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Join Steve Blackston, the Husband of a Homeschooling Mom and Teach Them Diligently speaker, throughout the month of November as he shares articles and insights specifically geared towards encouraging homeschool dads based on questions he has received from dads at Teach Them Diligently events. And, join the #NoShaveNovember fun by posting pictures of #TTDBeards. We’ll highlight those pictures through the month on our Instagram and Facebook platforms. At the end of the month, five families who shared pictures will be chosen to win a family registration to Teach Them Diligently 2019! Let the fun begin as we all Celebrate the awesome TTD Homeschool Dads this month! I’ll let Steve give you the scoop– just watch the video below. :)

Be sure to check out the Teach Them Diligently Blog all month long to get some great tips for homeschool dads and get more details on this month’s celebrate dads #TTDBeards promotion.

So, show off those manly dad beards– whether they are real, drawn on, or simply imaginary– we cannot wait to see them. Be sure to tag them all #TTDBeards, so we can highlight them on our IG Story.

Click Here To Register Now! Use discount code NOSHAVE10 to save $10 off your registration for the rest of November. (If you’ve already registered when you win… we’ll be happy to refund that fee.)

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The year has brought about changes in our family’s homeschool. I let go of many of my pre-conceived notions about home education. The difference has been great. We still don’t live in a “Pinterest-perfect” house or run our school in a picture-perfect way, but we are all growing and changing and becoming more like the individuals God created us to be. For that, I am thankful!

I realized that if God called me to homeschool because of discipleship, and I was allowing my ideals or what I thought others expected of me to distract me from that most important task, I was failing in my calling. Our homeschool looks very different as a result. (You can learn a little more about how the Lord taught me that in “My Homeschool Doesn’t Have To Look Like Your Homeschool.”)

So often, just when we think we have it all figured out, something changes. Those changes may be due to finances, becoming a single homeschooling parent, loss of job, health issues or the normal year -end/beginning assessment of the year to come.

The changes (and stresses) associated with homeschooling do not stop there. There’s the risk of burnout and the never–ending necessity to truly place God first and taking time every day to reconnect with our spouses.

Regardless of what causes the change – change is change and it can be stressful.

So, what can we, as homeschooling families do to help one another during these changes? Perhaps you are changing curriculum, moving, or nothing at all (other than the grades your children are in). Either way, we want to know so we can pray with and for you and encourage you during this year’s homeschooling journey.

Suggestions for handling change:

  • Pray – alone and with a spouse.
  • Find friends you can discuss the changes with.
  • Write down your ideas and identify if they will help you achieve your over all goal for your family.
  • Talk with your children. Identify their strengths and where they need to grow.
  • Last but not least, take it slow.  Change takes time!

Now, it’s your turn. Share your changes for the homeschool year. Leave a comment below.

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

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Don’t you love it when God chooses to teach you things that you can chew on for ages??

An old, old missionary to the mountains of Kentucky spoke at our church one Sunday night while I lived in Lexington, KY.  He is the kind of man that I would love to sit down with for 30 minutes just to hear his stories and get a glimpse into his amazing heart.  He blessed my heart more than I can say– for he, who gave up all to go to one of the poorest areas of the country, felt completely unworthy to be used by his Lord.  He said as he was giving his testimony that he couldn’t imagine why God would choose to “put the preach in him” when there were so many other, better men God could have chosen. I have thought about that statement many times since then.

At first, I was simply struck by how cute it was to hear an old man say “Put the preach in me.”  But as God started bringing this statement to my mind, I realized that in truth, God has “put the preach” in all of us.  He has called all of us to spread the gospel.  I was again convicted by the many opportunities that I have squandered by hiding the “preach” God put in me.

As moms, God has given us so many natural opportunities to share God’s grace and the gospel with our children.  Are we looking for them?  We are commanded in Deuteronomy 6 to teach our children diligently. We should be pointing their little hearts to the cross as we sit in our house, and when we walk by the way, and when we lie down, and when we rise up.  Every interaction, every opportunity for discipline, and every tender caress should be filled with grace.

We really are unworthy to be called.  There really are men and women that are better– better speakers, better “livers,” better givers, etc.  But God has called ME– and God has called YOU.  Oh, fellow moms and dads– today and everyday, let’s let our children and the world around us be aware of the “preach” God has put in all of us. No greater difference could ever be made in their lives!

