Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

Rejecting the Checklists

Rejecting the Checklists

I don’t really think of myself as a rebel, but as I look back over the years my husband and I have parented, I have to admit that it sure looks like it!  Growing up I was a list checker and tended to think inside the box.  However, some combination of marriage and children andContinue Reading

Living Life Together

Living Life Together

 In this fast paced, fragmented world that we have built for ourselves, the family core that we claim to value is often spun away from us with a terrifying centrifugal force. Multiple activities for the multiple members of our family tend to have an exponential evolution. Soon, we live in separate worlds and return toContinue Reading

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

There are many teens caught in the waiting game – waiting to grow up, waiting for a girlfriend, waiting to get a driver’s license, waiting to get away from home. To be fair, many adults are caught in the game as well – waiting for a promotion, waiting for the big break, waiting for .Continue Reading

Homeschooling to Open Doors

Homeschooling to Open Doors

Last week I introduced my new eBook series, The Thinking Mother’s Guides to Homeschooling. Today I’d like to tell you about the second book in the series. If you are considering homeschooling through high school or are already in the middle of it, Homeschooling to Open Doors: Smart High School Choices for Great College OptionsContinue Reading

Volunteer Service Hours

Volunteer Service Hours

I frequently get questions about Community Service Hours (or Volunteer Service Hours). Folks are a little fuzzy on what is meant by the term and how many are needed. Let’s start with a definition. What does the term mean? Volunteer Service Hours are the compilation of time your student spends doing things for other people.Continue Reading

Keeping Track

Keeping Track

 When a college admissions officer evaluates your child’s college application, extracurricular activities will be given an approximate weight of 1/3 (2/3 going to academics). These figures will plug into the formula used by that particular college to rank your student. While 1/3 seems a bit insignificant, this is where students can really distinguish themselves fromContinue Reading

Career or Hobby?

Career or Hobby?

Every day I work with amazing kids! They have often reached near-expert status in an extracurricular activity such as music, debate, dance, or athletics. They have invested years in their chosen field and parents have often spent a great deal of time and money to help them reach those heights. Sometimes families choose to homeschoolContinue Reading

Trying Out Careers, Part 2

Trying Out Careers, Part 2

In the last post, we explored how to follow a child’s interests, develop important skill sets, and research potential careers. Today, let’s look at a very specific example of how my daughter found the perfect career fit. Music From the age of seven, my daughter loved her violin. We were on a rabbit trail. WeContinue Reading

Is Opportunity Holding You Back?

Is Opportunity Holding You Back?

Opportunity is an interesting phenomenon and means different things to different generations. As I write this, I sit in a room that was built for my husband’s grandmother. In her generation, opportunity was the chance to board in town 20 miles away from her home so she could complete her high school education. For herContinue Reading

Pursuing Life With Excellence!

Pursuing Life With Excellence!

Pursing Life With Excellence! By Jeannette Webb  While enjoying a delightful meal with a few members of our church family, an interesting topic came up. One guest, a former university department head, told the story of a returning student. At age 46, with a family and a full time job, this gentleman decided to goContinue Reading

Raising the Bar for Public Speaking Skills

Raising the Bar for Public Speaking Skills

Raising the Bar for Public Speaking Skills By Jeannette Webb  We talked earlier about the Communications Club I established for my young children – a group of like-minded friends who loved each other’s kids and were invested in each other’s success. It was very warm and supportive. And safe.  That was fine in the youngerContinue Reading

Keeping Doors Open

Keeping Doors Open

Years ago I decided that I would not be the one who shut doors in my children’s lives. That was God’s business. The way I saw it, my job was to keep as many doors open as possible throughout their growing up years and wait to see what He had in mind when the timeContinue Reading

A New Understanding of Leadership

A New Understanding of Leadership

A New Understanding of Leadership By Jeannette Webb  High on the priority list of college admissions officers and scholarship committees is the badly misunderstood concept of “Leadership.” Most people think they grasp the meaning of it, but I have found that few actually do. Somewhere along the line, we’ve come to believe that if ourContinue Reading

Protect Your Child’s Health and Still Get Into Great Colleges

Protect Your Child’s Health and Still Get Into Great Colleges

Protect Your Child’s Health and Still Get Into Great Colleges By Jeannette Webb I have the honor and privilege of working with amazing students from all over the world.  They are extremely interesting, highly intelligent, and have often set extraordinary goals for themselves.  They enthusiastically dive into projects and soon become the backbone of anyContinue Reading

Do What You Are

Do What You Are

  Do What You Are By Jeannette Webb   I couldn’t have chosen a more imperfect career fit. Neither could my husband. I border on extreme introversion. He is an off-the-charts extrovert. My career fresh out of college involved tons of people, constant interruptions, lots of travel, and everything else an introvert could hate. My people-loving new husband was aContinue Reading

Gifted Kids, Part 4

Gifted Kids, Part 4

Gifted Children who are a Gift to the World, Part 4 by Jeannette Webb We’ve spent the last three weeks looking at how to successfully raise gifted kids.  The final thing to consider is that they need to spend most of their time in the adult world. Intellectually gifted children will totally outdistance other kidsContinue Reading

Gifted Kids, Part 3

Gifted Kids, Part 3

Gifted Children who are a Gift to the World, Part 3 by Jeannette Webb We’ve been looking at foundational principles in raising gifted kids. Today let’s explore the reasons to find difficult things for these children. Because most things are so effortless for the gifted child, they are often totally unprepared to deal with somethingContinue Reading

Gifted Children, Part 2

Gifted Children, Part 2

  Gifted Children who are a Gift to the World, Part 2 by Jeannette Webb In the last post we began a discussion about how to raise gifted kids.  We continue today by looking at why service is so important. Service is a fundamental part of the Christian lifestyle. May I suggest that it isContinue Reading

The Path of Self-Esteem

The Path of Self-Esteem

  The Path of Self-Esteem By Jeannette Webb Today’s Western parents are often conflicted about how to impart self-esteem to their children.  This is a fairly new phenomenon as parents of past generations never thought about it much and yet the majority of kids grew up with a healthy sense of their own worth.  SomehowContinue Reading

Scholarships for Homeschooled Athletes

Scholarships for Homeschooled Athletes

 Scholarships for Homeschooled Athletes The decision to homeschool places families outside traditional support networks.  As such, they are often left wondering how to help their kids re-enter the traditional realm once their homeschool days are finished.  It’s hard for a parent to function in the many roles needed to help kids maximize all their opportunities.Continue Reading