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 need rest and space from people talking to me!  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 22, Jessica 21, Naomi 19, Daniel 16):  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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Are you a Fair Parent? Do you have to be?

Are you a Fair Parent? Do you have to be?

One of my favourite posters I've seen on Pinterest redefines being fair. (poster)  It says:  Fair isn’t everybody getting the same thing:  Fair is everybody getting what they need in order to be successful? It is a very good definition but more importantly I think it...

Do You Need to Introduce Deadlines into your Homeschool?

Do You Need to Introduce Deadlines into your Homeschool?

One of the shortfalls that we can have with homeschooling is a lack of deadlines – especially in the area of our studies. Deadlines create an external motivation to drive the child to work hard and this can be a good thing.   Our ultimate goal may well be to have our...

Be a Heart Focused Homeschool

Be a Heart Focused Homeschool

Homeschooling at its best is an extension of parenting.  I have never put on a teacher's hat, and Peter has not put on a Principal's hat.  We are both parents teaching and training our children - teaching and training the whole child. Typically educating a child means...

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Be Intentional

 Every week I'll email an encouragement to stay intentional and relational in all your family life.  But for now, download your set of reminder posters - posters which I've used over the years to remind me to keep my eyes and heart on what is important.

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