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What Will Your Kids Create That Will Change The World?

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:3-5)


Parenting is the ultimate way to raise up disciples. We’re not all called to full time ministry, but we’re all called to make disciples and feed our Father’s sheep.

It is time to get a vision for the next generation. What will your kids create that will change the world? Whatever it is, they will have a very difficult time accomplishing it without your care and wisdom.

Be intentional in raising your kids. Your kids are your story. Ask Holy Spirit what your child’s destiny is. Then take time to get to know your child well. This way you can start to form a strategy to prepare them for their future.

Try to think outside the box in raising your kids. Every child has a unique personality and learning style. It is better to work with their individuality than against it.

It is helpful to think of the parenting journey as raising adults, not taking care of kids. The nurture and training you give out now will affect generations to come. Your kids are your inheritance. Pour your whole heart into them!

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My 9th grader, Levi, loves Answers In Genesis. Check it out. Here's a link to the kids' area.

This is great for older kids! (photo is  Amazon  link)

This is great for older kids! (photo is Amazon link)

Literacy With Heart Connection

As Zoe and I spent two hours cleaning her room the other night, we came across a scrap of paper with a poem scribbled on it. We both smiled as we remembered the day that we wrote a little poem together. It only took a couple minutes to write, but they were a couple minutes filled with not just learning, but heart connection.

We took turns writing a line. Here's the poem:

My mom and I wanted to write a poem,

About all the reasons we love our home.

I love the snacks, and I love our dog, Shack.

She loves the trees so tall,

And the peaceful green paint on the walls.

I love my brothers,

But I especially love my mother!

 

Maybe you'd like to try writing a collaborative poem with your family.

We would love to hear it!


I saw this at a consignment shop Monday. It made me smile. For some reason I love these desks, but they are not practical for my home. I thought it might make you smile too.

I saw this at a consignment shop Monday. It made me smile. For some reason I love these desks, but they are not practical for my home. I thought it might make you smile too.

Binge TV Watching You Can Feel Great About

One thing we have definitely been doing right in our history studies is watching the Torchlighters animated series. Have you ever watched them?

Torchlighters isn't paying me to promote them, nor do they even know I exist, so you can be confident that I'm telling you about them simply because I think they're awesome!

They are interest for children and adults alike, making them perfect for family time.


If you have Amazon Prime, you can watch several of the Torchlighters free. Visit the Torchlighters website for more great resources including a kid zone.

Have You Fallen Into the Benchmark and Performance Mode Trap?

I started homeschooling when my oldest son, Judah, turned four years old. He has an August birthday, so he is always one of the youngest kids in his grade. I decided to jump right in with him because I had two more boys behind him and a baby on the way. I figured I couldn't afford to wait; besides, I was excited to start the process.

Looking back, Judah was not as ready as I was. We went through a few years of struggle over math studies because I pushed him harder and faster than I should have. 

Judah is a junior in high school now, and he is excelling at everything he puts his mind to. I wish I would have known when he was younger that it would all pan out in the end.

Sometimes you just have to set aside a text book for a semester or two. I have found that waiting, instead of trying to keep up with grade level benchmarks can very often bring the breakthrough in learning that you are longing for.

That's one of the reasons why we homeschool, right? We want to have the ability to teach our child according to their own interests, personality, learning style, and pace. Funny how we can easily get into performance mode. I think it comes from a deep desire to know that we aren't messing our kids up. It's good intention carried too far.

Take a deep breath and enjoy your kids. It's all going to be ok.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment.

Homeschool Blog Intro

Maybe it seems obvious to you, but it just occurred to me that I should write a bit about my homeschool journey. I'm in my 13th year of this homeschool gig, so it kind of feels second nature. I almost don't notice it.

I'm hoping that this will be a place where we can share ideas and encourage each other. If you have friends who might want to join in, please share this sign up link with them: http://eepurl.com/cqKSR1