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  E-journal December 20, 2011

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You can set your children free to become the individuals God created them to be. The books I SAW THE ANGEL IN THE MARBLE and I CARVED THE ANGEL FROM THE MARBLE will explain how. These books have been called, “the cream of the crop” of homeschooling books, “a tremendous blessing for me and my whole family,” “a must read,” “the best advice for schooling and parenting,” “the 1st book that any new home school mom/dad should read," and ”a breath of fresh air.” Now both books are available at 20% off the regular retail price.

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How to Survive the Relatives, A Primer in 12 Lessons

by Ellyn Davis

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In our last discussion of “How to Survive the Relatives,” I shared three lessons: (1) Don’t shoot the Messenger; (2) Get the Message; and (3) Leave the policing to the cops and the judging to the courts. If your Thanksgiving was like mine, God probably gave you plenty of opportunities to practice those three lessons.

Our deepest yearning is for closeness during the holidays, says David Treadway, PhD, author of Intimacy, Change, and Other Therapeutic Mysteries: Stories of Clinicians and Clients. "But most families have underlying tensions ... creating a sharp, ruinous clash between what we yearn for and what is."

Ah, the little mini-dramas of family togetherness.

According to experts on such things, the top five most common family holiday arguments are over:

1. Food. It seems like everyone nowadays has some sort of food preference that they champion like Braveheart championed Scottish freedom. People rigorously defend their choices to eat vegetarian or vegan or sugar-free and they not only demand that their preferences be honored but they can sometimes be very critical and belittling of those who haven't yet become "enlightened" enough to watch their diet. Then there are those who don't have a choice—they have to stay on a gluten-free or lactose-free or MSG-free diet or they have other food allergies. Juggling all those different demands for food choices creates a lot of holiday tension. Remember, the point of family holiday gatherings is to be together, not to let everyone eat exactly the way they want to. Don't miss the point. Eat what's served and don't eat what you don't like.

2. Religion. Christmas has become the season of celebrating many different religious holidays—Hanukkah, Kwanza, Pancha Ganapati, and of course, the birth of Jesus. What do you do if your family isn't Christian? Try to accommodate their customs and decorations. You can decorate your home any way you want to, but don't demand that they put up a crèche and "Jesus is the reason for the season" banners.

3. Christmas presents. Some family members will be giving lavish gifts—$299 Kindle Fires all around. But you may only be able to afford Starbuck's gift cards.  The tension really boils down to this, "Are they going to think I'm a big, fat cheapskate?" There will always be relatives who can and will "out-gift" you. There is nothing you can do about it. Buy gifts based on what is reasonable to you, not based on what others may think of you.

4. Where to go? Do we go to his parents or hers? Do we try to do both? Do we spend two grand flying the whole family across the country or do we save the money and stay home? This is something that needs to be worked out with your whole family.

5. Presents vs. Money. I was raised that giving money or a gift card showed a lack of originality, demonstrated incredible laziness, and was thoughtless and socially inappropriate. But the older I got and the older my children got, the more I began to believe that a gift card or money is the way to go at Christmas. Of course a gift card doesn't seem as impressive as a big, fancy present, but you can wrap it up in a huge box with a bow so it takes up its proper amount of space under the tree and whoever is receiving it feels like they are getting something substantial. You can never go wrong with money. It's one-size-fits-all.

These arguments all boil down to the question "What are appropriate and personally meaningful ways of expressing our connection to family during the holidays?" That's a question you're going to answer within your own family.

That brings us to the next few lessons in your primer on “How to Survive the Relatives.”

Lesson 4: Being Peter Pan is no fun without pixie dust.

You know what I mean. You, like I, probably really love your relatives, but you just don’t like the fact that every time you step back into your parents’ home you feel like (and you’re usually treated like) you’re that same, goofy 16 year old kid who forgot to make sure the anchor securely dug into the sand when she left the boat out in the bay. Who would have thought it could drift five miles before washing ashore in another county? Now you’re 48, have four kids and a Master's Degree and own a successful business, but has your father ever forgotten? Of course not. And he’s not going to let you forget either—or anyone else within earshot. Your disappointing childhood and teen escapades will always be brought up at some point during the family gathering.

We probably never intended to be Peter Pan, but that is a common experience for people who moved away from their families as late teens or young adults and haven’t lived close to them since. To our parents, and often to our extended families, we are stuck in perpetual childhood and never “grow up.” Their memories of who we were cloud their ability to see who we have become.

When you go back to your family home, your parents will tend to reassume their parenting role and treat you like the eighteen year old you were when you left home for college. Their most vivid memories of you will all have been formed before you entered your twenties.

