Planning A Christ-Centered Thanksgiving

by Hal | 11/17/2014 | 0 comments

  Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays! It’s one of the least commercialized and mangled holidays of our culture. Even the name points people toward the God who gives good gifts. It’s fascinating talking about Thanksgiving with our children. The Pilgrims were really people a lot like us: they were principled Christians who were…
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November 10th, 2014

Veteran’s Day Subscriber Freebie!

by Hal and Melanie Young | 0 comments

Veteran’s Day is one of those holidays everyone has heard of, but few people seem to know much about. This subscriber freebie changes all that…

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All you need to do is sign up for our encouraging newsletter and you get our great Veteran’s Day Celebration Guide for Families. It has links to songs, recipes, and tons of history, but best of all, it has three great freebies of our own – a printable and two audios (one fiction and one historical)! You’ll love it!

November 3rd, 2014

Why Off-Year Elections Are Important Too

by Hal | 0 comments

Tomorrow is our infamous “off year election,” where local elections are in focus and the president watches returns to see whether he finishes his term with a friendly Congress or an opposition in control.

Voter turnout is always lower when The Big Prize is not on the ballot. That’s a huge opportunity for the party faithful to try and swing the election with fewer voters to convince. Historically, the party which doesn’t occupy the Oval Office will gain seats in the House and Senate. That’s one reason the race for our Senate seat from North Carolina, which involves a first-term U.S. senator being challenged by a state senator, has become the most expensive senate campaign in history.

 

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But besides that, our district’s ballot includes elections for a congressman, state senator and state representative, the county sheriff and district attorney, three commissioners, and a bevy of judges and local officials.

Why should we be concerned about all these local and state elections? Because the candidates vying for national office usually started with something much smaller:

  • Andrew Jackson started as a district judge in Tennessee
  • Grover Cleveland was the sheriff of Erie County, New York
  • Calvin Coolidge was mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Harry S Truman was first elected as a county court judge in Missouri

Some started in state offices…

  • George Washington and Thomas Jefferson first served in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
  • Abraham Lincoln started in the Illinois state house and Barack Obama, in the state senate.
  • Theodore Roosevelt was first elected as a New York state assemblyman, and Franklin Roosevelt, in the state senate.
  • Bill Clinton was Arkansas’ attorney general
  • A total of seventeen presidents, including Clinton, Reagan, George W. Bush, both Roosevelts, and Thomas Jefferson, served as governor of their state

In fact, only three presidents had never held elected office before – Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight D. Eisenhower (all three retired generals). (There is an interesting list here.)

Think seriously about the choices you make “down the ballot.” Those offices are important today, and those races will shape the choices your children have for President or Congress down the road. You might look at your county council or district attorney’s race and decide, “No national prospects there!” –and statistically speaking, you’re probably right—but remember those are the kind of men and women who end up on candidate search committees, platform committees, and nomination votes. Those people may not appear on the ballot later–instead, they may have a hand in who does appear.

All races are important–don’t ignore them. Please, go vote.

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Tonight on our podcast, Making Biblical Family Life Practical, we’ll be talking about how to teach your children about government and liberty! Listen live at 9pm Eastern or download from the archives later…

October 24th, 2014

Celebrating a Year Podcasting!

by Hal and Melanie Young | 0 comments

It’s hard to believe we’ve been podcasting for a year! Our show, Making Biblical Family Life Practical, has been great fun! We’ve talked about raising boys, homeschooling when you feel like a failure, about how men can love their wives better, family businesses, staying Christian in college, and lots of other stuff relevant to family like yours and ours.

Did you know most of our shows are live? Unfiltered? We love to just have a conversation with each other and with you guys. Our favorite episodes are the ones where we interview guests or take your questions. It’s not the best part, though…

 

 

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The best part is when we meet you guys, our listeners! We love to have you come up at conferences and tell us you’ve been listening and somehow the Lord has used it in your lives. That’s a huge encouragement to us!

It’s not just our show that’s a year old – our whole network, the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, is a year old! It’s been blessing homeschool families with fun, informative, and encouraging radio broadcasts every single week. All of our shows can be 1) played through the internet 2) downloaded to your computer or 3) subscribed to in iTunes as a podcast.

As a newsletter subscriber for the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, you can get free audios sent to you every single week through email which makes it super easy to try listening. All of our shows are free!

As we celebrate our one year anniversary, several of the show hosts are joining together to offer a spectacular Anniversary Giveaway – you can win an iPad Mini!

Enjoy an iPad MINI on us! Participating Shows are listed in this Giveaway form.

