Learning how to behave like a mature responsible adult is hard work. The transition from child to adult is fraught with opportunities for foibles and failures, missteps and misunderstandings. As parents, it’s our job to guide our teens through this turbulent time so they can learn from their mistakes and grow in wisdom. We have […]
Even before a new baby is born, the parents imagine the person their child will eventually become. Newborn infants are adorned with favorite sports teams paraphernalia and dressed up to look like miniature versions of their parents. We act as though our children are blank slates we’ve been given to write the story we want […]
Over the last 11 years of homeschooling I have realized how similar marriage and homeschooling really are. Sounds crazy, right? I agree. I mean what in the world does a holy covenant of matrimony have in common with teaching your children – not to mention all the chaos and child-rearing that go along with that. […]
Do you find yourself feeling as though you and your spouse are ships passing in the night? If you’re anything like us, we’re forever crossing paths on his way to work or kids’ activities. It seems that the housework is never done and that there is never time for us to sit back and focus […]
Change up your next family game night with these fun and Free Animals Charades for Kids from Buggy and Buddy! Your whole family will have fun with this new version of charades, so stop by and download your free copy today!
Advent is just around the corner and This Reading Mama has a set of Free Advent Cards for you to use this Christmas season. Stop by and download your free copy today!
How do you handle screen time with your children? If you need a way to help you, and them, track their time on screens, come over to Worshipful Living and get the free Screen Time Tracking Sheet Printables. With one for boys and one for girls, these are sure to be a fun way to […]
Grounding your children in God’s word and teaching them that Jesus is THE way is simple with these Free Jesus is the Way Scripture Cards from Kids in the Word! Stop by and download your free copy today!
Praying with our children before they go to sleep is an important part of teaching them how to build a relationship with God. Path Through the Narrow Gate has 2 sets of Free Teach Us to Pray Cards for Kids that will help you teach your children to pray by using God’s Word! Stop by […]
Make a difference in your child’s life while teaching them God’s word to hide in their hearts with these Free Printable Love Notes for Kids from Path Through the Narrow Gate! Stop by and download your copy today!
Bring peace back into your home with this Free Peaceful Home Toolkit for Moms from Proverbial Homemaker! Inside you’ll find a meal planner, do not disturb door hangers and more! Stop by and download your free copy today!
Valentine’s Day is usually associated with romance, chocolates, sweet gifts and everything related to love. Although it’s considered nowadays as more of a “secular holiday,” causing some people to either love it or hate it, I think it would do us well to try to trace the roots of this holiday, and teach our kids […]
Dear Uncertain Homeschooling Mama, I wish I could give you a hug right now. And just maybe have a chat over coffee. Because though I’ve been doing this for seven years, I still face so much uncertainty. And I’m not sure, but I kind of think there’s no end in sight. Because it’s that important. […]
The cold air blows in and covers the area with a wintry shine. Some days the cold brings a chance for togetherness and bonding. Some days the cold brings just coldness. Through the cold, we can keep the warmth even through the winter blues. Many people feel blue in the winter. It’s not just a […]
This is the time of year when I fantasize about summer. In the cozy realm of my imagination, warm temperatures replace frigid ones. A tank top and flip flops replace my heavy coat and boots. Lazy and carefree days at the pool replace my down-to-the-minute homeschool/blogging/ministry schedule. Vacations replace field trips. And long afternoons outside playing […]
The holidays evoke different emotions for everyone. For some, the winter holidays bring feelings of warmth and nostalgia, while others are consumed with tension and dread. Even if you have a family you enjoy spending time with, things get a bit stickier when you get married, and then again when you have kids. You have even more […]
Christmas is one of my most FAVORITE holidays of the entire year. However, for this family, celebrating the countdown aspect of it (i.e. all of the Advent traditions) really didn’t start until just a few years ago. I had stumbled upon a ‘Jesse Tree’ (google Ann Voskamp’s amazing blog) Well, sure I […]
I’m happy to be participating in the ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays Series hosted by Heather at Upside Down Homeschooling! The letter for this post is Ffor Family Fun Bucket. Twas the night before December at the Smith house kitchen table….the family was enjoying their Family Fun Bucket instead of watching cable…. Several […]
Today, I’m over at Blessed Beyond a Doubt, talking about a topic that is very dear to my heart…keeping Christ in Christmas. The society in which we live makes it hard for adults to remember to keep the focus of Christmas on Christ, let alone our poor children. They are constantly being bombarded with the […]
I’m a completely committed blogger. Except when I’m not. But it’s not because I don’t want to be. It’s because, like you, there are so many things that compete for my attention, my time, and my energy. With the flurry of planning and adjusting that accompanies the first several weeks of school (not to mention […]