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It is SO easy to get overwhelmed!

It’s funny. People often comment that I seem to have it all together. I actually just got a text about 10 minutes ago from a mama noting that she doesn’t know how I handle four children when one has her stretched thin. My answer to her, and to anyone who makes a comment like that, is that I have an amazing helper in my husband (and of course, that God is gracious beyond words to us!)

Let me explain what I mean by that comment about David. Those who know us well would probably all say that I am the organized one in our marriage, and in a way they are right. I set up things differently than David does, and I tend to notice details that he would generally miss in his “big picture world.” But so often, I get so bogged down in those little details that I miss the big picture all together.

God put us together to complete one another. We noted early on in our relationship that we were each other’s “other half,” (Even the inside of his wedding ring notes that fact. :) ) but the deeper into our marriage we get, the more clear that fact becomes.

I could write books on how we complete one another in God’s great plan, but this week, I wanted to share something David put together that is honestly an offshoot of a lot of conversations he has had with me through the years.

When I get overwhelmed…
When I get discouraged…
When I lose my way in all the various things vying for my attention…

He is the one person who can ground me. He reminds me of what is really important… and often, he always reminds me that ‘you eat an elephant one bite at a time.” :) (He’s full of wisdom like that…)

Not too long ago– maybe about this time last year when I was swimming in Christmas prep and Teach Them Diligently prep and homeschooling and parenting and basketball season and church responsibilities, and… David and I started working through some principles that we prayed would help us be better equipped and able to do what God has called us to do.

Unbeknownst to me, David felt led to compile the general ideas in some of those conversations into an assessment and an email series. I read it earlier this week, and it. is. incredible! As one who has benefited from his wisdom and insight for years, I really encourage you to check this out, for he shares with you many of the things he has shared with me through the years when I get the most undone. He will walk you through some foundational principles for being more productive, keeping your eye on the main things in your life, guarding your health, etc. It’s insanely practical, and I know it will be incredible helpful.

How I hope you will take a couple of minutes tonight to check out the productivity assessment and start that “conversation” with David. At this time of year, it’s so easy to become overwhelmed and even lose sight of WHO we are really celebrating right now in the midst of the busyness. I sincerely believe this will be a huge help to you, and I pray God uses it greatly.

Click Here To Learn more About The Productivity Assessment and Start That Conversation

Joining You Int’s funny. People often comment that I seem to have it all together. I actually just got a text about 10 minutes ago from a mama noting that she doesn’t know how I handle four children when one has her stretched thin. My answer to her, and to anyone who makes a comment like that, is that I have an amazing helper in my husband (and of course, that God is gracious beyond words to us!)

Let me explain what I mean by that comment about David. Those who know us well would probably all say that I am the organized one in our marriage, and in a way they are right. I set up things differently than David does, and I tend to notice details that he would generally miss in his “big picture world.” But so often, I get so bogged down in those little details that I miss the big picture all together.

God put us together to complete one another. We noted early on in our relationship that we were each other’s “other half,” (Even the inside of his wedding ring notes that fact. :) ) but the deeper into our marriage we get, the more clear that fact becomes.

I could write books on how we complete one another in God’s great plan, but this week, I wanted to share something David put together that is honestly an offshoot of a lot of conversations he has had with me through the years.

When I get overwhelmed…
When I get discouraged…
When I lose my way in all the various things vying for my attention…

He is the one person who can ground me. He reminds me of what is really important… and often, he always reminds me that ‘you eat an elephant one bite at a time.” :) (He’s full of wisdom like that…)

Not too long ago– maybe about this time last year when I was swimming in Christmas prep and Teach Them Diligently prep and homeschooling and parenting and basketball season and church responsibilities, and… David and I started working through some principles that we prayed would help us be better equipped and able to do what God has called us to do.

Unbeknownst to me, David felt led to compile the general ideas in some of those conversations into an assessment and an email series. I read it earlier this week, and it. is. incredible! As one who has benefited from his wisdom and insight for years, I really encourage you to check this out, for he shares with you many of the things he has shared with me through the years when I get the most undone. He will walk you through some foundational principles for being more productive, keeping your eye on the main things in your life, guarding your health, etc. It’s insanely practical, and I know it will be incredible helpful.

How I hope you will take a couple of minutes tonight to check out the productivity assessment and start that “conversation” with David. At this time of year, it’s so easy to become overwhelmed and even lose sight of WHO we are really celebrating right now in the midst of the busyness. I sincerely believe this will be a huge help to you, and I pray God uses it greatly.

