Having been a teacher and counselor, it is clear to me that many of the life skills our children need to learn will need to be taught at home. In our offices we often encounter young adults struggling to launch with undeveloped executive functioning and life skills.This summer I want to reinforce … [Read more...] about Character, Discipleship, and Education
I will have to confess I fall in line with most of the population in that I don't enjoy household chores. Ironically, I would even rather clean up someone else's mess than my own. I remember in college a friend of mine being surprised I had to go clean up my apartment - it seems his mom taught him … [Read more...] about Chores: The Unavoidable Key to Self Worth
I will be honest. Part of me loves structure because when someone else sets a standard for me to meet, I love showing off and striving for the goal. When I have to set structure for myself, I cringe a little. I am naturally scattered and a big picture person who gets more ideas than I could ever … [Read more...] about Creating Structure with Flexibility
What's your intention? I have spent the past month thinking about what I want to accomplish with my children this summer. Here is my list:1) I want to have a schedule (with flexibility) so all of us will be more productive and on days when I'm working and they aren't at camp or VBS (Vacation Bible … [Read more...] about Step One: What is Your Intention?
This morning I got a disturbing call. A student I know had fled her English classroom. She was overwhelmed by the literature and discussion that was to follow. The subject: mental illness. Her distress was caused by her knowledge of her own diagnosis - panic disorder. Was she mentally ill? How … [Read more...] about Anxiety: The Often Unseen Struggle
This week has marked a significant change in the life of our family. Last fall - out of what seemed like nowhere to me - I felt God leading that we would place our oldest elementary age child in our local neighborhood school. I panicked at the thought of leaving the Christian school she attended … [Read more...] about The End of the First Week of School