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Trying Life On...
Jeannette Webb , 9/26/2013

Editor's Note from Susan Richman: Jeannette Webb is founder of Aiming Higher Consultants, a high school planning and college consulting firm dedicated to helping homeschooled students reach their potential and successfully apply to their dream colleges.  Learn more at www.aiminghigherconsultants.com. Jeannette has also been a keynote speaker at our Summer PHAA High School at Home Conference held in Central PA, and she always sends wonderful homeschool students our way for our AP Online classes. We know many families who have been truly blessed by Jeannette's down-to-earth guidance in thinking ahead to college and career andlife goals.

I am troubled as an educational counselor when I come across a student who hasn’t really lived.  Sadly, I have to report that it is more common than you might imagine.

The parents of these kids often operate at opposite ends of the continuum.  The laid-back parents surround their kids in a bubble-like existence – protected from themselves and from others.  These parents want their kids to be happy.  They want them to have fun.  They screen any potential problems or consequences. Thus these kids don’t challenge themselves.  They take dumbed down high school classes, hang with the youth group, and play video games.  They never really get out in the real world and figure it out.  I have found this route doesn’t make kids happy even though it looks like fun. 

At the other end of the scale are the ambitious parents who follow someone else’s checklist of “Things Teens MUST Do To Get Into Good Colleges.” These kids are forced to follow THE LIST and compile a killer resume that reeks of academic competition wins, multiple 5’s on AP tests, and near professional competency in an extracurricular activity only to realize they don’t really like any of the school subjects they performed so well in and don’t have a clue what they want to do with their life.  These parents have mistakenly believed that real life is found in tests and competitions.  This route doesn’t promote happiness or fun.

Either approach leads to some pretty listless living.

Real living is messy and dirty and often filled with mistakes.  It is trying things that seem impossible and sometimes succeeding and sometimes not....

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Introducing Father & Son Camp East (in Western PA) -- coming up this October 3-6, 2013!
Heidi Strawser from 'Homeschool Mosaic' blogsite, quoting from Kellie Crowe, 9/4/2013

Last summer, I had the opportunity to use and review a Monarch butterfly kit from Crowe’s Nest Media.  It was through that review process that I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Kellie Crowe.  Over the past year, we’ve corresponded from time to time; and, recently, she reached out to me to share about a special opportunity for Fathers & Sons – right here in my home state of Pennsylvania!  I thought this sounded like a great opportunity for ALL DADS, so I wanted to share it with our Homeschool Mosaics audience . . .

Kellie says:

As a mom with three young men (16, 14, 3) growing up in a world that devalues manhood in particular and godliness in general, it’s a privilege to tell you about  the“Father and Son Camp East” — a camp that casts a vision for both manhood and godliness while giving fathers and sons a weekend they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.

kc1What is the Father and Son Camp East?

This is a camp (held October 3-6, 2013) for Dad’s who want to keep the “hearts of their sons.”  As such, it’s also an opportunity for fathers who are new in their faith to catch a vision for biblical manhood and the importance of being a Godly father … for the sake of future generations.

This four-day camp (Thursday afternoon through Sunday lunch) has been created specifically for the purpose of helping Dads develop strong, biblical relationships with their sons, equipping them to be men of value and principle.

 

Why is this weekend so important?

As our sons grow and the world’s influence becomes greater, we find that there are so many “voices” calling out to them.  These voices often drown out the influence of godly wisdom from Dad.

The only way to lessen the influence of these conflicting voices is for the son to “know” the voice of his Dad, and for his Dad to hold his son’s heart.  The only way for a son to know his father’s voice is for him to spend time with him.  And, I’m talking about one-on-one time together — talking, playing, laughing, discussing the Word.

Some dads attend the Father and Son Camp with a solid vision for biblical manhood and the importance of his role.  For that father, the camp merely reinforces his vision. For other dads who may be new in their faith, it’s an opportunity to learn the importance of investing time in keeping the hearts of their son(s)....

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