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Moms and Dads Make a Difference by being Different

In this tense, sexual equality world, we are having a hard time talking about differences between men and women, which sadly keeps us from seeing what makes men men, and women women. Just because there are differences, it doesn't mean either is inferior as a person.

This issue explodes when it comes to how moms and dads affect the family. We are so busy trying to pretend we don't need each other and children are just fine with a single parent, that we don't really appreciate the amazing impact a Mom and Dad can have together.

Are we saying kids are hopeless without two parents? NOPE...but we are saying that God's preferred parenting plan includes a Dad and a Mom (who are actively involved). Here are a few thoughts that might help:

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​​​​

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Should You Homeschool Year-Round?

One of the options homeschoolers have is to organize their school in a year-round fashion. Here we share our experience with having school throughout the year, and why it makes life easier in so many ways.

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​​​

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Sugar, Kids, and the Home

How many sweets are too many for a child? How much sugar do we allow in the home? Is it 'no sugar' or 'let them be happy kids'? In this vLog we explore these questions and share our practical solution that worked well enough in our home.

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​​​

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Can You Teach Your Kids to Teach Themselves?

We're convinced aim of education should be to help the student learn how to learn. How do you pull this off, especially in a homeschooling environment? How do you raise a self-taught student who can excel in college and life?

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​

The Real Reason We Have Communication Problems

Most of us think communication is difficult because we don't know how to say it right. Except for the problem of the curse on communication (see Genesis 11), the REAL REASON is about our behavior, even more than our words. Here's a quick explanation that could change everything!

Fred Ray Lybrand​​

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The Easiest Way to Understand Why Your Child Might Not Focus

This vLog is about the nature of Flow and how competence and challenge relate to crippling motivation in our kids and students.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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The Shortest Course on Logic (Ever) ?

Education: Know-How is Better than Knowledge

​Want a Happy Homeschool Writer?

 

Raising a Politically Savvy Homeschooler

Politics is unavoidable, but how do you help your student think about all the issues? Sure we can have them study, but we can also push so hard they push back. I suggest we overcome a ‘psychological dysfunction’ and learn to approach debates with some maturity and perspective. It doesn’t always lead to agreement, but I think it is the best path to long term health.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

 

Politically Savvy Homeschooler

Raising a Politically Savvy Homeschooler

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“How to Have a Happy Writer” Mini-Course?​

The #1 Tip for a Less Stress Homeschool

 

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Want to Harm Writing? Teach it the Traditional Way!

Frankly, we know, the more we teach kids to obsess on correctness in grammar and writing…the worse they write and the less motivated they are (oh no…did I end with a verb thingy?).

If you want to grow a fine writer, then help them find their voice. Here’s a starter kit of the point!

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

Resources:

The #1 Tip for a Less Stress Homeschool

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The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels

Oh, maybe there are more, but honestly teenage rebellion comes down to a couple of simple motives. If you can understand the motivation for your child, then you can probably do a little something to fix it.

Fred Ray Lybrand​

The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels

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