Some of you may be wondering what’s been happening over here in my little corner of the world during the past 11 days… well, A LOT, that’s for sure! ;) I have so, so much to share with you, friends, but, as usual, I don’t even know where to begin!

So, while I try to get my thoughts sorted out — and fight off this fatigue that has built up over the past weeks because of new work responsibilities (work that I am growing to love, by the way… but more on that later!), plus think of loving but firm ways to express my views about the current “issue” that has been taking the world by storm (though this post and this one are good reads, for starters) — do allow me to share the latest episode of “The Truly Rich Mom Show” with you:

Now, more than ever, there is a need for us to embrace our vocation in life. And if you don’t know what your vocation is yet, it’s never too late to discover it. Ask God to help you do so; ask Him to reveal it to you.

Ask yourself these questions, too: “What are you called to do? What is it that you are good at? What is your life’s work, your mission, your calling, your function in life? How can you bless the world?”

Also, take note of this:

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(Plus, read this article by Bo Sanchez, where he encourages you to seek your purpose and mission in life.)

Ironically, as I write this, I realize that I haven’t been embracing my vocation as a wife and mother 100% lately.

In fact, watching myself speak with so much confidence in the video above, I realize that I have actually been on “survival mode” lately (a term I learned from Tami Kiser, the organizer of the Catholic Conference 4 Moms, of which I was privileged to be a part earlier this year).

I have forgotten to look at the deeper meaning of all the chores and child-raising that I do (plus my work, of course!) — which has led to much frustration, and even lots of tears on my part! (Thank God for my husband, who is my “rock” during such crazy days, and for my parents and siblings too, who have been uber supportive of me!)

So, in a way, this post… this episode is as much for me as it is for you, dear friends. Especially for you, dear, sweet fellow mommas out there. Let’s pray for one another, yes? Let’s pray that God will use us and help us embrace our vocations, so that we can, as I said in the video, “become fully alive… become on fire for Jesus”!

Do I hear an “Amen”? “Shout” it out in the comments! Or feel free to shoot me a message here or on Facebook.

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P.S. In light of recent events, I think it is most fitting that we have just entered into the month of July, which is traditionally dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus.

During this time of spiritual warfare, this time of what seems to be “dark” days, let us seek Our Lord’s protection, through His Most Precious Blood:

Lord Jesus, by faith in Your merits, I now take Your Precious Blood and sprinkle it over myself and my family right from the crown of my head to the very soles of my feet. I claim total and complete protection for my life and my family.

Lord Jesus, keep me free today from evil, sin, temptation, satan’s attacks and afflictions, fear of darkness, fear of man, sickness, diseases, doubts, anger, all calamities and from all that is not of Thy Kingdom.

Fill me Lord Jesus with the gift of Your Holy Spirit, and grant me the gift of wisdom, knowledge, understanding and discernment, so that I will live today in Your glory by doing that which is right.

I praise You, Jesus. I thank You, Jesus. Amen.

*Prayer source: MiraclesFulfilled.Blogspot.com

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on July 1, 2015 · 1 comment · Advocacies, Catholic, Motherhood, Parenting, Truly Rich Reflections

learning style

Whether or not you homeschool, I believe that finding out your child’s learning style will help you help your child to learn better. This will also help you be a better teacher and parent to your child (yes, even if you don’t homeschool, “you are your child’s first and best teacher,” as my friends from The Learning Basket like to say!).

So, to get you started, here’s an excerpt from an article that I wrote for Smart Parenting lately, dedicated to help you determine your child’s learning style:

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4 Tips to Help You Determine Your Child’s Learning Style

Learning styles play an important role in how students learn and how teachers teach. Since children — especially those who are preschool-aged and below — are taught primarily by their parents, it is also important that we know as much as we can about our children’s learning styles.

According to the Oxford Reference website, learning styles refer to “particular ways in which individuals engage in learning.”

For Teacher Tina Zamora, a family life and child development specialist, and the founder of Nest School, a child’s learning style is defined as “how he processes information around him.” They vary depending on how the child connects the information to his own life.

Fidji Rivera-Sarmiento, a special educator and mom to Boom, 8, Maxx, 5, and Naya, 4, explains, “Learning styles also overlap with Gardner’s multiple intelligences. As a teacher, and a special educator at that, they provide me with the primary ‘vehicle’ which I can use to ‘transport’ concepts. I also use learning styles to create groups in my class.”

Teacher Fidji adds, “Determining one’s learning style also helps my older students determine how they will attack and ‘hack’ lessons for better retention.”

{Click here to read the whole article on Smart Parenting’s website. Thanks for reading!}

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Image credits: Family Reading Book by David Castillo Dominici | FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on June 19, 2015 · 0 comments · Family, Homeschooling, Parenting

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I lie in bed sandwiched between my children, quietly shedding tears. I recall the events of the day (week!) that has passed. I cry in shame for all the times I have been a “monster mom” to my children, and a grumpy, complaining, “disobedient” wife to my husband.

