Wednesday, July 14, 2010

PSN5: Girls' Night Out

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Title: Girls' Night Out: Having Fun with Your daughter While Raising a Woman of God
Author: Michaelann Martin with MariAnna Martin
Publisher: Emmaus Road
Date Published: August 1, 2010
ISBN-10: 1931018596
ISBN-14: 978-0843126983
Price: 6.99

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From the publisher:
Girls Night Out is divided into ten lessons, accompanied by a date activity that journeys to a tea house, salon, shrine, book store, café, jewelry shop, department store, nail spa, community recreation center, a walk in your neighborhood, park, or simple hike, scenic drive, ice cream parlor, restaurant, and other inexpensive places to invest in your relationship with your daughter. This book is perfect for mothers who want to build close bonds with their daughters and are willing to invest special time in their daughter s pre-adolescent years not only as a mom but as a special friend, examining their lives in light of God s Word and the virtues.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ongoing Education for Catholic Adults

In an effort to help in bring true understanding of our Catholic faith to the masses, Walter Crawford and I have started Aquinas Connections. Like Homeschool Connections, we'll be offering live, interactive classes. However, Aquinas Connections is for us grown ups. As a child of the 1960's who was raised on guitar Masses and feel-good theology, I am pretty excited about the opportunity to offer some great meaty theology.

Our first class starts in just a few weeks with the awesome Father Mitch Pacwa. He'll be teaching on the Gospel of Luke. We use Webex so the adult students will see and hear Father. They in turn can interact with Father via chat or a headset (optional). The only requirement is high speed internet. We've worked very hard to keep the course fee reasonable. Seating is restricted to 30 students.

For details on the course, visit: Fr. Mitch Pacwa Bible Course for Adults.

I am praying that you can help me spread the word sharing the above link with every Catholic you know. If it goes well and there is a lot of interest then we'll be able to present many more such courses in the future.

Thank you for any help. Most importantly, please pray for us and this endeavor!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

How Do You Manage a Large Family & Homeschooling?

I have a 1-hour radio interview tomorrow with Relevant Radio. When I asked for topic ideas at my Facebook fan page yesterday, I received the two following comments:

I have 9 kids so far. Oldest is 18 youngest is 6 months. The last three were born in less than 3 years. I feel like I neglect the little kids because I'm always working with the big kids. I used to be such a *fun* mom but now I'm getting old, poor, and tired, lol. My big kids do really fun things with my little kids, though. Is that the "norm" in big families or homescholing families? I didn't come from a big family so I don't know. And I wasn't homeschooled.
The classic question of how to balance housework with schoolwork is still a tough one for me. It used to be okay to let the housework go until the weekend, then spend an hour cleaning up. But with six kids making bigger messes, that doesn't fly anymore. I'm with Amy on used to being the fun mom, but now I feel like the drill sergeant. How can we get the fun back and still have a livable space??
So, what is your advice?