Tag Archive | Parenting

Busy Week Ahead

Busy week coming up, but even the “little” things are very important, especially the “little” things for the “little” ones.

“To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labours, and holidays; to be Whitely within a certain area, providing toys, boots, cakes and books; to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals, manners, theology, and hygiene; I can imagine how this can exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone and narrow to be everything to someone? No, a woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.”


G.K. Chesterton What’s Wrong With the World?


Too Much Responsibility?

This was interesting to read.  Can homeschooling be too much responsibility for a parent?

I want to homeschool, but don’t want the responsibility.

Often I take a look in Google Analytics to see what brings people to Simple Homeschool. Many readers arrive after an online search, on the hunt for information about a certain topic. Common searches that bring readers here include simple homeschooling, homeschool encouragement blog, waldorf homeschooling, and making the first homeschool day special.

But my heart dropped a little when I read that a few people found this blog after typing in “want to homeschool, but don’t want the responsibility.”

Fear of responsibility on the homeschooling path isn’t uncommon. After all, so our thoughts tease, if we send the kids to school and things aren’t going well, there’s someone else to blame. But if we grasp this calling fully by the reins, we know in whose direction fingers will point if results aren’t in line with the norm.  Continue reading

Note that this isn’t written from the perspective of a believing parent. (Disclaimer: I don’t even know much about the website.)

But if a non-Christian family shouldn’t shy away from homeschooling for fear of the responsibility, doesn’t a Christian have even more responsibility for the children the Lord has given us?


Homeschooling Statistics

The data here is very interesting.  It is a compelling reason to homeschool even if you ignore the main reason most Christian Families homeschool.  While I feel homeschooling is important for building good strong Christian character and sound Christian doctrine, it is still good to know that we don’t have to do that at the expense of our children’s education.  While good SAT scores are helpful that isn’t the bottom line for most homeschooling families.

Just a note:  According to the chart homeschooling is saving American Tax Payers approximately 16 Billion dollars.  That’s not petty cash!

Homeschooling By the Numbers [infographic]

HT: Challies.com


Heritage History

Most of my children love to read and they really enjoy reading historical fiction.  A favorite historical fiction author around here is G.A. Henty, which has taught my oldest son about wars and time periods most people have no clue about.  Many of Henty’s books are available for free download in the kindle version or paperbacks are available for under $10.

We have found that history is much easier grasped when read in the form of a story and not just learning dry facts.  (I’m in the process of learning history that I never learned in public school.)  Heritage History is a free source for time lines, maps and stories about the the characters of history, even those you’ve never heard of.  The history is divided up into time periods and also into civilizations so you can go to the section about Rome and read the time line of Rome and the stories of Rome.

Warning though some history is of course violent and there are portions that are not suitable for young children. I would never just turn the younger children loose on the website.  Since most of the actual books on the site are in the public domain, if you desire you can search for the title somewhere like Project Gutenberg to download and read offline.


Homeschool Conferences

Here are two homeschool conferences that I know about with the links to the websites.  While they are still a ways off it helps to plan ahead and it is cheaper to get the early bird discounts. 🙂

Midsouth Homeschool Convention

Memphis, TN

March 3 – 5, 2011

Speakers include:

Dr. Susan Bauer,

Ken Ham,

Doug Phillips, …

Tim Hawkins will be entertaining.

CHEF of Alabama Convention

Gardendale First Baptist

Gardendale, AL   (part of B’ham metro area)

June 23-24, 2011

Speaker: Kevin Swanson

New thing that is planned is that families of preschoolers may attend free to be introduced to homeschooling.

If you know of other Homeschool Conventions in other locations you can add the info in the comments.


Would Your Children Take Your Advice About A Spouse?

In Would You Have Taken Your Parents Advice? I shared that I wouldn’t have taken my parent’s advice about a potential spouse.  However, I could honestly at this point say that at least my oldest two children would listen and consider advice from my husband and I.  They are the only ones who are teens and mature at this point.  The others will remain to be seen.

Why do I think my children would listen when I wouldn’t have?

I don’t really know except that their life has been so different from mine growing up that honestly it is like comparing apples to oranges.