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There’s an entire year of totally free podcasts that talk about every aspect of homeschooling — planning, curriculum, children, marriage and more! It’s an exciting line-up of shows! This is a thank you for all of you who are current listeners OR those of you finding us for the first time!

Here is a snap shot of our current shows:

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And Here is our GIVEAWAY!

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October 19th, 2014

Here’s a Holiday Treat

by Hal and Melanie Young | 0 comments

Hey friends, what do you think about when you think about the holidays?

Family, traditions, food, truth. God’s gifts. Memories. So much good stuff.

So many of our memories involve food and family and stories – true stories. That’s one reason we put together our Thanksgiving book, We Gather Together, and our Christmas book, Christ-Centered Christmas. We wanted to help other families create good memories that would draw their children to God.

When you’re making all those great recipes, here’s an awesome piece of cookware to give you a hand! We’re having a giveaway with the Inspired Blogger Network!

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During this season of Thanksgiving, the Inspired Bloggers Network is full of gratitude for our readers. Without the faithful support of those who follow us on our blogs and social media, we would be unable to do what we love. So, thank you!

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Disclosure: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Must be 18 or older to enter. US only. Giveaway is open from October 19, 2014 through November 2, 2014 11:59 PM PST. Winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond or forfeit the prize to another winner. Prizes will be shipped directly from the vendor to the winner no later than one week after the winner’s verification.

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October 16th, 2014

Keeping An Eye on Competitive Sports

by Hal | 0 comments

Over the years, our six boys tried basketball, soccer, baseball, and finally football – which is where most of them settled in. Along the way we learned a few things that make a big difference in the experience for your kids and for the whole family.

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First, understand sports and competition are not un-Christian! Paul frequently describes the Christian walk as a race – “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race …” and “I do not count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy …” (2 Timothy 4:7 and Acts 20:24).  Continue reading »

October 3rd, 2014

How Do I Talk to My Children About These Things?

by Hal and Melanie Young | 0 comments

Here’s what I struggle with: How do I prepare my young boys in case they are exposed to porn without destroying their innocence? 

It is a struggle at young ages, but it’s so important. A mom recently told us she discovered her 8 or 9 year old was getting up in the middle of the night to watch porn on her tablet. Another mom said her 7 year old was exposed to porn by a 10 year old neighbor. Yet another collapsed in tears at a conference describing how her 5 year old had been molested by a ten year old neighbor.

How horrifying! Obviously if children this young are being exposed to this stuff, we need to prepare them. How can we do that without taking away their innocence?

How to Talk to and Protect Kids From Porn

Be age appropriate. A young child doesn’t need the full bore explanation an older child does. “We shouldn’t be looking at pictures of people who are naked. We shouldn’t ever take pictures like that, either.”

Use Biblical context. Continue reading »

October 1st, 2014

When They Ask Hard Questions About Spiritual Things…

by Hal and Melanie Young | 0 comments

What can we as parents do to help OUR faith become OUR BOYS’ faith?

As my son goes into the age if double digits, (10 yrs old soon) I worry about him losing his faith. How do I help him look to God more and not less?

These moms are right to be concerned. We read the other day that 42% of people raised in Christian homes who have left the faith first had doubts in middle school. This shouldn’t surprise us because this is a stage that more of us wrestle with spiritual doubt.

RRM Dealing with Spiritual Doubts in Boys

Doubts are common in nine to thirteen year olds. It’s a perfect storm. Continue reading »

September 18th, 2014

Launching Family Business Greenhouse

by Hal and Melanie Young | 0 comments

People often ask us how they can start a family business like we did. The problem is that they need to start a family business like only they can!

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One day we were visiting with some dear friends and talking about the need to help families who want the freedom and flexibility both our families had as entrepreneurs. We decided what they need more than anything is mentorship. Continue reading »

September 15th, 2014

Courtship: Should There Be Only One Suitor?

by Hal and Melanie Young | 7 comments

We were very surprised to find that many parents who are teaching courtship to their children are expecting (and telling their children!) that there will only be one suitor in their future. We see some real problems with this.

Courtship One Suitor

Imagine this: Marc has a female friend he’s known for years. Recently, he’s begun to realize what a good wife she would make and how much he enjoys her friendship. He talks to his parents who agree this looks like a wise course, then he calls her dad and makes an appointment to talk to him. He tells her father how much he appreciates his friend and how he’d like an opportunity to try to win her heart.

“Son, I have the highest respect for you,” the dad replies. “You’re a good man and would make a great husband, but last night, Brent asked me for permission to court my daughter. Now, I don’t want her to be hurt or have any confusion, so I don’t want you to tell her about your interest. I’m sorry.” Continue reading »

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