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Right Attitudes: It Has to Start With Me!

How true that we reap what we sow! If we sow kindness to our children, we will reap a harvest of kind children. Our children will mirror our attitudes. If we sow yelling, we will reap yelling.

  • Joanne Calderwood |
  • January 03, 2011 |
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Wholly Parenting, Holy Teens

Jackie met someone at work and claimed to be in love. "I thought a lot about it and even prayed. I'm moving in with Tom," she insisted. The Smiths are heartbroken. What happened?

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New Year's Resolutions Your Family Can Live With

I think that with the right attitude going in, the following resolutions can help to get the New Year off to a positive start.

Hosting a Family Youth Night

Traditional youth groups could not provide what we were looking for as they typically address the issues that institutionalized school teens deal with on a day-to-day basis. So we began Family Youth Night.

Evergreens: Famous Trees and Little-Known Facts

While many of us think of pine trees when we hear the word evergreen, the family actually includes a huge variety of plants, many of which have unusually long lives.

An Unforgettable Christmas

"On Christmas Eve, Dad returned without the deer he had hoped to shoot. There was no money for gas, for food or anything else..."

  • Kathy A. Heiden |
  • December 20, 2010 |
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Family Conflicts Over the Holidays

A few small changes in the way that you operate your home these last few weeks of the year can make your home more welcoming for your teen; turning it from a place or stress to a place of rest.

Keeping Focused on Christ During the Holidays

I would like to share some of our family's holiday journey. I do so not with the desire to lay out a formula for keeping focused on Christ during the Christmas season or of how to celebrate Christmas (or even whether to celebrate it at all), but rather to offer ideas that may encourage you to examine how you celebrate...

Creating a Hopeful Christmas for Your Adopted Child

The following seven points can help us get through a holiday fraught with emotion, keep our important family traditions, blend in our new children, and head off most major blow-outs...

The Dangerous Worlds of Analog Parents with Digital Teens

Parents cannot be spectators in the lives of their children, but should set rules, establish expectations, enforce limitations, and constantly monitor their teenagers’ digital lives. Anything less is a form of parental negligence.

German Christians Fight for Right to Homeschool

After police barged into the Busekros family home in Bavaria, the family's 15-year-old daughter, Melissa, was placed in a psychiatric facility. Police told her she'd been brainwashed.

  • Krista Kapralos |
  • December 08, 2010 |
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How to Manage the Writing Process

One way to make writing easier is to break the process into parts so that you can focus on each step individually.

  • Fran Santoro Hamilton |
  • December 07, 2010 |
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Gifts of Three for Christmas

The year I found a bag full of wrapped presents hidden four days after Christmas, I knew we were going overboard with the gift-giving...

A Mother's Discipline Should Point Daughters to God's Truths

If we ignore, minimize, or are at ease with the discrepancies between our daughters’ behavior and God’s standard, there may be dire consequences.

  • Carolyn Mahaney |
  • December 03, 2010 |
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Christmas Math: Combine Learning with Holiday Fun

The weeks leading up to Christmas are the perfect time to put aside math textbooks and dive into some exciting "living" math lessons.

Letting God Take Control

You know, homeschooling and childrearing is hard work. It's not a sign of weakness or discontentment to admit you're struggling today.

Five Points to Teaching Good Manners

If a child struggles with a particular behavior, use a sticker chart to acknowledge and reward his progress...

  • Carol J. Alexander |
  • November 24, 2010 |
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10 Burnout Busters

The question isn’t whether we will face burnout, but rather what we can do about it when we do.

  • Marybeth Whalen |
  • November 22, 2010 |
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Homeschooling High School in a Houseful

Homeschooled high school students who are blessed to live in a house full of other kids face many challenges, but organization, independence, and shared core studies can help the large homeschool family to flourish.

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