Do You Want to Train Your Kids in Kindness?

LauraAll Posts, Character Training, Motherhood

My friend Steph just emailed this question, “I’m currently reading Corrie ten Boom’s “Tramp for the Lord”. Have you read this? It’s so good. Anyways, in there she’s talking about her first bath and meal after being freed from the Nazi prison and she says that the girls who bathed her were “trained in kindness”. I thought about my girls … Read More

Got a whiney child? Here are 2 things that helped us.

LauraAll Posts, Character Training, Motherhood

Lia and I recorded this video SEVEN years ago when she was just two years old. (Isn’t she the cutest thing?) We were working hard on that whining thing because she whined through most of her waking hours. It didn’t help that she was super-small and had no pain tolerance – even the wind hurt her and we heard about it. … Read More

The Learning Parent Deals: Keep Your Eyes Open

LauraCharacter Training, Early Elementary Education, Homeschooling

The Learning Parent keeps running deals on their Character Concept material. I just received an email announcing a free set of character flash cards with the purchase of the book, Crossroads of Character. We’ve been loving this curriculum. If you’re unsure about purchasing the entire curriculum, this book and the flash cards are a great place to start! You can … Read More

When Children Speak Their Mind

LauraAll Posts, Character Training

Yikes! Vivienne told her teacher, “You have crazy hair!” THEN, to make matters worse, she patted her lovely teacher on the head three times and said, “Puff! Puff! Puff!” Her teacher knows children well enough to laugh, but I remembered the times both girls have innocently commented on someone’s appearance without any concern – or understanding – of the person’s … Read More

Why the Internet is Full of Temptations (and what we can do about it)

LauraAll Posts, Character Training, Healthy Living, Marriage, Motherhood

In our home, we aim to use the utmost discretion with our online time and interests; Covenant Eyes helps us to make wise choices and honor our relationships. The following post is written by Luke Gilkerson, a representative of Covenant Eyes, an online accountability program that Ryan and I use and promote. After reading Luke’s post, please consider subscribing to … Read More

The Parachute: A Story About Thinking Before You Jump

LauraAll Posts, Character Training, Healthy Living

(Photo found through google…) The year was 1990. I was in sixth grade. P.E. class was an awkward mess of polyester gym shorts and high-top sneakers left over from the eighties. Our teacher, Mr. Zook, divided the year into units: the scooter unit, the basketball unit, the Presidential Fitness Award unit, and so on. My two favorites were the gymnastics … Read More

Confessions of a Whimsical Heart

LauraCharacter Training, Healthy Living, Marriage, Motherhood

(I wrote this post way back in 2007, but reading it again was refreshing to me. I hope it helps a whimsical heart in your life… especially if she’s younger than 25.) Like a butterfly flitting from flower to flower, floating up to the blue autumn sky, then fanning its wings beautifully on a blade of dewy grass only to … Read More