Click Here To Learn more About The Productivity Assessment and Start That Conversation

Joining You In This Journey!

Leslie Nunnery

PS–I am really excited about a series of videos that is starting tomorrow on Teach Them Diligently 365 as we look at this Christmas season through fresh eyes. Tomorrow is the first video in that series, and we will look at the historical context of Christ’s birth. You can check that out– tomorrow– on that website. ( I would LOVE to have you join our community over there anyway!) 

PPS– I would love to hear from you about a way that YOUR spouse is a great completer for you. Sometimes, I think it’s easy to forget how perfect God’s plan for us really is, and how clearly we can see that in our marriages if we aren’t too distracted to look for it. Take a few minutes this evening to think about those things your spouse really helps you through. Thank him or her… then you can send me an  email to tell me about it. I’d love to rejoice with you as I read your testimonies of God’s grace in this way! :)

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From One Mom’s Teen to Another

What makes a school day perfect for your teen? Other than world domination, homeschooled teens really don’t want all that much . . . or do they? My son has a few ideas. He is sharing 5 things your teen wishes you’d change in your homeschool. See if you agree? 

Maybe you can learn alongside me as we continue the school year!

~Allie O.

With organization comes empowerment. ~ Lynda Peterson

Scheduling:

It’s not that we aren’t grateful. But we are growing up. While we certainly need your guidance in our lives, we don’t need you to tell us what to do at 9:00 a.m., and 9:07 a.m., and 9:15 a.m.

You have been training us to manage ourselves and be responsible for the last 13 – 17 years.  You have equipped us with spiritual and physical tools.

What better way to allow us to apply those skills than to do so in a safe and controlled environment? 

Last year, my mom decided to let me schedule myself. I use Homeschool Manager to schedule one or two weeks out at a time and have kept up with my homeschool, co-op, and dual enrollment classes this way.

Routines:

As we grow up, our schedules change. It is a wonderful release for me when I’m able to have a steady routine that accommodates things I need and want to do. As long as I do the things that need to happen within the sanctioned time, I am released to schedule them in the order I prefer.

I know Mom likes us all to read aloud together or go on surprise field trips to the beach, but her releasing me to do my school at my pace motivates me.

Where school happens:

In our family we have a ‘school table’ which doubles as the dining room table. Because I have five siblings, this table gets rather loud. In the last year or so my mom has opened up our seating policy and allowed her older teens to do school in another room because we no longer need the accountability of her keeping us on task.

Music:

It is possible that Piano Guys at full volume is not your preferred music genre. For some of us, music helps us think, or at least drown out the sibling asking for a snack, wanting to be excused for a bathroom break, wanting to skip math, etc. Maybe asking your teen to put in headphones can be a good compromise.

Coffee:

Sometimes a little pick me up can be very, very nice. It always makes me smile when mom walks in with a cup of coffee for me. Even if your teen doesn’t drink coffee, I am sure that they have something that they enjoy.

Take a moment and bless them. When you do this, the final exam doesn’t seem so bad and that math concept is much more doable. Never underestimate the power of affirming acts and a smile.

As teens we really do love what you do. We may not that vocal about it. We may take you for emotional and relational roller coasters you hadn’t budgeted time for. Even so, we are very glad, and mostly thankful, for everything you do for us.

~Ben O.

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

 

 

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“Yes, I’d love to…”

“Sure! I’ll be there…”

“You can count on me…”

“Let’s go…”

Do you find yourself saying things that like far too often? I sure do. As homeschool moms, we are so eager to please and to help others that we often take on more than we could actually ever tackle in a week– let alone in a day. Not only do we take on outside obligations, running around like crazy trying to keep up with a myriad of things that we have added into our lives (many of which we can’t even remember WHY we added in to begin with,) but we never even adjust our expectations of what our family life will look like once we add the full-time job of homeschooling our children.

It’s no wonder we’re frazzled and frustrated. We’ve created  a recipe for disaster for ourselves, and so often we can’t even figure out a good way of escape.

Yet, God’s Word tells us that He “is not the author of confusion, but of peace…” (I Cor. 14:33) Does your attempt at serving God and others bring peace? If not, do you think that maybe you’ve taken on more than He ever designed for you to?

As a chief offender in not walking in God’s peace due to circumstances of my own making, I have put a lot of thought and prayer into trying to figure out how to unravel some of the messes I’ve made. Know what I figured out?

I can’t do everything! (Profound, eh?)

