On Fire! Philippine Homeschool Convention 2018 Plenary Talks

This is our 9th year homeschooling, yet it never gets easier. Each year brings its own share of excitement as the new school year brings hope that routines will be established and goals will be achieved. Along with all these excitement, it also brings fear, fear of the unknown and not reaching goals and fears of inadequacy. 

The timing of this year’s Philippine Homeschool Convention by Educating for Life  was perfect as it ushered our last week of vacation and as I was planning for our new school year. My children will be in 9th grade and 6th grade respectively. 

Philippine Homeschool Convention 2018 was quite different from the past conferences as there were 9 plenary speakers and 3 breakout sessions. I was actually glad that there weren’t too many options for the breakout sessions as I always didn’t know which ones I should choose.

On this post, I will share with you all I’ve learned from the plenary speakers.

The first speaker was Cassandra Shepherd. Her talk was entitled You Can Homeschool. She shared her personal experiences being a homeschool parent and how a parent can definitely homeschool her own children. My main take away from this talk is that, it is important for the family to have a vision for homeschooling, because this vision will bring clarity for the things you need to do and to stay within that vision. 

Jayson Lo is a well-known inspirational and motivational speaker. He shared about “homeschooling with a vision”. There are 3Cs which we should build in our homeschool families. CULTURE, CHARACTER and COMPETENCE. Having a growth mindset is of great importance as homeschooling is actually a journey. He also called his 10 year old daughter on stage and she shared about how different she and her sister are and yet the parents can homeschool them effectively.

Michelle Padrelanan is part of the EFL team who organizes the yearly homeschool conferences for the homeschooling community. She has been one of the first people who I asked about homeschooling 9 years ago and it is truly inspiring every time I hear her stories. She shared about her valley and mountaintop experiences as a homeschool parent. She also gave us this acronym to remember:
K now your goals
E ntrust your children to the Lord
E nlist help when needed
P ray

ONwards not backwards.  

Dr. Teresa Moon is  a veteran homeschooling mom, founder of Institute for Cultural Communicators, author and homeschool curriculum writer and speaker at major U.S. homeschool conventions. She addressed the issue of being overly busy. She reminded us that “We gain more time by doing less and gain more energy by loving the less we do.” She also shared 3 Cs which can help us in our homeschooling journey.

Clarity

Connection

Control

The next speaker is Laksmi Maluya. She is the owner of Gopala Learning Haven. She is homeschooled herself and also homeschooled her own children. She shared her personal journey and her advocacy now. Her daughter Vishnu also shared her personal homeschool journey. It was definitely encouraging to listen to her as she was articulate and very confident and very inspirational!

Another example of a homeschooler who actively does her part in saving the environment is Lia Cua. At the young age of 12, she already champions the Earth Crew Kids. She shared how she started Earth Crew Kids and why she does what she does. It is inspiring to know that kids with proper guidance can become productive members of our society.

The next speaker, Rienzie Biolena, shared why it is important to teach financial literacy to children. We don’t want our children to grow up unskilled in this area. He also shared some tips which parents can use to teach about financial literacy to their kids. 

Having a child with special needs can be challenging and Jen Bellosillo shared her own journey of homeschooling her child with special needs. Her talk was an eye-opener for me. If I thought homeschooling was already hard with my own children, it must have been harder to homeschool children with special needs. After the talk, I was just glad how God guided the family to successfully homeschool their child. 

The last speaker was Camille Paguio. She is currently the president of Rotary Club of Alabang Lampara. She’s a product of homeschooling. She shared her personal journey and how homeschooling was able to help her battle depression during her high school years. She also was able to take care of her mom through challenging times. She shared that one’s uniqueness can contribute to the society. She is truly an inspiration and a living proof that homeschooliing works!

I really liked that the different speakers only had limited time each because this allowed them to speak with intentionality and majority of them were really concise and straight to the point. It made the morning very exciting and worth attending!

I was truly grateful that I was able to attend this convention and I went home inspired and on fire for another homeschooling school year!

Watch out for my next post about the breakout sessions.

5 Services That Moms Should Indulge In

 

Every mom needs a little help every now and then. Sometimes that help comes in the form of an extra pair of hands, while other times, it means seeking a service that helps make your home life a little easier and more comfortable. Whatever the case, consider indulging in a service that helps lighten the load. Of course, what services you can choose from depends on your budget, however, there are all types of options available at many price points. Take a look at the following services and work out what’s best for you and your household:

 

1) Meal Box Subscription

Meal box subscriptions like HelloFreshand Blue Apronare great options for parents who want to make their home cooking much more streamlined and easier. These subscription boxes come with a variety of packages depending on your needs. You can choose how many people you’ll be serving, what type of food you prefer to serve, and much more.

 

Each box comes with fresh food, a recipe card, and all the ingredients you need. This way, you can save yourself some shopping time. You’ll also discover new recipes and cooking methods that you may not have otherwise discovered. And lastly, if your kids are old enough, it’s a great way to bond with them and help them learn to cook,too.

 

2) Housekeeping Service

Let’s face it: one of the most tedious household tasks is cleaning it. This is especially more difficult when you’ve got toddlers running around. A housekeeping service is the perfect way to free up some time and rid yourself of some of the more mundane cleaning that you might be dreading.

 

For example, perhaps your home needs a deep spring cleaning and you’ve been unsuccessful at finding ways to carve it into your schedule. You should conduct a local Google search for an authentic housekeeping service if you want to stay safe and work with a reputable cleaner.

 

You’d be surprised at how many housekeeping services there are, even in the smallest and most remote towns. These may be a better option for you if you’d rather bring in an accredited team versus an individual from an app like TaskRabbit. For example, according to MountainMeadowMaids.com, a cleaning service in Littleton CO, “We are fully licensed, bonded, background checked and insured. No long term contracts means we must satisfy our customers.”

 

3) Babysitting Services

Every mom needs some free time. However, it can be difficult to find friends and family to babysit your children whenever you need. Take advantage of babysitting services. It may feel worrisome at first, but when you use babysitting services like Care.com, you can choose people who have passed thorough background checks, are CPR certified, and have extensive babysitting experience. You’ll even be able to see reviews from other happy parents.

 

If you’re particularly hesitant, you can always meet the potential babysitter ahead of time, and conduct a traditional interview. You could also have them babysit your children for the first time while you are present—which would give you the free time you need to do work or other things you need around the house, while also monitoring how they take care of your children’s needs.

 

4) Easy Kicks

Tired of wasting money on name brand shoes that don’t fit your kid in six months? EasyKicksis one of the less traditional services on this list, but it can certainly help you out. Easy Kids is another type of subscription service that sends you new Nike shoes for your kids ever few months, allowing you to trade those shoes in for new shoes once your child is ready for a new pair.

 

When your kids are young, this is ideal, as kids grow out of shoes fairly quickly. There are dozens of Nike shoe styles in a range of colors, and the subscription box itself is very kid-friendly, and comes equipped with stickers and fun small-sized items.

 

5) Spa Services

Heading over to the spa is one of the biggest indulgences on this list, and it’s one you should definitely take advantage of. Not only will it afford you some private time, but it’s also beneficial for the mind and body. If you’ve been having a stressful time (what mom doesn’t?), you’ll benefit from the unique way that spas are designed to calm your stress and ease your mind. A sauna can help you improve your respiratory health, as well as flush toxins from your body. And many people actually leave the spa feeling rejuvenated and more confident than they did when they went in.

 

 

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