Dad helps Josh set up an electric train model Kids go with their Dad to a muddy cattle yards



Does Dad teach in your homeschool?

Most dads have some sort of employment during the day and it isn’t always possible for him to be consistently involved in the “lessons” part of the day. Early on in our homeschool journey I would jump on the opportunity of Pete being home and ask him to do a lesson on a particular science topic; science being his thing. Though I felt it was more than in his ability to talk to the children about “Flight” for example, it put tremendous pressure on him. I didn’t understand this.

One of the changes that has happened in our family understanding of homeschooling is that our focus has shifted from lessons from books to lessons from heart, to building relationships. This has helped so much especially when it comes to Peter being involved. In the beginning when I asked him to take a lesson, though I was expecting him to teach from his knowledge and passion, he still saw it as a school lesson and he didn’t have time to prepare a lesson (to be fair to him, it must be noticed that I actually asked him to teach a lesson, so it is no wonder this is what he thought I meant! Our language has an immense bearing on us). Once we shifted our own education paradigms this no longer was an issue. He was free to be who he was, with his own unique take on the world and pass it onto his children.

What are the skills and knowledge that dad has?
His career, his hobbies, his passions?

Though our children don’t go out to work with their dad often there are many opportunities where Pete can invite the kids into his world. Such as the times he brings home animal samples to be sent onto the Vet. Pathology Lab – a brain, an eye, a liver etc. As he prepares for a training workshop he has a model showing bone structure around the reproduction area of a cow. Fascinating!! The kids love it when he pulls out his microscope and shows them many wonderful things in our micro-world. Occasionally they do get to go out on the job with him – they have had the opportunity to work in the cattle yards with him, watch as he carries out operations or pull a horse’s tooth.

What are Pete’s hobbies? Unfortunately he doesn’t take much time for hobbies at the moment but he does squeeze in a bit of gardening and building, especially during the Wet Season. These few months becomes a season when spending time with Dad takes a precedence over any academic study that we have planned. While in the shed the boys, in particular, are learning to use tools to build and maintain our home and other possessions , measuring, recycling materials, painting.

In the garden the kids have learnt to operate machinery, to measure, to build, to prune, to take initiative, to follow sequences, to be innovative and resourceful.

As for Pete’s passions – God and God’s people. He certainly doesn’t need to prepare lessons to pass on his love for his God to his children. An extension of this love for God is Peter’s desire to see kingdom principles taken hold of in people’s lives. He sees history and world events through the principles God sets out in His Word. As Peter talks to the children about these things, he is teaching principles and modeling the central place God has in his own life.

Can you see the variety that they are learning from their Dad? He is not only passing on his knowledge of the animal world, because he is a Vet, he is showing them how to relate to people, how to hold to his integrity in the business world, how to manage his time, how to care for animals, how to persevere on a tough job, but most of all, how to always be first a child of God.

As they spend time with him he becomes their mentor, their teacher. As we have learnt, it doesn’t have to be structured lessons following a curriculum or planned lesson. What is needed though, is time, a focused mind, and a heart for their children.

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

Get your Planning Worksheets

I will email you the download link so you can start looking at all the different spheres of your child's life before you make any curriculum choices. 

The download link is on it's way.

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.  

The download link is on it's way.

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.  

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download yourCharacter Certificates

Though true character is driven by internal motivation, our children will appreciate when we see that they are growing in character.

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download your Character Certificates

Though true character is driven by internal motivation, our children will appreciate when we see that they are growing in character.

The download link is on it's way.

Download your Cheat Sheet

 

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

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on its way.

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.

I'm excited to share this download with you. Watch your inbox.

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

I will email you the download link.

The download link is on it's way.

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

You will receive an email shortly with the details. Watch your inbox.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Download Parenting Poster

Download Parenting Poster

Learn to respond to your child in a way that changes their heart.

 

I will email you the download link.

The download link is on it's way.

Download Parenting Poster

Download Parenting Poster

 

Learn to respond to your child in a way that changes their heart.

 

I will email you the download link.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

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.

Download Parenting Poster

 

When we Respond instead of React we find a way to deal with the heart not just behaviour.

 

I will email you the download link.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Download Character Lesson Guide

You will receive an email shortly with the details. Watch your inbox.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

When family relationships get tense - look for the niggles.

Heart Focused Parenting Resource for the Intentional Parent

 

Your download will arrive in your inbox shortly. 

Print it out and use to teach the hearts of your kids.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Hearts: Heart focus homeschool

Email Course

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

You have joined the email course. Watch your email inbox!

Find ways to Re-engage your Student

Download this checklist and stir your child's curiosity

Watch your Inbox - the Checklist is on it's way!

Stay Heart Focused

 

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


Weekly Heart Boost emails with practical and encouraging ideas to be heart focused in all areas of family life.

Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your family journey. I'll be in touch.

FREE Parenting Worksheet

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

 

 

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Parenting Support Library

Join now for extra and regular heart focus family living support.
Weekly emails and bonus content straight to your email inbox.

 

 

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Become a Better Parent

Personal growth starts with an honest assessment

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Give Effective Consequences

Think before you React

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

 

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

One Another Verses

Be Intentional in the Teen Years

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

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Devotion Response Kit cover

Download your Devotion Response Kit

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

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

Prepare a Heart focused Christmas

 

Free email course

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download your copy

Download your copy

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

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

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.

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

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

Replay available until 16th May 2021

 

I'm so excited about this workshop - thanks for joining me!

Raising Kids with Character

REPLAY OPTION : 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.

 

Replay available from 6th May until 16th May 2021

 

I'm so excited about this workshop - thanks for joining me!

Raising Kids with Character

WAITLIST

 

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. 

I will keep in you in the loop as soon as decisions have been made!

Join Heart Boost and gain access to de•vot•ed free for 1 month

 

Connecting everyday living with the Word of God

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

Bonus Reading list

 

Sharing my Homeschool Belief File

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

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

%d bloggers like this: