Ping-Pong and My Future Self

Ping-Pong and My Future Self

Ping-pong, ping-pong, ping-pong. “We could go on like this for hours,” we laughed. My 85-year-old mother and I had ridden our bikes to the Rec Center where we picked up the paddles and had a blast! In the month of October, I had the privilege of taking...
Establish Open Family Communication

Establish Open Family Communication

A couple of decades ago, when our older children were growing into their teen years, my husband said to me that, “We should not be surprised at anything our kids say.” He saw something coming, which I did not. Communication had always been quite abundant...
Put Discouragement Where it Belongs

Put Discouragement Where it Belongs

Are you discouraged today? Are you one who is familiar with discouragement, like me? It should be no surprise that discouragement is pretty common among homeschool moms. I mean, we’re responsible for our kids’ health and well-being, character development,...
Looking Back, What Matters Most

Looking Back, What Matters Most

Thirty-five years ago my husband and I had our first baby, a precious daughter we named Kristin. Over the next 17 years, we had seven more children, each one as precious and unique as the other. Now our family of ten has multiplied to 22 and counting. Over the last...
Child-Training: Be Consistent!

Child-Training: Be Consistent!

If there is a magic word in parenting, it is consistency. Consistency is what makes all other aspects of parenting come together and produce success. Where is the value in setting a good example, quality expectations, or appropriate consequences, unless they are...

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