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Children enjoying each other

Being together day after day, especially while homeschooling, can be challenging. We added to that by wanting our children to build strong relationships with us and each other.

Dan and I don't have good relationships with our siblings. That is why we  focused on it a lot during our parenting. We wanted our children to have better relationships with each other than we do with our siblings.

Good relationships take a lot of hard work.

  • Yes mom, you will need to work on this frequently.
  • "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." Frederick Douglass

Start when they are really young - One or younger.

  • It's never too young to start to train our children to be kind and gentle with their siblings and others.
  • "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Pro 22:6 KJV

Older siblings can care for the younger ones.

  • This builds bonds between them.
  • It is not asking too much of them to help care for a younger sibling.
  • It is not making them do your work. (I've gotten this response a lot.)
  • It is teaching them to care for each other.

Help them learn how to pray for each other.

  • In our morning and evening devotions we ask what they would like prayer for before we pray.
  • This will help them become aware of things their siblings struggle with.
  • It will also teach them to ask each other what they need prayer for or to pray for them when they struggle.
  • We used our sir names a lot - This is how Sather's do this. Sather's have chosen not to do this because... Sather's enjoy... Sather's are kind to each other. You get the idea. It creates a bond for us as a family.

Teach them how to forgive and forget.

  • Learning how to forgive is a must. Life will not go well unless you do this one thing well.
  • "...looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;" Heb 12:15 NKJ
  • If they bring up past offences that have been worked through be sure to remind them that they've forgiven that and need to ask Jesus to help them set it aside and not hold it against the offender.

Teach them how to repent when they've sinned against each other.

  • Remind them, friends come and go, but siblings are forever.

Share how you wish you had better relationships with one or more of your siblings.

  • God choose these siblings for each other. Remind them of this. Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
  • I've often told my daughters that their brother is helping to prepare them for marriage. The same is true for our son.

Help them learn to do nice things for each other - without being asked.

  • Surprise a sister by making her bed, or picking up her toys.
  • We used to have a little stuffed puppy that we would leave when we did something unexpectedly for someone. That often encouraged them to take the puppy and so do something nice for someone else so they could leave the puppy.
  • "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters," Col 3:23 NIV

Have family traditions

Adult siblings greeting each other joyfully

  • We joke that we have so many traditions at the cabin we rent that we can no longer do them all in one week. It's true. We prayed for a place we could rent every year and we were blessed with one that we've gone to for 25 years. Even after all that time it is everyone's favorite vacation.
  • Things like who can see the cabin first, s'mores for breakfast, the rainy day box, and trips to Bargain Bills are memories we all share.
  • Family hugs - we envision our adult children having family hugs through out their lives.
  • "...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."Isa 40:31 NIV

Share some ways that your family builds up your relationships.

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It’s Back to (Home) School time!!

It's that time of year, when many homeschoolers are busy preparing for a new school year.  Some of you may have already started your new year, and some of you may have never stopped!

I've gotten together with a great group of bloggers to make getting ready for the new school year just a little bit easier and hopefully a little less stressful for you.  How does $250 sound in helping you buy curriculum, books, games, puzzles, and educational supplies?  Two people will win a $250 gift card to the online store of their choice (choices are Rainbow Resource, Christianbook, or Timberdoodle).

We know homeschooling can put financial strain on families - whether it's from living on one-income or buying curriculum for your children - the financial aspect of it can be stressful.  Our hope is that we can bless  homeschool families so they can buy the curriculum and supplies they need (or maybe a want you can finally splurge on) for their school year.

Back to Homeschool Giveaway - Win a $250 gift card to the store of your choice - 2 winners!

To enter for your chance to win, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Now I know that is quite a few entries for you, but each of these bloggers generously chipped in their own money to bring you this giveaway, so I hope you will take the time to do all of the entries.  And hey, the more entries you do, the better your odds are at winning!

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The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.Proverbs 14:1 NIV

This is one verse I thought I understood.

There were women who tore down their own houses and there were women who built theirs. Of course I was one of the women who builds her house. Then there was the red dress incident.

Dan had been working very long hours and we hadnt had much time together. I decided a special dinner was what we needed. Since money was tight, I decided to do it at home on an evening when he said he would be home early.

I plotted and planned, keeping it a secret but finding it difficult to hide my excitement.

I would make barbecued ribs, his favorite. I would have candles, my favorite. And I would wear the red dress, his very favorite.

The day finally arrived and everything was perfect. Except for one thing. The time Dan was supposed to be home came and went and he was nowhere to be seen.

I spent the next two hours changing clothes. Yes, changing clothes.

I would get angry because he apparently totally forgot about his promise to be home early and change from my red dress to my jeans.

Then I would decide he should be home any minute and quickly change my mind and put the red dress back on. Do you know how many times you can change clothes in two hours?

Through Gods grace, not mine, I ended up in the red dress when I heard his car pull into the driveway.

I raced to the door to meet him. He looked so weary. He smiled slightly when he saw me, and said, This is the best thing that has happened to me all day.

Thanks to the Lord, we had our special evening and our special dinner. I discovered that we all choose many times a day if we will build our house or tear it down.

When you have a choice to make, stop and think:Will it build my house up or will I be tearing it down with my own hands?

How are you going to be thebest thingthat happens to your husband today?

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Tags: Character building traits values morals

Character Studies - 1 Full Year (40 Weeks)

Teach your 3rd-6th graders about 40 different character traits using this 2 volume set!

Learning about Character Traits

Each volume comes with teacher suggestions and suggested teaching timeline as well as a Character Trait poster that will help students understand what a character trait is and how to analyze a person or character.

Each weekly unit contains one poster for the featured character trait, as well as two printables that
require students to make real life connections as well as with literature.

- Making connections to their own lives, the people in their lives and to literature -

Love notebooking? This would be a perfect notebooking project too!

There are 40 character traits in all...

Volume 1
Week 1: Grateful
Week 2: Greedy
Week 3: Confident
Week 4: Sincere
Week 5: Diligent
Week 6: Hopeless
Week 7: Courageous
Week 8: Optimistic
Week 9: Pessimistic
Week 10: Compassionate
Week 11: Fearless
Week 12: Persistent
Week 13: Impatient
Week 14: Ambitious
Week 15: Stubborn
Week 16: Forgiving
Week 17: Loyal
Week 18: Arrogant
Week 19: Wise
Week 20: Generous

Volume 2
Week 21: Perseverance
Week 22: Integrity
Week 23: Analytical

Week 24: Demanding
Week 25: Considerate
Week 26: Tolerant
Week 27: Overbearing
Week 28: Indecisive
Week 29: Independent
Week 30: Persuasive
Week 31: Anxious
Week 32: Passionate
Week 33: Equitable
Week 34: Cooperative
Week 35: Responsible
Week 36: Deceptive
Week 37: Witty
Week 38: Authoritative
Week 39: Efficient
Week 40: Extravagant

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