It’s been a challenging week and I’m sure I’m not the only one for whom this is true. I know we’re not supposed to play the comparison game, but sometimes it helps me have perspective in the supposed severity of my own problems. So many families are suddenly losing loved ones right now, and they’re not even able to be with them at the end. My heart goes out to those of you who have experienced this. These are very difficult times in so many ways.
On to the links…
A metaphor for moms of teens I think Mystie’s advice is so, so wise, not only for parents of teens, but even for those a few years younger (in particular, nine-year-old boys!). “Comforting teens, especially when they are being prickly, is an effort in sacrificial love. I have experienced ornery kids that I did not want to show kindness to, and often haven’t. I have repented and vowed to do better next time, only to get after them the same way the next day…. Parenting is loving and kind. Parenting means disciplining and holding them accountable. Being a parent isn’t just a title, it is a calling that comes with a long job description and requires almost no qualifications.”
5 tricks to help you read when reading feels hard Admittedly, I’ve struggled at times to read lately due to various reasons, including just being plain busy. But when I’m sad, which has definitely been true lately, I also just don’t feel like pulling out a book. I like these tips from Anne on how to remedy that, but also the grace she offers at the beginning in that it’s also okay not to want to read sometimes.
Want to Teach Your Kids About Money? My very favorite budgeting tool ever, You Need a Budget (or YNAB), is starting a YouTube series to teach kids all about money. It includes downloadables and great advice to get kids started on the right foot with their finances!
Nature Study Hacking: A Conversation with Joy Cherrick My friend Joy recently chatted with Pam Barnhill about her series of nature study guides and and how to include nature study in your own homeschool (it doesn’t have to be complicated!).
Everything Spring Closet & Drawer Sachet DIY I’ve got my sewing supplies out to make masks and I thought these little sachets might also be a nice diversion.
(And just a reminder that Beautiful Feet Books is still offering FREE SHIPPING all through April!)
From the blog…
2020-2021 AmblesideOnline Picture Study Print Files The AmblesideOnline artist study rotation picture study print files for the 2020-2021 school year are now available for download! These PDFs include pieces by Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, and Rembrandt.
(2015) Thy Will Be Done “I may fear His will. I may be scared of the things I bump into in this perpetual fog of waiting and the inevitable bruises these collisions cause, but I hold on to the hope that the fog will clear. That someday all of this will make sense and we’ll know that it was worth it. That the journey, in hindsight, was difficult, but the view at the end was well worth the trek.”