We have compiled a number of resources at Teach Them Diligently to walk along side you as you seek to strengthen your family through Biblical homeschooling and discipleship. How I pray you find them to be a great help to you and your family! Here are a few options to get you started:

  • Teach Them Diligently, Raising Children of Promise. God gives us countless instructions about how we as parents are to set our children on the way they should go. I pray that after the last page of this book is turned, you will walk away with a better vision for parenting your children the way God intended, with an actual game plan, and that you will have a much deeper trust in Him, confident in His ability to hold your children close as they grow. He is strong and mighty, and He loves them with an everlasting love.
  • How Praying For Your Children Will Affect The Way You Parent (and The Way You Live!) This short video will give you insight into the powerful free prayer resource available on our website (which you access right from the video page.) When we are strategically praying for our children, the same things we are trying to instill in them, God generally brings to our attention personally as well, drawing us closer to Himself in the process.
  • When Discipleship Turns Personal— Do you ever find that God works in your own heart… even as He is leading your conversation with your children? Yeah, me, too! :)
  • Teach Them Diligently 365— This community of like-minded Christian homeschool families is a great place for additional mentoring and friendship. You will also have access to exclusive content, including more than a thousand workshops from Teach Them Diligently events.

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Simple Thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers foster celebration and motor skills. Little guys are highly visual and love hands-on activities. Don’t be shy about using this approach.

Here are a few ideas to try with your preschooler. Remember, sometimes it’s okay to be messy. Messy is fun! It’s the process, not the product, that’s important.

Paper Turkeys

Begin with this easy paper turkey. Here are the materials you will need:

  • Multi-colored feathers (can be found at any craft and hobby shop)
  • Brown, orange, red, and white construction paper
  • Black marker or black Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Glue

If you know your child gets frustrated with the cutting process, pre-cut the pieces. Have the parts ready to assemble onto the little turkey bodies. Be sure to pre-cut the eyes, wattle, and beak. The turkey body can take any shape you wish, including the one in the picture above.

Have your preschooler glue on their turkey parts and presto – a cute paper turkey. If you make one in advance for them to see, remind them not to worry about making their turkey look exactly the same. Their effort, and the fun they have while creating, matter more than the appearance of the final product.

Make the experience  more exiting for older pre-K’s and elementary ages. Foster fine motor skills when you let them trace the eyes, wattle, and beak. Allow them to cut out the shapes. Hint: the less fine motor control a child has, the larger the tracing templates need to be.

It’s okay if they don’t turn out perfectly. These imperfect first attempts will provide fond memories for years to come if you laminate the final products.

Handprint Turkeys

This is a fun but messier craft activity. Your preschooler will get a kick out of this one. You may experience a few giggles during the process. You will need:

  • Construction paper (red, brown, or yellow)
  • Fall color paints: red, yellow, orange, and brown
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glue
  • Paintbrushes

I like to get a paintbrush for each color that I will be painting on their hands. It may also be a good idea to have a small basin of soapy water on the table for quick hand clean ups when you are done.

Use brown paint to cover the entire underside of the palm and create the turkey body. Then, paint each finger a different color. This process may tickle and cause giggles and squeals. Grab a video camera to catch some of the laughter to playback next year for more giggles.

After the hand is ready to print, press down onto your desired construction paper color and press firmly. Dip those little hands in the basin of water you put out ahead of time to save yourself extra clean up!

After the turkey has dried, add on googly eyes and write what your child is thankful for in each feather. Laminate these projects for adorable Thanksgiving place mats. If you want more than one hand on the construction paper, you can paint both hands.

Sugar Cornucopia

This has been a definite hit with my preschoolers in the past. This fun to put together, yummy treat makes a great Thanksgiving Day table favor.

Gather your  cornucopia supplies:

  • Sugar Cones
  • White Frosting (edible glue)
  • Fruit shaped fruit snacks, Runts Candy, or fruit shaped cereal
  • Craft Stick

Place the white frosting in a small plastic bowl and use the craft stick to spread the white frosting inside of the sugar cone. After that has been completed, stick on the fruit shaped items and let set until frosting has hardened. This is a quick little edible craft. The results are awesome!

Egg Pilgrims

In addition to a few hard-boiled eggs, you will need these supplies:

  • Googly Eyes
  • Black Construction Paper (Boy Pilgrim)
  • Coffee Filters (Bonnets for Girl Pilgrims)
  • Glue
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Egg Carton
  • Yarn

After the eggs have been boiled and cooled, stick into individual egg carton holders. You can cut these apart or choose to leave them whole. Cut out little pilgrim hats from construction paper. Black top hats for boys and little bonnets out of coffee filters for girls. Glue on desired color yarn for hair. Then, glue on hats. Attach the googly eyes and let dry. Draw on the nose and mouth with a Sharpie marker.  You will have cute little egg pilgrims to decorate your table.

