Tag Archives: Encouragement

Kids Today, Teens Tomorrow

Today as you homeschool your little kids, you are educating your teenagers of tomorrow. During those needy, labor-intensive little-kid days, it’s hard to see the distant teenage years. In fact, thinking back on all that time and effort I put in—most of which my children don’t even remember now—I’m tempted to think that it wasn’t […]

Please Fix Your Kids

“My son’s impulse control was a disaster,” my friend told me. “He couldn’t not push a button, run the water, poke the red ant.” I was sympathetic. “My son was incapable of sitting still while someone talked to him.” We were chatting about the days when our children were young—back when we both realized that […]

Reality: Escape It or Embrace It

Our household frequently encounters the notions of expectations, reality, and contentment with circumstances. When my kids complain about boredom, excessive chores, exorbitant school work, and insufficient play time, I feel tempted to lecture them about their lack of gratitude, remind them how blessed they are, and instruct them how they ought to rise above minor […]

5 Tips and Flips

Over the thirteen years that I’ve been homeschooling, I’ve learned something about good advice: every helpful tip has a balancing flip. Here are a few examples. Good Tip! Know what your goals are. Does your fourth-grader need more work memorizing his multiplication tables? Does your seventh-grader have to learn how to compose paragraphs? You might […]