Why Can’t I Get My Kids to BEHAVE? My Review

Behavioral issues are a topic many parents are well versed in, when it comes to wondering why they can’t get their kids to behave. I know that we have dealt with this, for a long time. Well, Parenting Made Practical has numerous parenting materials, including the book which I was given to review for you.

This is a handy little book! It is titled Why Can’t I Get My Kids to BEHAVE?, and has been a very interesting read! Written by the husband and wife team Joey and Carla Link, this book offers very practical lessons on things such as:

  • What obedience is
  • What obedience is not
  • The parenting toolbox
  • The toolbox NOT to use

Along with a lot of other information like, it’s not too late (one that I as a parent of older kids found very interesting.

From the very start though, they point out that authority is not a bad word. In today’s social climate, a lot of people seem to disagree with this statement, but I don’t disagree at all. We have had those talks with our own kids about how everyone is under some authority, even if they don’t have a boss at work. They are still under the authority of laws, for example. When parents abdicate their authority in the home, then their children end up ruling, which is not the way God planned for our homes to be.

God expects children to obey their parents. (Ephesians 6:1, Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.)

The authors first focus on obedience, what it is and is not, and what kind of words to use with our kids when referring to them having disobeyed. For example, something I like which we have been doing for a while is that instead of saying “you didn’t obey,” we have been saying “you chose not to obey”. This, according to the authors, shows kids that in fact, they DO have a choice, to obey of not. However, we need to make them aware that choices have consequences, which are ALSO being chosen. If your child knows the consequence, and you are consistent with it, then they  know that they are also CHOOSING the consequence!

One of the things I like is the suggestion to stop taking away something for a specific time as a consequence. Instead, it is for an indefinite time, until the child has a true change in attitude. Otherwise, they will simply wait it out, knowing they’ll get the object back, or get ungrounded, etc, without actually having to earn it.

There are a lot of great take away’s in this book, some of which I agree with, some I don’t, some which work with older kids like mine, and some which are great to get started right out when your kids are small.

There are also Biblical references in the book with many of the ideas given, which I like, but the Bible version used is the NIV, while we use only the KJV. It’s alright though, because I can look up the verses in my own Bible while working through this book.

Parenting made Practical has a number of other excellent resources, which I’ve listed below. Check them out!

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Quick Start Cursive/The Art of Cursive . . . My Review

My son “The Puzzler” has been really wanting to learn cursive. He is age 16, with cognitive disabilities. The CursiveLogic Quick Start Pack turned out to be a good fit for him, in spite of his initial resistance to the method used.

This pack includes one CursiveLogic workbook, and access to an instructional webinar that explains the patent-pending CursiveLogic method step by step. This is all you need, along with pencils, colored pencils and/or colored markers. We were given this set by  CursiveLogic, along with the following.

We were also blessed with the gift for the purpose of this review a copy of The Art of Cursive.

First, let’s talk about The CursiveLogic Quick Start Pack. This book is top spiral bound, which makes it nice for both the right or left-handed student. This is nice, as it means never having to rest the arm on the spiral. The covers are heavy, and glossy, which I find attractive. The book is arranged so that you go all the way to the end with lower case letters, then flip to the back side and go through again, for the capital letters. It is intended to go for ten weeks, however we are taking it much slower so that “The Puzzler” doesn’t give up.

As I said in the beginning, “The Puzzler” was resistant to the teaching and learning method. CursiveLogic was founded by Linda Shrewsbury, who was volunteering in a local literacy program. She was a reading tutor to Josh, who was age 23 and had learning disabilities. He wanted to learn cursive so as to be able to sign his name. Read more about how this caused Linda to develop the CursiveLogic concept here.

Here is Linda to explain to you about how this came about . . .

As you heard from Linda, the alphabet is actually made up of four distinct shape as their base. Wit each letter, the student is given a color and a catch phrase to help in learning the system of writing. All of this is explained thoroughly in the accompanying webinar. The webinar is 48 minutes long, and although i was mentally prepared to just sit and be bored, I actually did get quite a bit out of it. The instructions really do help, if you would like to have extra aid in understanding how to properly take the book and teach your child what to do.

