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When Homeschooling Becomes a Shut Door

When Homeschooling Becomes a Shut Door

Hold back your stones, homeschooling advocates! Let’s be honest here: homeschooling can become too much for parents to handle in certain seasons of life. When that happens, it’s a door that may need to be shut, even if temporarily. So how do you know when it is time to shut the door?  This is my story   I have homeschooled my three children for the last seven years or so. It has been one of t ...[Read More]

Building a Burn Pile – A Lesson To Be Learned

Building a Burn Pile – A Lesson To Be Learned

Another storm has come. Branches lay all over the yard and the work is still to be done. It’s time to build a burn pile. I did not do much of that growing up in Brazil, if any; I really can’t recall. Mostly because we lived in houses with a much smaller yard than now or in condos where concrete seemed to be everywhere. Life was rushed between the urgency of accomplishments and fulfillment and ther ...[Read More]

How to Prepare For an Empty Nest – Part 1

How to Prepare For an Empty Nest – Part 1

Parents learn as they go, one season at a time. Their lives are always wrapped up in their children’s activities and interests and can’t believe that one day this will be just a memory. So how can parents prepare for those dreadful days when they will again have to live for each other, as a couple? Kids grow so fast, don’t they? Look at your own children. You have them in diapers one day, and you ...[Read More]

If my Parents Just Knew It…

If my Parents Just Knew It…

“For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that is illuminated becomes a light itself.” Ephesians 5:12-14 Someone said once, “It’s a good thing that parents only have two eyes”. I bet you it was a teenager who came up with that. Being a teenager is fun, let’s be honest. Fun? No, it’s actually a LOT of f ...[Read More]

Mom Called me Dumb and I Believed her

Mom Called me Dumb and I Believed her

Life is already hard in its own natural course. We feel pressured to do and say things we may not even understand as young girls. We have to follow rules, share in house duties, and often times we are told to do this or that because MOM SAID SO. Many girls would agree that this “enslaved work” can be compensated by some good hugging, a little shopping, and some mom and daughter time. A ...[Read More]

Is It OK for Parents to Hurt their Children’s Feelings?

Is It OK for Parents to Hurt their Children’s Feelings?

We have become a culture of people who don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. We hide our frustration, our disappointments, our anger and don’t deal with them. We model it to our kids as we don’t want them to go through similar hurt, and what are we actually doing? We are training them to become self-built bombs that will certainly explode at some time, at the wrong moment, in the wrong way. Perhap ...[Read More]

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