Are you valuable without accomplishments, appointments, and activities?

LauraAll Posts, Christianity, Ministry

What do you do when your activities, appointments, and commitments suddenly disappear? In this episode of Grounded (a daily videocast by Revive Our Hearts), I share one life-changing thing that God is teaching me during this season of home quarantine. It starts like this… Imagine a father bringing his children to the playground. The kids dart off to play on … Read More

What to Do When Kids Say “I’m Bored”

LauraAll Posts

The phrase, “I’m bored,” doesn’t have to drive you crazy. The next time your child whines about boredom, take a deep breath and repeat these six words: “Something great is about to happen!” Child psychologists, teachers, and parents say boredom is good for our kids and can lead to growth and discovery. Boredom may lead your child into… the great … Read More

Encourage Your Child to High Standards While Learning at Home

LauraAll Posts, New Homeschooler

Janelle asked, “How do you encourage your kids to high standards in their learning without the benchmark of peers? How do you keep your kids motivated in their schoolwork without daily feedback from teachers and grades?” This is a great question. My heart goes out to you as you face this challenge. If my kids suddenly had to attend school … Read More

How Much Time Should We Spend on Academics?

LauraAll Posts

Judy asked, “How much time do homeschoolers spend actually doing academics? Those of us with kids in school feel almost like we have to keep them engaged for the same number of hours they would normally be in school. How much time should we spend on academics??” Thanks for the question, Judy. I understand that struggle and often wonder the … Read More

How to Stay Home With Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind

LauraAll Posts, Motherhood, New Homeschooler

Abby asked, “Help! I’m not used to being home with my kids all day, every day. How I can be a good mom even though my kids are driving me crazy??” Hi, Abby. I hear you. It’s not easy, that’s for sure! Even after 14 years of being home with my kids “all day, every day,” I feel like the … Read More

This Will Set You Up For Immediate Homeschooling Success

LauraAll Posts, New Homeschooler

If I suddenly had to show up at your place of employment and do the work you do every day, I would be overwhelmed. I would need you to take me under your wing and give me the big picture of what was going on. I’d need you to offer some tips, tricks, and insights so that I could jump … Read More

A Simple Homeschool Schedule to Keep Kids Occupied All Day

LauraAll Posts, Arts and Crafts, New Homeschooler

Hey, new homeschooler. Are you wondering what you should do with your kids all day? Hi, I’m Laura. I’ve been homeschooling my children for twelve years. I have six kids ranging in age from 1 to 14 years-old and I can tell you one thing… homeschooling is hard but rewarding work! I can’t imagine having to homeschool in a snap … Read More

How to Keep Serving When You Want to Quit

LauraAll Posts, Babies, Motherhood

Do you ever grow weary in serving? I sure do. In this video, I share three things that keep me going when I want to quit. Join me in my living room to talk about how God gives us the grace to have the mind of Christ… and to serve others just like Jesus did. How do you keep serving … Read More

Serving With Gladness

LauraAll Posts

I’m on the radio today! I’m so delighted to share “Serving With Gladness” at Revive Our Hearts from March 10 – 12th. Today’s episode is called “The Secret to a Meaningful Life“. Listen today or anytime in the future (you’ll find it in the Revive Our Hearts archives). I’d love for you to tune in!

Five Ways to Build Relationship with Your Tween

LauraAll Posts

Every time I hear Nichole Nordeman’s song “Slow Down,” I cry ugly mommy tears. Nordeman sings “slow down” to her child who, like all children, seems to be growing up too quickly. It’s beautiful, nostalgic, and heartbreaking.  (Have you seen the music video? Get the tissues ready!) The chorus is: Slow downWon’t you stay here a minute moreI know you want … Read More