If you’re the parent of boys, I don’t have to tell you that raising boys can be a completely different prospect than raising girls! When they’re little, boys tend to be more aggressive, active, and just plain LOUD. I still remember when our two oldest children—who also happen to be boys—were 5 and 7 (they survived, and are now grown men with wives). My parents were visiting, and my mom said, with a note of dismay in her voice, “I just don’t remember you kids being this noisy.”Read more
Whether you're intentional about celebrating holidays, or simply keep certain traditions because that's the way your family has always done it, Putting God Back in the Holidays: Celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Birthdays and 12 Other Special Occasions with Purpose is a book that can bring new life into your holiday celebrations.Read more
We just graduated our third child from homeschooling, with our last one going into her junior year. Looking back, I recall the feelings of mild panic as our first child headed into his high school years and wondering if we could do it justice.Read more
It was a beautiful fall day in Bavaria, Germany. Our family of six was hiking along the breathtaking Partnach Gorge near Garmisch-Partenkirchen with its sheer cliffs, icy blue water, and gorgeous waterfalls.
An idyllic setting. And my kids were Driving. Me. Bonkers.
Two children, in particular were being a challenge (names withheld to protect the obnoxious), and we’d gotten after them repeatedly.Read more
How a running quote made me realize I was settling for less than my truest self when it came to parenting and homeschooling.Read more
The day I realized that I had more years of kids at home behind me than I did in front of me was sobering indeed.
And while I know that motherhood is probably the most important job I’ll ever do, it’s also a shaky place to stake my entire identity.Read more
I often say that if you’re going to homeschool for the long haul, you must learn to relax or you won’t make it. Military life has helped me be more flexible, because I have so little control over what will happen in any given year. It has truly forced me to rely on the Lord’s strength, because I am a person that likes to know ahead of time how things will go.Read more
Let’s face it, learning about government and politics can sometimes be a yawn-worthy prospect. However, with this year's especially contentious presidential race, it can be tempting to stay out of politics entirely.
Still, it's important to educate our kids about the process! Learning about elections, our country’s political process, and past presidents can be fun and engaging, regardless of the candidates.Read more
Homeschooling and the military lifestyle seem to be a natural fit. Here's how it worked for our family!Read more
I've heard them called the Blurry Years--those years when you have several young children, say below the age of 5. Those years when you live for nap time and forget to eat.
In that era when we had four kids aged seven and under, I often found myself on the receiving end of brilliant comments such as, “Enjoy them while they’re little!” and, “They grow up too quickly!”
I remember thinking, Uh-huh, sure. I’d just like to take a shower without someone pounding on the bathroom door!Read more
For many parents, no can become a default. Without thought, the answer to any request outside the normal routine is no.
No, you cannot go to your friend’s house, stay up past your bedtime to finish that chapter, or have cake for dinner.
I get it—parents become weary of the constant questions and no is easy, comfortable, and…safe. They worry that “giving in” too often will harm their child or lead to self indulgence. But are you finding yourself in a constant negative state with your children?Read more
I never set out to be a homeschooler.
In fact, the few experiences I'd had with homeschoolers prior to becoming a homeschooling parent myself were a little, how shall I say it? Odd.Read more