7 Reasons You Should Raise Risk Takers

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Children are born with an innate curiosity that leads them to take risks.

Then, we as parents, spend the better part of 18 years stomping that curiosity right out of them.

While this is a good idea to a point {who really wants their kid to stick their head inside an oven to see what all the fuss is about?}, there are compelling reasons to raise risk takers:

  1. It teaches them to love learning – When you’re curious, you dig for answers and information.  Curiosity breeds a natural love of learning.  Risk taking teaches kids to always question things, always want to know more, always love learning.
  2. It teaches them to  become leaders – Leaders are risk takers.  They know when to push the envelope, and when to just hold on.
  3. It teaches them to think of others – A risk taker learns to consider others when making decisions.  While this may be a learned behavior, it is one that is learned rather quickly when one is faced with how his or her decision affected others.
  4. It teaches them to deal with disappointment – Every risk we take and every decision we make will not turn out the way we want.  Teaching our children to become risk takers allows them to learn how to handle disappointment with style and grace.
  5. It teaches them to go after what they want – Nothing in this world is handed to you, you have to work for it.  Risk takers know this, and go after whatever it is they want.  They might not always get it, but they know they tried.
  6. It teaches them appreciation - Risk takers quickly learn that the world doesn’t revolve around them.  They have what they have, they are who they are, and they can do what they do because of every person they have interacted with.
  7. It teaches them to become decision makers – Risk takers learn to make decisions.  They don’t sit around waiting for others to make decisions for them.


SITS 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge: Day 1

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Yesterday I started the SITS 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge.  I started 31DBBB a few weeks ago, and I enjoyed it, but I kind of fizzled out between everything I had going on and the fact that it’s not as fun doing it on your own.

Today’s Task:  Write an Elevator Pitch in 140 Characters or Less

This was hard.  Really hard.

You know how you can have in your head what your blog is about, but when you actually have to verbalize that, you just sit there, mouth hanging wide open?  Yeah, I had that moment yesterday.

But part of the beauty of the SITS challenge is that you’re grouped with other women for support and accountability.  So, there was no way I could just “pretend” that I had a pitch done, I had to deliver.

I’m still not sure if it’s “right” yet, but here’s the pitch so far:

Homeschool hang-ups, wicked workboxes, sublime successes, rad resources, likable links, and all around awesomeness.  That’s Sweet Phenomena…

Sweet Phenomena is a big old vat of homeschool goodness.  Sure, you might find a recipe here, a link for something quirky and fun there, but it all relates to homeschool {at least in my opinion} because it has to do with life, and that’s what homeschool is.

We didn’t intend to homeschool, so here on Sweet Phenomena I detail what it’s like to live as a homeschooler borne of necessity.  I don’t think it’s quite the same as someone who “got the calling” well before their kids were born.

Let me know what you think, and sit back for 31 days worth of bloggy building goodness!

Awesome Linkage

I’ve got some superior linkage for you guys this week; you ladies around the blogosphere have been busy!

  • Summer Book Club – Misty is hosting her second annual Rainy Day in May summer book club!  The first selection is The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton.  I’ve got my e-copy; looks good!  {Oh, and she’s a fellow SITS girl!}
  • Workbox Schedule Books – Sheri at What’s in the Box? has a collection of posts on her bound schedule book that she uses to plan her kids’ workbox week.  I’m in love with this because I spent the better part of this school year redoing the workboxes each night {not fun}.
  • Tea Time – Babydoll and I have soccer time, driving around time, school time, cooking time.  Daddy and Babydoll have “salon” time, fishing time, skating time.  I don’t quite feel like I ever just have Babydoll/Mommy time, so we decided to try and implement tea time, a great idea from The Homeschool Post.
  • SendaBall – I’d definitely enjoy getting one of these in the mail!