It is always good to look back and see what blog posts have been the most read.  Sometimes I’m surprised – sometimes I’m not.  My blogging has changed over the last few years as my kids have grown up.  What goes on in this house is very much their story – not just mine to share – so there are less personal stories – and more reflection as I look back and remember the days when they were young, and parenting was very directional.

That being said, I occasionally write about the teen years, and parenting with adult children and as my children move on from those seasons themselves, I will be able to reflect back and share more of the lessons I’ve learnt in these seasons too.

Thank you for being with me over this parenting journey.  The end of 2017 marks the end of 20 years of homeschooling for me – and we are done.  I’ll reflect more on that in February (done homeschooling, not done parenting, not done blogging!)

So here they are:

The 10 Most Read Blog Posts in 2017

I hope you are encouraged as you read them again.

Christmas time is a busy time - but we still need to be intentional about teaching and training our kids' heart. Don't be distracted by other things.

Practice these 10 Habits, and Build a Strong Marriage:  Habits reflect your values. When you practice these 10 habits you will build a strong marriage.

Christmas time is a busy time - but we still need to be intentional about teaching and training our kids' heart. Don't be distracted by other things.

Homemaker’s Binder gone Digital: I use Google Calendar as the basis for my homemakers binder – a digital version.

Christmas time is a busy time - but we still need to be intentional about teaching and training our kids' heart. Don't be distracted by other things.

Giving Instructions to the Easily Distracted:  When giving instructions to the easily distracted we need to focus on how to help them, instead of being frustrated with them.

Christmas time is a busy time - but we still need to be intentional about teaching and training our kids' heart. Don't be distracted by other things.

Blending Homeschool and Housework:  Blending homeschool with homemaking are not separate issues but rather a part of our family training.

Christmas time is a busy time - but we still need to be intentional about teaching and training our kids' heart. Don't be distracted by other things.

Principle and Practice: It is important to know the difference:  Knowing the difference will stop us from mindlessly copying someone else.

Christmas time is a busy time - but we still need to be intentional about teaching and training our kids' heart. Don't be distracted by other things.

How to Teach Kids who live in a Christian Home about Jesus:  For kids who grow up in a Christian home they need to know that being a Christian is relationship with Jesus – it isn’t about doing stuff.

Christmas time is a busy time - but we still need to be intentional about teaching and training our kids' heart. Don't be distracted by other things.

How to have Family Bible Study with all your Kids at the Same Time:  Family Bible study can be tricky when we have kids at different ages and stages, but with using these 8 keys it is possible. Bonus Parent Guide included.

Mentor Your Teen and Young Adult Children:  Mentoring is walking alongside a person as they grow – maturing in heart attitudes, in character, in interpersonal skills, social skills and life skills.

Christmas time is a busy time - but we still need to be intentional about teaching and training our kids' heart. Don't be distracted by other things.

5 Ways to Encourage your Kid’s Unique Talents:  Each child has unique talents, abilities and interests – it is the parents job to help discover and encourage those skills to grow.

Christmas time is a busy time - but we still need to be intentional about teaching and training our kids' heart. Don't be distracted by other things.

A House Full of Adult Children and How to do it Well:  These 6 life skills create a relational standard for living together well with your adult children.

Which blog post has been the most helpful this year to you?   I’d love your feed back.

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10 most read blog posts in 2017 - posts on family life, parenting, homeschooling, homemaking, and faith. Which was your favourite?

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