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My child is gifted

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

I’m just now preparing to begin homeschooling my oldest child, who turned five in January. I’m intending to follow a classical model. I’ve just recently found your website and I’ve read your articles on early formal education. My daughter is, in your terms, a precocious little tyke, who taught herself to read at age 3-1/2. […]

Best book on counseling

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Your Family, God’s Way: Developing and Sustaining Relationships in the Home What makes a good family? Good theology, regular family worship, separation from the world, modest dressing, listening to good music, going to a Biblical church, homeschooling? All of these things may be good, but none of them, by themselves, are what make a good […]

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 […]

Suggestions on how to treat your adult children

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Suggestions on how to treat your adult children: 1. The majority of the time that you are talking with your adult child, you should be doing the listening, not the talking. Real and attentive listening. Respectful listening — not appearing to be listening or thinking about what you need to be doing next or what […]

These are the toys they keep coming back to

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. After five kids and five grands, these are the toys they keep coming back to. 1. Cash Register 2. Xylophone 3. Play-Doh 4. Pick-Up Sticks 5. Weaving Loom 6. Toy Doll House Furniture 7. Hot Wheels 8. Pop Gun 9. Small […]

Unsure of what to expect?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

The Top Thing Parents Can Do to Turn Kids into Successful Adults And only one in four parents are doing it, according to a recent report. by Annie Holmquist Last week, Business Insider ran an interesting article listing 13 things parents can do to turn their child into a well-adjusted, successful adult. The first thing […]

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 […]

Hands Free Mama Give-Away

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. UPDATE: Our winner is Stephanie McClure! We have three items given to us by Hands Free Mama Rachel Macy Stafford to give away. ‘House Rules’ Print ‘Live Hands Free’ Bracelet One copy of Hands Free Life: Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, […]

Continually connected to an electronic device — Hands Free Mama blogger Rachel Macy Stafford reveals habits for living and loving

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. Earlier, I told you about Rachel Stafford’s first book Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters. Her new book Hands Free Life: Nine Habits […]

The Conversation I Almost Missed & the Future It Could’ve Cost

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

“I thought it was my job to teach my children a lesson. But what I was teaching them was that I could never be satisfied. I was teaching them to confide in someone else -— someone who would be more understanding and less reactive. I was teaching them to strive for perfection, no matter the […]


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