Teacher Tips on How To Teach From Home

The new COVID-19 landscape we’ve entered has many of us parenting from home, while also working, eating and exercising all in house. And now it’s expected that our children actually learn something (besides how to fix themselves a snack)? Having taught elementary school for several years, I thought I would offer some tools and resources for navigating this new normal.  You Know More Than You Think First, take a deep breath and know that you’ve got this. You are uniquely qualified for this (albeit thankless and no-paying) job. As a parent, you are your children’s first teacher and you know ...
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How to Make Smart Money Decisions During the Pandemic

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A pandemic has brought upon us unique and challenging times. There are questions surrounding our personal financial futures as well as our nation’s. Many individuals’ and families’ incomes have decreased or been eliminated altogether as ...
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WORKOUT 5: Daily Exercises for Pregnant and Postpartum Moms

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  WORKOUT 5: Narrow grip chest press. Palms face each other and it can be done on the floor with no bench Triceps kickbacks Chest flies Laying down leg kicks   For more great resources ...
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Daily Homeschool Schedule

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Are you feeling overwhelmed with the idea of a daily schedule and would like an alternative that is more developmentally age-appropriate? Erin Loechner shares her family's homeschool rhythms, and encourages you to discover your own ...
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The Astronaut Wife: Choosing Hope Over Fear

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Imagine for a moment you are holding the hands of your children, standing in a wide open field. Now imagine that a 30-second countdown clock begins, and at the end of that countdown, that day ...
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Stool Softeners and Motherhood

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I learned an important lesson when embarking upon my first journey into motherhood. Never underestimate the postpartum bowel. Trust me. The neighbors saw. It all started on a warm day in March. My daughter was ...
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It Was Never About the Mustard

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I like mustard. My son likes mustard.  When my parents drove to town to take my oldest son to celebrate his belated birthday, they told him to pick his favorite place to eat. We arrived ...
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Boycott Mom-Shaming

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Mom-shaming begins as far back as conception of our little people. “Did you conceive naturally? Did you go through fertility treatments? Use a surrogate? Adoption?” It continues through birth. “Did you get an epidural? C-section?
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The Three Elements to Transformation

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If you know anything about building a fire, you know it takes three elements for a fire to burn: a fuel source (e.g. wood, gasoline, plastic, etc.), heat (like a spark from a lighter), and ...
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Second Grade Dreams

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Some kids dream about growing up to become athletes, singers or doctors. Me? I dreamt about college. I recall with great detail the day when my second grade teacher talked to our class about what ...
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MOPS International Statement of Faith

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MOPS International has been made aware of a new blog and companion podcast posted this week criticizing MOPS’ theology. We are saddened that these Christian bloggers did not contact us directly with their concerns. Solid ...
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Scales and Arpeggios

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Growing up, I took several years of piano lessons and my least favorite part was practicing my scales. It seemed so tedious. Did it really have a purpose? Turns out there was a purpose. Practicing ...
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Slingshot Fun

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"We have to reinvent fun back into our American society or we are going to serious ourselves to death." - Alice Cooper https://vimeo.com/271905836 The MOPS International staff taking a much-needed fun break from the work ...
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2020 MOPS Theme: DECIDE TO RISE

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This year, we want to tell you two things that will change your life if you believe them.   First, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully ...
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A MOPS Story: No Mop Needed

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I wanted a baby since I was a child. I played with dolls long past the age most girls gave them up. I was a 13-year-old perfecting swaddling, while my friends were learning about makeup ...
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MOMcon Prom 2020 Theme Reveal – Bring On the Roaring ’20s

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That's right, our MOMcon Prom 2020 theme is all about the roaring '20s! Ready for a night of swing dancing and all that jazz with your best gal pals? We’ve put together a list of ...
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The Passover Quarantine

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This is an unprecedented time for all of us, and this week as I was talking with God, there were three things that he brought to mind. We are currently in the Easter season, but ...
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Tips for Getting Through “Survival Mode”

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If your home just turned into a full-time office for two, a school for reluctant and messy kids who miss their friends, and a live-in chef and cleaner wasn't part of the deal, then something ...
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How To Talk To Kids About the Coronavirus

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My 8-year-old arrived home last week in tears. Lip quivering, she came to me with a heap of questions about the coronavirus. “Is my daddy going to get coronavirus because he’s Chinese?” I looked at ...
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