For more simple Thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers, visit http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2014/08/200-fall-crafts-kids-activities.html

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3 Strategies for Raising Good Stewards

You can give your kids all kinds of rules for playing with others: share, use nice words, don’t bite. But the moment a child understands that they should treat others like they’d like to be treated, the “rules” become less necessary.

The same is true for stewardship.

Christian stewardship is the simple belief that the universe was created by—and belongs to—God. And when we teach kids that we’re to care for creation on His behalf, it impacts everything—including money management. It’s not about teaching rules; it’s about developing a mindset.

Teaching financial stewardship is about showing kids how to be smart with money, modeling wise financial behavior, and equipping them with the best tools to manage their funds.

Teaching Stewardship

Even small children can grasp financial concepts, so don’t be afraid to start young. With younger kids, it’s as easy as allowing them to use their imaginations.

Why not create a pretend store where they can shop. You can use old cereal boxes or canned goods. The catch is that they only have a certain amount of “money,” so they have to shop carefully. Eventually, you can give them responsibilities on actual shopping trips.

They’ll also benefit from opportunities to learn about banking. A spending and savings account where they can put gift and allowance money is a great place to start.

Interested in learning more about bank account for kids? Click here.

Modeling Stewardship

Consider ways to show them how you monitor your finances. Do you have money-saving practices like clipping coupons, making shopping lists, or using a grocery-store app? Encourage them to help you.

Have you talked to your child about paying bills? Tithing? Have they seen a utility bill and understand that you pay for things like water and electricity? This builds awareness that stewardship requires choices and priorities.

And as you work on the household budget, your child can be part of the process by suggesting ways to reduce costs. This kind of involvement models what good stewardship looks like.

Equipping for Stewardship

Children are more comfortable with tech than ever before, and access to these tools can improve their understanding of banking. Some parents worry that giving their children access to banking tools too soon might encourage irresponsibility, but research shows that the opposite is true.

What children learn about finances will impact them their entire life, and the sooner you get them started, the better you’ll be able to reinforce a lifetime of smart money management. Studies show that by age seven, they’re already forming many of the financial habits and behaviors that will impact the rest of their life. So teach them to use these tools early.

Here are some ways to introduce digital banking basics: 1. Get them their own debit card.

Many adults tend to think debit cards are special because they didn’t grow up with them. The fact is that they’re a regular part of managing money, and if we want to raise money-wise children, they need to be comfortable with debit cards.

Debit cards made just for kids? Click here to learn more.


2. Show them how to monitor their account online and protect their funds.

Stewardship is about mindfulness. To be responsible for their finances, kids need to learn to observe their accounts and keep them safe.

Monitor accounts with your kids. Click here to learn how.

3. Teach them to deposit checks digitally and transfer money. 

A couple of decades ago you might have taught kids to write a check or deposit cash into an account. As more and more banking is done digitally, it’s crucial that we equip kids to bank with the latest tools.

If you’d like more information about how you can teach your children financial stewardship with safe, hands-on tools, look into Start Young Saving and Spending Accounts from Evangelical Christian Credit Union. Start Young Accounts will equip your children to carefully and responsibly manage their money.

Your children are going to spend their entire lives learning to be stewards of God’s resources. Why not get them started today with financial lessons that last a lifetime?

Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU) stands with homeschooling families with offers and resources that are specifically designed to benefit your unique lifestyle. 

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And make your plans to join us at Teach Them Diligently Conventions this spring because we’ll have a special track of sessions that are all about finances, money savings, and financial education.

Looking for more great articles about teaching your children how to manage and steward their money? Check out Pizza Prepares Kids To Make Sense Of Money, To Build Kid’s Money Handling Habits, Start Young, and Common Sense Savings Skills That Aren’t So Common on the Teach Them Diligently Blog.

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Looking for Homeschool connections And Great Resources All Year Long?

We at Teach Them Diligently are driven in our mission of encouraging you to seize the role God has for you while helping you move forward with greater confidence as a servant of Christ. We truly do believe that homeschooling when done Biblically will strengthen your family in countless ways. Here are all the places you can connect with Teach Them Diligently and other TTD families to find resources and connection all year long.

