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In amongst all the issues we think about when we take on homeschooling the bottom line is no different than any other Christian parent – our hearts desire to see our children walk with Jesus for themselves.

 

I have no greater joy than to hear

that my children are walking in the truth

3 John 1:4

We can plan lessons, teach to the heart, encourage character, draw from our lifestyle but it all avails to nothing if our children don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus because they themselves know that they are sinners and that he is the Saviour.

Parenting is the one role in life where we have no manual and we have no guarantee on the outcome.  I believe that it is important that we teach our children morals (to know what is right), and character (to have the fortitude to act according to what is right) but unless they have a hearts desire to live their life for Jesus they are just good people.

I want my children to love Jesus.  To walk with him daily.  That means I want them to understand who he is and what he has done for them.  I want them to know that he wants a relationship with them – that means that he wants to spend time with them, talking to them, listening to them, doing things together.  I want to know that is what my children want too.

This is really the beginning of any discipleship – that we are teaching our children to follow Jesus.

To love the Lord with all their heart, and to love others is the foremost scripture for me, in training my children.  This is the verse that gives me direction.  This verse sets the scene for everything else that we do.  Do my children love the Lord?  And out of that love, do they love other people?

My role as a parent is to:

  • Introduce my children to Jesus – to help them get to know Jesus, my Lord, my friend
  • Teach my children God’s Word
  • Live a life that brings glory to God – and involve my children in that so they begin to see first hand what a life with Jesus is all about
  • Help them see that they too need a saviour and that saviour is Jesus (that is, that they are sinners – regardless of how good they are at following the family rules)
  • Pray for them in their journey of faith
  • Help them to grow and mature in their faith

The question I have to ask myself is – does our homeschooling plans support or hinder these things happening?  Am I so busy ‘teaching’ that I no longer have time to sit at Jesus’ feet myself?  Am I so busy getting lessons ready that I forget how to respond with love, the love that Jesus would have me show?  Am I so busy educating my child that I run out of time to introduce them to my Lord?

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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

 

But there is a way to make this a rich learning and bonding family time.  This Guide includes tips, planning worksheet, and discussion prompts.  

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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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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. 

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Three things for parents to pray for in the Moment.

Make God your First Response

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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.

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Hearts: Heart focus homeschool

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Find ways to Re-engage your Student

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

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