But, my dear friend, neither can you! You can’t be on the go all the time, trying to give experiences to your children while simultaneously giving them a peaceful home any more than I can. You can’t be pouring out all the time, leaving little time for soaking in, and not become withered and dry. And, you can’t add the time and energy of homeschooling into your life and still do everything the same way you used to do it before you homeschooled. You will burn out. You will be frustrated. Your family will feel the tension emanating from you. And, you will find that instead of finding peace and joy in your journey, you’ll be anxious and irritable more often than not.

What causes this anxiety and irritability in us? 4 big causes quickly come to mind.

Getting in over our heads.

This often shows up through some of the big, creative ideas we strive to incorporate into our days. We find all these fantastic new things we can start doing, and we try to mash them all together and add them in all at once. We tend to forget that those modeling the good ideas were only doing one of them at a time– not all of them. We neglect to remember that whether or not we are able to inject all kinds of creative experiences and projects into our homeschool is not a good benchmark for whether we are successful at the mission God has given us or not.

Another way we can get in over our heads is simply by saying yes to too much. There are a million things I would love to do, but there are very few that ONLY I can do. I have to be very careful, especially at this precious time of life with my children that I have plenty of time and energy to devote to those critically important things that only I can do.

Not Cutting Things Out To Accommodate What Our Life Looks Like Now.

When I added homeschooling into my life, the way I spent my time changed drastically. But, I realized that my expectation of what I could accomplish and how things would run didn’t change at all. I was still looking at things as if I had the free time to manage our home, our finances, etc. the very same way. But, I couldn’t. When I didn’t make allowances for a different expectation, I was frantically trying to achieve what I once had time to do– and I failed miserably time and time again. Or, I would strive for perfection, often leaving a wake of destruction behind me. Those most often harmed by that wake? My family. The very people I was trying to give the “perfect” to in the first place. We have to re-evaluate the way we do things as well as our expectations in light of our new reality.

Not Delegating.

This one is a tough one for me, for I have a terrible “I’ll just do it myself” streak in me. I have failed so often by asking my children to do something only to swoop in and do it for them or behind them rather than being willing to accept a child’s job and to take the time to teach them. My natural inclination is just to go on and take over– “I can do this quicker…” “I can do this better…” and when I do that, I rob my children of the satisfaction of a job well done, and I add obligations to my day that I should have allowed someone else to do. Before long, I’m right back to trying to do all the things I was able to do before, and that does not help me to be able to do the things that only I can do.

Believing A Lie.

I can’t help but wonder how often we are adding all these things into our lives because we are believing the lie that the world tries to tell us that “we are not enough for our children.” We run around giving them more and more experiences because we don’t want them to “miss out” on anything, become bored, or resent us for homeschooling them. Remember, God is the One that called you to do this, and He is the One that will equip you to do it. He didn’t make a mistake when He chose you to be your children’s mom or even when He chose you to be your children’s teacher. God created your family, and it is through that marvelous creation that you have the opportunity to Teach Diligently and to pass on your faith. Never fall for the world’s lies

God tells us His yoke is easy and His burden is light. (Matt. 11:30) Is that how you feel today? Does it seem that you’re carrying an easy, light yoke? If not, perhaps you should take some time this weekend to prayerfully consider what you’re trying to do that simply isn’t for this season and definitely isn’t God’s best for you right now. Remember, you cannot do everything because you are not called to do everything, but by God’s grace you can do exactly what you are called to do.

I recorded a short video about this topic for our Teach Them Diligently 365 site.(Click here to watch it now.) If this has resonated with you, please take a few more minutes to check it out. I believe that God wants us all to rest in Him, to trust His plan, to accept His easy, light yoke as we follow Him. Yet, day after day I talk to moms who simply aren’t resting in Him and their households show the effects of that. Let’s repeat together that we “can’t do everything…” And let’s seek God’s face for what we can do in this season of our lives– and then do it heartily as to the Lord.

How I pray that through engaging with Teach Them Diligently blog and videos throughout the year and by attending a Teach Them Diligently Convention in the Spring, you will find your family strengthened in countless ways through Biblical Home Education. Join the 365 community for year round encouragement and mentoring. Register for the convention and start making your plans to join us there. Just think of what could be accomplished if all of our families were functioning according to His perfect plan for us.

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Live Boldly in 2018!

Did you miss it? We are embarking on a new theme for 2018 in Teach Them Diligently 365, and that theme will be a big part of Teach Them Diligently Events this year as well. We would love to have you join us in our membership site, so you can get the encouragement and equipping you’ve come to expect from Teach Them Diligently all year long!

