Why Summer ‘School’ is for Every Kid!
Here in the USA the natives are restless in schools across the nation as they wrap up their studies this month and anticipate a lengthy summer break from the monotony of classroom routine. How we define 'school' and 'education' is...Read more
Cut Through the Noise: What Do YOU See In Your Little One?
I have to ask, how are we assessing our kids? A proper assessment assures us we’re on the right track as we aim our children toward their destinies. When my sons were growing up, most schools administered broad assessment tests...Read more
Gardening a Child’s Life: harvesting the sweetest fruit on the planet!
My daughter-in-law has always had a passion for gardening. This year she’s gone all out, studying, planning and growing what’s termed a square foot garden in multiple raised boxes built by her hubby. The more I reflect on raising my...Read more
Building a Strong Foundation in Your Child: the Magic is in the Details
I’m convinced that the fundamental and distinctive characteristics and qualities of an individual - call it their moral and spiritual DNA, is formed by what is taught and trained, ingrained in them day-by-day over years and years. This process creates...Read more
Mommies, when you can’t see beyond the mess…Let ME be your eyes.
After 34 years of parenting, I’ve put on a lot of miles in my journey as a mom. I’m now one of those people you young parents scratch your head and ponder…an empty nester. Yes, I’ve crossed to that mysterious...Read more
Listen to Your Mother. You Just Might Win an Oscar.
With all the Hoopla of the Academy Awards buzzing on social media over the weekend, I was reminded of my favorite year's telecast so far, the 2011 Oscar presentations, and the film that dominated that year. I think you might...Read more
Loving Our Children Enough to Allow Them to Struggle
There is a quality and a substance of character that we long for our kids to have, but which can only be worked into their very fabric through difficulty. If we remove every trial and tribulation, every hard thing from...Read more
The Most Important Book in Our Home
We read to our kids out of books like Berenstain Bears, Dr. Seuss and Thomas the Tank Engine, but do we regularly open God's Word to our children? This common, all-time best seller—the Bible—isn’t just a book; it is a...Read more
10 Secrets to Surviving the Long Haul of Homeschooling
It’s the first week of February. The leftover frozen Christmas cookies have been consumed, the unwanted gifts have (finally!) been exchanged, that protracted euphoric sense of holiday freedom lingering through December and January has ended, and all your excuses...Read more
When the Test Comes
I opened my Merriam-Webster Dictionary app and the word of the day, CRUCIBLE, flashed at me in psychedelic neon. (I made that last part up.) OK, it may well be in black and white print, but the effect on my...Read more