I was recently blessed with the chance to do a review of one of Diane Flynn Keith's newest resources, "The Homeschool Therapist Audio Course and Resource Guide" In each of the 10 sessions, Diane speaks with licensed marriage and family counselor, Michelle Barone. Michelle is known as the "Homeschool Therapist" and has been working with children and families since 1978.
Here is an overview of the session titles.
Session 1 is called "Understanding the Ages & Stages of Childhood Development and How They Impact Homeschool Success"
Session 2 is called "Getting the Kids to Co-Operate Without Yelling, Nagging, or Tears"
Session 3: "How To Get the Support You Need From Spouse, Family & Friends"
Session 4: "How To Juggle Homeschooling Kids of Multiple Ages"
Session 5: "Homeschooling Teens: Transitions, Socialization, & The Empty Nest"
Session 6 is about "Working and Homeschooling for Couples or Singles"
Session 7: "Homeschool Support Group Dynamics - How To Find A Good Fit"
Session 8, "Homeschooling Through Crisis"
Session 9: "How to Prevent and/or Recover From Homeschool Burn Out"
Session 10: "Homeschooling Non-Traditional Families"
Since i was allowed to choose one, i chose Session 8, "Homeschooling Through Crisis"
This session is about what happens when your normal homeschooling routine becomes anything but normal.
Here is my review:
Michelle Barone, licensed marriage and family therapist, gives insights and helpful hints in this discussion. Some of the problems she discusses include: divorce, financial crisis, natural disasters and health crises.
The main point that I took away from this discussion is that keeping the kids in their regular routine, if possible, is the best thing for them. It helps lend a sense of normalcy in an otherwise abnormal situation. This is especially important if you have always schooled them at home.
Another great tip from Michelle was to make a plan of action for "just in case". We never know what will come our way, but, having a plan can ease some of the stress when crisis happens. What will be the plan in case of an illness? Divorce? Loss of a job? While we pray that none of these things happens, it is good to have a plan for the unexpected.
Whatever does happen, it is important to validate your children's feelings and reaffirm that they are safe, despite circumstances. This is especially important during the event of a natural disaster, or financial downturn.
Michelle also reminds us to turn to our support network when crisis occurs. Friends, family, church, and the local homeschool group are usually willing and able to help out. We need to remember that when we are in crisis as a family, everyone struggles. If we, as parents, are mindful of our words and actions we can help ease our children's anxiety.
We also need to consider that in crisis, keeping the family together provides safety and structure that children need.
Michelle Barone's discussion left me feeling like I had a handle on how to care for my children in crisis. She also gave me tips for making a plan for the unexpected. I think all homeschooling parents will benefit from listening to this audio program.
If you would like more information about how to purchase this set for your homeschool group or yourself, please check them out at:
If you would like more information on Michelle Barone, please take a look at her website: http://michellebarone.net/