Welcome to Live life with your Kids!

Live life with your Kids comes with the message that parenting is about relationships with our kids, about teaching and training the heart, about using the whole of life to teach character, wisdom and life skills to our kids.

Live life with your kids is phrase that describes family life – and that is the heart of my blog.

Family is the place where we grow as strong individuals, and yet know a sense of belonging and purpose with others.  It is a place where each individual grows and flourishes in their own created uniqueness.

I have been blogging for over ten years now.  It started as a place for me to process what I was learning about homeschooling, but it didn’t take long for me to understand that homeschooling is just a tool – the important thing in raising my family was to be a heart focused parent.

And this is the encouragement I want to leave you with – our job as parent is to teach, train, guide and encourage the whole child:  the spiritual, moral, emotional, social, intellectual and physical.

Behind the Blog

Hi – I’m Belinda.  It is hard to introduce yourself without listing what you do first – we are more than what we do – we are who we are.  I am me – I love Jesus, I love my family.  I am a creative person who loves homemaking, scrapbooking, sewing and having friends over.  I find rest in quiet and when I’m being creative.  I enjoy reading (though between parenting and the internet I find my reading attention span has slipped!!)  I enjoy being outdoors (though don’t do it nearly enough).  I like the idea of gardening but watching a movie is more likely to win out.

I have four kids who are now mostly grown up – or well and truly on their way.  We are all-but finished homeschooling (one to go) and though that brings a sense of change into my life, I find that parenting with relationships isn’t over – we still have plenty of conversations, at all times of the day, about all sorts of things.  Being available for my family, and helping my kids in their endeavours still takes up a lot of my time.

Meet my family…

I am married to Peter.  We live on a farm in the far north of Western Australia.  Peter is a large animal Vet and flies across a huge distance to service the cattle stations in the north.

We have four children (Joshua 24, Jessica 22, Naomi 20, Daniel 18):  We homeschool, we get involved in the  Christian community, as well as the community at large.   As a family we enjoy playing board games, having parties, watching movies and camping (though don’t do it enough).  We all love reading and making things and most of us enjoy social media.  Our favourite family time is Sunday breakfast where we try and have meaningful conversations though they often get distracted by funny one-liners from movies the kids have seen.  If you were to talk to Pete and I you would find that our passion is about families (both the natural family and the family of God). Our deepest desire is for these two identities to be functioning as God has intended – with peace, harmony, and impact on the world around them.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

 I’m so glad you are here.
I hope that you will find something amongst the many pages of this blog
that will encourage your heart, that will give you ideas, that will give you hope as you intentionally live life.

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Help! My Child can’t Spell

We all want our children to spell but sometimes it is just hard for them. I'm sharing 7 tips that helped in our family because spelling hasn't come easy to all of my children. 7 tips to help your Child Spell Lots of reading.  This has increased their exposure to...

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When we Know Our Child is Different

These days it seems as if many children have difficulties or differences, challenges or disabilities. Some of them are considered hidden (like in our Daniel) because the children seem to have a reasonable degree of functioning but some are very obvious. Even...

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Why we don’t Homeschool in our Pyjamas!

It is one of the fun freedoms homeschoolers have – to stay in their pyjamas all day.  But I think it is more of a misconception than a reality for most homeschooling families and certainly for ours.  The main reason why we get dressed in the morning is that we are...

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Play needs to be a part of a Teenager’s Day

One of the areas that have to change as our kids grow up into teenagers is in the area of play.  This is a learning process I went on as our kids grew older - was play still a valid part of our lifestyle now the kids were teenagers?  Play for teenagers? It is one of...

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Invite: the Beginning of Friendship (5 Minute Friday)

This week’s Five Minute Friday word is Invite.  The idea is to write for 5 minutes and to share it as it is – no edits.  This is a journal piece I’ve written to myself, and to others as I know I’m not alone in a desire to connect with people and to build relationships...

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Individual Education Planning Worksheets - brainstorming every area of your child's life.

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This parent guide helps parents plan family bible study and use discussion techniques to teach the important lessons.

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Obedience looks a bit different as our kids grow older. Download this parent/teen discussion guide to understand this issue of obedience in teen years.

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Don't assume your kids are rebelling - instead talk to them about what Obedience looks like now they are older.  I will email you a download link.  

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Though true character is driven by internal motivation, our children will appreciate when we see that they are growing in character.

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Over 20 different verbal expressions divided into heart or self control to help parents discern these behaviours.

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Be Intentional

To be an intentional parent means you need to know what you want for your family, and think about how you are going to get there.  

These posters address some of the key thoughts for parents to be intentional, relational and heart focused in every area of family life.   

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Learn to respond to your child in a way that changes their heart.

 

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Learn to respond to your child in a way that changes their heart.

 

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Our children hear different words when we react to when we respond. Do your children hear blah blah blah when you correct them? Includes a parenting poster.

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When we Respond instead of React we find a way to deal with the heart not just behaviour.

 

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Plan a Christmas that touches the heart of your family.

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