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When I tell people that I homeschool one of the most common responses are “I could never do that!”  Though I don’t believe homeschooling is the only way to go, or the right thing for every family I disagree with this instant assessment of their situation.

Comparing your current life with a homeschooling life is simply not comparing apples to apples.

The thing I remember of our first week of homeschooling is the lack of rush, of not being dictated to by the school bus and school hours and the peace of knowing that when I left home things were under control.  These things change the dynamics of your family life and the stresses and pressures you have today are not going to be the stresses and pressures you have as a homeschool mum.

Another thing that changes is that when you bring your children home, the influences of peers decrease (it is still there of course, as they still have friends, but it is reduced) and this means you have an opportunity to strengthen your relationship and sibling relationships.  Once again the dynamics of your family change.  Things don’t become perfect, but you cannot compare your children now, with what it will be like once they homeschool.

When you are sending your kids to school you have limited time to address the heart issues that you know need addressing.  Once you start homeschooling, the heart issues will more than likely still be there – but you are in control of how you spend your time, so if you want to focus on attitude or character you can – you don’t have to open the math books until their heart is right.

You will also notice a change because you will be aware of what they are learning and how they are learning.  Homeschool resources are mother-friendly and you are able to help your child learn.  When Josh was at preschool the teacher really discouraged me from teaching him too much more than his peers were learning, though she did acknowledge he needed more than the class was giving him.  The difference between Josh and Jess at this age, was amazing and all because I was directing what she was learning and had the freedom to go at her individual pace.

So if you are considering homeschooling don’t try to add homeschooling to the lifestyle and pressures you have now – your life will completely change.  You will have to look at your out of the home commitments differently, you will spend more time with your children and your relationship with them will change.  You will also view education and their lessons differently.

Homeschooling may not be for you but when you consider it consider the changes it will bring to your whole life as well as the changes it will bring to your children’s life.

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An Alternative to Chocolate

An Alternative to Chocolate

Not that I have anything against chocolate - but these jelly beans can help your kids share the message of Jesus, his love, death and resurrection at Easter time.  

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Parent Guide: How to make your Family Bible Study Really Work

Family Bible Study is Tricky with all the Different Ages

 

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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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A quick reference to help you discern between a heart attitude and a lack of skill for when your child loses it!

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Three things for parents to pray for in the Moment.

Make God your First Response

Print out this parenting reminder to call out to God in the middle of the moment.

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Download Grow in Character Worksheets

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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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When family relationships get tense - look for the niggles.

Heart Focused Parenting Resource for the Intentional Parent

 

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Hearts: Heart focus homeschool

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Find ways to Re-engage your Student

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When you parent the heart, the tone of your family will change. 


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This worksheet will help you move from addressing behaviour to really parenting the heart, one issue at a time.

 

 

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Become a Better Parent

Personal growth starts with an honest assessment

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Give Effective Consequences

Think before you React

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One Another Verses

Be Intentional in the Teen Years

Use this Cheat Sheet to remind you of how you can love your teen.

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5 prompts to encourage the heart of your child as they learn to respond to God's Word

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Prepare a Heart focused Christmas

 

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Blending Life and Lessons - and start your journey of changing your thinking about education.

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Download: One Another Verses pdf

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Download this list of One Another verses and teach your children how to love others.

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Raising Kids with Character

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A bonus for Heart Booster readers:  Learn how to teach character to your kids so that they can live their lives making values-based choices.

 

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Raising Kids with Character

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Connecting everyday living with the Word of God

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Bonus Reading list

 

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Knowing what you believe and why about education and homeschooling helps you make good decisions.

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