Teach Them Diligently Blog—Regularly updated articles from trusted TTD authors, speakers, and partners giving you information, insight, ideas, and more about everything to do with homeschooling, parenting, family, and more! Subscribe today, so you don’t miss a thing!

TTD365—Looking for a deeper connection and even more helps? Join Teach Them Diligently 365 to get access to weekly videos and more than a thousand audio and video resources to strengthen your family through Biblical Home Education every day of the year. TTD365 members also have access to a vibrant community of like-minded homeschool families who interact regularly on social media and through monthly live online meet-ups. Get more information about TTD365 here.

Facebook—Get updated information about Teach Them Diligently events, insightful conversation, humor, encouragement and more by following our Teach Them Diligently Facebook Page. Give us your opinion or thoughts on some of the posts to make sure you see the new content when it is published.

Facebook Groups—We have special Facebook groups for each TTD event, as well as a group for 365 members, Homeschool Guidance Counselor members, a curriculum exchange, and more. Check out the many Teach Them Diligently FB groups and start making some new friends there today!

Instagram—Get super ideas about #TTDHomeschoolSpace and get encouraged and equipped for your homeschool and parenting journey by following us on Instagram.

YouTube—Featuring hundreds of videos, there is a great amount of content old and new on our YouTube channel. With new content being loaded every single week, subscribe to the channel today, so you can always know what’s new.

Pinterest—Get inspirational ideas for your homeschool and more when you follow Teach Them Diligently on Pinterest.

We look forward to getting to connect with you all year long and then seeing you at Teach Them Diligently in the Spring! Register Now!

Want more information on why it’s so important to have these homeschool connections? Check out what science itself has to say about that! :) Click here to read all about it.

Still wondering if you should even rethink education and consider homeschooling as a viable option? We have an ebook to give you some answers to 11 of the questions you may well be asking yourself right now. Pick up your free copy of RETHINK EDUCATION now.

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Jolly juggling jesters jauntily juggled jingling jacks.

Did you know that today, November 8, 2018 is National Tongue Twister Day?!? Tongue twisters are those fun but sometimes annoying patterns of words that rhyme or start with the same letter and are always difficult to say clearly (and without giggling!) Many parents use tongue twisters as a way to entertain their children. But did you know there are also benefits to tongue twisters?

What are the benefits of tongue twisters?

  • Tongue twisters have been proven to clarify the pronunciation of words.
  • Tongue twisters also stretch and strengthen the muscles which you use to speak. (Who knew you had to exercise your mouth?)
  • Tongue Twisters show you what words and sounds you have trouble with pronouncing.
  • Tongue twisters warm up your speaking ability. You will find that performers and public speakers often speak tongue twisters before they go out on stage.

Ok, after reading that you may be wondering who are the individuals who created the tongue twister. Well we don’t really know. Some people say the geniuses  behind the tongue twister were parents of children who were looking for a way to entertain and teach their children. Others say it was scholars who created tongue twisters for their students. I prefer the first theory.

Tongue twisters are a great way for a family to have some fun. Below are some of my favorite tongue twisters. Try your hand at them and comment down below if you were able to get them out clearly.

Your turn to try your hand at 10 of my favorite tongue twisters.

  1. If two witches were watching two watches, which witch would watch which watch?
  2. Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be no, whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot, we’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.
  3. Toy boat, toy boat, toy boat. (say this 10 times fast)
  4. Rubber baby buggy bumpers.
  5. I thought a thought but the thought I thought, wasn’t the thought you thought I though.
  6. A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.
  7. Swan swam over the sea, swim, swan,  swim! Swan swam back again well swum, swan!
  8. How can a clam cram in a clean cream can.
  9. Loopy lizards lying lazily aloft a little lane of logs.
  10. Fresh, fried, fish, fish, fresh, fried, fried, fish, fresh.
Looking for some fun resources?

Here’s an activity where your children can write a tongue twister of their own using a specific letter. 

Check out these super fun tongue twister coloring sheets.

Really into tongue twisters? Here’s 50 to help improve your pronunciation!

Wondering what MIT notes as the most difficult tongue twister?? We have your answer!

Tongue Twisters For The WIN!

So, here’s the fun part!! Find the tongue Twister graphic on our Facebook page or Instagram feed and leave a comment with your favorite tongue twister. You’ll be entered to win a copy of the  Teach Them Diligently Book! We’ll pick the winner on Friday, November 9th!

