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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Learn the Skills to be a Better Mother

Learn the Skills to be a Better Mother

When Pete and I were on our first date he asked me what I wanted from life – what were my passions, my dreams?  One of my answers was that I wanted to be a stay at home mum.   Often being a mum, especially if you choose that to be your full time career, infers many...

Does Life get in the way of your Homeschool Goals?

Does Life get in the way of your Homeschool Goals?

When we let our lifestyle create learning opportunities for our family it is easy to become complaisant and take life as it comes, knowing that our children are learning.  And yet, that isn't the fullest picture that I try to paint here on my blog as it doesn't...

How to Value Academics in your Lifestyle Homeschool

How to Value Academics in your Lifestyle Homeschool

As a heart-focused homeschooler I often find myself saying that relationships come first and that academics come lower down my list of priorities and I believe this whole heartedly.  Without relationships we can’t teach our children anything, without moral development...

Practice these 4 Skills to be a Lifelong Learner

Practice these 4 Skills to be a Lifelong Learner

Parents are driven by a fear of their children having gaps in their education.  We don't want our kids to not know what they are supposed to know, to not be up to scratch, or to not be at the same level of their peers.  This way of thinking creates doubt and stress in...

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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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Download your worksheet and start working on your family vision statement.

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

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