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Homeschooling Encouragement, Christian Homeschoolers

The Myth of Equal Time

How can a parent possibly give all the children equal time when an intense child takes the lion's share of one's parenting efforts? Here are some tips...

Orange Sherbet Friendship

Good friends are an essential ingredient for a healthy, happy, homeschool mom. Here's why...

After the Seed Is Planted

My challenge in teaching my children is overworking the garden. I can become so afraid of leaving a gap in their education that I overplant, overwater, and try to play God.

10 Big Reasons Not to Send Christian Kids to Public Schools

The departure from godliness by scores of young people who have been brought up in Christian homes is cause for real alarm. What are well-meaning parents missing in the training of their children?

Homeschooling the Rebel, Part 2

They have a way of making extremely drained parents—emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Here are some things I have learned about parenting and homeschooling the rebel.

Storing Mommy's Kisses

"Mommy! I need to tell you something," he persisted. "It will have to wait until tomorrow," I said, determined not to give in. "It can't; I have to tell you noooooowwwwww!"

The Imperfect Homeschooler: An Interview

"As a firstborn perfectionist, I’ve always put a lot of pressure on myself, and that got worse once I began homeschooling," says homeschool veteran Barbara Frank.

The Sacrifice of Praise

Well, it's been a few trying months on the Carter Farm. Yet, instead of throwing a world-class pity party or beating ourselves up with the coulda, woulda, shoulda's, I think there comes a time for the sacrifice of praise..

Homeschooling When Mom Is Sick

Sometimes Mom is sick for more than just a few days. Prolonged illness involves a lifestyle change, but it doesn’t mean you have to give up homeschooling.

Ninety Percent of This Game Is Half Mental

What your wife and children need most from you isn’t another teacher, but rather an encourager and leader. Let me offer these three simple principles: stop, look, and listen.

Dollar Menu Opportunities

Less stuff and more God is a good thing. Our struggles now – and our responses to them – can give our children a legacy of character and skills which can impact the world in ways we can’t imagine.

The “Me Time” Myth

Why did my search for this hallowed “me time” always leave me feeling as though I needed more? While taking time for myself, I definitely felt refreshed, but the moment I got home, I wanted to head right back out the door.

How to Plan Wisely for Holiday Feasts and Fun

Now the holidays are upon us, and we love to celebrate with food. How can we enjoy our traditions, make our family favorites, graciously entertain, and save money on food during this holiday season?

Fall Harvest: Where's the Fruit?

In my heart and in my house, that which should be full of the fall harvest of God’s goodness and righteousness is sometimes hauntingly empty. Do you ever feel that way?

Cramped Hospitality

Holidays and houseguests! They go together like love and marriage, don’t they? But what if you don’t have much room for extras?

  • Marcia Washburn |
  • December 01, 2008 |
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No One Else Named Mom

Her feelings of joy and self-worth were derived from ministering to others, not from raising her children. Her children knew it and responded in kind. Home was chaotic and miserable.

Dads: Orchestrating the Homeschool

On that old television program, weeks of practice and years of training culminated in beauty. In the same way, Dad sets the rhythm and tone of the home.

The Laundry Daze

Who but another postpartum mom could believe that I had a meltdown over doing laundry? I literally fell into a weeping puddle of self-pity, certain that I’d never get caught up...

  • Marcia Washburn |
  • November 12, 2008 |
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Clothes Line Devotions

Environmentalists might call it a responsible use of wind and solar energy. My neighbors probably call it one more way that the Biever family is just plain weird and probably a little nuts. I know better.

Where Are Your Kids on the Lazy Meter?

I’ve heard parents state that they want life to be easy and fun for their kids because “they learn soon enough that the world is full of hardship and woe...” I reject this nonsense wholeheartedly.

  • Jenefer Igarashi |
  • October 27, 2008 |
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