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Inspire Responsibility

Service projects for teens inspire compassion and civic responsibility. Many schools require them for high school graduation because of their lasting impact. In addition to enriching life experiences for teens, service projects also open college doors. When your student finds a meaningful one, the impact will stick with them long after the cap and gown are packed away.

Service projects teach our children the value of helping others without compensation. The experience is the reward. Our children become productive members of society with a sense of social responsibility and have the opportunity to impact the world with Christ’s love.

Young People “Do Something” Campaigns

DoSomething.org has terrific ideas on how to call teens to action. From collecting a million pairs of blue jeans for needy families to hosting a bake sale for the hungry, any teen can find a project to feel passionate about. And for those who take the time to cook with an elderly person, there is a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship.
Talk with your teens to find out what service niche is most appealing to them. Simple skills they might take for granted like loving animals or planting flowers can be the very things that boost them forward!

Here are some service project ideas to help get them started:
  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter or zoo.
  • Support U.S. troops with collecting, packing or sending items overseas. Write letters or cards or host a party and ask others to help donate to the packages.
  • Organize an environmental cleanup in local neighborhoods, beaches or running tails. Check your county website for where to help.
  • Help paint, clean up parks or plant flowers
  • Start a neighborhood garden and donate the produce to your local food pantry. http://www.dig-itmag.com/features/lifegarden_story/471_0_6_0_M/
  • Volunteer at a charity fundraiser walk by helping with registrations or passing out water bottles.
  • Be a tutor at a local school or library who offers after school homework help.
  • Be a summer camp counselor at a local Christian Camp or YMCA.
  • Offer people you know help with an elderly parent or special needs child.
  • Volunteer at a local nursing home. Use your talents to brighten someone’s day. Teach email skills to the elderly so they can stay connected with their loved ones. Walk or read an inspiring book to them! http://www.programsforelderly.com/how-to-help-elderly.php
  • Babysit for free for a family in need-check with your church for names.
  • Be a big brother or sister and teach your skills to someone by teaching sports, music, academics or games.
  • Organize a community needs day. Paint, clean, shop or whatever people in your community need. This can be a great church outreach!
  • Make homemade blankets for missions or a local hospital’s neonatal unit.
  • Plan a year-long monthly food drive with your local food bank-enlist friends and neighbors! http://createthegood.org/toolkit/organize-food-drive

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

For more ways to serve, read this related article on the “Ways to Serve Military Families“, for more information on volunteering. And sign up for the Teach Them Diligently newsletter for more articles on discipleship, academics, family, encouragement and much more!

To further your reading, we have a special ebook that we would like to send to you. It’s entitled “RETHINK EDUCATION, Turning Scary Questions About Home Education Into Exciting Possibilities.” It was written after countless conversations with moms who are either considering homeschooling or struggling with doubt. My heart in writing it is to offer hopeful answers to some of the questions moms tend to be asking… and you might be surprised at which ones didn’t make the list. I would love for it to become a resource you could share with your friends who are considering home education, or who are wondering if they’ll keep going. So, grab your copy today! – Leslie Nunnery

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Middle school students are mature enough to begin thinking more deeply about Thanksgiving. They are able to complete more complex assignments about the related history. Thanksgiving unit studies for middle school students create hands-on learning opportunities when holiday excitement makes it hard to concentrate on text books.

Children who enjoy role playing may enjoy creating costumes and writing plays for friends and family to participate in. Costume making combines history and home economics subjects. Who doesn’t like getting two for one? Perhaps your reluctant writer will forget to be reluctant when carried away by writing the play?

Ways to Teach the History of Thanksgiving

Unit studies allow elementary and older children to work on the same historical time period together. Expand the requirements for an elementary unit study to make it middle school appropriate.

1)  Research Pilgrim-era games and teach them to younger friends and family during the holidays.

2) Create a timeline of Pilgrim leaders and other historical figures who lived at the same time, etc.

3) Identify the character traits, good and bad, of the major figures in the Pilgrim story. Did those traits help or hurt the person? Which of those traits to you see in yourself?

4) Computer savvy youngsters may want to create a power point presentation of their findings on a Thanksgiving related topic.

Nothing like knocking out two subjects with one assignment!

Resources

Visit the Thanksgiving unit study at 123 Homeschool 4 Me. Ideas include: costumes, quills, DIY marbles, Johnny Cakes, and book printables. I love the hands on activites included in this engaging unit study. Especially for a youngster who learns by doing more than reading, hands on activities make learning easier.

