Homeschooling Fears

  When I first started homeschooling I was afraid of a few things. Homeschooling Fears 1. My kids would get on my nerves. 2. My kids wouldn’t get enough socialization. 3. My educational weaknesses would be my kids’ educational weaknesses. Now in my 17th year of homeschooling, I can say that all of those have come TRUE.1. My kids did get on my nerves. There were times I’d escape into my bedroom for three minutes of peace and quiet … {Read More}

4 Activities for Your Child’s Summer

  4 Activities for Your Child’s Summer For many children, summer is a time for travel, imagination, and time with siblings. Think back to when you were a kid. Which memories of summer activities are the strongest in your mind? Which memories do you want to give to your children too? Which childhood summer memories are the strongest in your mind? @TriciaGoyer Click To Tweet I found a few summer activities to share with you, beyond the tried and true list {Read More}

Preparing Your Teen’s Heart for Graduation

I’ve been a homeschooling mom for twenty-five years with two college graduates and one child in the process. (I also have a kindergartener and two preschoolers, but that’s a different blog!) How do you prepare your teen’s heart for college? My kids did (mostly) awesome in college. They got good grades, made good friends, and blossomed into godly adults. All my kids went to secular local and state colleges, yet their relationship with God grew. Looking back at their teen years, {Read More}

How to Ruin Your Teens for Life

How to Ruin Your Teens for Life 1. Hide your past mistakes. Put on an act that you are perfect and your teenagers are the ones with all the problems. (After all, if your teens hear what you did in your past, they might want to follow.) 2. Don’t worry about where they are going and what they are doing. You didn’t want to be hounded at that age. You didn’t want to be asked all those questions. Instead, trust {Read More}

When You’re a Child of Divorce

  I remember the first time I heard that a friend’s parents were divorcing. I must have been 7 at the time, and I didn’t understand. Was that possible? People were allowed to do that? It didn’t seem right. More than that, it seemed wrong. Growing up, I didn’t know my biological dad, and my mom married my stepdad when I was 4 so I remember little before him. They had a fine marriage, but there were always issues. Even {Read More}

19 Tips for Reading Aloud to Your Kids

One of my favorite times of the day is when I get the kids settled in a night and it’s time to read. Currently we’re reading Little House on the Prairie. And recently we just finished Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avelona. (Pst. You can buy the WHOLE Anne of Green Gables Series on Amazon for only .99!) Bedtime reading has been a tradition that we’ve done for the last 20+ years. We make sure all electronics are {Read More}

MyCarDoesWhat.org | A FUN way to teach your child about car safety features!

MyCarDoesWhat.org   A FUN way to teach your child about car safety features! “We downloaded Dashboard Blitz, an app on car safety features and my 6-year-old and I had a blast playing it!” This isn’t a phrase I ever thought would cross my lips, but it did. And it’s true. I’ve been thinking a lot about automobile safety ever since my 16-year-old daughter attended driver’s education. In Arkansas, where we live, driver’s education is not required, but in the Goyer {Read More}

Meaningful Easter Basket Books For Your Kids

Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. I love celebrating Jesus and His resurrected life. I appreciate how—symbolic of Jesus’ rebirth—the whole earth breaks forth in life, budding fresh and new from a frozen world stripped bare. Easter gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the life of Christ. I love making Easter baskets for my children each year. Yes, I do add in candy and small personalized gifts, but the focus of each gift {Read More}

86 Creative Activities for Pre-Teens & Teens {Plus Printable!}

Summer is flying by and you’re probably already hearing the words, “I’m bored.” As a mom of pre-teens and teens it’s easy to give in to electric devises to entertain kids. It’s harder to come up with creative ways for them to spend long summer days. Here are 86 of them! Color Paint Draw Bake cookies Collect leaves and rocks Work on a puzzle Study the Bible Practice photography Work on learning a new language Play a board game Memorize {Read More}

Pro-life for Kids: Ideas for Teaching the Sanctity of Life

Pro-life for Kids: Ideas for Teaching the Sanctity of Life The little feet pin glinted on the woman’s lapel. The feet and toes were tiny. It was as if a fairy had landed upon her blouse, left gold footprints, and fluttered away. I pointed to the pin. “That’s so cute.” The older woman smiled. “Those are the size of the feet of a 12-week-old fetus.” A fist of pain hit my gut, and I looked away before she saw the {Read More}

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