The student will first print the alphabet in the beginning of the workbook.

 

“The Puzzler” next was instructed to find the letters which begin with the first basic shape, “orange oval” and then color in the boxes with orange. He used a colored pencil for this.

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He will then trace over the letters with his finger while repeating the catch phrase which goes with that letter. This helps with muscle memory, audio, speech, etc. “The Puzzler” objected strenuously to doing this, and kept saying “Do I HAVE to keep saying the verse?” It was only after I MADE him say it over and over when writing for himself (instead of tracing) that he did admit to being able to remember easier how to do this.

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“The Puzzler” is diagnosed with OCD, so this is taking a LOT longer that suggested. This is because he gets extremely upset if it is not absolutely perfect. But, the picture above is from lesson one! And he has never done cursive before at all, and right after doing this page. he looked ahead and was able to read every single word that was based on “orange oval” letters. He is really looking forward to seeing how well he will be doing by the end of this program!

Now, about The Art of Cursive. I was so excited to see this  book being included for our review! It is an adult coloring book, but “The Puzzler” is the colorist in our family, with quite a stash of adult coloring books to his name. He even asked for them, along with coloring pencils, for Christmas.

This is not your usual adult coloring book at all. Although it is not meant as a cursive instruction book, with four brief lessons to refresh the adult who may wish to improve handwriting. After that, there are twenty-seven gorgeous images to color. Oh, but as I said, not your usual coloring pages! They are printed on very nice, heavy paper. The pictures incorporate the letter shapes in strings, along with a lovely quote, and on the backside of the page is the quote to copy using the CursiveLogic method. Here is a page that “The Puzzler” is currently working on . . .

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He chose to do the quote in one color, then not use that color again so that the quote would stand out.

“The Puzzler” is enjoying himself with this one, and is very proud of being able to finally manage cursive lessons. He also loves, loves, loves The Art of Cursive. We very much recommend this program to you, especially if you have a learning disabled child, one who has been resistant to other cursive curricula, or you yourself would like to have nicer writing!

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Magic Stix Washable Markers, From The Pencil Grip, Inc. – Our Review

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My boys have very happily been using Magic Stix Washable Markers for a while now, and were just about grabbing this set of markers before I even managed to finish getting it out of the shipping box! The Pencil Grip, Inc. was so generous that they gifted us, for the purpose of this review the 24 pack of Magic Stix Washable markers.

 

We have been blessed to review for this company in the past, and you can read those reviews (of various products) here.

This time around, my two main artists used the Magic Stix Washable Markers. “The Artist” has really been into drawing fantastic creatures.

 

He also drew this fun picture of a family of fruit characters . . .

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And a lovely picture of our dog, Shiloh!

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“Mr. Loquacious” has been very interested in making drawings of flags for a long time, having been working on a notebook full of USA state flags, each with pertinent facts, for a long time. But then, the Olympics started, and he wanted to do flags from the countries participating!

Here we have the flag of Albania . . .IMG_20180306_131446

The flag of Argentina . . .

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And the flag of Antigua and Barbuda . . .

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Here are some of the other flags he has done . . .

 

As you can see from the drawings, the colors here are wonderful!

Magic Stix come in a very nice heavy-duty plastic case, which is easily opened and closed.

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I especially appreciate this, because I always know where these markers are when they are not being used. This is because even my most lackadaisical kids enjoy seeing to it that the markers are back in the kit, and closed up tight. Because of this, I think this would be a perfect fun thing to pack when going on a trip. Include a tablet of heavy paper, and you will be good to go! For educational purposes on the trip, the kids can journal (in pictures) interesting things done and seen while traveling.

Although I was afraid to test this, the Magic Stix Washable Markers are guaranteed that they can be left without a cap for seven days, and they won’t dry out! A number of other members or the Review Crew did test this, and wrote about it in their reviews, along with the guarantee that they are washable. The markers are also odor free (a plus, in my opinion!) and non-toxic.

