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"Lord, don't let me be ashamed that we homeschool!"

"Lord, don't let me be ashamed that we homeschool!"
As children get older, you begin to realize that you have less and less control over their behavior.  It's not until you reach the teen years that you truly understand why all the child training you did in the early years was so important.  Sometimes it seems like you can't tell them anything when they are older teens, and the only messages they hear from you are the ones you said a decade earlier! As children...
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Guest — Lee
You're not alone! Blessings, Lee
Monday, 25 October 2010 09:45
Guest — corine
... so true! Words of wisdom spoken here.
Sunday, 24 October 2010 20:02
Guest — Theresa
Thanks so much, Lee! Thank you for voicing my fears as I am beginning to feel that loss of control. It's very difficult, but it'... Read More
Sunday, 24 October 2010 05:42
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Admittedly Unequal

Admittedly Unequal
Many colleges are rejecting women at rates drastically higher than those for men, although engineering is the exception. To keep the student body of a university equal between men and women is very difficult.  Maintaining that equilibrium, however, has in the past few years meant rejecting many more female applicants than male ones. Women have the edge in male-dominated fields, and may yield better scholarships.  Men have a general advantage in college admission, and may be...
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Guest — J W
Hmmm... I wonder if Midway College in Kentucky and Lake Erie College in Ohio are biased in the opposite way for admission to thei... Read More
Friday, 15 January 2010 05:23
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News Flash! 20 YO Son Learns to Cook - Film at 11:00

News Flash!  20 YO Son Learns to Cook - Film at 11:00
Every single day I am amazed at the things that come out of my 20yo son's mouth!  Two years ago, when he was 18, I wasn't sure how well I had raised my son, but now...... every day I'm constantly amazed!  Sunday he called to ask about doing freezer cooking.   He asked about how to freeze meals, and we looked over some recipe books together.  Can you believe that?  I can't believe I heard the words...
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Guest — Yvonne Eaton
I have to agree! My 28 year old daughter (who was homeschooled all the way through), never enjoyed cooking like her sisters. Now... Read More
Friday, 01 January 2010 09:17
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5 Ideas for Moms Raising Teen Boys

5 Ideas for Moms Raising Teen Boys
We interrupt this program...Hi everyone....Matt here.  One of Lee's Facebook friends asked whether I had any tips for mom's raising teen boys.  Although I've never been a mom, I have raised teen boys.  With that obvious shortcoming, I humbly offer the following 5 ideas: Be aware of the dynamic going on.  Your son is changing from dependence to leadership.  He is learning to lead a family both by watching his dad, but also by "practicing" on...
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Guest — Jenny
So what if their response to the example in #4 is to simply NOT do the work? and they have no reaction to the consequence?
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 21:22
Guest — Lee
Have you seen my husband's video on Raising Boys vs. Raising Men? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myWK95oA2TU Bl... Read More
Monday, 16 November 2009 11:14
Guest — Craig
#1 and #3 are interesting. The thought of him practicing to be a leader on his mom is something i have never heard. Can yo offer a... Read More
Monday, 16 November 2009 07:57
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Homeschool Speech and Debate - Outside the Box

Homeschool Speech and Debate - Outside the Box
One of the great things about homeschooling is that you can tailor your school to meet the needs and interests of your students.  To do that, you need to think outside the box a little bit.  Once you do that, all things are possible!   Even speech and debate!I have another question for you.  Are there ways outside of a school setting to get a child involved in a debate club or with public speaking, other than...
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Guest — Karen
4H has speech and debating clubs
Saturday, 11 April 2015 14:52
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good point, Karen! The monthly 4-H meetings alone are a good education in parliamentary procedure. Robin Assistant to The HomeScho... Read More
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:21
Guest — Lee
Dear Kelly, You don't have to take speech and debate in high school. If you do take speech and debate, you don't have to compete... Read More
Monday, 08 October 2012 15:58
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How Many High School Classes Should We Plan?

How Many High School Classes Should We Plan?
It's normal for a teen to have between 6 and 8 high school classes each year.  It's a good idea to evaluate yourself if you have more than that, to see if you are expecting too much.  So look at your schedule and see if you have some repeats.  World History is a social studies class just like geography is a social studies class.So, why take both?Is it because your child loves it and that is...
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Guest — Lee
Janet, I think homeschoolers can count some of those extra curriculars within their school hours - and I think they also can count... Read More
Saturday, 15 August 2009 12:21
Guest — Janet
The stereotype for college-bound highschoolers these days is 6 hours at school, a couple of hours at an extracurricular activity a... Read More
Saturday, 15 August 2009 10:03
Guest — Kristine
As I prepare for our first year of high school, this is the morning that several of my dd's subjects are spread across my kitchen ... Read More
Friday, 14 August 2009 08:51
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Deschooling Gently: A Step by Step Guide to Fearless Homeschooling

Deschooling Gently: A Step by Step Guide to Fearless Homeschooling
Does your teen have a REALLY rotten attitude?  I have seen this sort of thing before, and then PRESTO! The kid turns it around - usually when they find a thing that really floats their boat. Let me throw in a few ideas:Do you remember when the kids were babies, and things would get really hard and miserable? One thing that helped me at THAT stage of life, was realizing that those things usually only lasted...
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Guest — Lee
Debbie, Thanks for the encouragement! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 13 August 2009 05:02
Guest — Debbie
Lee - Thanks for getting to the heart of things here. This is a rough time in life, but it helps with this reminder to keep looki... Read More
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 22:42
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A "No-Duh" Approach to Choosing High School Math

A "No-Duh" Approach to Choosing High School Math
In my opinion, the math or science program that best prepares your child best is the program that helps them learn the most.Brilliant, huh?As children get older, it's not just about the parents teaching style and the child's learning style.  When they become teenagers, you have to add a third dimension:  the student's preference.  Teens can have some issues that may interfere with a curriculum, even though it seems like a logical choice, and we may...
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