Author: Belinda Letchford

Parenting Children of Different Ages

Regardless of the age gaps between your kids if you have more than one, you will have an older and younger. You will have at least one child who can do something better than another. One of the challenges I have faced, and still do face, is the challenge to train the younger ones, when it would be simpler to just get the older ones to do it! Regardless of the age gaps between your kids if you have more than one, you will have an older and younger. You will have at least one child who can do...

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Health and Physical Education in the Homeschool

In schools there is a subject called “Health and Physical Education”. How do we, as homeschoolers, address this subject? In schools there is a subject called “Health and Physical Education” (or some similar title. Subject names seem to change from generation to generation, country to country, and even State to State!) How do we, as homeschoolers, address this subject? The first thing we need to do is understand the purpose and objectives of Health and PE. The Curriculum Framework (W.A.), which is now an outdated document – but good enough for our purposes in understanding education-speak, gives us this...

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Ultimately, Their Call

As our kids grow older our parenting role is more about guiding than instructing. When we were instructing our kids, if they didn’t follow through we’d call that disobedience and deal with it. But what happens when they are older and don’t take our guidance? Is it disobedience? This is where parents need to have a different perspective. No, it isn’t disobedience – it is making an informed decision (or it should be). It may well be a decision you disagree with, but it is their decision. In our family we’ve tried to slowly ease into giving more and...

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Discipleship Without Dad

I have been asked the question: Can I disciple my children, when dad isn’t 100% on board? To be in the situation where your husband agrees to homeschool, or agrees with a particular parenting direction, and yet doesn’t get involved is a hard one. And yet, I believe you, the mother, can disciple your children. Here are some thoughts: I am reminded of Timothy from the Bible, he was discipled by his mother and grandmother. We don’t hear about his father, but we know he was Greek. We can read into that – or not – but either way,...

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The Importance of Art in our Homeschool

As homeschooling parents, how we see or view something as important will affect how our kids are exposed to that. I am strong in language and the humanities, and not so much the sciences. This is reflected in our kids because I’m the one who has spent the most time with them. If Pete was homeschooling them then they would have been exposed to more science. Not to say that they would have been strong that way, because you also have your kids own bents come into play, but they would have been exposed to more. What is your...

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