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Showing My Kids I Love Them    



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Do your children know you love them? How do you show your children you love them? I love them all dearly, but honestly, some days, I don't even like them, and it shows.


I desire to show them the love God has commanded of me, so how do I do that on those other days? I pray and I obey.


First, I step away and ask God to forgive me and to change my heart towards them. Then I pray for that child that God would soften their hearts to forgive me.


Second, I obey God's command to love them by doing these things with them: 

  • Repent to them for my own bad attitude and unloving ways.  
  • Pray with them that God would change both of our hearts and make us more like Him.  
  • Actively love them in a tangible way (i.e. giving a long hug, making time to give them the extra help they need with their frustrating schoolwork, frustrating sibling, or hard chore.).  
  • Encourage their good behavior no matter how minor.  
  • Be the example of love in the home by loving like God does: unconditionally and sacrificially.  
  • Teach them the truth of God's Word in every circumstance.

I also need to remind myself that whatever God has commanded me to do with them and for them is because of my love for them. Satan loves to lie to us that maybe we are over-sheltering, or disciplining too much, or giving them too much work and not enough play, or ruining their education by homeschooling them. Satan says that if we don't give them everything they want that we do not love them. That's when we have to rid ourselves of the lies by replacing them with the truth!


The truth is, we shelter, protect, and discipline them because we love them and want the best for them, and because God's Word says to do these things. The truth is, we are homeschooling them because we love God enough and love them enough to obey His call and command to train them up for His glory.


We show our children we love them by showing them that we are seeking and loving God first and then our love will be obvious to them. When they know we love God with all that we are, then they will truly know we love them . . . even on the worst of days.


Join me tomorrow at our free online Schoolhouse Expo where I will be sharing about preparing your heart and home for this next school year. It's easy to sign up and listen from the comfort of home. I'd love to "see" you there.


Loving them by keeping them Home Where They Belong,




TOS Senior Editor



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How do I show my kids that I love them? Being fluent in sarcasm, as I am, the first thing that came to mind was, "I haven't eaten them, yet." I realize that that probably isn't the sort of initial encouragement you might be looking for; however, some days are just that way--and I wanted to keep it real.


On a more serious note, I would say that evidence of my love for my children can be seen in many ways. They have clean clothes to wear, food to eat, and they bathe relatively often. Another evidence would be: I know my children. I know which foods are their favorites; I know who likes peanut butter and who would rather have crackers and cheese. I know who is shy and who is more outgoing. I know who needs more play time between school lessons and which child likes to plow through and get-it-done.


Self-sacrifice is another way I show my children my love for them. It is a given--most parents put their children's needs in front of their own. We read countless stories to them when we might be wishing for some quiet time for ourselves. We stay up late and iron shirts and dresses for performances. We do the dishes and laundry late at night so they can wake to a clean and organized home. We stay up late grading papers and preparing school for the next day. When they get older, we sacrifice our time by being a shuttle service for them for all their activities in and across town.


For many parents, homeschooling is another way that we show our love for them. We sacrifice our time, and sometimes a second income, all to educate our children at home where they belong. We pour our hearts into making the perfect curriculum choices; we spend hours researching, all in order to give our children a diverse and quality education.


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I know you love your kids, you know you love your kids, but sometimes your kids don't know you love them. You want to hear something really shocking? Sometimes your kids think you love school more than you love them.


Why? Because sometimes school becomes your priority.


"I know you don't feel good, but we have to get some school in today."


"No we don't have time to play a game (fill in your favorite); we have to get some school done."


"How could you have missed so many questions?"


"Why can't you get this . . . it isn't that hard!"


"What are you, dumb?"


You've forgotten that school is a tool--not the end, not the goal . . . certainly not the main thing.


I'll tell you how to show your kids that you love them . . . don't let school take their place.


If they're crying, stop and comfort the child. Purpose to see your child as someone to enjoy during the day, not someone who is bound and determined to make school hard for you. Stop worrying about how much you get done and be thankful you get to spend another day with you children. Quit thinking more of what others think about you and your kids, and start doing what you know to be right.


Make school a distant seventh in the race for your affection, and your children will know that you love them more than anything.