  • Intact family
  • Homeschooling
  • Christian faith
  • Living out our Christian faith daily (although flawed at best)
  • Different type of church life
  • Less peer pressure
  • Parental guidance for choosing friends
  • Living life as a family instead of individuals together in a house
  • Friends with similar values
  • Seeing others who have valued their parents input
  • Preaching to support the concept of parental guidance

Although the proof is in the pudding, or in other words until the event happens we won’t really know what will happen.

Do you have any clue why your children might listen better than you would have?

Or do we as parents always self-deceive ourselves?


Youth Groups – When Will the Church Notice The Problems?

We are in a church now with no youth group, at least nothing beyond a few youth sitting together at a table for lunch. It is nice to not be having to worry about what is being pushed on the youth in order to be relevant, hip or cool. Previously we attended a church that did have a youth group, although my children were not a part of it, I was still concerned about the other youth and the effect the youth group would have on them. So often when I voiced concerns with leadership they were shrugged off as being just silly ideas from that “silly, over-protective homeschool moma.” Funny thing is the secular media has started voicing the same concerns over and over again about church youth groups.

DefCon has posted some more of the secular media articles about church youth groups. I think it is well worth reading what the world is seeing in our churches. Sometimes it takes someone else to point out the obvious to us. 🙁

The state of the youth of the church.

When we decry the current condition of the youth in our churches (and the church as a whole) we are usually met with angry resistance. Now the condition of the youth (and the church) has gotten so bad that even secular news outlets are sitting up and taking notice.

The Wall Street Journal has recently reported on the sad state of the youth in American churches in an article aptly titled The Perils of ‘Wannabe Cool’ Christianity.

But what sort of Christianity are they being converted to?

Truly is what you see in most youth groups Christianity? or is it World?


And Then They Are All Mine

Here is a Sodom that parents often don’t hesitate to send their children to – alone.  The below are professor’s quotes from Al Mohler’s article.  Better read this if you have children approaching college age.

“And Then They Are All Mine” — The Real Agenda of Some College Professors

“We need to encourage everyone to be in college for as many years as they possibly can,” this professor wrote, “in the hope that somewhere along the line they might get some exposure to the world outside their town, and to moral ideas not exclusively derived from their parents’ religion. If they don’t get this in college, they’re not going to get it anywhere else.”

“The children of red states will seek a higher education,” he explains, “and that education will very often happen in blue states or blue islands in red states. For the foreseeable future, loyal dittoheads will continue to drop off their children at the dorms. After a teary-eyed hug, Mom and Dad will drive their SUV off toward the nearest gas station, leaving their beloved progeny behind.”

Then what? He proudly claims: “And then they are all mine.”

Continue reading

We “dittoheads” had better be aware of where we are sending our children the Lord entrusted to us.


Why Can I Find No Joy In This?

Soldier parents reunited with baby son in time for 1st birthday

… Haleigh left in April when Kaden was just six months old. FOX6 News told you in May how Haleigh used an internet connection to see Kaden on Mother’s Day. Her husband, Michael, left in December. Now the Worley’s are relishing the time together.

“Relax… spend time with this little guy,” Michael Worley said.

“Go down to the beach,” Haleigh Worley said.

The Worley’s have only two weeks together before duty calls and they must return to Iraq, but they will be home for an important event: Kaden’s first birthday next week.   …



Are Average Christians Even Aware?

While I’m still contemplating and studying whether believers should be fleeing from the cities that are like Sodom, I wanted to return to one of the original questions.  In the post Raising Children in Sodom at GTY the ending questions are these:

How are today’s Christians indifferent or asleep in the cultural battle for the family? How is the enemy infiltrating Christian homes (e.g., immersion in modern technology, exposure to secular entertainment)?

Now granted many who read Christian websites like GTY aren’t the “average” Christian.  No believer I know intentionally sets out to give their children and families over to the enemy.  Yet like many things it is the things that sneak up on us which often cause the most harm.  What seems so obvious to me to avoid may not even be thought about by another, and vise-versa.  Thus the expression being “asleep”.