Podcast

Four Reasons You Need to Change Your Parenting Style
Our oldest son shook his head, sadly. “You never would have let me do that,” he said, watching a younger sibling. We had to admit, he had a point. When he was that age, we were new parents, full of theories but short on experience. He was Offspring 1.0, and parenting was still something of…
Bullied Into Buying: Grownup Peer Pressure
Homeschooling allowed us to raise kids that were not peer-dominated, not bullied, not searching for affirmation and validation from every direction. Hooray! The problem is, we parents were not raised that way, and guess what? Often we're the ones with peer group problems.   How Does This Happen? One of the great doctrines of the New Testament is the…
Motivating Your Kids
One of the frequent questions we get asked is how to get kids motivated. How do you get them out of bed, off the couch, and taking care of their responsibilities? The negative answer is obvious, and most of us have probably said something like this, one time or another: “You can't get on the…
Welcome to Rough House!
  We have six boys (some of them grown now), and back when they were little, Melanie got a surprise. (more…)
Simple, Practical Ways to Get Rid of Whining
We all love our kids but there's something that nearly every parent struggles with, something nearly every child does sometimes, and something which some kids do all the time. WHINING. Oh, that awful sound. It's no surprise when a baby cries, and it shouldn't surprise us that a young child whines. A baby has to…
Preparing for Christ-Centered Holidays
  The holidays are rapidly approaching, and while we all enjoy the feasts and the fun, there's so much more than that. The trick, really, is remembering why we celebrate, being sure to teach that to our kids, and somehow figuring out how to plan a big family celebration without losing sight of the One who…
Planning Your New Homeschool Year
Planning ... it doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? When we look back at our more than two decades of homeschooling, though, we see that the years we planned well were much more productive than the years we flew by the seat of our pants. It’s not that hard, really. The most important thing is…
The Podcast: George Rogers Clark and the Conquest of the Northwest
This week's episode from Hero Tales is the remarkable story of how George Rogers Clark and a few dozen backwoodsmen captured the Northwest Territory from the British during the Revolutionary War.  Theodore Roosevelt relates how Clark led his men through the icy floodwaters of the Wabash River to surprise the British outpost of Vincennes, among…
The Podcast:
George Washington
One of my favorite Founders is George Washington. There's a whole mythology that sprung up around him, sure, but the reality is just as fascinating and more edifying. Two excellent biographies I've enjoyed are Joseph P. Ellis' His Excellency, George Washington and Richard Brookhiser's Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington.  He really was a man of strong…

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