Your Family Needs a Tech Policy

Your Family Needs a Tech Policy Sarah walked into my 8th grade Language Arts class a little sheepish one morning— and that was unusual. I started teaching and realized Sarah didn’t have her phone out— also unusual. While students worked on the assignment, I asked her what was going on and a nearby…


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A Sample for You! Our Current Family Tech Policy

If you’ve already read our previous post establishing why your family needs a tech policy, we’re back to help you craft one by sharing our own. This is a sample of the tech policy we’ve established for our family. Our children are still young, so they didn’t have as much input in…


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4 Practical Ways You Can Care for Orphans

When we are adopted into the Kingdom of Christ, we’re made brand new. We’re given a new heart and a new spirit, committed to living out our lives on earth as it is in heaven. The most amazing grace is extended to us as we are born into a new family of believers, with the beautiful responsibility to…


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On Home Education: What Our Day Looks Like

“What does an average day of homeschool look like in your home?” I get asked this question (or something like it) often. And I find it a difficult question to answer. Our “school” day looks an awful lot like normal life.  Make Space for Conversations and Connections Education is something that…


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How We Talk to Our Kids about Pornography

I looked at porn for the first time as a seven-year-old boy. While playing at a friend’s house, we went into his attic and found his dad’s stash of porn. I didn’t really know what I was looking at but I took a centerfold home with me and hid it in a drawer in my bedroom. A few years later I found a…


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On Home Education: Don’t Lie to Yourself

“Modern education has been plagued by utilitarianism for a very long time, and both teachers and students have come to think that school should teach only what will be useful in the pursuit of a career.” —Karen Glass (Consider This) Two Questions to Always Ask I’m grateful to my parents for so many…


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When What You’re Doing Isn’t Working

I see a lot of similarities between parenting and sports. If you’ve played sports on any serious level, you know how much practice and strategy goes into preparing for a game. You have to have strategies that your coach gives you and plays that are at the ready just in case you need them. At every…


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On Home Education: What If I Fail?

In my last post, I defined education as an extension of discipleship. The task of educating our children is not confined to merely math and literacy, but seeing those disciplines within the whole framework of life. Education ought to blur the lines that have been mistakenly drawn between “life” and…


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On Home Education: Freedom from the Machine

As a graduate of home education, and a currently-home-educating mom, I get many questions about it. I’ve been approached by people who have an inkling— or maybe even a deep conviction— that they want to pursue it for their family; but it’s unfamiliar, scary, or they just don’t know where to begin.……


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3 Things NOT to Say to Grieving Parents

I wish I didn’t have any advice to offer you about what NOT to say to grieving parents. I wish I could stay in my naïve, blissful bubble where death remains an idea, not a reality. But here we are. Our firstborn son, Daniel, passed away eight years ago. These are things that I wish I did not…


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