Start Monday Strong by Taking Sunday Off

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Oh, Monday morning woe! Dishes piled in the sink, counters overloaded with random bits, laundry mounting high out of the hampers. Extra gunk on the floor, toys left out, books strewn everywhere. Everywhere I looked, I saw evidence that I was starting the week behind. Everywhere I looked, I saw that I did not spent the weekend as I ought. I clearly did something wrong. I used to think that I had to earn Sunday rest. After all, I couldn’t … Read More

How to use personality to make a better homeschool plan

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Does your homeschool plan take each child’s personality into account (and yours too)? Build a better homeschool plan when you understand personality typing. When my homeschool plan met multiple personalities There was a time where every single one of our homeschool days began with tears. If it wasn’t tears, it was a fight. Why, I wanted to know, was my usually cheerful, obedient, good-natured son breaking down every morning? It made no sense to me, which made me more irritated. … Read More

Secrets That Save the Day When Dad Works from Home

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My husband has worked from home for over 5 years now. The novelty has worn off and we’ve established our patterns. We’ve been married for over 17 years and get along quite well. We are, for the most part, on the same wavelength, and understand each other’s mindset, manner, and methods. We can (and do) tease each other, and we naturally pull together to accomplish desired ends (both being IxTJ personalities helps). So working from home was a smooth transition … Read More

Becoming a Better Homemaker

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If people are important, then homes will always be important, also. People need homes. Even if it’s a mud hut, it is a home to be “made.” Homemaking is not about displaying middle class sensibilities or acquiring appropriate seasonal decor; homemaking is about loving people in practical, tangible, daily, mundane ways. Perhaps some have ambition to become better homemakers in order to glorify themselves. If we use our houses to display personal taste, showcase our style, or even minimize personal … Read More

Twelve-year-olds are persons, too.

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Charlotte Mason’s First Principle, applied I am in a local book club, studying Charlotte Mason’s 20 Principles using the study guide by Brandy Vencel. I’ve done this study in an online group before, but there’s something different and more personal in a local group that includes people who know your kids and family. Last month’s meeting was on Principle 1: Children are born persons, and one of the extra readings linked to in the study guide is a post I … Read More

How to organize your attitude without faking

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I use the tagline “organize your attitude” – but what does that mean? Is your attitude something you can actually change? Does it mean faking a smile or pretending what went wrong was actually ok? There isn’t faking involved, but there is humility and repentance. Yes, you can actually change your attitude by deliberately and intentionally changing your thoughts – that’s something we have a responsibility to do. When what we feel or think does not align with God’s revealed … Read More

Homeschooling for Sanctification

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What do we do with tedious homeschool days? What do we do with turbulent homeschool days? What do we do with terrible homeschool days? They happen. Sometimes they outnumber the terrific homeschool days. Ok, often they do, really. So we’re troubled. But we shouldn’t be. Life isn’t going to be easy. If we smooth out one area of conflict, there will be another to replace it. If we replace one bad habit, we will suddenly unearth another one that needs … Read More

My Secret Weapon for Beating a Bad Attitude in our Homeschool

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So. It’s February. In our neck of the woods, it’s been a harsher winter. We’ve had inches upon inches of snow, then ice on top of that, when a typical year rarely sees snow that stays on the ground for more than a day or two. The sky is covered in gray, and often so is my head. Because of the cold and the wet, I don’t get the same level of exercise and activity. Worse yet, the kids don’t … Read More

The Key to Homeschooling Consistently

Have you ever started off your day by watching a movie, turning on the television, mindlessly clicking around Facebook, or skimming your online news feed? It happens. Does it affect your mood? We’re fooling ourselves if we say it doesn’t. I know I am tempted – and often give in to the temptation – of checking my email and “catching up” online first thing in the morning. Even if I get up before the kids and take a walk and … Read More

Mothers are children, too.

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This is a devotional I gave at my sister-in-law’s baby shower on Saturday. As I’m sure you’ve already felt, beginning your family starts a seismic shift in your life. For the past number of years, you’ve faced milestone decision after milestone decision. What college should I attend? What major should I pursue? Who will I marry? Is this the one? What sort of job should I look for? What job should I take? Where will we live? Should we buy … Read More

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