them, students will be ready to stand against negative influences no matter the environment, even bringing light to a dark place. They will also benefit from many of the services that the often well-financed public school system has to offer.

Topics discussed:

* when you homeschool, does it change how we participate in/ view church-body life? (ie: do you still have a “need” for a Wed. night program at church, “fun” things like hayrides, etc. if your daily homeschool life is surrounded by Christian peers for your kids, good and fun events, etc.

* Think about: list 3 things/ day to accomplish and keep it at that! Don’t get overwhelmed. Set realistic goals.

* Go somewhere only ONE time/day. Don’t run the “suburban” ratrace. Minimize activities and distractions.

* What’s ONE thing EACH DAY that brings you JOY with your children?….what comes to mind?
Are you doing that? (taking a walk, baking with your kids, etc)

* where lies the discernment/wisdom in finding a balance in the “old ways” (old books, such as pre-1900’s, old times, such as farming or pioneer life— some things homeschool’ers tend to lean towards) and the”new innovations” or good ways society has changed (ie: less racism, technology advancements, TV as resource, etc).


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