I am, by nature, a selfish person. I really like my time, my money, my kids, my husband, my talents, my stuff. At least, I did.
Last year, we studied botany. We planted a lot of seeds; we refrigerated them, stuck them in the closet, taped them to the window. What does a seed need to grow into a strong, healthy plant? Seeds need water, warmth and light. Deprive them of any one of those things, and your seed won’t grow very far.
We all know that we need to water our house plants. We know this because most of us have forgotten to water a plant once or twice – and we’ve seen the results. I would further assert that we are all aware that setting our plants on fire is a very bad thing ~ as far as the health of the plant is concerned, anyway.
Yet, when it comes to our kids – those little people we love and cherish as though they were a member of our own body – we often forget to water them. Occasionally, we set fire to our household, engulfing our children along with it. Continue reading
Almost a year ago, I wrote a blog post called “The Birds and the Bees Never Did THAT!” about the need to educate our children regarding sex. We, as godly parents, have a responsibility to explain both the mechanics of sexual intercourse and childbearing, and God’s Scriptural plan for sex. After all, God created us as sexual beings. He designed us to reproduce. Those are wonderful things. However, some of the most egregious sins and appalling assaults involve sex. We have a responsibility to protect our children and to teach them to protect themselves. Our children need to know God’s plan for sex so that they do not unwittingly bring upon themselves life-long consequences.
Ok, enough about the reasons to conduct your own sex ed classes. The question I receive most often, once a parent is convinced of the need to sexually educate their child, is ‘How do I do that? What do I say? How do I start?’
Fear not, faithful parent. There are resources available just for you! Continue reading
It was a bleak time in my life. I had just been diagnosed with a long-term illness, our house had been ripped apart for reasons beyond our control, and our finances had been decimated. Back in our home, I looked at my small children and wondered what to do with them on the days I was too sick for outings. Surely I couldn’t set them in front of the TV. Nor could I read to them on those days. It was during this period of time that I purchased two sample CDs of Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey.
We loved what we heard. I really, really wanted to buy full sets of Odyssey for my children. I thought they could listen to them while they played on those days I was unable to interact well. However, as I looked around my home, it became clear that Adventures in Odyssey – no matter how well produced – was a want rather than a need. After all, we still had several rooms of our house that were not even put together. Our remaining furniture was still stacked in a bedroom, covered in dust. Continue reading
So, you’ve decided to homeschool. Now what? What do you do with all that curriculum? The books? What about the supplies?