Author: Belinda Letchford

Copying Your Parents Isn’t Good Enough

There is a fine line between standing on your own two feet, and standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before you. This is an issue that every child has to face – and oddly enough that includes us who are currently parents! Do you parent the way your parents parented? Have you thought about why you do what you do? Peter and I respect both our parents for the ‘job’ they did as our parents – we involve them in our lives as counsellors, mentors and friends. As parents ourselves we have done some things much...

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When There Are Tears

What to do when your child faces lessons with tears? First thing is to assess their heart – are they being stubborn and don’t want to learn, and tears are a good distraction? Or is there something else going on? I think more often than not this is a situation that requires us to show a little grace. When my kids were young I would often think of all the stuff they were learning… They were learning to read, write, spell, understand, think, ask good questions. They were learning how to make their bed, do the dishes, empty the...

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Curriculum Plus More

Though making the right curriculum choice is one of the first things homeschoolers want to get ticked off their list, it isn’t the only thing that is going to educate your children. Regardless of the curriculum or resources that we choose for our kids there will be other things that fill up our day, and will be significant learning opportunities for our kids. Every so often – be it the beginning of a school year, the beginning of a term, or the beginning of a new season of focus, it is good to take stock of what is going...

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Accepting Limits

In this day and age when everything and anything is possible it is all to easy to forget that we are human beings with limitations. We cannot do it all, we cannot have it all, we cannot be it all — we have limitations. Here are four limitations that I think most mums have to deal with at some stage: 24 hours – we have limited time Family Budget – we have limited resources Read the Full Article on Live Life With Your...

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When Homeschooling Isn’t Working

There have certainly been times in our homeschooling journey where I have felt that it was not working. I have never felt like giving up but I have felt frustrated, exhausted and at a loss to know what to do next. Though each one of us will have our own tipping points there are some similarities between why homeschool mums feel like it is just not working: We think we are not finishing enough work We are anxious because our children are ‘behind’ and have gaps in their learning Our children don’t want to learn and react to us...

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