K is for Kindness

Tips and ideas for teaching your children the importance of serving others.

This post is part of the ABCs of Homeschooling through the Holidays. To see all of the posts in the series, click here. My absolute favorite thing to do in homeschooling is find ways to integrate service and acts of KINDNESS into our curriculum.  November is easy because we discuss Thanksgiving and being thankful for [...]

I was a Better Mom…before I had Kids

Have you ever looked at a Mom and thought, "That is NOT how she should be parenting." I have...before I had kids.

I have always loved kids. I always wanted to be a Mom. I always wanted to be a teacher. So when we decided to homeschool our children, it really did seem like a natural fit for me. However, after 4+ years of homeschooling, I think it’s safe to say, “I was a much better Mom…beforeI [...]

10 Scriptures to Help Your Child Conquer Fear

10 Scriptures to Help Your Child Conquer Fear

This month is filled with frightful images, haunted houses, and haunted trails. We choose not to participate in all those frightful activities, instead opting to go to our church’s Halloween alternative. Fear is on overload all around us this month and the constant bombardment can cause problems with our children. Today I want to share [...]

Teach your Child to Advocate

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My daughter called me on the phone. FaceTime. She tried to not let it show, but my mommy eyes saw beyond first look. I noticed the fight-back-the-tears look and heard her voice quiver. It broke my heart. She wasn’t ready for her quiz. My daughter struggles to learn. Normally I’m there to run interference for [...]

7 Ways to Build Self-Esteem…God’s Way!

“You can do anything you set your mind to.” “You have everything you need within yourself.” “Believe in yourself.” “Follow your heart.” I’m sure you recognize these statements that are so prevalent in our society today. They’re always spoken with the best of intentions, aiming to build up the self-esteem of the hearer. Unfortunately, I’m [...]

July Activity Calendar

July Activity Calendar

I hope your summer is off to a great start! Are you running out of ideas for keeping the little ones busy? Print out this activity calendar for some fun, fresh ideas to entertain your crew on a hot summer day! Be sure to check out the recipes and notebooking pages that are included in [...]

30+ Parent-Child Date Night Ideas

30+ Parent-Child Date Night Ideas

I never went on dates with my Dad or Mom. Not that I feel deprived, it just wasn’t something that was done in our house. My husband has always done what he could to take the kids out for a bit so I got a break, but it wasn’t until he entered full-time ministry last [...]

Parenting Two or More: Tips and Tricks!

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Two children might not sound like a lot, but the difference between one child and two children is ENORMOUS, both because now there’s twice as much parenting work for Mommy and Daddy, AND because competition now exists within the household. Having more than one child is AWESOME. I say this based both on my experience [...]

7 Ways to Help Kids Encounter God

7 Ways to Help Kids Encounter God

Yesterday I considered the amazing reality that God wants to encounter your children and mine. Today I’d like to offer seven suggestions for how we can encourage our kids to encounter Him. Read God’s Word to them. “The Word of God is living and powerful…” (Hebrews 4:12). I’ve certainly experienced the power of God’s Word in my own [...]