“The Puzzler” is using some of the Magic Stix Washable Markers in a review of another product, coming very soon. Maybe you will be able to spot them!

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Life in Adoption . . .

As a parent of children who were adopted out of Foster Care. I would like to recommend another blog. It is called Confessions of an Adoptive Parent, and has been of immense encouragement to me. I wanted to reblog a specific post, but couldn’t find a reblog button. So, I’m sending you to it here.

This post has been very helpful to me more than once, and I hope it will help you to see what parents like us go through. When you see a family like this, don’t judge them, be compassionate instead.

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The Starfall Home Membership, from Starfall Education Foundation: Our Review

I was very interested in this review of The Starfall Home Membership, because even though the grade levels included are considerably younger than “Mr. loquacious” and “The Puzzler”, They both really need help in the areas included. At the same time, “Mr. Locquatious” was not at all happy about the grade levels listed. I’ll talk more about that later. This online, fun learning program is from Starfall Education Foundation, and we were given a one year subscription to The Starfall Home Membership. The Starfall Home Membership can be used by multiple people, and so I had my twins using it for the purpose of this review.

I will, now that the review period is over, continue with them using it, along with letting “The Batman” use it. With his disabilities, he is probably at the same level as “The Puzzler” is when it comes to math.

One of the things I like the best about this program is that I was able to pretty much let “Mr. loquacious” and “The Puzzler” sit down at the computer and just go! I love that something can be that easy to get going with. There is, however, a Complete Guide to using Starfall. This will show you skills appropriate for each grade level, as well as how they will go along with the mobile app activities. Oh, did I forget to mention that in addition to the computer website, you can use The Starfall Home Membership on your  using an Android, Kindle or iOS device.

We did just use the Computer for this review, because I don’t have a very good tablet, and I don’t let my kids use my phone, but the computer version worked well for us. Both boys were easily able to find their way around without my help, and both concentrated on the math section. “Mr. loquacious” needs review, and “The Puzzler” is developmentally delayed enough that I need to have him working in the first grade section.

Here is “The Puzzler” working in one of the math sections . . .

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And “Mr. loquacious” in another math area . . .

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The Starfall Home Membership paid subscription includes hundreds of printables for:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Books
  • Awards to print out

There is a section with songs: counting songs, alphabet songs, and just fun songs. There are also books which the child can read, or if need be, you can read to the child. They go from early, beginning reading to more advanced readers as the child progresses.

Earlier I mentioned that “Mr. loquacious” was not happy about having to do “second grade.” I did need to talk him into not looking at the “grade” level, and just think of it as level 2. He became (grudgingly) willing to give it a try, but I kind of wish that it would be labeled by level rather than grade.

The Starfall Home membership from Starfall Education Foundation is aligned with The Common Core, if that is important to you.

My boys and I absolutely recommend The Starfall Home membership to you! It is a fun, educational addition to the day, and for my boys, it gets them around the whole “one hour per day” for video games.

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New Freezer Meals!

You all know how much our family has been enjoying my membership to MyFreezEasy, right? Well, my son “The Artist” and I just yesterday finished another session of freezer meal prep, and boy, does our menu look so good for the next couple of weeks! This is what we prepared:

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This makes two meals of each recipe, and in actuality, there was enough of the Bacon meatloaf to prepare three loaves for the freezer!

Here is “The Artist,” mixing up some of the meatloaf . . .

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Here is one of the completed recipes, a Keto recipe called Bacon Meatloaf. This is the very first time we have used Almond flour!

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Here, we have 13 meals for the freezer, two each of Ritzy Meatloaf, Slow Cooker Cheesy Salsa Chicken, Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros, and Slow Cooker Shredded Mojo Pork. There are three bacon meatloaves, and since there was enough extra boneless chicken breast, we set that up in two freezer meals with BBQ sauce.

Here is the bounty of a couple of hours worked!

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Doesn’t it look good?