Be Real,




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Dear Friends,


Elizabeth Barrett Browning once wrote, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways . . ." 


When my children were younger, I often focused on the bazillion things crying out to be done during the week days of school.  In a crisp, don't-mess-with-me tone of voice, I would seek to impose order in the midst of chaos:


"Make your beds!"


"Pick up your clothes!"


"Do the dishes!"


"Finish your math!"


You know, that's all well and good, an obvious and normal part of parenting and homeschooling. The problem is that many times I forgot the even more important task of doing my own math--of counting up the ways in which I showed love to my kids. 


Do you know what I mean?  You know that you love them, that's why you're going to all this effort of homeschooling.  But do they know that?  Kids don't care how much you do until they know how much you care.


So, with that in mind, do you ever take time to creatively consider how you can express this love to them in ways that they will understand, in tangible actions they can receive and cherish?  As we continued on our homeschool journey, there was a need to express more than "Do this!" and "Do that!"--I had to discover the importance of finding specific ways to encourage and communicate love to each of my children.


For Isaac, one of the best ways to communicate love was to just sit with him and chat, to listen to his newest ideas of how to build a new style of guitar or how to solve math's unsolvable problems.


For Mike, my ever active, adventurous boy, I would try to keep up with him on a bike ride or go with him to a climbing rock to cheer him on as he scaled the heights.


For Melody, I found that she adored going out with me on special dates, when it was just the two of us enjoying time out, sharing ice cream or burritos.  When she was in high school, it was going with her to serve at a soup kitchen and driving the two-hour round trip to take her to violin lessons that showed love.


A great book to get you started on this path of showing love in ways kids can receive is The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell.  And if you're trying to figure out to enjoy your kids' quirkiness, you might find my DVD, Not Just Your Average Genius an absolute godsend--and, it is part of our Back-to-School Encouragement Special!


You know, it's absolutely as important and as much a part of the "must-do" list as getting the chores done, the lessons accomplished, and dinner on the table. And, just so you know, because it builds the relationship, it pays greater dividends than all the above!


Be relational,




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Are you a parent or grandparent to boys? Could you use some advice as you raise them to be Godly men? Do you need encouragement when it comes to parenting? 

Please join us for an encouraging night with Hal and Melanie Young live TOMORROW, August 23, 2012, at 7 p.m. EST for a FREE Online Schoolhouse Expo!  


Hal and Melanie Young are the homeschooling parents of six boys and two girls and the authors of Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching, and Appreciating Boys, Practical Guide to Equipping Hearts and Minds of Boys without Losing or Breaking Your Own.


Then welcome our guest speaker David Stelzl of Raising Entrepreneurs as he leads the workshop: Starting a Business in High School. David is a speaker, strategist, coach, author, and homeschooling dad of seven children ranging from 4 to 20 years of age.


Deborah Wuehler, Senior Editor for The Old Schoolhouse ® Magazine will also be presenting the devotional, Homeschooling: Preparing Your Heart and Home. Deb has been a Devotional Editor almost ten years and is a homeschooling mom of eight children aged 3 to 20: several ordinary children, a few gifted, a couple of struggling learners, and one special needs child.


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Go Science: Volume 6 (Water, Space, Solar System)


Library and Educational Services is a wholesale supplier of Christian, wholesome, educational books, CDs, DVDS, games, and more.  They offer a 30-70 % discount to wholesale customers including resellers, educators, libraries, churches, and schools.  Homeschoolers are considered educators and are able to create a free account and purchase through LES!  We had an opportunity to review one of their many products: Go Science DVDs.


Go Science is a DVD Series featuring Ben Roy who teaches Science Methods at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is the former director of a science program on television.  There are 6 DVDS in the series: Vol 1 Motion, Vol 2 Simple Machines, Sound, and Weather, Vol 3 Magnetism, Electricity, Engineering and Design, Vol 4 Chemistry, States of Matter, and Life Sciences, Vol 5 Air and Flight, and Vol 6 Water, Space, and Solar System.  Throughout the DVDs, Ben captivates, inspires, and motivates children ages 6-14 to be excited about science while giving them instruction based on scientific phenomenon. More importantly, each of his demonstrations has a spiritual application and points to our Creator, God. (...)


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