Do You Need to “Mom-Up”? (A Strategy for Discouragement)

Do You Need to Mom Up

Sometimes I feel like a wimp as a mom. Especially a homeschooling mom. I go to bed at night thinking of all the things I should have done, and shouldn’t have done, and how the older I get, the less I feel like I know what I’m doing. I get overwhelmed, thinking about the messes, the […]

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Easter, as Described by Screwtape (C.S. Lewis)

easter

“For all practical purposes, death has died. There has never been a more disastrous day in the history of the universe.” (Satan’s servant, Screwtape, to his nephew, Wormwood) From my favorite book, The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis: My Dear Wormwood, Now I am obliged to write to you about the most uncomfortable subject. […]

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Stretching Your Money in the Kitchen: Creative Ways to Use Left Overs

Stretching Your Money in the Kitchen Creative Ways to Use Left Overs

I love scrimping. Well, not scrimping, but seeing how far I can stretch a dollar. Even though Americans are known as the most wasteful of the world, I like to think we homemakers can redeem that stereotype with a little creativity. Saving money in the kitchen is one of the best places to start.  You can reduce […]

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Dear Mom: You’re Not Doing a Bad Job. How to Relax and Find Your Joy.

Dear Mom You

Was it the Internet that completely changed the way we parent? That ability to not only look into everyone else’s lives, but also to mask what everyone sees about your life–posting, pinning and publishing only the happy times, the highlights and beautiful moments, creating the facade that those define all our lives. Add to that we […]

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Walking Through the Storm (What Really Matters)

Walking Through the Storm (What Really Matters)

Many of you walked with us on our journey through the horrific storm of April 27 2011. Keri at A Happy Home Media asked me last week to share the story with her listeners. She and her husband did an amazing job helping bring the story to life (truly, the special effects are chilling). My heart […]

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This is What You Need if You are the Parent of a Difficult Child

This is What You Need if You are the Parent of a Difficult Child

I am the parent of a difficult child. If you are too, you know the exhaustion, the tears, the feelings of helplessness and the cycles of prayer/throwing hands up/let’s-try-again talks. You know the extra burden of feeling like you are often not emotionally (or physically) available to your other children because of the intensity of […]

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Raising Wise Adults Starts When They’re Young

Raising Wise Adults Starts When They

When I hear someone talking about “kids these days” or lamenting social problems brought on by adults who make foolish decisions, I want to ask this: “But how do you feel about a child’s earliest training? How important is it for parents to be there carefully guiding their young children as the foundations of all […]

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How Do I Do Relaxed Homeschooling? (A Step-by-Step Guide)

Happy kid exploring nature with magnifying glass

Lots of people who have read about our relaxed homeschooling lifestyle or my book, Think Outside the Classroom (where I flesh that out a bit), still have questions. The main one is, “but how do I do relaxed homeschooling, specifically?” On one hand, telling you specifics steals a part of the “relaxed” from the equation. Yet, I’ve […]

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How a Woman’s Role Affects Society

How a Woman's Role Affects Society

Doesn’t the feminist speak for the formerly “oppressed woman”, claiming that she only wants to free her from the sad, miserable life society once forced her to live? Does feminism not want us to believe that the “woman of old” was repressed, uninfluential, powerless? I submit to you that mostly women were viewed quite the opposite. Many […]

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Rockin’ and Rulin': Mothers Who’ve Shaped the World

Mothers Who

Since I read the first chapter of the biography of D.L. Moody to my children, I’ve been mulling over what I read about Moody’s mother.  I was impressed by Moody’s influence when I read his biography as a child; but now, his mother amuses me more because I attribute so much of his success to […]

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