9 Super Fantastic Resources for Net Safe Kids

I am not a computer expert that understands all the in’s and out’s of internet accountability, controls and resources! I am a mom who knows that I need to protect my family from the evil that is so easily available on the internet. I didn’t want the blessing of homeschooling to turn into a curse of misuse of the internet, or a pornography addiction and its evil influences.
Below are some internet accountability resources to help all of us protect our families.

Internet Accountability: Stop Accidental Exposure!

Did you know that according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, roughly 70% of children are exposed accidentally to pornography each year?

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Homeschool Grading: Don’t spend too much time grading your kids’ papers!

Homeschool grading should not take all evening. Don’t spend too much time grading your kids papers! Honestly, I can hardly believe I’m writing this but it is true. If you are trying to get your 6th grader to write a perfect essay and so you correct every.single.thing. that you can find, re-write all the sentences, and re-arrange the content YOU ARE DOING TOO MUCH.
 
The curriculum we use (BJU Press Homeschool) comes with rubriks* to help us grade each writing assignment. There are points for content (Did the students get the point across in the essay? Did the ideas have logical progression?) and points for technical skills (Capitalization and punctuation, etc.) Those 2 scores are combined and a grade is assigned. This way both the student and the teacher know what is expected!
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#CancelNetflix: I Apologize. Do you agree with my reasons?

I have joined the #cancelNetflix bandwagon.

If Netflix loses subscribers perhaps that it will send a message against sex trafficking, pedophilia, and the exploitation of women. But I regress. I need to apologize to my family and readers first.
I’m Sorry. I’m really sorry. I should’ve canceled Netflix long before this. Please forgive me.
  • I knew better.
  • I know better.
  • I try to apply the Bible to my life– but in this area, I had not set a good example of “learning not the ways of the world.”
  • I have not been a good example of “Be ye holy for I am holy.” or “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.”
  • or “I will set no wicked thing before my eyes.”
  • I have not been matching up what I say I believe with what I do.
  • Please forgive me. I’m going to do better.

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Encouragement For When You’re Having a Bad Mom Day

Are you having a bad MOM day? You are tired (of course) and those adorable cherubs that keep saying, “Mom, mom, mom!” all day don’t seem to be listening to instruction very well today.

Actually they aren’t listening at all. They are disobeying. They are hitting each other. They are taking turns crying, yelling, and fussing.

And that is just the first 5 minutes of your day. Repeat and multiply that scenario day after day after day.

AND YOU AS A MOM HAVE HAD IT!

Maybe you wonder if you are even doing a good job being a mom.

Maybe you think that IF you were a good mom, the days would be going better and your small, whiny children would be obedient and not so whiny.

LISTEN, MOMS! There’s a reason that a 320 lb. football linebacker who gets on camera for the first time waves and says, “Hi, Mom!” Moms are extremely and sublimely important!

You need to speak #TRUTH to yourself if you are having a bad mom day.

Here’s some #TRUTH for you today.

Everyday is a new day. “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:23

“THIS is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (emphasis mine)

God has promised to give you wisdom.

 

The Top 10 Reasons Moms Are Important (and of course, there are more than ten.) by Barton Goldsmith, PhD

Barton starts with the fact that your mom gave birth to you and then quickly moves to the fact that most moms provide the emotional backbone and support  for their children.

The Incredible Importance of Mom  by Jill Savage

It’s All About Influence

“The profession of motherhood is all about influence. You and I have an incredible opportunity to influence the next generation by what we do as a mother every day. This is why intentionality is so important during the years that we raise our family. Be intentional about your own healing from life’s hurts. Be intentional about taking care of yourself. Be intentional about investing in your marriage. Be intentional about parenting. Be intentional about homemaking. Intentionality increases influence, and influence is something God asks us to be intentional about. We cannot underestimate the power of mother love, the value of home and the significance of our intentional presence in the home.”

MOMS and KIDS: A relationship of Mutual Happiness

A child’s first source of happiness is his/her mother, and the other way around. This relationship has the strongest bond of mutual happiness.

 

From a College Student:  by Christiana Houser

When it comes down to it, your mom will always be one of the most important people in your life. Respect her, love her, and be there for her the way she is there for you. The bond between a mother and child is one that can never be broken or replicated, so don’t take it for granted. Tell her you love her every day and never let that mother/child bond break.

 

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/allthemoms/2018/07/04/moms-parent-friendships/746118002/

MOM FRIENDS, PART 3: Is it really that important to have other parent friends?

by Taylor Seely

Companionship, Empathy, a Reminder of your individuality, and Support are all great reasons to have other mom friends.

Tatyana, mother of one:

“They’re someone who can offer advice and be an ear. Someone who knows what you’re going through.”

125 Mother’s Day Quotes

Mother’s Day is the special time of year when you get to celebrate your first best friend and the person you always turn to when you need advice.

 

There is a special role that God gave mothers. Our society has tried to downplay the mother’s pivotal role in their child’s life. Only one thing- we all know that our mothers genuinely made the difference in our lives. And that is the same for your children.

YOU ARE MAKING THE POSITIVE DIFFERENCE FOR THEM TOO.

#truth

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No More Crazy Repetition with 3 Sanity-Saving Tips

Home school: 4 times rule! and other sanity saving tips

 

Does noise bother you after a long day of home schooling?  Or just after a long day in general? Singing, humming, banging on the pots and pans- sometimes for me it just gets to be too much.  Children do learn by repetition but sometimes my nervous system just couldn’t take the noise!

We have the 4 times rule for those noisy, repetitious situations. Click To Tweet

A child is allowed to sing the same song four times in a row, but if they begin the fifth time the 4 times rule is put into action.  They have to choose a different song! This goes with (almost) any repetitive noise.  Note: I did have to make some allowances for piano practice. Haha!

These Rule Twins Stay Together:

Don’t be purposefully annoying.  Don’t be easily annoyed.

My son just posted the following to my Facebook page:

Growing up we had two rules about being annoying:

“Don’t be purposefully annoying,” and “Don’t be easily annoyed.”

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