Come and Play in my sandbox for FREE! Ticket Giveaway

by Mary Ann on June 11, 2012

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Playing Bridge

I have a friend who is 89. She is spy, plays bridge and looks great. I was helping her one day and I noticed that she was working on a roll of packing tape for about 10 minutes. I finally asked her, “Do you need some help”? She replied that she had been trying to get the roll of tape to work for over two weeks. She could see and feel where it began but she just couldn’t get the end to come up so she could use it. It was frustrating.

She handed me the tape and I saw the problem immediately. There was a wrinkle in the tape and for two weeks she had been trying to pull the wrinkle up. It looked like the end of the roll and it felt like the end of the roll. But it wasn’t the end of the roll. The end was about ½ inch father along the roll. In just a few seconds I was able to get the tape loose and she was on her way. After two weeks of frustration and work she had her package ready to mail in a few minutes.

That is what happens to us so many times. We know we need to work something out. We give it time, we are persistent, we do our best and then we are frustrated because we do not get the results we are looking for. Sometimes all we need is someone with a new view to show us how to move forward.

I can see what you may not be able to see.

I want to help you have more clarity in your view! So I have created a full-day workshop coming up on June 23 in Salt Lake City. Go here to see all the details.

I want to give away some tickets to this event because I think you would have a wonderful time playing in my sandbox!

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Come play in my sandbox for a day!

Most of you are reading this today because you have had the Closet introduced to you in one way or another. However, I get emails and many of you start out with a bang but somehow you just seem to stop and others never get started at all. Most of you really want an “inspire not require” space in your home but you just haven’t been able to make it work.

I want to help you make it work!

I want you to have a really wonderful “inspire not require” space in your home. Hence this amazing all day workshop to help you create your own Love of Learning Closet so your kids BEG for school. This is a high caliber workshop designed to give you some hands on experience with creating your own Love of Learning Closet. (Value $97)

  • You will work together with other parents to design a Closet and then learn how to take those Closet contents and turn them into weeks and yes, even months of inspired learning.
  • You will gain some expertise at finding, storing, and then implementing fabulous learning ideas in 30 minutes or less a week.
  • You will also learn the #1 secret to truly connecting with your children in a way that makes being with them truly magical.

Being a home school parent is a wonderful and sometimes frightening occupation.

As a parent I know that you have probably done more than your share of serious contemplation over the job you have taken on. As a homeschooling parent I know that you have added to the original job. I applaud your efforts whatever they have been. I home schooled some of my children and public and private schooled others. I have seen it from all sides. It can be exhilarating, discouraging and sometimes even frightening.

I can’t solve all of your parenting concerns or your educational ones. But I do understand children and I am pretty adept at inspire and not require. I like being with children and find them fascinating to talk to. This wasn’t always the case.

I would love to have you join me for a day of learning a few new tools that will help you have more peace and joy in the experience that you are having as a parent. I would like to help you get a better handle on inspire, not require. I would like to take you out to play in my sandbox for one day. : )

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Become a Love of Learning expert

Here is what I want you to take home after a day with me:

  • I want you to be on your way to becoming an EXPERT on inspiring your kids!
  • I want you to have a Love of Learning Center in YOUR home!
  • I want you to have more confidence in your abilities and sweeter relationships!
  • I want you to learn the #1 thing that can transform your home!

I have quite a number of you who have already signed up to come and play for a day and invite the rest of you to join us. We are going to have a GOOD time together and get some powerful tools to help you make your family more of what you want it to be.

Here is what you do to win a ticket to come and play in my sandbox!

  • First, put your name in the comment box below and let me know that you were here.
  • Second comment about a fun experience that you have had in your home school, a spark you have seen and how you responded or didn’t, a fun practice that you have in your home school or any other thing you would like to share with me.

That’s it. Thats all you have to do. Those who  comment here will go into a drawing. Your chances are really good because I am going to give away at least 5 couples tickets! WOW! The winners will be announced on June 17. So don’t wait. I am not looking for writers, just parents who want to play in my world for a day. : ) [email protected]

PS If you don’t win a ticket check out the calendar  for registration information or visit here.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Katy Hymas June 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Usually the only time I see a spark in my child is when I am at his/her level. If I am looking into his eyes and focusing on him, the world changes. Whether it’s math problems or a fun science experiment, when I focus on my child – learning happens for all of us.


Suzanne Hanks June 12, 2012 at 6:48 am

A couple of my children will NOT get to the point when talking to me. Repeating phrases, getting distracted etc. UNLESS I stop what I am doing and am present for them the entire time they needed to talk to me. Only then can they really communicate clearly, I suppose only then am I communicating clearly as well.


SherLynne June 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

I have had a blast teaching my children to read! –When my daughter reads a word, then with surprise and excitement loudly proclaims, “I can read!!!!!” Then grins and want to do a second lesson! I LOVE IT!


Sarah June 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm

My kids always want to do what I am doing – the trick is getting myself to be doing the right things! My favorite way to get them to practice the piano is by sitting down to play something myself – they all come running. 🙂


Rebecca Jones June 13, 2012 at 6:12 am

I love reading to my children. I love sitting on the couch with a huge pile of library books and reading away. I also love reading children’s classics to them. My son (7) also loves to read. I would love to come to this seminar and learn more about teaching my kids. It’s frustrating at times knowing what to do.


Marie Morgan June 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

I, too, have found that really focusing on my kids fills my energy rather than draining it. It’s those magical moments that renew and refresh me as a mother that I want to learn how to make more frequent in our lives! When they feel heard and understood and entranced and excited about what we’re learning together, especially when the “learning” seems effortless.


Bonnie June 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

My kids are still young enough that we haven’t begun any structured schooling time – we’re starting this fall. One time last year (my daughters were 3 1/2 and almost 2) we went on a walk after it had been raining. I tried to let them choose the pace and where we went. We got distracted for 20 minutes watching and discussing worms and their lives and watching all of them go by. I was happy with that moment; I want to be more willing to slow down and do things their way and at their pace.


Matt June 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm

First off, I’m Bonnie’s (commenter above) husband, so you needn’t count us twice. I simply wanted to comment also. Bonnie is way ahead of me on home school stuff, but I’m interested in getting more involved.

Like most anyone, I see my kids as totally amazing. One thing I love is to play the piano while they dance. “Daddy, watch my trwick!” is common though I musn’t stop playing to watch! Twirls and falls and kicks and life enjoyed. I don’t know that this is the “spark” you’re looking for, yet it certainly makes for good times.


Maribel June 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I saw my 9 year old son, played with juggling balls and taught of getting him more into and instead of inspiring and letting go, I manage to make it a requirement and he stop being interested. 🙁


Monica June 17, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Hi Mary Ann,
I keep seeing a “spy” spark in my 10 year old son. I originally thought psst there is no way to use that topic in a closet. Boy, was I wrong! There’s lots of good stuff. We have recently moved and I am still unpacking but have acquired a closet to host some fun activities. I have only explained to my son what the closet will be used for. Just recently I sent him to the recycle bin with a soda bottle to which he said, ” let’s put it in the closet. We can use it for some fun activity!” Love it already and we haven’t even started.


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