Talking with Your Kids about Worldview and Pop Culture

 

As parents, we’re all well aware that popular culture can be a minefield for tweens and teens. Thankfully, homeschooling can often afford us a better chance of guiding our kids through the tough issues as we teach them to think critically for themselves outside the sphere of peer pressure. Keeping the lines of communication open as we build relationships with our kids is critical.

Even with that advantage, it can be difficult to know and understand all of the issues they face with the constantly changing dynamics of pop culture. Did you ever wish you had a translator who could make you aware of all the latest challenges while also giving you the tools you need to talk to your kids about it? What about a way to distill Christian worldview for your tweens and teens so they know why they believe what they believe and how it impacts their life choices?

That’s where Axis steps in and gives you the tools to do exactly that!

Free resources to help you talk to your tweens and teens about pop culture and Christian worldview from Axis.org

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Axis.org. I was not obligated to give a positive review and all opinions are my own. I was compensated for my time.

What is Axis?

Simply put, Axis is a cultural translation team. It was founded in 2006 by two friends, Jeremiah Callihan and David Eaton, who were concerned about the exodus of young people from the Christian faith. They set about seeing what they could do to examine the problem and offer solutions. It has grown to become an expanding mission field to reach kids and young adults from ages 11-22 with the Biblical worldview that they can directly apply to their own lives and choices amidst the lures of pop culture. Axis talks to kids on their own level, not dumbing down or watering down the message, but making it approachable and practical to kids where they are. Axis also offers tools to parents, churches, youth groups, homeschoolers, and Christian schools to share the message and help youth leaders and parents directly address the pop culture issues that these tweens and teens face.

Axis explains their mission this way:

Our strategy is simple, yet incredibly unique: We are culture translators. Being aware of the pulse of culture allows us to bridge the gap between generations by translating pop culture into the ideas it espouses for younger generations, while explaining and interpreting youth culture in ways that older generations understand. By speaking the languages of both generations, we bring common ground and open the way for understanding.

Here is a sampling of the tools they provide:

Axis Virtual ~ a monthly online subscription with multimedia videos, presentations, curricula, and interviews with experts that you can watch with your kids and discuss together.

The Culture Translator ~ receive this free newsletter by email and get an overview of the current events in pop culture, including social media, movies, music, and TV. You’ll be well prepared to talk to your kids about it from a Biblical worldview.

Live Presentations ~ Axis has traveling teams that offer presentations to Christian schools and youth groups in person.

They cover all of the controversial issues in the news today — from gender to the sanctity of life to the power of social media and more. Though the topics are heavy, Axis addresses them with hope and the enthusiasm to share the truth that sets us free.

I can appreciate the idea that knowledge is power, and as Christians we have the truth with which to fight the lies of pop culture. Axis helps empower both young adults and their families to do that.

Free Worldview and Pop Culture Resources from Axis

Axis is offering a free download of their ebook How to Talk with Your Kids about Pop Culture. It’s a great starting place to help you realize exactly how pervasive pop culture is for young adults and how dismal the statistics are if we don’t step in and do something to help them cultivate a Biblical worldview. There is no obligation to download the ebook and I highly recommend it for all Christian parents.

You can also sign up for their free e-newsletter The Culture Translator.

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How to Talk with Your Kids about Pop Culture free ebook download from Axis.org

 

 

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I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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5 Reasons You Should Write a Homeschool Blog

Since you’re reading here, you already know the purpose behind homeschool blogs.  They can entertain, inform, encourage, and inspire.  We’re glad you stop by The Homeschool Post for a healthy dose of all of those things.

But why should you personally start your own blog?  You might feel that the blogosphere is already a very big place and you have nothing to contribute.  It’s true there are many blogs out there, but it’s not true that you don’t have your own personal contribution to make.  I have found new blogs to read and enjoy every year through the HSBA Awards.  Each blogger brings their own unique perspective to the topic of homeschooling.

5 Reasons to Write a Homeschool Blog

Here are 5 good reasons why you should start blogging about your homeschool experience (or continue blogging when you feel discouraged):
  1. It’s free!  You have nothing to lose by starting a blog on Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, or other free blogging platform.  The design doesn’t have to be fancy.  You can get started immediately, too.
  2. Accountability and record keeping.  For those who live in regulated states, a blog can help keep track of those projects you might forget when filling out your paperwork.  It can provide a timeline of learning and help you assemble a portfolio for review.  If you’re like me and get easily distracted by the urgent to-do lists, it also keeps you accountable to actually finish some projects that get put aside from time to time.
  3. It can become a family keepsake, like a homeschool yearbook.  Having a blog can help you remember to take more pictures, get them uploaded, and put them together in an online/digital yearbook format for your kids.  The archive is automatically kept for you through the years and can be really fun to look back through.  There are also options to actually print your blog in book format if you choose.
  4. Blogging provides a way to actively participate in the online homeschool community, especially for those who don’t have local options available to them.  There are groups on Facebook, blog hops, , carnivals, curriculum reviews, and more to provide interaction with fellow homeschoolers.  We can all learn from each other!
  5. Validation.  Ever feel alone in your homeschool journey?  Overwhelmed by all the pressures and expectations as wife, mom, teacher, housekeeper, cook, and so on?  Blogging about it and reading about on other blogs can help put things in perspective and make you feel less alone.  When someone leaves a blog comment to let you know you struck a chord with them or they like your ideas and are going to try them in their homeschool, it’s often like a virtual hug or high-five.  That’s not something homeschool moms get on a regular basis for doing what we do.

Do any of these reasons resonate with you?

 

Still not sure how or where to begin?  There are popular and affordable online courses offered by Blogelina and Blog Clarity to get you started.  You can also read e-books like Simple Blogging, Blog at Home Mom, and iBlog for tips and tricks.

 

Sara (148 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Homeschooling with Pinterest

 

Everyone knows that Pinterest is a great visual organizer for recipes, crafts, and DIY ideas, but are you using it to its full potential for homeschooling?

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Pinterest has become a favorite tool for many homeschool families, including some of our team here at The Homeschool Post.   We’ve collected some of our best tips and ideas for homeschooling with Pinterest to share with you today:

Davonne shares some ideas for organizing your thoughts and project ideas on Pinterest in her post, Pinterest Organization.

Renee has two posts covering some of her favorites ~ Pinterest boards for Gifted Learners and Favorite Pin Boards.

Misty shares her post, My Favorite Homeschool Pins on Pinterest.

Want to do a geography unit study?  Pinterest can be a great place to start, as Robin shares in her post Geography Lapbooks and a Pinterest Board.

I wrote a post about how I use Pinterest for homeschooling without getting overwhelmed in Pinterest with Purpose: How I Use Pinterest for Homeschooling.

We hope these ideas are helpful!  You can follow The Homeschool Post on Pinterest to see more of our homeschooling pins, too.

Visit The Homeschool Post’s profile on Pinterest.

Are you homeschooling with Pinterest?  Leave us your ideas in the comments or link up your blog posts in our Homeschool Blog and Tell!

 

Happy pinning,

 

Sara (148 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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