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New Release — Teach Your Kids to Hear God!

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Now available as an e-book from

 All normal parents want their children to grow up into thriving, responsible adults. But Christian parents have an even more important dream: that their children would be fervent lovers of God throughout their lives. Sure, we can “train them up in the way they should go,” but how do we make sure they continue to burn brightly for Jesus, once they are grown? A key component is teaching our children to know the Lord’s voice personally, so that their ongoing relationship with Him increases in strength as they mature.

Teach Your Kids to Hear God! gives simple explanations to help you and your children recognize the variety of ways God speaks. It also provides many practical tips for how to make listening for the Lord a daily adventure in your family. Although written particularly for homeschooling parents, this short book will work for any Christian parent who is willing to take the time to disciple his or her children into a deeper life in Christ.


Free Book — 2 Days Only!


I am pleased to announce that I have written a new book — The Homeschool Guide to Raising Prayer-Filled Kids. It lays out a fun and easy step-by-step plan for forming consistent prayer and Bible reading habits in children, all in the home school setting.

Right now, it is only available as an e-book at Amazon, but we’ll expand its distribution in months to come. (2015 Update — Available now at all major e-book distributors.) Regular price is only $1.49, but for two days only,

Monday, 11-17 and Tuesday, 11-18 (PST),

I am offering it as a gift to you. Simply follow this link to pick it up.

If you like the book, would you be so kind as to give it a short review and/or star rating at Amazon? And would you recommend it to a friend? Thank you!

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~ Lee Ann

Will My Kids Be Functional Citizens After High School?

While you’re out there presenting your I am a confident homeschool mom and my kids will excel! face to the world, do you ever get the what-if jitters when you’re alone — especially when your head hits the pillow?

~ What if the socialization accusers turn out to be right after all, and the kids end up social misfits?

~ What if they can’t get jobs after high school because I didn’t do something right?

~ What if one or more of them never figures out what to do with him/herself and ends up toasting French fries at Burger King for the rest of his/her life?

~ What if I missed teaching something, or I messed up on my record keeping, and they can’t go on to college because of it?

~ How will we ever afford college in the first place?


Maybe you don’t worry about such things, but I sure did — especially once the girls hit junior high.  It was a little better with Daughter #2. She is nearly twelve years younger than Child #1, so we’d had a little time to see the first one turn out all right. But, they were so different, and so was the schooling style we had chosen for each of them.

While our early homeschool years were extremely structured, by the time we got around to Round #2, I had slowed down to the point of making The Relaxed Homeschool lady look like a drill sergeant! Hence, new insecurities about the second child turning out all right.

But the punch line is this: They did turn out all right, and if you do a fairly responsible job, your kids will too.

Yes, we had some blind spots, and yes, we probably missed preparing them for the “real world” in some areas. But they can’t learn absolutely everything through textbooks and family experiences anyway. Life throws curve balls at all of us right up until the day we die, and we keep learning along the way. It is no different with our children. Whatever we miss teaching them, they will learn some other way.

Norman Rockwell GraduateI found out that, although my children were not very eager beavers at home, once they got off to college, they learned to motivate themselves pretty fast. I have a theory that for some (probably most), the thirst for learning kicks in only in adulthood. And some thrive in a sink-or-swim environment.

I tried to give the girls a well-rounded education at home, including making sure they did high school courses which at least made them eligible for college. They both ended up attending Bible schools which insisted on a certified high school diploma (as in, not something Mama artistically crafted on beautiful parchment paper). We had not used a correspondence school, and neither of the colleges the girls chose accepted unofficial transcripts or SAT/ACT test scores, either. They did, however, accept  GED diplomas, so that was our work-around.

GED exams are not a piece of cake, but if you do your homeschool mom job reasonably well, your kids will do all right on them. Even if you find you didn’t do your job as well as you should have, the local library can help your children out with books that prep them for the exams. There are online sites that will do that as well. There is usually a way to fix most messes we’ve made, but if you’ve taken homeschooling seriously (and I think most of us do), you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well your kids really do on those tests!

So, yes, the kids will be functional. It’s not all on our shoulders anyway. They have to do their part, too. But most importantly, we who are believers have the Lord to make sure all turns out well. If we ask Him to help us do the best we can, and we commit the results to Him, He will make up for our weaknesses and our children’s. As we stay dependent on Him, He watches over our homeschooling process. He cares even more than we do about our children’s future, and He will infuse His grace wherever we have lacked.


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