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How would you answer this?

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Do you read things aloud to your kids that you and they think are just “ok”? Or do you stop books in the middle if you aren’t feeling it? I want reading aloud to be our primary source of learning, but then get stuck in making sure we are doing the “subjects” and sometimes we […]

How would you answer this?

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

How do you structure the time to help reinforce your current read-alouds? I am referring to things like notebooking, doing a skit, building a lego scene? And do your kids get to pick whatever they want to reinforce? Last school year we were doing notebooking with our history reading and I thought it went well. […]

Very Shy 16-Year-Old Daughter — How Would You Answer This

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres We have a 16-year-old daughter who is very shy around people she does not know very well, even if she’s been around them occasionally. She seems content to just keep to herself in group situations, and does not desire to participate in any activity with anyone she is not VERY familiar […]

Why is life so hard? Man-on-the-Street Interviews

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

Laurie Bluedorn talks to some people at the University of Iowa campus on April 3, 2009. Why are you here on this planet? Why is life so hard? Do you think there is a divine purpose for your life?

Screentime — Laurie, why do you keep harping on this subject?

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

How do you deal with a husband who comes home from work every day and sits in front of a screen till he goes to bed? He watches the news all day, plays video games, or stares at his phone — he is seriously addicted to screens. I’ve tried for 10 years straight talking to […]

Sit By Me, Mom

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Is it necessary for my child to do all his schoolwork on his own? I sit on the couch with my 10-year-old son and help him with the introduction to his assignments. For example, with his math lessons, I go through the lesson with him (takes us five minutes), and then I’m off and he […]

Don’t Press the Technicalities Too Early

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Here is a Facebook conversation we recently had with a friend. Debra: I have an 8-year-old and 7-year-old (along with three littles). Both are reading very well. We read aloud a lot and love it. They want to write letters and notes. I am simply noticing a lack of any good spelling. I’m wondering if […]

Is it too late for a 40-something-year-old?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Gerrit Dou (1613-1675) — Old Woman Reading a Lectionary I would like to know if you think it is too late for a 40-something-aged individual to learn how to learn? I just heard about the Trivium and thought I would look it up and found you. Where would you recommend that I start if I’m […]

What the Bible says about the role of wives and why I disagree with the Pearls

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Can you clarify specifically what counsel and religious views of the Pearls that you disagree with? Emily G. Doug Wilson outlines the theological views of the Pearls. Tim Challies writes about the theological and training issues. This blog post is about submission vs enabling. Typically, when we talk about the role of wives, we quote […]

How would you answer this? Is it too late for John?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Dear Laurie, My husband and I recently adopted my sixteen-year-old nephew. This is a likable young man who does not get into trouble, is easy-going, and has been raised as a Christian. He has, however, quite possibly the laziest mind I have ever seen. I suspect that when he was being raised, television and videos […]


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