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House Wife Makes Incredible Discovery

Call the presses, your husband, and your children.  This amazing new exposure will delight everyone who has ever looked upon a mountain of housework and felt that it would be easier - and quicker- to build the Great Wall of China . . . alone!

On Monday morning it was time to do the laundry, sweep the floor, pick up messes . . . yada, yada, yada.  I decided I would experiment a little to try to add a little spark and sparkle to my daily round.  What if I worked only fifteen minutes in each room?  How much could I get accomplished in this small amount of time? 

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The ABC's of Homeschooling by Laura HuberWhat is it about parenting today that is so confusing? Is it the fact that parenting has changed dramatically in the last one hundred years? And our roles of mothers and fathers are significantly different than that of our grandparents, parents and even what we ourselves remember as children. Today parenting may be more pressure and less picturesque than what we remember from our past, but parenting really isn’t that difficult if you just keep in mind three simple, time-tested principles.

1. Do everything with love. Whether it’s speaking to a child, listening to a child, feeding and clothing a child or disciplining a child; do it with love. A child will automatically sense the love coming from you. If you are just going through the motions or having resentment or anger issues, the child will sense these emotions as well. Kids are smart.

2. Kids are smart, but not as smart as you. Sometimes it seems as though the parent actually allows the child to believe that he is smarter than his parents. Remember that even though they may know the formula for a very difficult trigonometry problem, you have lived longer and know more in general about life no matter what their grades in school may be. On September 21, 2009 the Examiner.com revealed that the human brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. Until that age it is more difficult to use rational thinking, make decisions, see long term effects and use good judgment. Sometimes it is necessary to guide your child in the right direction. If you do this by presenting facts and age-appropriate information the child’s natural sense of what is right will usually prevail. Sometimes you may have to make an unpopular decision in order to keep the child’s well-being intact.

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I've started homeschooling my 3.5 years old boy in the middle of September this year and really appreciates more materials (whether books, apps etc) that relates to homeschooling topics. So when I received an email pitch from the author of this book and upon checking out further info on this book, I decided I must review this! So here goes my review for the "The ABC's of Homeschooling" book:

Description from the product page:
" The ABC’s of Home Schooling is an alphabet book with a twist. It is a guide for parents – not their children. Each letter is assigned a basic principle necessary to educating your kids at home with confidence and success. Incorporated with gentle life lessons and quotes from Aristotle to Einstein parents will learn how to bring out their child’s God – given gifts and natural talents in a cozy, comfortable, and orderly atmosphere."

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The Harvest

In order to have an abundant harvest many things must happen:

A fertile seed must be planted in nutrient rich soil.
The seed must receive sufficient rainfall and sunlight.
The seed must be protected from weeds and disease.
The seed must have time to mature.

As I ponder this miraculous process of the circle of life, it reminds me of people. We come into life so new and pretty and tender. If we have been given the right amount of food, attention and protection we can grow into a strong adult that can withstand and weather much. But it takes time to develop the wisdom and experience that comes with living many years of life on this earth.

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Everyone Has a Story to Tell - Make the World a Better Place by Sharing Yours

Do you have a story to tell?  Do you know of someone who should write a book about their interesting life?  By telling me your story, you could win money for yourself and help Native American people receive the tools they need to achieve self-sufficiency. 

Since becoming and author, I have realized that everyone has a unique story that could ultimately make the world a better place.  Jack Canfield author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, capitalized on this idea going on to sell over 500 million copies of other people's stories.    Recently, I partnered with a charity called Running Strong for American Indian Youth.  I was inspired by the heart-touching story of one of its co-founders, William Mervin Mills.  The world knows him as Billy Mills, but on the impoverished Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where Billy was born, he is known as MakoceTe'Hila (meaning Loves His Country or Respects the Earth).  Before he reached the tender and life-changing age of twelve, Billy had lost both his mother and father.  Billy adored his father and learned many virtuous life lessons from him - shaping him into the nurturing man he is today.

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