I think about the “mission” that I believe God has called me to do — to proclaim His message of love, primarily through my blogmy (relatively) new online show, and (yes, it sounds a bit bold!) my first book, which I have started writing but still have not finished. *sighs*

And I cringe. I shudder at the thought.

Me? Host an online show? Write a book? Blog about unconditional love and acceptance, and intentional parenting, and being a “Proverbs 31 woman and wife”?

Imperfect, sinful, impatient, “monster mom” me?

I feel like such a hypocrite. A modern-day Pharisee. “Holy” on the outside, yet “rotting with sin” on the inside.

Why me, Lord? Why me? I am SO not worthy.

But then I remember this passage written by Saint Paul… {Click here to read the whole post on Catholic Mom. Thanks for reading!}

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Image credits: Morgan Sessions on Unsplash

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on June 18, 2015 · 0 comments · Advocacies, Catholic, Parenting, Truly Rich Reflections

If you’re a Catholic homeschooler like me, here is some exciting news for all of us! :) TAN Homeschool, the newest division of TAN Books, is now live online!

Here’s the description of the site based on the email I received from TAN Books two months ago:

“TAN Books has been the home of great Catholic content for over four decades, so our progression into the world of homeschooling is natural.  TAN already has a lot of specific homeschool content, including Christ the King: Lord of History, the Windeatt and Fr. Laux series, and since 2013, the beloved children’s imprint, Neumann Press.

We will continue to stock these great items, but moving forward, we will release new content.  The most exciting is our new product line, The Story of the Bible, which we anticipate will be well received by the  Catholic  homeschool world.  This series contains text books, test books, activity books, an audio drama, and a DVD lecture series to help parents teach their lessons. 

But beyond the products that we will sell, we have made it our central goal to foster a community where Catholic homeschoolers can come to receive support, encouragement, and resources.  To this end, we will manage a blog to distribute free content (including videos, e-books, and more) on a weekly basis and bring the latest news to homeschooling parents around the country.”

Screen shot from the TAN Homeschool homepage

Screen shot from the TAN Homeschool homepage

Incidentally, I got that email because I was invited to be a contributor to TAN Homeschool! Praise God! :) I was supposed to write about this earlier, but as you know from my previous post, I’ve been pretty busy.

Anyway, do visit the site! Here’s the welcome message from Connor Gallagher, one of the people behind TAN Homeschool (from their “About” page):

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Ready to browse through TAN Homeschool now? Click here. :)

Before I “go,” here’s a question for you: What kind of topics do you want me to write about for TAN Homeschool? I need your help, friends! :) Please leave a comment, OK?

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on June 12, 2015 · 2 comments · Advocacies, Catholic, Homeschooling, Writing

I haven’t been “around” here lately, I know, and there are many reasons behind my “absence.”

For one thing, work and chores (well, life in general actually) have been keeping me busy, and while there are SO many things to write/blog about over here, they will have to wait for a while.

Another reason is that I have been struggling with something lately — and I’m “confessing” it again to y’all here, hence, the “keeping it real” part of this post’s title. (Read this Facebook post to know what it is, and the accompanying article. Then, please, come back here and say a little prayer for me, won’t you?)

This sin, this weakness that has been like “a thorn in my flesh,” as Saint Paul states in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, has been keeping me from writing here, because I feel very much like a hypocrite these days. (Again, keeping it real here.)

So, while I try to finish everything that I need to do for work this week and resolve to be a better person and mother, and take the necessary action steps to be such, please feel free to read my other articles that have been published recently elsewhere around the web:

On Smart Parenting:

Positive Discipline

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Positive Discipline: How to Say No Without Saying No

5 Tips to Raising an Independent Preschooler

Back-to-School Preparations

9 More Books to Help Prepare Your Child for School

8 Tips to Help Your Child Prepare for the Opening of School

5 Ways to Help Your Child Set School Goals

On Make It Blissful:

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The Power of a Praying Mom

On World Moms Blog:

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3 Ways to be a More Intentional Mom: Beat Your Facebook Addiction

Ironically, most of what I have written applies to me perfectly right now — I need to practice positive discipline, need to get the kids back to a “school routine,” need to help them set goals for their studies, need to be a more prayerful and intentional mom! Ha! Talk about practicing what you preach, yes? ;)

Anyway, I pray these articles/posts will be helpful to you somehow! Till my next post here (hopefully, that will be soon!). God bless, everyone!

P.S. Before I “go,” here’s an inspiring image and quote from Kate of CentsationalGirl.com — yes to being offline more so we can live more fully!

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What’s been keeping you busy lately? Let’s chat in the comments!

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on June 6, 2015 · 2 comments · My Articles, Updates