• Back to School

  • Gardening in August

  • Family Devotions

  • Teach Your Children Hospitality

  • Waste Not, Want Not Continued…

  • Thunderstorms

  • Should You be Worried About Your Child's Reading?

  • Ways to Eat a Watermelon

  • Choosing the Best Curriculum

  • Waste Not, Want Not

  • Smart Gardener, Smart Water

  • Staycation Ideas

  • Stay Cool

  • The Joys of a Staycation

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Family Devotions

Family Devotions

Being assigned the topic of family devotions is like having a stake driven through my heart. It’s a reminder that I’m a loser dad when it comes to family devotions. Oh, we’ve done them, but it’s always been a sore spot for me. How I wish I was one of those dads who began them…

Success Starts with the Basics

Success Starts with the Basics

Yesterday I went to see my 7-year-old grandson display the basic horsemanship skills he had learned during a week of horse camp. I took my seat in the bleachers with my daughter and her two daughters, and we listened as the announcer gave commands and the campers obeyed: stopping their horses, turning them, riding sidesaddle,…

Back to School

Back to School

For the record… I hate back to school days. As soon as I see the first art box display at Wal-Mart I get a pit in my stomach and have the urge to scream and bolt out of the store. It doesn’t help when they start showing up in center aisles right after the Fourth…

The Truth about Dyslexia Assessments

The Truth about Dyslexia Assessments

The following is an interview with Liz. I’m worried about my child’s reading, could they have dyslexia? The fact that you’re worried tells me, that despite your best efforts, your child struggles to read. They may be unable to read or can read a bit, but not fluently. Their spelling is erratic – spelling the…

Should You be Worried About Your Child’s Reading?

Should You be Worried About Your Child’s Reading?

Reading ability is different for each child but, by age 8, they should mostly be reading on their own. It doesn’t matter if you’ve used phonics, flashcards or something else to teach your child to read. If they are not able to read by 8, it may be due to an underlying problem called dyslexia. How…

Waste Not, Want Not Continued…

Waste Not, Want Not Continued…

Last week we started talking about how our grandparents were able to pull off the impossible. They taught our parents and helped us learn respect for people and the things around us. The times are changing and now organic gardening, cooking, saving, repairing, reusing, recycling, conserving, and caring for our things and our surroundings is…

Choosing the Best Curriculum

Choosing the Best Curriculum

Choosing the best curriculum has much more to do with you and your child than what the “best book or program” might be. No one loves your child like you do. Furthermore, no one knows your children like you do. What works well for your best friend may not work at all for you. The…

Waste Not, Want Not

Waste Not, Want Not

We’re the largest, richest, best-educated generation of Americans, the favored children of a strong, confident, and prosperous country. In today’s world it’s difficult to teach our children to respect property and our public resources as well as their parents, grandparents, and teachers. Our grandparents didn’t seem to struggle as much with these things. How did…

Smart Gardener, Smart Water

Smart Gardener, Smart Water

We’ve all heard that water is crucial to our health, not to mention the health of the planet. But what are the best ways to conserve water in a home garden—ones that will actually make a difference? I mean, we can live without flowers and grass, but our fruits and vegetables need water to thrive…