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Watch Political Debates! Key Teachable Moments for Teens!

Watch Political Debates! Key Teachable Moments for Teens!
Watch the Presidential Debates with your teen - and other political debates in your area. I'll be the first to admit I find them boring, and will "sometimes" fall asleep while watching them, but you are at the prime age to teach your children what is really important!  You can watch the debate, have them take notes on it, and then discuss it in the context of your values.  Kids don't just "catch" values, you have...
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Time to Have "The Talk"

Time to Have "The Talk"
When children are young, we shield them from much of our "rated R" world.  But something happens that changes that.....  Your children grow up.  That's when we realize that we need to shelter young children, but discuss with teens. When your children enter their teen years, it's time to begin having "the talk" about social issues, morality, and integrity.  Allow them to see more of the world, and explain to them what you see in the...
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Be Strong in Wisdom AND the Spirit

Be Strong in Wisdom AND the Spirit
Stephen was strong, wise, and full of the Spirit.  We can learn a lot from the first martyr.  Here is what the Bible says: "These men began to argue with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke." Acts 6:9-10 Standing up against society is difficult.  Stephen's witness is so strong because he stood up against society using both wisdom and the Holy Spirit - not just...
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Test Scores vs. Values

Test Scores vs. Values
"Failure" in a homeschool doesn't have anything to do with a test score.   Our family has a motto:  "never compare, someone always gets hurt."  This is particularly true when comparing your child's test scores to someone else, or comparing your homeschool to someone else.  In fact, "Failure" isn't about test scores at all. Jeremiah 9:23-24 This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast...
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Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord
Now what do we do?  The election is over, some people are happy with the election, and others aren't.  In either case, our call to action is the same. Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Now is a great time to work with your teens on "doing good."  Find a charitable organization, and work together to give your time and money.  Dwell in our land,...
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On Vocabulary and Values

On Vocabulary and Values
When my kids were younger, we used Wordly Wise to study vocabulary.  One of my greatest frustrations was that even after spending an entire week studying a word, I wouldn't hear the words come out of my child's mouth!  One year I heard a speaker discuss the problem.  She said there was a time delay with vocabulary.  She said that it took a long time for vocabulary words to sink in, and that it wasn't uncommon...
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