Family Life / Parenting Coach

Belinda Letchford

Helping you be heart focused in all of your family life.

 

I’m so glad you are here

Hi, I’m Belinda! Do you ever get overwhelmed with all that it means to be a parent these days? Always playing catch up with the urgent making it hard to deal with the important?

My heart is to help. I can help you change things in your family with some coaching, or you can dig into the blog and download some of my free resources.  Where ever you turn you’ll find encouragement to be intentional, relational and heart focused in all areas of family life.

The Importance of Family

Live life with your Kids comes with the message that parenting is about relationships with our kids, about teaching and training the heart, about using the whole of life to teach character, wisdom and life skills to our kids.

Family is the place where we grow as strong individuals, and yet know a sense of belonging and purpose with others. It is a place where each individual grows and flourishes in their own created uniqueness.

I have been blogging for over twenty years now. It started as a place for me to process what I was learning about homeschooling, but it didn’t take long for me to understand that homeschooling is just a tool – the important thing in raising my family was to be a heart focused parent.

And this is the encouragement I want to leave you with – our job as parent is to teach, train, guide and encourage the whole child: the spiritual, moral, emotional, social, intellectual and physical.

Key Values

Intentional

Being Intentional is about living true to your values and purposes.

Relational

Relational so we can engage with our kids in a respectful way.

Heart Focused

Heart focus is when we address the children’s character and motivations instead of just behaviour.

Live life with your kids:  

Build strong relationships, shape your child’s heart and use the whole of life to teach faith, character, and life skills.

Behind the Blog

It is hard to introduce yourself without listing what you do first – we are more than what we do – we are who we are. I am me – I love Jesus, I love my family. I am a creative person who loves homemaking, scrapbooking, sewing and having friends over. I find rest in quiet and when I’m being creative. I enjoy reading (though between parenting and the internet I find my reading attention span has slipped!!) I enjoy being outdoors (though don’t do it nearly enough). I like the idea of gardening but watching a movie is more likely to win out.

Since our kids have grown up, and our homeschooling years are behind us there is a big sense of change in my life, I find that parenting with relationships isn’t over – we still have plenty of conversations, at all times of the day, about all sorts of things. Being available for my family, and helping my kids in their endeavours still takes up a lot of my time.

Meet my Family

I am married to Peter. We live on a farm in the far north of Western Australia. Peter is a large animal Vet and flies across a huge distance to service the cattle stations in the north. I have been a stay at home mum over the years and homeschooled from prep to year 12.  We have four kids: Joshua, Jessica, Naomi, Daniel –  all have grown up and left home and are pursuing new things in their lives.

Joshua is a highschool teacher, Jessica is working in Administration, Nomi is studying Graphic Design and Daniel is studying Digital Animation.

 

Growing up as a family we enjoyed playing board games, having parties, watching movies and camping (though didn’t do it enough). As the kids grew up we encouraged creativity and it is a delight to see each person pursue some form of creativity in their adult lives.  Most of us enjoy social media though very aware how it takes away time for reading and other good things.  Our favourite family time was Sunday breakfast where we tried to have meaningful conversations though the kids would often get distracted by funny one-liners from movies they had seen.

I still believe that the idea of ‘living life with your kids’ is true.  We aren’t living in a physical location together but our hearts and lives are still intertwined.

Since our nest is emptier, the challenge for Peter and I as far as family life goes is:

1.  To create a family lifestyle of two
2.  To continue to connect with and support our kids in their endeavours
3.  To find and enjoy purpose in a new season of life.

Though we are always seeking God how to spend our time and energies one thing we do know is that we love being involved in our local communities (both the Christian community, and the community at large.)

 

My OneWord for this year is ‘relationships’ – and that encompasses every sphere of my life – my relationship with God, our marriage relationship, relationship with the kids, with friends, with those in our community and online.

If you were to talk to Pete and I you would find that our passion is about families (both the natural family and the family of God). Our deepest desire is for these two identities to be functioning as God has intended – with peace, harmony, and impact on the world around them.

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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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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.

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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!

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Be Intentional

 

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

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

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

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Download Parenting Poster

Download Parenting Poster

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

 

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Download Parenting Poster

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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

Email Course

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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Stay Heart Focused

When you are aware of how to parent the heart the tone of your family will change.

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

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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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Parenting Support Library

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Don't miss Heart Moments with your Kids

 

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

Weekly emails are a little boost with practical and encouraging ideas to be heart focused in all areas of family life. 

 

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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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Devotion Response Kit cover

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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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Download your copy

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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

Replay available until 16th May 2021

 

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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

 

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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. 

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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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Stay Heart Focused

When you are aware of how to parent the heart the tone of your family will change.

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

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