May 1st, 2014
In June, we could visit 29 states!
June 13-14 – Hartford, CT – The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers (TEACH)
June 26-28 – Dallas, TX – Teach Them Diligently
Places We Might Visit
Week of June 8 – Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and New England States
Week of June 15 – States East of the Mississippi
Week of June 22 – Midwest and Plains States
Week of June 29 – Plains States and Southeast
April 28th, 2014
A reader says their family dynamics get “tough” over this:
I have two sons who tend “not to hear” my direction/instruction. I often wonder if I’m the voice of one calling out in an empty desert. *sigh* Any ideas on how to direct/instruct and remain calm when I’m trying to get down to only saying it once?
We share your concern that kids sometimes seem intent on disregarding our directions. It’s dangerous to them, it is an inconvenience and frustration to us, and if it’s a matter of disobedience, it’s sin. Children are specifically commanded by God to obey their parents, and willful disobedience is a very serious matter in the eyes of the Lord (Ephesians 6:1-3). Continue reading »
April 26th, 2014
Having toddlers and preschoolers in the house while you’re trying to get anything else done isn’t easy. It’s really one of the hardest times of life. I remember people telling me, “Just wait ’til they’re teens! You think it’s hard now…” I felt sick. I couldn’t take any harder than it was right then. Even going to the store was a two hour production by the time I got everyone dressed, found all the shoes, changed the baby’s diaper, fed the baby, changed the baby’s diaper again – and his clothes. You know how it goes! It’s hard! Incredibly sweet and precious, but hard!
So, how to do you cope? How do you get anything done?
Corral them! Continue reading »
April 24th, 2014
God made us in His image and one part of that is the desire to create, to build, to bring order. Most boys love building sets. After raising six sons and having literal decades of birthdays and Christmases, there are more Legos in our house than at Wal-Mart! Lots more. All over the place. Ouch!
Here’s an amazing video your boys are going to love. This Rube Goldberg contraction was made entirely of Legos and took 600 hours to build. I hope someone paid him to do it! Continue reading »
April 23rd, 2014
I was so excited to see that Caroline Allen’s new Character Badges curriculum was a part of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! I’ve heard Caroline talking about it and I’ve been wanting to take a look at it.
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April 16th, 2014
The message started, “[I] desperately need advice …”
… My almost six year old always blames me or someone else for his behavior. We are very big on teaching our children accountability. It can be small and big things. Yesterday, I told him he had to put on a coat to go outside. He preceded to says “Okay, it’s your fault I am going to be hot.” I said, “Well, put on a coat or don’t go outside, your choice.” So the tears and disrespect and bad attitude started. And it was all my fault. And this lasted the rest of the day. Today it was because he had to clean up his toys. Is this normal behavior?
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April 14th, 2014
Our children, boys and girls, have really enjoyed the books written by our friend, Susan K. Marlow. We were first introduced to her when she donated a short story in her Circle C Adventures series to a Facebook Party we had. Our daughter loved the story, so we decided to buy her the books for Christmas that year. They were a big hit, so when Susan asked us if we’d like to see her new series focusing on boys, we said, “Sure!”
The Goldtown Adventures follow Jem Coulter, a twelve year old boy, during the waning days of the California Gold Rush. Jem’s father is sheriff, which is a challenging job in the 1860s in the West! These books are full of just the kind of things boys love – excitement, adventure, doing real things, making do.
I recommend you read these, too. Continue reading »
April 11th, 2014
A mom approached us at a conference, “I just can’t get my son to concentrate!” she said. We asked her to explain.
“Well, he does pretty well until about half-way through the morning, then he just loses focus! I tell him, ‘Look, we only have three more subjects! Buckle down and concentrate and we’ll be completely done with school by lunchtime.”
“How’s that working out?” one of us asked, feeling pretty sure what she was going to say.
“It’s NOT!!!! We can’t even finish ONE more subject!”
We hear that a lot this time of year.
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March 27th, 2014
A sweet mama came up to us in tears at last weekend’s conference. She wailed, “I can’t do everything I’m supposed to!”
The question we wanted to ask her is “Who told you that you were supposed to do all that?”
Yeah, it’s true. There’s a lot you really are supposed to be doing – like discipling your family, keeping the kids safe and fed, and keeping the house somewhat hygienic. That is tough enough. It’s all we manage many days! What we’re concerned about, though, is the huge burden homeschooling parents are feeling to somehow do a whole lot more than that. Where do these burdens come from? Who told you that you were supposed to do all that?
The Teflon Teacher? Continue reading »