6 Simple Steps to Partnership Parenting

September is a magical time in our house.  The leaves are changing.  The temperatures are cooling.  The sweaters and warm blankets come out.  Apple, cinnamon, and pumpkin scents are everywhere you go. September is also a magical month because it is my wedding anniversary.  As I ponder our marriage this month, I am so grateful …

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10 Goal Setting Steps to Success

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” Lawrence J. Peter There is something about the cooler weather and beauty of the leaves turning colors that bring a refreshing change in perspective. Nature is discarding the old to make way for the new.  There is a fresh beginning …

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5 Easy Steps to Socializing Your Home School Kid

“I am worried about sending my kids back, but I concerned about socialization if I homeschool.” “I loved the flexibility of homeschooling this last semester, but I am concerned about socializing.” “I really want to homeschool, but I am concerned about socializing.” Sound familiar?  This is actually the number one “concern” I hear when people …

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10 Steps to Teaching Responsibility and a Peaceful Household

I had a very interesting conversation with some parents a little bit ago.  They came over for dinner and heard me ask my child to do the dishes.  Their jaws dropped!  “You have him do the dishes?!” They asked in astonishment.  “Yes.  He has chores around the house.”  “Wait.  He has more than doing the …

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Starting Home School? Here Are 10 Great Curriculums

This week I have had a significant amount of requests to discuss homeschool.  Questions like “How do you homeschool while working?  What curriculum do you use? How do you socialize your child?” and so many more have poured int.  I will not answer all of them here (in August I will be focusing on the …

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Lessons for Our Children: Life is Sacrifice

Sacrifice.  Most of hear that word and think of sacrificing sleep, or spending time at home for one more hour of work.  Throughout history and religion, there are countless stories of father’s laying down their lives for their children or sacrificing happiness for the happiness of their children.  From Abraham and Isaac to God and …

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Failing the Apocalypse on Easy Mode

“I can’t seem to find a groove.”  “All the doors keep shutting in my face.”  “If schools don’t open back up, my kid and I might not be on speaking terms till graduation…eight years from now.”  “Last night I ate an entire bar of cookie dough and hid in my closet for an hour just …

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The Power of Words: Or How to Create a More Positive and Productive Environment

“My kid has too much autonomy. I just had to calm her down from a screaming fit,” my manager told me as we have a one on one monthly meeting via Skype for Business.  “I am so tired.  A day feels like a month and a month feels like a day.  I can’t even keep …

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Silent Butler

Most of the world has been operating within the realm of the same four walls for the majority of the year.  Those in America have been at this at least a month, some longer.  Day after day I hear the same exhausted frustrations of parents: “My kids are driving me crazy!  I keep repeating myself.  …

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