Tag Archives: Encouragement

Making Micro-Communities

Remember the days when neighbors chatted over the backyard fence, and everybody in town knew everybody else? Well, no. I doubt most of us actually “remember” those days. But we’ve heard so much about this ideal—as much in stories and shows as from older generations—that we believe it’s the way things ought to be. The […]

6 Ways to Motivate Your Teen

“How do I motivate my teenage son to do his best?” This was the question that came up most often when I asked some friends about their homeschooling struggles. I have a 15-year-old son—and an 11-year-old daughter—who are pretty comfortable with mediocrity. I’ve thought a lot about this question. I don’t really have any answers, […]