Chocolate is a great motivator. Host a chocolate dessert fellowship for your leadership to say "Thanks! You are a SWEET addition to our leadership team." Remember to tuck some attractive certificates of appreciation into your portable file folder to carry to the fellowship.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Our homeschool group is centered around kid activities (field trips, events, etc) while still supporting the moms. How do you keep the teens interested in the homeschool group?
Many times a support group begins in response to the need of supporting moms or socializing young children. As the children grow, the group usually metamorphoses with them to offer more structured activites like field trips or classes. But as the children grow into their teen years, what's a group to do to meet the needs of this age group? Can the group add to it's already-full schedule to meet the teens' needs?
Yes, it is possible to keep the teens interested and take care of their needs. Here are a few simple ideas to kickstart your teen activities. We will have a ton more in our upcoming ebook!
- Watch and pray ~ It can be extremely helpful to have a leader specifically planning activities or classes for teens. Pray that the Lord will lead you to the right person to fill this need. He can lay the need and desire on their heart. He cares for the teens and has already laid it on your heart to pay attention to their needs.
- Ask and evaluate ~ Find out what the greatest needs or fears or desires are that the teens in the group have. What ways do they wish to socialize or serve or learn? Then you have a direction to move toward.
- Create and provide ~ Be creative in meeting their needs. If they fear the SAT's coming up, start a study group to prepare for it. If they need specialized subjects for college requirements, look for a teacher to provide a class for credit. If they desire to find out more about career paths, provide field trips for teens exploring their options.
- Be radical ~ If you have more teens than young children, it is possible your whole group needs to change its complete focus to meet the older group's needs. Park days may need to change to skating rink socials or hanging-out, game times at a home. Other children's activities may be need to be exchanged for debate teams, driver's ed classes or high school subject clubs. And don't forget--the moms are going to need different support than before, too.
It can be daunting to look at revamping your whole group, but it is well worth it to keep your teens interested. Not only does it keep them interested in the group, but having teen social activities and oportunities for answers to their future also keeps them excited about homeschooling in general. This wonderfully supports your group's families and helps them accomplish their goals of homeschooling through high school with a happy teen.
Denise & Kristen
P.S. We are excited about our soon to come ebook that will be packed with ideas for making every type member of your group excited about being a part of it!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
A foolish sense of humor will harm you and others, but using a kind, humorous comment can break the ice, lift the mood or bring people together. If you will laugh later about a mistake, try to laugh now. Dwight D. Eisenhower said, " A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done."
Friday, April 17, 2009
How do I help others interact positively in the group?
Are you interacting positively with others in the group? Do your group members see you smiling and real (we honestly can't be "up" all the time)? Do you introduce yourself to new visitors and make sure they meet at least one other person? Do you look for those members sitting alone who you can sit and visit with and get to know a little better?
Or do you scuttle around only taking care of business, absorbed in the pressing tasks at hand. If you feel you have no time to build relationships, think again. You can delegate tasks. But relationships are the backbone of your group, so make sure you are purposefully interacting with your members, getting to know them better and letting them get to know you.
You'll both be the better for it!
Kristen & Denise
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
What a wonderful Resurrection weekend--celebrating the wonderful work of the Cross for our precious salvation and celebrating His wonderful workmanship in the birth of precious Kathryn. The Lord does all things well!
Friday, April 10, 2009
How do we deal with problem members?
There will always be problem people who do not consider the work and time that you as a homeschool group leader put into all you do. Sometimes it is a thankless job that gets compounded by those thoughtless members who make you sigh.
We at Homeschool Group Leader applaud your dedication, your service, and your sacrifice! In honor of your job well done, we are offering a little truthful humor written to the guilty ones to help brighten your day. We are not responsible if you hand this out to your members!
- Don’t Listen ~ Talk all during the announcements, the meeting discussions and while your leader shares important information.
- Be Clueless ~ Ask your leader repeated questions about the information that you didn’t just listen to. Send them one-line questions in individual emails spread out over time.
- Fill Other Members' E-mail In Boxes ~ Send your repeated questions and comments to everyone on the list, filling all in-boxes, instead of only the in-box of the leader to whom you're writing.
- Quit at the Last Second ~ Volunteer to help with, or better yet--lead--an activity, then back out at the very end, leaving it all for the leader to complete.
- Gossip ~ Discuss the leader’s clothes, kids, home life, homeschool, and leadership style --openly and with great fervor.
- Complain ~ Never be happy with the place, the decisions, the agenda, the trips, the teachers, or the way the leader looks at you.
- Show Up Late ~ Choose carefully the events that need to start at a specific time and strategically and systematically show up 15 or 30 minutes late.
- Never Help Clean Up ~ Don’t stay after any event and help clean up. After all, isn’t that what the leader is there for??
- Don’t Watch Your Kids ~ Let them run wild or talk while someone else is talking. Then get offended when someone asks them to be quiet or to sit down.
- Be Demanding ~ Always express your opinion as fact. Be sure you speak every time someone else does, making sure that your frustrations and wants are very clear each time.
P.S. For more help on dealing with problem members. . .
May you have a light-hearted, problem-free day today,
Denise & Kristen
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
You can't expect to do your best if you're sick or tired. Fatigue will fog your decisions and hinder your responsibilities. You need plenty of rest. Take care of yourself by taking time to refresh your body and your mind. Avoid things that are unhealthy and take a good vitamin supplement. Being refreshed will give you the energy you need to lead.
Friday, April 3, 2009
It's too late; I'm already burned out!!! Is there still hope? ;)