Author: Belinda Letchford

What Am I Teaching My Children?

I have been challenged as I see little behaviours happening that aren’t quite what I would like. How have they crept into our house? Every action I take as a parent has a consequence: If I change my mind when they offer the slightest argument I am teaching them that my word doesn’t stand. If I answer them when they whine I am teaching them that whining works and that bad attitudes will be accepted. If I give them choices all the time I am teaching them to cope with perfect circumstances where they will get their own way...

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Setting Goals with Contentment

The New Year brings in a sense of fresh starts, vision and enthusiasm for setting goals and making change. But unless we start with a heart of thankfulness we end up striving and stressing about all the things that aren’t right in our lives. Before we set goals for the New Year please consider: What you have, and be thankful Where you have come from, and what has happened in the last year, be mindful Whose standard of success are you basing your goals on – For example, the world we live in promotes success in terms of promotion,...

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A Giving Person Gives More Than Gifts

At Christmas time we start thinking about giving gifts – even though we know Christmas isn’t all about the presents. It isn’t a bad thing to give gifts to those we love. Christmas though is just one day – or maybe just a season of a few weeks. I find it challenging to think at this time about how I am carrying these attitudes that come so easily at Christmas time, to the rest of the year. Am I keen to be joyous, am I thankful for the gift Christ was/is, am I willing to be a person who...

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The Long Haul

Q. When you have a larger family and homeschooling all of them will take a LOONG time – how do you retain your enthusiasm for the long haul? A. I only have 4 children, and 6 years between oldest and youngest, so I guess that means my homeschooling journey will possibly be around 18 years – you may well have more – depending on how many children you have and how far apart each child is. But still, this has been something I have been aware of in myself. The thing that keeps life interesting is the individual-ness and...

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Catch Up Days

There are days where I wish we could just jump off the spinning world and catch up with life. The closest to that happening, is for me to put a stop to all our regular activities and spend the day catching up. The thing is though you can’t put parenting on hold – the kids still need me. In my parenting I aim to eventually have my children mature and capable enough not to need me (not for the practical things of life). I want them to be able to handle situations on their own – to think, assess...

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