Tag Archives: Relationships

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 […]

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 […]

Blessing the Beginning

What do weddings, graduations, and sitting in the back yard the day before Labor Day have in common? For the Jones House, they’re all rituals that give closure to what went before, and get us ready for what’s ahead. Granted, our backyard meeting doesn’t have quite the weight of a wedding or graduation. But it’s […]

Tailor-Made Education

Homeschooling is great because you can tailor your child’s education to his/her interests and needs! But what does that even mean? I might give the impression that Darren and I craft every single lesson to each of our children’s interests and needs: “I noticed Sparkler’s attention wandering during math last week, so I’m writing out […]