Also, if your siblings are like mine, you will will all wind up sitting around the kitchen table with your parents talking about times when you were kids. This tends to reinforce the feeling that you are still a child, even though you may have full-grown children yourself.

This doesn’t mean your parents have refused to acknowledge you’re now an adult, and it doesn’t mean you’re still as irresponsible as you probably were when you were eighteen. It’s just a common family dynamic, so accept it as that and don’t feel like you have to prove that you actually are now a responsible adult. (And be willing to consider that maybe you aren't as responsible an adult as you think you are.) 

Lesson 5: Your little light may indeed be shining.

Are you a Christian? If so, believe it or not, wherever you go you carry Christ with you. You may feel like the meekest, most ineffectual Christian on the planet. But, if you are truly a Christian, you have a power residing in you that can make others squirm and sometimes get downright hostile towards you whether or not you have been obnoxiously evangelizing them.

This means that a lot of the reaction we get from family members may have nothing to do with us personally. It may be the kingdom of darkness reacting to the presence of the Kingdom of Light. We can respond to these reactions with kindness when we realize they have nothing to do with us. And we can even be joyful that the reactions occurred, because it means that the Christ in us is affecting those around us.

Lesson 6: Nobody thinks your children or your pets are as cute as you do.

Sometimes I’m amazed at how oblivious people with small children are to the distraction and disruption their little “angels” cause when a group of adults is trying to interact. At one family gathering a cousin actually changed her baby’s poopy diaper on a table in a restaurant, much to the disgust and dismay of everyone else present.

Just because you are used to your child singing at the top of his lungs or running around the table or going through drawers at home doesn’t mean those behaviors are appreciated when your children are in someone else’s house.

It’s always a good idea to instruct your children in the way you want them to behave before you get to the family gathering. Try to remember times your relatives got upset with your children in past visits and focus on specific things you want your children to do or not do during the visit.

For example, my father has a very low tolerance for the noise and activity level that small children generate and he can only endure it for a short time before he starts getting grumpy. He also doesn’t like his grandchildren messing with his “stuff,” particularly his fishing tackle, which seems to attract them like moths to a flame. So, when the children were little, before we went to his house, we would have "rehearsals" of situations that were likely to arise. That way the children knew what they could and couldn’t do in their grandparents’ home and how they were to act around their grandfather.

Remember, your family may not be as blessed by your children as you are. In fact, few people are blessed by someone else’s children, particularly elderly people who have grown unaccustomed to the noise and activity level that children bring into a home.

Ditto pets. Few people are blessed by someone else's pets.

Ours is a pet-loving family. Everybody has some sort of pet from ferrets to flying squirrels and we often bring them when we visit each other. This Thanksgiving there were nine dogs and ten people. To tell you the truth, the dogs got really annoying, and no amount of cuteness could make up for the fact that you were constantly tripping over a dog wherever you went, especially when you tried to get in or out of the carport door. And of course, some of the kids wanted to bring their little Yorkies to the table so they could be part of the Thanksgiving Dinner. This was not well received by the grandparents. 

Until next time....Lessons 7 through 12.


(Note: Please understand that I’m not suggesting you stand idly by while your relatives engage in really ungodly behavior or when they try to continue abusive patterns from the past. If you find your relatives are trying to place you, your spouse, or your children in a morally compromising or abusive position, cut your visit short. You don’t have to put up with it.)

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http://www.homeschoolmarketplace.com/images/angelbook.jpgI SAW THE ANGEL IN THE MARBLE was compiled from articles that focus on discovering who your children really are and how they learn best, creating the attitudes and environment in your home where learning and relationships can thrive; understanding the many options that are available to you when you are home schooling, and much more.

http://www.homeschoolmarketplace.com/images/Carved-Cover-small.gifI CARVED THE ANGEL FROM THE MARBLE is the companion book to I SAW THE ANGEL IN THE MARBLE and was compiled from articles that focus on the nuts and bolts of schooling at home and the everyday aspects of teaching and learning together. It is over 220 pages and takes a deeper look at the different elements that make home schooling a successful adventure in learning. Chapters cover how to recognize your “angels in the marble” and help set them free; how to get off the “hamster wheel”of activity if you feel overwhelmed and undersupported in your homeschooling efforts; how to develop your own scope and sequence of study for each child; how to teach the major subjects such as language arts, history, math and science in your homeschool; and much, much more!

In a way, these two books took over 20 years to write. So savor them. Read them (or listen) slowly and carefully. Don’t let them just take up space on your bookshelf, but let them impart helpful, practical wisdom and advice.

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