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Discipleship homeschooling, or discipleship parenting, is all about the relationship we need to build with our kids.  It is through relationship that we speak to their hearts.  They are watching what we believe, how we respond or react to people and circumstances, how we make decisions, what we are passionate about and if we do anything about that. Our kids want to copy someone – we need to be that someone in their life.

In this day and age where productivity is the measure of success it is hard to give relationship building its right place in our life.  We must see that building a relationship, strengthening and encouraging a relationship is doing something very productive, in fact we cannot put a price on this.  We know this to be true, we give lip service to that idea, but when the rubber meets the road, in the daily grind will we put relationships first?

I’m not saying we don’t have to do the other things in our life, they are our responsibilities, but we do need to be honest, and give time to be with our kids.

  • Get to know them, their quirks, their passions, their strengths, their weakness
  • Let them get to know you – your quirks, passions, strengths and weaknesses
  • Have fun together – be social together – laugh together, play together
  • Be there when they are sad, and have them with you when you are sad
  • Pray together – good times and hard times
  • Say sorry and ask for their forgiveness when you mess up, and be complete with your forgiveness when they ask for it from you
  • Surprise them with a gift, a hug, a date, a note, or do something for them unexpected (though these are in keeping with love languages – most kids would feel loved by each and every expression – don’t limit yourself to one way of showing your kids you love them)
  • Talk, talk, talk

For me as a mum, I am challenged with this when it comes to interruptions.  I have a to-do list, and a plan for each day and then something will happen.  One of the kids may be having a hard day, my husband may change his plans, something breaks and makes a mess, someone has a question that they need help with, someone is sick… interruptions to my plans.  But when relationships is our number one priority, it means we can lay aside the math, the critical thinking lesson, the mopping the floor and cleaning the windows, the grocery shopping or balancing the books.  These things pale into insignificance when my child has a heart issue.

A heart issue is where the very being of their life – their beliefs, their will, character, emotions and passions are being challenged, stretched, tested, defined.  We have to be there for them when these things happen, and if we haven’t been there in the good times, our kids will shut down and we will have lost the opportunity to help shape their heart, shape their life.  These heart issues start from very young – it isn’t something we need to step into when they hit the tween years – no, we need to start building relationship with them now, letting them know they are precious to us, and that they are our priority.

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

 

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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Download yourCharacter Certificates

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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Download Character Lesson Guide

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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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Daily emails  (6 days) to help you walk towards being a heart focused homeschool family!

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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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FREE Parenting Worksheet

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

 

Free email course

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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

Download: One Another Verses pdf

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.

 

Live Session:  5th May 2021, 6.30pm AWST

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Raising Kids with Character

REPLAY OPTION : FREE PARENTING WORKSHOP

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Replay available from 6th May until 16th May 2021

 

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Raising Kids with Character

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The Raising Kids with Character parenting workshop will be offered again this year - details yet to be confirmed.  Join the waitlist so you don't miss out. 

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Connecting everyday living with the Word of God

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Bonus Reading list

 

Sharing my Homeschool Belief File

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

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