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my top ten ways to cope with the flu


Okay, let’s be real here folks…

I had this amazing post planned in my head for the start of the new year, but people have been sick around here since December 24th. That amazing first post of the year has been the farthest thing from my mind. My mind has been on helping my family get through the flu as quickly and easily as possible.

Here are my top ten ways to cope with the flu:

1) Avoid it completely if possible.

2) Put all the sick people in one room (if possible) and let them veg in front of educational shows (or not educational shows, but it sounded better that way).

3) Give them buckets and lots of towels and hope for the best.

4) Nothing by mouth for 6 hours after throwing up (repeat if throwing up occurs again, but it usually it doesn’t).

5) Use the BRAT diet to cope with diahrrea (after following the guidelines above). The BRAT diet is bananas, rice, apple sauce, and toast.

6) Drink clear fluids, suck on ice, eat jello and popsicles.

7) Lysol spray all of the light switches and door knobs.

8) Go over board on the hand washing.

9) Keep up with the laundry (yeah, right!).

10) Did I mention rest?

How do you cope with the flu when it strikes your family?

I am linking up this post with Top Ten Tuesday and the Hip Homeschool Hop.

Top Ten Books I Want To Read With The Kids

While Studying Ancients This Year

Did you read the list of everything that we are studying next year? You can read the post about my planning which also has a link to next year's curriculum page. 

  1. The Bronze Bow
  2. Victory On The Walls
  3. The Cat Of BubastesGod King
  4. Hittite Warrior
  5. Tirzah
  6. Adara
  7. The Children's Homer
  8. Detectives In Togas
  9. Little Pear
  10. Archimedes and the Door of Science

(Now, I just need to order all my materials so they get here in time.)

If you have any books that you would recommend for the Creation to Christ time period, please leave me a note in the comments. 

What are you reading with your kids this year?

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Top 10 Books For Parents of Boys (and the next 40)

Here is my list of Top 10 Books For Parents of Boys:

  1. Raising Real Men by Hal and Melanie Young
  2. Boy-sterous Living: Celebrating Your Loud and Rowdy Life with Sons by Jean Blackmer
  3. Raising a Modern Day Knight by Robert Lewis
  4. That’s My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character by  Rick Johnson
  5. Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men by Bob Schultz
  6. King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs from His Father by Steve Farrar
  7. Boyhood and Beyond: Practical Steps to Becoming a Man by Bob Schultz
  8. Mothers and Sons: Raising Boys to Be Men by Jean Lush, Pam Vredevelt
  9. A Young Man After God’s Own Heart: Turn Your Life into an Extreme Adventure by Jim George
  10. How Do You Tuck In a Superhero? And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys by Rachel Balducci

And here are 40 more that you might want to read as well.

  1. Every Young Man, God’s Man: Confident, Courageous, and Completely His by Stephen Arterburn
  2. Your Boy: Raising a Godly Son in an Ungodly World by Vicki Courtney
  3. Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their Lives by Michael Gurian
  4. Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson
  5. Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen James and David Thomas
  6. Extreme Pursuit: Winning the Race for the Heart of Your Son by John Davis
  7. I Love You, Son: What Every Boy (and Man) Needs to Hear by Rick Meyer
  8. Better Dads, Stronger Sons by Rick Johnson
  9. Whisker Rubs: Developing the Masculine Identity by Don Otis
  10. Anytime, Anywhere: A Little Boy’s Prayer by Marcus Hummon
  11. I’m Outnumbered! One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys by Laura Lee Groves
  12. God Has a Plan for Little Boys by Katherine Andrews Fincher
  13. Boys Should Be Boys by Meg Meeker
  14. Preparing Your Son for Every Man’s Battle: Honest Conversations About Sexual Integrity by Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker, and Mike Yorkey
  15. Boys! Shaping Ordinary Boys into Extraordinary Men by William Beausay II
  16. When They Were Boys by Everett Carroll and Charles Francis Reed
  17. I Love You, Son: What Every Boy (and Man) Needs to Hear by Rick Meyer
  18. Raising Boys to Be Like Jesus by Sharon Norris Elliott
  19. Raising Sons and Loving It! Helping Your Boys Become Godly Men by Gary and Carrie Oliver
  20. God’s Promises for Boys by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker
  21. When I’m a Daddy: A Little Boy’s Guide to Biblical Fatherhood by Ginger Adair Fulton
  22. Boy’s Passage – Man’s Journey by Brian D. Molitor
  23. Boys of Grit Who Became Men of Honour (Volume 1) by Archer Wallace
  24. Prayers and Promises for My Little Boy by Stormie Omartian and Tom Browning
  25. Will, God’s Mighty Warrior by Sheila Walsh
  26. Will, God’s Mighty Warrior: The Mystery of Magillicuddy’s Gold by Sheila Walsh
  27. Snips & Snails and Puppy Dog Tails: Celebrate the Wonder of Little Boys by Chrys Howard
  28. The Hair-Raising Joys of Raising Boys by Dave Meurer
  29. God’s Wisdom for Little Boys by Jim and Elizabeth George
  30. A Little Boy After God’s Own Heart by Jim and Elizabeth George, Judy Luenebrink
  31. I Am Amazing: Because God Loves Me! by Sheila Walsh
  32. My Time With God: 150 Ways to Start Your Own Quiet Time
  33. The Adventures of Average Boy: Growing Up Super Average by Jesse Florea, Bob Smiley, Gary Locke
  34. Goodnight Warrior: God’s Mighty Warrior Bedtime Devotional Bible by Sheila Walsh
  35. Will, God’s Mighty Warrior: The Creepy Caves Mystery by Sheila Walsh
  36. What Little Boys Are Made Of: Loving Who They Are and Who They Will Become by Jim Daly
  37. The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews
  38. From Father to Son: Showing Your Boy How to Walk with Christ by Chap Clark
  39. Little Boy by Alison McGhee
  40. Plants Grown Up by Pam Foster

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