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As our babies grow we learn to know them better – we start to see clearer glimpses of their personality, their likes and dislikes, their quirks.  We start to understand what soothes them, what hypes them up.  We can recognize the signals they send just before they lose the plot, and we can read their face as they determine to obey or not.  We know what will make them happy, and what will scare them.

These aspects of being an individual should affect how we parent.  When we take these factors – the personhood of our toddler – we work with their strengths and weaknesses not to ignore them nor pander to them.

This is why it is hard to find a parenting manual that works.  100%.  Guaranteed.

Each of our children are unique and we need to know how to help them reach the goal (whatever that goal may be.)  We need to have a toolbox full of options – what worked for one child may not work for another.

This does not mean the standard changes though – if we want our children to live by God’s Word – God’s Word does not change.  It is the same for the sanguine, phlegmatic, melancholic and choleric!   It is the same for the first born, second, third and forth.  It is the same for the smart and for the delayed.

Parenting is a relationship with another person, it is about guiding our little ones and shaping them.  We have to be careful that we shape them towards the values and virtues that we hold to – not the personality and behaviours that we are personally comfortable with.   When we parent with certain virtues in mind, any and every personality and temperament can work towards those character based responses.  Obedience is always obedience, doesn’t matter what your personality or quirks are – punctuality is punctuality, truthfulness is truthfulness and attentiveness is attentiveness.

We need to know the values we want in our children’s lives but be creative and flexible as we live life together with them, adapting our lessons, changing and tweaking our consequences so that we can touch each individual child and help them succeed in life.  The journey may well be different for each child.

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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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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

Download this checklist and stir your child's curiosity

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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

ATTEND LIVE : FREE PARENTING WORKSHOP

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

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

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