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Five Ways Dad Can Lend a Helping Hand with Homeschooling

It was early summer and our family was already thinking about the upcoming school year. Our youngest was ready for kindergarten, and my wife and I were contemplating how we could swing sending our three children to private school. My wife had recently interviewed for a secretary’s position at our kids’ school. This position would have provided a significant tuition discount; however, they ended up hiring a different person which was a blessing in disguise.

It’s Starting Again—Thinking Rightly about Trials

It’s starting again! Yes, indeed it was. It was 9:00 am on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Summer was finally here, and with it, the 2016 NCHE conference. In a mere one and a half hours as we excitedly looked out the front window of our car, we would be checking into the hotel, ready for three days filled with hard work, great speakers, fun and fellowship.

Invisible Disabilities

We faced a new season in our homeschool this past year as we decided not to return to the co-op we had participated in for a number of years. Although it was a tough decision, it allowed the children and me to participate in a wonderful group called Community Bible Study—something I’ve always wanted to do. We enjoyed this new avenue for making friends and studying the scriptures together.

Trusting God in the Process

I recently went to a homeschool coffee social with new and seasoned homeschool moms. It was rewarding to go as an encourager. I hadn't realized that somehow over the last fifteen years, I had gone from a novice homeschool mom to being seasoned. (Although weathered or battle-scarred might be a better description.) I am now the mom I looked at fifteen years ago and thought, "Wow, she sure has it all figured out now that she has all those years of homeschooling under her belt." If she only knew.

Who Benefits the Most from Homeschooling?

Study after study demonstrates that statically speaking, children taught at home do better academically than children taught in classrooms. We know homeschool students excel academically, are well-adjusted socially and often have time and opportunity to pursue non-academic interests, developing natural gifts in areas such as music, sports, robotics and debate.

A Beautiful Calling, but a Real Struggle—The Life of a Single Homeschool Mom

Anyone who has been called by God to homeschool will immediately understand the title of this article. Homeschooling can be romanticized in our minds. We have pictures in our head of our sweet children getting along, breezing through a school day, being kind to each other and doing their chores without being asked.

The truth is usually not as pretty as our imagined picture. Our children are rebellious or don’t get along; teaching is harder work than we envisioned, and we get discouraged and are tempted to believe that we misheard what God was saying!

What I Wish I’d Known—about Homeschooling

My son Michael wasn’t all that thrilled to be homeschooled the first year we started. He gave me a month and then took matters into his own hands. He said we needed to set a schedule. We were doing something different every day! He wanted to have math at the same time followed by spelling (which I should be teaching, by the way) and then he wanted to go outside at 10:15 am. I said “sure,” and did my best to accommodate his desires because I was that kind of child-centered homeschooler.

Trophy Wives and Trophy Children

We’re all familiar with the term trophy wife. This term usually involves the rich, worldly man who chooses to marry not for love, but rather to show off a suitable trophy among his friends and business partners. The trophy is a beautiful woman, beautifully dressed, perfectly coiffed, manicured and lavishly bejeweled. Love never enters into this arrangement; it’s purely about image.

Did you know we can also have trophy children?

How to Increase Productivity and Reduce Stress

Have you ever been doing laundry and thought, “I really should be doing school with the kids right now?” Have you ever been talking with your children and realized that you were not really listening? Instead, you were thinking about other tasks or projects you feel that you should be doing.

            We may be tempted to think, “I wish I could be in two places at one time!” The reality, though, is that we end up being in no place at all.

Sitting Alone

My husband is the full-time pastor at our church where we have been serving for nine years. When the Lord first called us to this sweet congregation, we had only three young children (four, five and seven). As most of you know, getting small children dressed, fed and ready for church is nothing short of a weekly miracle. Add to that exercise the pressure of being on time— because you're the preacher's wife. About a year after taking this church, we welcomed our fourth child, and Sundays became an all-out athletic event.

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