7 Reasons You Should Homeschool

I could write a thousand reasons to homeschool, but you probably don't have time to read that kind of list. Someone asked me last week, "So, what made you decided to homeschool?" She was considering it. People are curious. Perhaps you've thought about homeschooling. Here are a few of my reasons: 1.  I like being with my kids. I ...

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Raising Children When It’s Hard: My Reason Determines My Method

Originally published in 2012. We look happy, don't we? We are. Sometimes. But not all the time. There's something funny and horrible about the Internet--we can reveal or hide anything we want to about our lives. And the ones reading are comparing their worst days to our best days. The Internet might possibly be responsible for a ...

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What Do We Do With Trials? My Utmost for His Highest.

What Do We Do With Trials

Oswald Chambers writes: "…that you may know what is the hope of His calling… —Ephesians 1:18 Remember that you have been saved so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in your body (see 2 Corinthians 4:10). Direct the total energy of your powers so that you may achieve everything your election as a child of God ...

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6 Things Your Child Needs From You Today

6 Things Your Child Needs From You Today

There are things society (read: adult peer pressure) tells us we need to give our children, and then there are the things they really, truly need. Problem is, we can get so busy doing the former that we don't have time for the latter. Live wisely. Your children need you to: have time to listen. And smile. And ...

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Homeschool Mom Tells How Health Struggles Challenged Her Expectations

Guest post by Jenny Ervin “What would you do if I died?” This was the question that I had to put to my husband last summer as we considered our schooling plans for the next year. Having been home educated myself during the “pioneer days” and always taught our own children ages 17 down to 2, this ...

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7 Myths of a Full Time Homemaker

7 Myths of a Full Time Homemaker

Myth #1:  "You're wasting your college education." I've been told that before. (It could be argued that college was the waste. But, I digress.) When I was a high school English teacher, teaching the children of perfect strangers, I was awesome. When I came home and started teaching my own children, I was a waste. G.K. Chesterton ...

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If You Want to Give up on Mother’s Day: Lessons From the Garden

If You Want to Give up on Mother

Spring. Fresh rain falling on soft ground, life sprouting, cool breeze, all is beautiful and new. A mother holds her fresh baby, life bursting forth from her own body. Was there ever anything more beautiful and new? Tender shoots that need tender care, watering, hoeing, weeding, protecting from hungry animals, the constant watch of a careful gardener. Bone tired, ...

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Socialization (Homeschooling & Peers): I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means

Socialization (Homeschooling & Peers) I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means

"But they need to be with friends their own age." Her eyes revealed the earnestness with which she believed her words. She wanted to homeschool, but.... Homeschooling or not, too many parents have a deeply-ingrained belief about peers that is not only incorrect, but extremely damaging. I feel emboldened to say that peer dependency (and our encouragement ...

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When Your Extended Family Doesn’t Agree With Your Life Choices

When Your Extended Family Doesn

If you homeschool, or have more than the average number of children, or don't let your children date for fun, you should probably just wear a t-shirt that says, "Two headed monster." Or get a clown nose. That way, you can just do all your friends and family a favor and address the fat elephant in ...

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The Kingdom Choice of Raising Children

"The efforts which a mother makes for the improvement of her child in knowledge and virtue, are necessarily retired and unobtrusive. The world knows nothing of them; and hence the world has been slow to perceive how powerful and extensive is this secret and silent influence....the influence which is exerted upon the mind during the first ...

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