Does your son play high school football? Now brain changes are occurring even WITHOUT concussions

My 7-year-old son told me again last night that he plans to be a football player. Actually, he said, "I'm going to be a football player and then an engineer." The timing couldn't have been been better (or worse, depending how you look at it), considering that college football player Kosta Karageorge just killed himself citing concussions for messing with his mind."Maybe you should be an engineer FIRST, then play football," I suggested. "Because playing football can really damage your brain and you'll need it to be an engineer." ...more

5 Things Your High School Freshman Wants You to Know

A few weeks ago, on our last summer afternoon, my girls and I escaped the heat by heading to our local movie theater. As we stood waiting in line at the snack counter, my soon-to-be freshman took hold of her younger sister’s wheelchair, took the movie tickets from my hand, and called over her shoulder, “I got Zoe, Mom, we’ll go grab our seats.” ...more
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Homeschooling a child with behavior issues...well he really doesn't have those

So my son is starting his first day of homeschooling tomorrow.  I am so excited, but at the same time terrified because he is in the 10th grade and Ifinally decided to take him out of public school after years of his not being able to function.  For many years we were told he was a child with behavior problems.  He couldn't sit still, he was not able to pay attention in class, he had ADHD...blah blah blah blah.  My son has always been afflicted with one issue, he is an African American/Black boy.  That was it....more

Ten things I've learned in the 10 years I've been out of high school

1. Water is everything. Omg this is the first thing that came to mind HA! It's so true. I feel myself losing hydration and water is the root to so many ailments. Headache? Hungry? Sluggish? Can't commit to Essie Madison AveHUE or Cute as a Button? Water cures it %90 of the time. ...more

Generation Frustrations: Understanding the Generational Divide

Originally posted on ChapterTK.comWhen I was in high school, I had a lot of pride for my poems. While I was afraid to share any of them until the end of my grade school education, I still had a lot of pride in them. It’s funny looking back and seeing just how young I sound....more

Big, fat, hairy lies

A glance at the clock jarred me. I had to get changed and leave as soon as possible to make it back to the high school on time.After donning a frumpy pink dress, I looked in the mirror. While not flattering, it didn’t reveal every roll of fat on my torso. A quick analysis of my cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose showed no new zits for once.But then there was my hair. It hung limply around my face, still damaged from pointless junior high perms. It was oily, but there was no time to wash and dry it before the spring band concert....more

High School Sweethearts

Living in a small town, I am still mystified by how many high school sweethearts are around me.  I only had 92 kids in my graduating class, and there are quite a few from that class that have been together since they were 16.  Like I said, it is a mystery to me.  I only had 2 boyfriends in high school, and neither were what I would call longevity material.  So how did any of these people know at 14, 15, or 16 years old that the person they were with at that time was "The One"?  How does anyone really know at that age?...more

Here We Go Again

Last year I wrote a post on the first day of high school for my daughter.  We survived the first year. So of course there are new things I hope for her and for my other kids which we can get to later.  Today, I’m posting the letter again in case you missed it or in case you have a child beginning high school this year.  It was from my heart and every word still holds true.  I think it’s a good way to start....more

A Guide to Homeschool High School Transcripts & Record Keeping

In our last installment, Planning the High School Years Part 1, we talked about how important it is to plan out the courses your child wishes to take over the 4 high school years. Today, we are going to delve into the world of high school transcripts and record keeping. I think this may be the part that scares a lot of homeschooling parents; the thought of having to keep records that will have such an influence on their child's educational future is intimidating. However, taking it step by step will make it easier....more

Homeschooling the High School Years - the Planning Stage

Homeschooling through the high school years scares a lot of families. In fact, I know a lot of people who home school their children until high school, then put them in public school. But it doesn't have to be scary! I, too, have a new high school student as of this fall, so I am going to walk through the 4 year high school curriculum planning process with you....more