It’s going to be good eating at our house! if you’d like to check out MyFreezEasy, and try a menu for free, please go here! You won’t be disappointed!

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Wulf the Saxon From Heirloom Audio Productions: My Review

Once again, our family has had the great pleasure of listening to, and reviewing an audio adventure from Heirloom Audio Productions! This time around, we were blessed by Heirloom Audio Productions with a two CD Set of the wonderful production Wulf the Saxon, which we have so enjoyed listening to, just as we have enjoyed so many other of the terrific productions created by Heirloom Audio!

As a member of the Homeschool Review Crew, I have had the wonderful opportunity to review all but on of the “extraordinary” Adventures of G. A. Henty.

G. A. Henty was a master storyteller, and the Heirloom Audion Productions are based on the novels which he wrote in the latter part of the 1800’s. These are awesome stories, because they are stories from real, exciting history! Here is a little video from Heirloom Audio Productions to better explain the mission they have to produce wonderful, true history accounts, which will showcase the hand of God in all of our historical events.

Here are my reviews of other Heirloom Audio Productions that we have been blessed with:

In the Reign of Terror

The Cat of Bubastes

Beric the Briton

The Dragon and the Raven

With Lee in Virginia

Under Drake’s Flag

Heirloom Audio Productions also has a fairly new arm called Live the Adventure Club.

Here, you will find access to extra educational materials for the various audio adventures, articles of interest for parents, a discussion group and much more!

You’re likely wondering when I will get to telling you about Wulf the Saxon, aren’t you? Well never fear, because here we go!

Wulf the Saxon begins in England during the 1060’s, during the time when King Edward the Confessor is ruler. Wulf is page to  Earl Harold Godwinson, but he hopes one day to become a Thane ((in Anglo-Saxon England) a man who held land granted by the king or by a military nobleman, ranking between an ordinary freeman and a hereditary noble.

As a Thane, he would rule his family’s lands. As a page, he is learning to live in a way to show that he is ready for his position in life. During this time Wulf is forced to learn some hard lessons, humility and the importance of friendship, among others. He is sent away after an incident regarding his behavior, and after a time, forgiven and allowed back. He DOES become a Thane, and continues to serve the Earl, and of course, the King.

From this point on, Wulf survives a number of “adventures,” including a shipwreck and being held captive by the Normans. He learns many lessons during this time, and matures in his faith. We learn that continuing in faith is always going to make things end up as they should.

At a time in history when nobles mostly were married in order to create alliances and to prevent wars, Wulf learns that a fortunate few are able to marry for love.

This production, as always, has an awesome cast!

  • Brian Blessed
    G.A. Henty
  • Helen George
    Edith
  • Alex York
    Wulf of Steyning
  • Stephen Greif
    Baron De Burg
  • David Simeon
    Count Conrad of Ponthieu
  • Thomas Martin
    Beorn
  • Nick Burnell
    Ulred The Blacksmith
  • Dominic Hecht
    Gurth Godwin
  • Mervyn Stutter
    Eldred
  • Philip Sherlock
    Brother Philip
  • Dean Williamson
    Edwin of Mercia
  • Tom Alexander
    The Envoy
  • Chris Larkin
    King Harold Godwinson
  • Jack Farthing
    Duke William of Normandy
  • Sian Phillips
    Gweneth Ab Rhys
  • Patrick Godfrey
    King Edward The Confessor
  • Matt Gavan
    Osgod
  • Oliver Bardell
    Guy De Burg
  • Ruby Thomas
    Agnes De Burg
  • Stuart Pendred
    Llewellyn Ab Rhys
  • David Oakley
    Old Housecarl
  • Andrew Harrison
    Tostig Godwin
  • Daniel Philpott
    The Fisherman
  • Louis Philpott
    Etienne
  • Joe Rachman
    Leon

Further, once again the Original Score by John Campbell is phenomenal! A great score absolutely adds to the wonder when listening to such a production.

We loved the adventure of Wulf the Saxon, as we have loved the other productions from Heirloom audio! This would be a wonderful addition to any family library, whether you homeschool or not.

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