Heart of Flesh Literary Journal (Issue Six) by Veronica McDonald

There is no better time than now to make this Literary Journal a must read! My daughter-in-law, Veronica, has compiled a rich and compelling array of stories, poems, art and verse that will bless you and cause deep thought about your relationship to Christ. Be sure to read the “Note from the Editor” as an introduction to this captivating work!

Subscribe and get regular updates, or even better, send in your own submission for review as she compiles her next bi-annual journal.

Heart of Flesh Literary Journal, Issue Six

Let me know how you like it! Patti, Professional Mom

Thanksgiving Lesson

Mary-Kate from teachsundayschool.com has a special Thanksgiving Bible lesson to share, don’t forget this is a paid download, enjoy: 

Hi!

 

We just posted a 100% turn-key Thanksgiving Bible Lesson on the website:

 

https://teachsundayschool.com/i/thanksgiving-lesson/

 

It’s a fun 60-minute lesson that encouraging children to have an “Attitude of Gratitude” at all times throughout the year.

 

(Great for home or church)

 

Gobble-Gobble,

Mary-Kate

7 Monsters of the Bible [Halloween Alternative Lesson]

Hi

 

Don’t let God’s Truth take a backseat

this Halloween!

 

Do your kids know that the very first Monsters

ever were in the Bible?

 

Here are my 7 favorite Biblical Monsters

and tales of suspense:

 

http://teachsundayschool.com/i/biblemonsters/

 

God Bless,

Mary-Kate

 

*Editor’s note: I couldn’t wait to share this download from Mary Kate Warner of teachsundayschool.com. Halloween holds lots of memories for me as a child. It seems to be getting out of control with worldly perversion. Let’s keep our kids (who like monsters) in the scriptures! Have fun this Halloween! Be safe! PM

How to Create a Safe and Beautiful Nursery on a Budget-Jenna Sherman

Designing your baby’s nursery is one of the first tangible reminders that you do, in fact, have a little one on the way. But, if you’ve never had a room with a crib before, you should know that nurseries can get expensive quickly, and unless you pay close attention to what you put in it, they can also become a health and safety hazard for the person who you will soon love more than life itself.

 

Professional Mom covers a few things to keep in mind as you create the perfect sleep haven for your newborn.

 

Safety

 

The first thing you’ll want to pick out when designing your baby’s room is their crib. Although your goal may be to save money, plan to put some cash into this purchase. You don’t want to buy a used crib that could possibly be outdated or have damage you can’t see with the naked eye.

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6 Tips for Stay-at-Home Parents Pursuing Higher Education

By Jenna Sherman

While staying at home with your child is a worthy endeavor, forging a professional path while balancing parenthood is just as admirable. For parents who want to enhance their skills before heading into the workforce, higher education can offer guidance and boost your confidence. Consider these tips for navigating your education while raising kids.

1. Focus Your Studies Online

Freeing up time for your studies might be the most challenging part of balancing home and student life. Choosing an online degree program can make it easier to access your materials and coursework without commuting to a campus or dealing with other logistics. Attending classes online also means you can complete classwork on your own schedule.

Pursue an online master’s degree in education to prepare to become a teacher, or earn a master’s degree in business administration to launch your own company. You can achieve it all with an online program that’s custom-tailored to meet your needs.

2. Establish a Schedule

A solid routine can help you combat chaos at home while making time for your coursework. Sticking to a general schedule each day means you can maintain balance with your responsibilities.

Plus, children thrive on order and knowing what will come next. Practicing routines is excellent for kindergarten prep for your preschool child, too. For older kids who are returning to school after a break or school closure, restarting a routine is equally crucial, notes the Child Mind Institute.

3. Share with Your Children

Setting an example is one of the best ways to teach your child life lessons. When your little one sees you working hard and achieving your goals, they’ll witness the value of determination and dedication.

Strong role models are priceless for children of all ages – and you don’t need to be perfect to fit the part. Recognizing that life can be challenging yet immensely rewarding is a great lesson for children to learn.

4. Give Kids More Responsibility

When you’re a stay-at-home parent, it can feel like the entire home is your dominion. And that means handling everything from the laundry to meal prep, dishes to cleaning, and more. But no matter how old your children are (or how busy your partner is), delegating is a must.

Younger kids can tackle chores like putting dirty dishes in the sink, sorting laundry, and sweeping. Older kids may load and run the dishwasher, start the washing machine, and fold clothes. If your family balks at helping out, point out that children who help around the house are more successful as adults, according to experts.

5. Make Time for Yourself, Too

Sharing your goals and triumphs with your children is healthy and rewarding. But making time for yourself is also crucial, says Healthline. Stay-at-home parents tend to prioritize others’ needs above their own to begin with.

But now that you’re working toward academic milestones, your time may be less flexible and your responsibilities more demanding. Set aside time to unwind and relax accordingly.

6. Hack Your Home

There’s no foolproof way to save time, money, or stress. But by thinking ahead and strategizing specific tasks around the house, you can spend less time cleaning, cooking, and more.

For example, investing in a crockpot or pressure cooker could save you time in the kitchen. You can prep and set the crockpot in the morning, then forget about it until dinner time. A pressure cooker makes meals speedier, so hungry kids and parents don’t have time to complain.

Setting a cleaning schedule – say, organizing your home into zones and spending 20 minutes per day tidying each one – can also reduce the overwhelm when it comes to keeping the house reasonably clean. Invest in some organizers to make tidying up faster and easier.

Returning to school for higher education means making some changes to your stay-at-home lifestyle. But if you’re passionate about developing your skills to pursue a career, the time and energy will be worth it. All you need is a few smart ideas for managing your home and household while you go to school.

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*Jenna Sherman is a welcomed guest writer for professionalmom.com. She hopes to help other parents acquire the skills they need to raise future leaders by providing a collection of valuable, up-to-date, authoritative resources. A mom of three (two girls and a boy) created parent-leaders.com as an avenue for parents who want to make sure their children grow up to be strong, independent, successful adults.