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Making Lemonade from Headlice

educating in adversityIf any of your children attend school, or if their friends attend school, chances are your family has experienced head lice. Even homeschoolers can get them from the neighbor kids. 🙂 Great topic for a blog post, isn’t it? Well, yucky as they are, head lice are remarkably easy to get rid of, but their presence also provides a Teachable Moment for your family.

  1. My children always ask me, as we go through our lice regime, “Why did God create head lice?” Wow! What a great opportunity to go back over the book of Genesis and review the story of Creation. I get to remind my children that the Lord didn’t make any of the creatures of the earth to annoy us, poison us or eat us, but that all those inconveniences are due to the sin of Adam and Eve. Sometimes, we get on to other topics, such as how Adam named the animals, or that God promised us a Savior who would redeem us from our sins, if not from head lice.
  2. While we are in the throes of a lice invasion, I get to spend a lot of extra time with each child. Strange as it may sound, this is an opportunity for me to give some extra attention to those children who may be less affectionate than the others.
  3. It’s great character-building – I get to develop and display some really important virtues, such as perseverance, humility, and forgiveness – because those lice had to come from somewhere, didn’t they? We often pick them up from our very best friends.
  4. I usually mumble something about lice having some part to play in the eco-system, and we should do some research, but I haven’t ever gotten around to this. When they’re gone, it’s a matter of out of sight, out of mind. I’m sure you, dear reader, are more diligent in this than I am.

Now for the treatment: it’s not difficult or expensive, it’s totally natural and only harms your head lice…and I don’t think they’re an endangered species J

Requirements:

  • Plastic spray-bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Hair-dryer (optional, but gets the quickest results)

Method: Half-fill the spray-bottle with white vinegar and top up with water. Then place a towel around the infected child’s shoulders and spray their hair liberally. Now, take the hair-dryer and dry the child’s hair. The heat combined with the vinegar will loosen the ‘glue’ that holds the louse eggs to the hair. You should get rid of most of the eggs this way. The vinegar also kills most of the live lice on contact; just be sure to thoroughly wet the hair to its roots. Other children in the family, who have no sign of the lice, will benefit from a light spray of vinegar, as a deterrent.

This regime needs to be repeated daily for three to four days; after this, check every few days, in case some of the eggs were missed. Repeat if necessary.

So, that’s it for my advice about making lemonade from head lice.

kathysig

 

 

Kathy lives in Australia, and is a mother to fourteen children, including one step-daughter and a set of twins. She has been home-educating for twenty years. When she became a single mother, she decided to seek her fortune in the blogosphere, and now, with some help from her children, runs three blogs and two online businesses. Please visit her Etsy store A Beautiful Home.

Educating in Adversity: How to keep it together when everything’s falling apart

educating in adversity

Hi everyone – first, I’d like to thank Carol for allowing me to post on her blog; it really is a pleasure to be here. I thought I’d share with you today my top ten tips for staying sane during a family crisis. I hope you’ll find these ideas helpful for your particular situation….

  1. Accept your limitations – you won’t be able to get through the amount of schoolwork you’re used to, or do it as consistently. Just keep in mind the big picture of why you’re homeschooling.
  2. Spend some time praying about your situation, because it’s possible that the Lord wants you to stop home educating, at least for now. Not likely, but possible. 😉
  3. As a Christian and a parent, you always want to set a good example; but, if you display lack of kindness, forgiveness or hope at this crucial time, your children may never learn it.
  4. Please remember that, depending on your situation, your children may be traumatized in some way by what’s going on around them. Have faith that God will heal your family, but also understand that this may not happen straight away, and it’s up to you to lighten their load where you can. If this means extra candy, television, trips to the library, hugs (lots of hugs!), then don’t feel guilty. Only you know how far to go with this.
  5. However, you must also maintain discipline in your home. Your children, especially older ones, may be in a state of rebellion against you or God, unable to accept what’s going on around them. You must use your authority over your children, and you must punish bad behavior. They can’t be allowed to learn that it’s acceptable to find excuses to sin.
  6. Whatever crisis has struck your family will give you less time for prayer. But, we can’t survive without prayer, can we? Make every moment with the Lord count. You’ll find your faith grow stronger as you realize you have to take Him at His word.
  7. Keep your everyday finances and paperwork in order. It adds so much extra stress to our lives when we lose track of bills, miss deadlines, or even overdraw accounts. Just take a few minutes each day to check your register, go through your bills and give some thought to your budget. This is especially important if you’re experiencing a substantial drop in income.
  8. You may also have to open new bank accounts, change direct debits, deal with insurance companies or lawyers, arrange child support or welfare payments, even move house. Although you’re tired, these things need to take priority.
  9. Keep on giving; your prayers, your time, your money; it only need be a little –  to those less fortunate than yourself. There will always be others whose lives are even more unsettled or uncertain than your own.

We’ve all heard that ‘God helps those who help themselves’. This is so true; He will always help us, and he does that alongside us, as we take steps to care for our household. Please, just keep on taking the first step, whether that be regarding your legal obligations, housework, school lessons or any outside work you have. Then the Lord will ‘step up’ and help you in ways you never expected.

Did I leave anything out? What other strategies have helped you in a crisis? Leave a comment and we can support each other. 😉

kathysig

 

Kathy lives in Australia, and is a mother to fourteen children, including one step-daughter and a set of twins. She has been home-educating for twenty years. When she became a single mother, she decided to seek her fortune in the blogosphere, and now, with some help from her children, runs three blogs and two online businesses. Please visit her Etsy store A Beautiful Home.