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Talking to Teens About Ashley Madison, Josh Duggar, and The Rest

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Years ago when Bill Clinton’s scandals were news, I hated to listen to the radio in the car because I constantly had to be ready to turn it off or explain awkward things on the way to homeschool P.E. If you have teens, though, there’s just no way to turn off the constant stream of…
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Rivalry and Unity
Building Family Unity

Friday, August 21st, 2015

What can we do to build positive relationships in our family? How can we create a home life which encourages a sense of unity and teamwork, rather than constant competition and rivalry?

Rivalry and Unity
Getting Along With Siblings

Monday, August 17th, 2015

If you have siblings, you probably have rivalry. It’s a natural, human thing, and it’s plain from Scripture that it’s an expression of our fallen human nature. Think about Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers … and that’s just in Genesis. It’s a problem–and something God wants us to deal with it….
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Coming of Age Ceremonies
6. Taking The Next Steps

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

In this series, we’ve talked about why a formal “coming of age” ceremony can be useful. We discussed ideas about who to invite, who to have as a presenter, and what sort of presentation to have. Last post, we talked about the role of celebration – what sort of entertainment and fellowship you might include….
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Coming of Age:
5. Celebration is Part of the Ceremony, Too!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

At our sons’ coming-of-age ceremonies, we aim to gather the wisdom of significant men in the young man’s life and offer encouragement, welcome, and exhortation in a public, family-oriented setting.   But it’s not all teaching and ritual. Another thing we do is invite our guests to rejoice in this time of growth. Our family’s birthday celebrations…
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Coming of Age Ceremonies 3. What Would You Say To A Young New Adult?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

In our family, we believe it’s helpful to set a particular time in a young man’s life to begin transitioning him to adult roles. We talked about our reasons here, and explained who we involve in that formal time of recognition, here.    We want to impress on the young man that these new expectations…
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Coming of Age Ceremonies 2. Who We Invite

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

We described the idea of a formal coming-of-age ceremony here. We’ve done this with all six of our sons, and in a few years we’ll consider how to celebrate our eldest daughter! One of the earliest questions to answer is the form the ceremony should take … and therefore, who to invite? Since we’re totally at…
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Not Just Tacos – Wow!

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

  A few months ago, our friend Shirley Solis gave us a copy of her new book, Not Just Tacos: A Journey into the World of Authentic Latin American Cuisine. I have pretty high standards for cookbooks. We have many of them, but just a few that we go to again and again: The Joy of…
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Friday, April 24th, 2015

I remember several years ago when we were brainstorming what to ask in the annual survey North Carolinians for Home Education asked at our annual conference. Hal said, “Let’s ask what causes the most stress for homeschool moms. Is it teaching math? Or struggling learners? Or worries about high school? Or what?” Melanie stared at…
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Save on Hotels with Christian Hospitality Networks

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

We travel a lot. No, really, a LOT. As authors and speakers, we’re on the road more months than we’re home now. We used to picture speakers as those glamorous people who flew in to the conference, stayed in the nicest rooms, and had everything taken care of. Then we became speakers. We didn’t want to…
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