Christian Parenting and Encouragement
Every parent would agree, the blessings of parenting outweigh the daily challenges. However, most parents have secretly wished for a “Dummies Guide to Parenting” to magically show up in their mailbox! Yet, even with all of the amazing self-help books and parenting “how-tos”, the daily responsibilities of parenting can weigh heavy. However, the Bible is amazingly relevant to those everyday challenges! Here are a few ways to help find that much-needed parenting inspiration:
Finding encouragement as a homeschool parent can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Yes, there are times when you will feel alone but don’t despair. We’ve been there and understand completely. We realize that it often takes someone to come along beside and lift us up when we feel like we cannot go any further. That’s what this section is all about. We’ve written articles and we’ve reached out to other homeschool parents with the same struggles and they’ve shared their experiences. God has promised to lead us and guide us not just in the big things, but the daily and even moment by moment struggles we face as parents.
- Homeschooling Held Hostage
In the past fifteen years, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the homeschool community. There is much more pressure being put on homeschoolers to excel academically. We’ve gone from a few brave moms who, without access to mainstream “curriculum”, managed to give their children an excellent education—but we’ve forgotten what made it excellent. by Heidi St. John.
- Parenting in Jesus’ Footsteps
We believe in using gentle discipline when teaching children right from wrong, refraining from spanking and harsh punishments. The Lawrence Family site.
- Are You Needing Some Help?
Barb Shelton offers advice to Christian parents who are frustrated either with their children’s school situation or with burnout with their curriculum choice.
- Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool
This is my children’s school. I am putting their assignments online so that they can work independently and so that I have the assignments saved for their younger siblings. Grade levels and courses include 180 days of homeschool lessons and assignments. It covers reading, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, math, history/social studies/geography, science, Bible, computer, music, art, PE/health, and logic. It uses only free materials found on the internet.
- The End in Mind
Blog with a wide variety of helpful resources and lesson ideas for the Christian homeschool family
Finding Joy in Your Homeschool Journey
Sometimes we get busy and forget that the simple things in life are what matter. Homeschooling is an amazing adventure and an accomplishment that will be life-changing for your children. But, there are times that the demands of homeschooling, parenting, and even working can be overwhelming.
When you find yourself in those situations, don’t just try to push through. Take time. If needed, take a few days off from schooling and revisit those things that recharge your joy. As a Christian, taking the first step to sit at His feet with the Word of God, to read expectantly and listen is as important as breathing. Consistency is also important. Keep seeking, keep stilling your heart… the peace and joy will come.
- Make time every day for quiet reflection – listen for that still small voice!
- Fill your cup – you can’t pour yourself into your family unless your cup is full!
- Take time with your children and teach them the attitude of gratitude and reflection!