My First, Second & Third Attempts at Parenting Review

CSM Publishing sent me a copy of Mr. Steve Murrell’s book, My First, Second & Third Attempts at Parenting. I know Mr. Steve Murrell is the founder of Every Nation Churches and Ministries but aside from that, I had no idea what to expect. As I know that this book deals about parenting, I gladly took the book and read it.

I thought this book would be like other parenting books filled with how-to or strategies in raising godly children but I was pleasantly surprised that the approach was quite different. The whole book dealt mostly about the heart of parents. Mr. Murrell used his personal reflections and stories to help me search through my own heart as I read every chapter.

The book is subdivided into 3 parts which includes History, Heart and Home. History is filled with stories of the Murrell family. It allows us to take a glimpse of the personal attempts at parenting his 3 sons at various stages of their life and ministry. The chapters also showed what it was like to raise American children in the Philippines.  Heart includes discussion about God’s heart, the children’s heart and the parent’s own heart. The bulk of this part focuses on the heart of the parents. There is a lengthy discussion about the roles of parents and the proper attitude of parenting. What really caught my attention was the deadly diseases that can undermine efforts of parents. Legalism, compromise, favoritism, passivity and idolatry were all discussed clearly. Every issue is dealt with specifically. Home discusses discipleship issues and leadership development. All parents are reminded that discipleship and leadership development starts at home. At the end of the book, as parents, we are reminded that our ultimate goal is to please God and we can do that as we discover the heart of parenting.

I personally think this book can be a good book to read with fellow parents. There are discussion questions at the end of every chapter. Questions that will help you deal with heart issues and challenge you to take necessary actions.

I would recommend this book for parents with children ages 10 and above. The issues you will deal with as you enter the more challenging tweens and teens phase are mostly discussed in this book. It is a handy book that you would want to read as you enter the more exciting season of your parenting life.

After reading this book, I hope that I am challenged to become more authentic as a follower of Christ and a better influencer in the life of my children for Christ.

 

 

 

Mom 24/7 2017 Planner

It’s that time of the year again… when planners for the new year are widely available. As a mom, I need a planer which has enough space for me to write about my own goals and even my children’s schedule. I am so happy that Mommy Mundo has made a planner especially for moms, the Mom 24/7 2017 Planner!

Take a peek at the pages inside…


The planner is available at mommymundo.com/shop, or you can buy it in select Fully Booked outlets or order www.milkandhoney.ph !

Building Blocks of Homeschooling Seminar

 

When I started homeschooling 7 years ago, there weren’t much homeschooling workshops or seminars around. I did all my research online and found a few friends who were homeschooling and interviewed them. I actually only attended the homeschool orientation of the homeschool provider I enrolled in and that was it. But parents nowadays have the luxury of attending several seminars and workshops before taking that step of faith and start homeschooling. You can actually have a sneak peak as to how homeschooling is actually done and be a better equipped parent-teacher at home.

Building Blocks of Homeschooling Seminar is a foundational and practical guide to homeschooling featuring Funding Your Homeschooling. The seminar is co-facilitated by sisters and homeschooling experts  Dr. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao and Ms. Felichi Pangilinan-Buizon with a special participation of Ms. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan.

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According to Donna, it was Felichi who homeschooled a few years ahead and she was the one who influenced or convinced Donna to homeschool as well.

Take a peek at the program of the day!

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The seminar will be on Friday, December 9 from 8:30-12:30pm at  Sun Life Center Fifth Ave corner Rizal Drive, BGC in Taguig City.

For more information, you can check the FB event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1800930626859368/

The fee is 2,500 pesos. You can get discounts if you buy as a group of 5 or 10.  To buy tickets, please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/2fppO5D

For more inquiries, please contact Gen Mercado at 09167110509.

StART Hope Art Exhibit by Homeschoolers


Are you homeschooling? Do you love making artworks? Then this is your chance to submit your artwork and join a benefit art exhibit by Philippine Homeschoolers from Homeschool @Alabang and Homeschool @Valle Verde as they unite their efforts in pursuit of sharing hope for the hopeless.

StART Hope is the first ever art exhibit curated purely by homeschooled students in the Philippines. The exhibit will run from January 7, 2017 until January 26, 2017 at Kanto Art-Run Space, 2nd floor, Makati Cinema Square, Makati.

 

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The art exhibit is in coordination with Rotary Club District 3830. It aims to bring hope for the children of Wishes of Aid and Limbs for Kids Inc. The main beneficiary of the event is Nice So who is an artist who has been diagnosed with lupus when she was in grade school. Since then, she has used her artistic talents to help other kids with lupus and other incurable diseases.

Nino Hernadez, an international and local contemporary artist and Ginger de Guia, a professional calligraphist who “colors for a purpose”. will be the other featured artists. Another homeschooler and budding artist, Waby Liberia, will also make her debut in the art scene.

If you want to be part of this encouraging art exhibit, you can submit your artwork of any medium in a canvass size of 16×16 with the theme of hope. Please don’t hesitate to contact homeschoolph.starthope@gmail.com for more information.

Let your art make a difference in the life of others.

Tuttle Publishing’s Easy Mandarin Chinese Review

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Easy Mandarin Chinese by Tuttle Publishing is a complete language course which focuses on daily practical conversations. It is best for those who are traveling to a Mandarin speaking country or those who wish to understand the basics of the language. It comes with an Audio CD of the lessons being spoken by a native Mandarin speaker to guide the student as he learns about the language. Mandarin language is spoken in many Asian countries and this is being taught through the PinYin or english pronunciation guide.

This book has 20 Chapters and the topics include greetings, introducing yourself, going shopping, eating, making a phone call, feeling unwell, geography, riding to the airport and farewell. It even has a glossary section where the common words are listed in pinyin with their english meaning.

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In the beginning of every chapter, there is a comic section where you see the characters talking in pinyin and in english. Then the dialogue is written again on the first page of the chapter. The lessons are written down in english in the grammar notes section. Then for application, the pattern practice follows plus the exercises. There is an answer key at the end of the book.

It is a very easy to use language book and very straight forward. My son and I have been going through the book for the past month now and we’ve been going slowly so he remembers the words he’s been learning to speak. This is very helpful as we only want to tackle basic and common phrases. Even for a non Mandarin speaker, Easy Mandarin Chinese is easy to follow and understand.

Hopefully, at the end of our school year, my son will be fluently speaking basic Mandarin so he is ready for our future travels!

For more information about this book, you may check Tuttle Publishing website and Tuttle Publishing FB page.