Teen Romance: This Could Get Serious (1)

by Hal | 2/11/2016 | 1 comment

Recently we wrote about how to effectively parent a pre-teen son with a crush. It’s not a real, mature sort of Christian love, but a 11- or 12-year-old doesn’t realize that … it’s feels real to him! So we recommend you take it seriously enough to talk about relationships, not just laugh him off. An…
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February 8th, 2016

Titus 2 Lessons from a Friend’s Funeral

by Hal and Melanie Young | 2 comments

Last week, one of my friends lost her battle with cancer and went home to be with the Lord. Monday afternoon, while I was sitting at her funeral, the Lord gripped my heart hard.

My friend Cathy was a true Titus 2 woman.

You couldn’t know Cathy without knowing she was a Christian. She loves Jesus and it shined all over her. It was clearly the most important thing in her life. That love made her love for her husband and four boys even stronger.

Cathy was one of the founders of our local homeschool support group. We served there together for many years. Over those twenty years of leadership, she counseled young mothers not just about homeschooling, but about marriage, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and parenting. She was the wise older woman for hundreds of young families in our county. She could hardly go to the store without meeting someone whose life she had spoken into.


RRM Titus 2 Lessons from a Funeral


It was heart-wrenching to look up front to see her husband and boys lined up on the front row, to see the grandbaby she would never see grow up, her son and his fiance that would miss her at their wedding.

What wrenched me even more, though, was to look around the congregation. There were only about a dozen of us from our homeschool group there. A dozen, not hundreds.

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February 6th, 2016

Quick Call on Big Game Commercials

by Hal | 5 comments

If you can tell a story in 30 seconds and you had $4.5 million to do it, you could have bought a commercial spot during the Big Game this year.

If you’re like the rest of us, you may be looking forward to the explosion of persuasive creativity which plays out this weekend.

Commercials are the shortest narrative form I know. In half a minute, they can introduce characters, hint at their back stories, play out a drama on the screen, and sell underarm deodorant or tortillas chips, too. All in thirty seconds.

RRM Big Game Commercials

However, experience has taught us to watch the Big Game with a hand on the remote. We always have a fallback position – the Weather Channel is usually safe – so if a commercial or halftime presentation seems to be heading somewhere we don’t want to take our kids, we can hop over to something benign for a few seconds.

Here’s a quick review of many – not all – of the Big Money :-) commercials!

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February 3rd, 2016

Do You Know Where This Road Began?

by Hal | 0 comments

Someone once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up someplace else.”

The problem is that sometimes we know where we want to go, but we find ourselves off course before we realize it’s happening. 


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In southwest Virginia, there is a nine-mile stretch between Fort Chiswell and Wytheville where Interstate 77 and Interstate 81 share the same roadway. For a short distance, you can actually be following I-77 North and I-81 South at the same time.

At that point, you’re actually driving due west.

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January 29th, 2016

Movie Review – The Finest Hours Was Time Well Spent

by Hal | 0 comments

This is the story of “the most daring rescue” ever conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard – and I’d highly recommend it for families with young men.

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January 27th, 2016

It’s a Shame…

by Hal and Melanie Young | 0 comments

We’ve all seen them: the viral videos of parents smashing their kids’ computers or sharing their stupid mistakes. Some of them are pretty funny and most of us have been tempted to do something outrageous some time or another, but is this really a good idea?

Public shame has been a form of punishment throughout history. Remember the pillory, where they would put offenders in the stocks in the public square to be mocked by passersby? It may or may not have been effective, reports vary, but it’s making a comeback, fueled by social media.

Parents Public Shaming

We get that it’s hard when your teens seem like they’re getting out of control, but we don’t think shaming, even just sharing on your own newsfeed, is a good place to go for a number of reasons.

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January 25th, 2016

Love, Infatuation, and the Pre-Teen Crush

by Hal | 2 comments

Boys will be boys, they say, which is usually an excuse for any sort of foolishness short of downright criminality. It should come as no surprise when a young man begins to notice that young women are different in ways that seem interesting rather than irritating. There’s nothing wrong in that – God created the differences and celebrates them in Scripture – but like everything in life, there are side paths, crossroads, pit falls, and traps that we need to guide our sons through and around.

What do you say to a boy with a crush?

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January 20th, 2016

How Do You Sort Out Conflicting Stories?

by Hal | 0 comments

One of our webinar participants asked a simple but significant question:

When two children have an argument, how do you determine the truth when the two disagree?

What do you do when you get two different stories?

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“Mama, would you please lower the boom on somebody?”

Often when the kids have a disagreement, we only find out because someone has “run to tell” – in other words, they want to call down some parental thunder on their mean old brother’s head. Usually, though, they haven’t followed Jesus’ directions about dealing with offensive people:

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January 13th, 2016

When Your Boys Gang Up On Each Other

by Hal | 1 comment

A mom with several boys asked us, “How do you handle the constant ganging-up on each other?”

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January 5th, 2016

Convention Season – Should You Go?

by Hal | 0 comments

2012 HEAV Booth 2When our eldest was just one, we went to our first homeschool convention – in a picnic shelter (really!) in Modesto, California. It was so exciting to talk to homeschoolers and to look through all the books. We knew we wanted to homeschool and this little taste of it just whet our appetites. We’ve only missed going to a homeschool convention once in the twenty-five years since then!

It’s true the Internet has changed things. It’s easier to get information and easier to “talk” to other homeschoolers than ever before. You can even download workshop sessions from your favorite speakers whenever you like.

So why should you go to a live homeschool convention?

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