Entries Tagged as 'Families'

Why Your Older Kids Fight Your Teaching … and How To Fix That

Encouragement , Families , High School , Home School , Homeschool , Homeschooling , Mothers , Parenting 3 Comments »

by Tricia Goyer

I’m a mom of six children. I’ve been homeschooling eighteen years, and now that I have three preschoolers, I have another eighteen years of homeschooling to go!

Three of my children are adults. Cory is 24 years old. He’s a working man and a caring husband and father. Leslie is 21 and graduated from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, last year. She’s a stellar student who's living in Europe as a missionary right out of college. Nathan is 20 years old and after one semester of college he was asked to work as a writing coach in the university’s writing center. Even more important than how well they’re doing in life, my three older kids love God and have a deep, growing relationship with him.

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Who controls the education of my child?

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by Kevin Swanson

It’s 7:00 in the morning and the doorbell rings. The year is 2020. You answer the door and imagine your shock when you glance at the? business card offered you through the doorway. He serves the State Department of Child Nurture. You are curious. This whole new bureaucracy is new to you so, of course, you would like an explanation as to the origins and purposes of this government agency. He patiently explains the whole thing over a cup of coffee at the kitchen table.

"The whole thing started about ten years ago. A conservative caucus of well-meaning parents happened to notice that there were children growing up without proper discipline. In fact, these children were seen everywhere–supermarkets, post offices, libraries–entirely without proper discipline and training. Excuse the expression, but these children were ‘brats,’ and they were proliferating.

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Letting Go

Encouragement , Families , Fathers , Homeschool , Homeschooling , Mothers , Parenting , Support 1 Comment »

by Marilyn Rockett

As I explored bookstores, I discovered a plethora of books about training children, discipline, knowing your child, loving your teen, making family memories . . . the list is endless. But where were the books and advice on handling the inevitable transition from the busy years of raising a family to the empty nest.

Oh yes, there were plenty of colorful selections about careers, hobbies, travel, and so forth—all the possibilities to occupy your time now that you weren’t training, teaching, and loving little ones. But absent were books about that difficult season of “letting go”? It is hard—harder than a mother imagines it will be before she begins to realize it is happening.

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Have a produce market in your backyard

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by Susan K. Stewart
AHEAD Blog Content Manager

Each morning, just at first light, I go out to tend my garden. Since I live on eight and one-half acres, you might get the false impression that I have an acre or two planted in nice neat rows. No, my plot is six feet by twelve feet. This size is enough to supplement the grocery budget, even when five people lived in our home.

I learned to garden when we lived on a 60-foot by 90-foot lot, barely room for our three-bedroom house. I could have used the entire backyard, but then where would the kids play and conduct science experiments. It is possible to have a vegetable garden no matter where you live.

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Summer Fun Doesn't Need To Be Expensive

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by Joyce Herzog
Speaker at Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators Convention

Joyce Herzog shares some ideas for your family to have fun this summer on a budget.

Fireworks. Do outdoors or on a protected surface. Use food color or any liquid paint. Make 3 to 5 small puddles on paper. Blow through a straw into the puddles. The paint will explode onto the paper looking like fireworks. Try it with different colors of paint and paper.

Eat outdoors. Have a picnic in the backyard or the park. Make it simple (peanut butter sandwiches and an apple) or fancy (fried chicken and the “fixins”) or even cook out (hot dogs on a stick and “s’mores”). For added fun eat watermelon and have a seed-spitting contest.

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