Want to teach your middle school student more about Plymouth Rock? Take the ideas from Fall Into First and create more challenging tasks for middle schoolers while working with younger ones on the same topics.

Love Pinterest? Amanda Bennett has a wonderful board of unit study ideas.

The website In All You Do offers a free printable Thanksgiving unit study for pre-K through 5th grade.

Field of Daisies has listings of poems, audiobooks, a play, science activities, and loads of cooking fun tucked inside the Old Fashioned Thanksgiving unit study. Math, music, Bible studies and  printables round out this wonderful resource.

Unit studies may seem challenging for moms who are more comfortable with text book based learning. The holiday season is a good time to try one on for size. Offer your middle schoolers the opportunity to use unit studies and broaden their understanding of colonial history while celebrating Thanksgiving.

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

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Do you wonder how to encourage responsibility in your homeschool? Are you dreading the holidays because you feel rushed and frazzled? It’s so easy to fall into the trap of doing more and asking less if we think we can get it all done faster without help.

Finding ways to encourage responsibility will give you breathing room in this busy time. Sharing examples from the Pilgrim’s story is a wonderful way to teach your family about the need for shared chores around the home.

Pilgrims’ Responsibilities

The seeds of self-government and democracy grew out of  the first harsh winter when many Pilgrims starved. After landing in their new land, the Pilgrims planted a communal garden. Sadly, not everyone wanted to do his fair share and considered the task someone else’s responsibility. As a result, 45 of 102 colonists died of illness and starvation the first winter.

The following summer,  William Bradford decided to change strategies. He gave the Pilgrims personal responsibly over their own gardens. Knowing they would only eat what they cultivated with their own hands, everyone was motivated to work harder to prepare for the second winter. The abundant fruit of their labors was the inspiration for the first Thanksgiving!

Promote Personal Responsibility

As homeschool moms, we can follow the example of William Bradford by encouraging personal responsibility and self-government. Our homeschools will run much more smoothly. We moms will find time for a much deserved break!

The basis of self government is simple. If you govern yourself, others won’t have to. (Teens like this one!) When we focus on this character issue, we are teaching them to discipline inner desires. Education is more than academics. There may be times when academics give way to character training. Below are ways to incorporate responsibility and self-government into our daily routines.

Give them responsibility for maintaining their own homeschool basket or desk.

Ownership fosters responsibility.  If you know you are in control of an item or area, you take pride in what you are doing. There may be a learning curve when falling down on the job impacts the convenience of others. But, that’s real life. The sooner we learn what we do affects the welfare of others, the better able we will be to handle that reality as adults.

Don’t be a hover mother.

This was one of my son’s biggest complaints. Foster a feeling of pride and accomplishment by allowing them to do a project or chore their own way. When chores include ownership, they can actually graduate from doing it from obedience to doing it because it needs to be done.

Teach consequences, but be gentle.

We all learn by trial and error. Learning based in self discovery sticks with a child a long time. Instead of being harshly critical, ask questions that encourage self-discovery. “What can we learn from what happened here,” and “What do you know now that you didn’t know before?” are good places to start.

Throttle your expectations.

Don’t criticize when it’s not done up to par. Ask them kindly, “How do you think this could be done better next time,”  or “Now that you’ve done this chore a time or two, what have you learned that enables you to do it faster and more completely?”

Teach structure and routine.

As homeschoolers, we have the distinct privilege to order our day  and include chores as an educational foundation of responsibility. Give each child a daily chore for the benefit of the family along with personal chores. As a part of a larger group, the family, we all have a responsibility to take care of each other and make our family strong.

When they are old enough, make them ruler over more.

Kids need to learn how to take care of belongings. Encourage teens to do their own laundry. When they go off to college, this skill will benefit them. Encourage their growing insights with comments like: “We clean up our art supplies to keep them in good condition,” and “We take care of our bodies to stay healthy and avoid disease.”

Kids with higher self-esteem tend to be more responsible.

Build a sense that they are lovable and appreciated. Send messages of unconditional love:

“I’m so blessed to have you as my child.”
“I love spending time with you.”
“You are really good at that!”
“I love you no matter what!”
“I am proud of you, and I believe in you.”

“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.” – Chuck Palahniuk

“Every person who has changed the world has taken responsibility for something that mattered not just to them, but to mankind.” – Mike Stutman

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

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