 

Live Boldly! This will be our overarching theme for 2018 and in January, we’ll take a look at what the Bible tells us about how to do that before we introduce 2 other new series that will appear periodically throughout the year. So many exciting topics to talk about this year. I hope you won’t miss a single week!  (If you have already registered for Teach Them Diligently 2018, you can add an annual membership to TTD365 to your account for a very special price! Check it out by logging back into your registration here.)

 

With a membership to Teach Them Diligently 365, you will have

• Access to TTD Audios from past Teach Them Diligently Events

• Weekly Video Posts covering topics that are important, encouraging, and timely for homeschool moms in the trenches— it’s like having mini- TTD workshops delivered year-round!

• Monthly virtual meetups for members

• Private Facebook Group for members

• 10% cash back rebates for members in the Teach Them Diligently store.

• And much more!

Learn more about Teach Them Diligently 365 and how you can join us here: https://teachthemdiligently.net/resources/365-membership/

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Homeschool Group Leaders meeting

Thanks to modern technology there are more ways to communicate with your group than ever before. While homeschool calendars—printed on fake parchment paper, filled with terrible clipart, too many fonts, and snail-mailed out to each mom—were a useful tool for our predecessors, there are far more efficient (and attractive) options available today. So, we thought we’d take a look at just a couple of the FREE options we’ve enjoyed using the most here at Teach Them Diligently in order to offer you some ideas.

Facebook
We all use it already, so making use of Facebook is an obvious option. Creating a Group for your homeschool co-op is a great way to get everyone on the same page, to create some community, and to offer a place for asking questions, giving answers, and sharing pics from your most recent Fine Arts evening. Facebook gives you a lot of options when it comes to privacy settings. You can make your group a closed group if you’d like to avoid prying eyes. You can also create calendar events, take polls, and send messages to individuals… But you already knew all that ☺

Trello
Imagine an infinite wall space for all of your sticky notes. Then imagine that you can organize and share them with all of your team, and easily search them to find what you’re looking for. You’ve just imagined Trello. This is a great little free platform where you can post plans, involve and get feedback from others, assign tasks, create checklists, and set due dates all in an easy-to-use environment. It’s simple to setup and there’s nothing more satisfying than dragging all of those cards to the “Complete” list when you’re done!

Slack
Not just for hipster indie startups anymore. Slack is a wide-open communication machine. Create categories for your group (i.e. field trips, monthly meetings, weekly coop calendar, statement of faith, etc.) then allow everyone—or only specific groups—to access and communicate on the topic. They can tag each other when posting to grab others attention. Upload photos, or documents, and link to other locations. Archive it all so that you can go back and reference it later. Remember AOL Instant Messenger? Yeah, it’s sorta like that, but waaaaaay better.

MailChimp
If you are looking for ways to schedule different emails going out to your group MailChimp offers a robust, and user-friendly experience. It’s free for up to 2,000 subscribers, and it allows you to easily import your homeschool email list. Then you can create email newsletters and blasts using their super fun templates and send them whenever you’d like. You can also associate social media blasts to have them go out at the same time, and of course check and see what percentage of your group is actually opening their emails ;)

Boomerang
If you are looking for a simple solution that doesn’t require logins and learning new platforms, check out Boomerang. It’s a plug-in for your gmail account that allows you to schedule when you want to send an email. Type it up just like normal, but instead of clicking “send” click “schedule” and decide when you want it to go out! 

Grammarly
If you were home teached like me then grammar is still one of your arch nemesia (and you’re supposed to be teaching your kids how to do this stuff!). One more plugin that I’ve personally found helpful is called Grammarly. It works the same way as spell-check, but takes it to a whole new level. Every time that you accidentally type “your” instead of “you’re” it’s actually smart enough to let you know (because it checks for usage not just spelling). Plus, it will inform you that the plural of nemesis is actually “nemeses”;)

Hopefully, you’ll find some of these tools useful as you help organize, lead, and direct your homeschool group. For more great resources for your homeschooling be sure to subscribe to our blog, engaging with us in our Leaders-Only Facebook Group where we can share ideas and struggles year-round,  and consider joining us at one of our 6 Homeschool Conventions this year. We also offer a leadership share program that allows you to share TTD with your group while earning commissions. For more details on that, email office@teachthemdiligetly.net.  Finally, at each event we’ll also be hosting a very special Leadership Summit focused directly on you, the Homeschool Group Leader. Don’t miss out! You can learn more here!

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About David and Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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