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Episode 105: Valuing Logic

Logic is important for your kids as they grow. Frankly, if they don’t learn to make sense of things, they are going to have a tough time in this world. The makeup of humans helps, as they start arguing around 12 years old (known as the Logic/Dialectic Stage in Classical Education). Really, there isn’t that much to logic…but there is enough to demand we think clear about it! Today’s podcast will get you started 🙂

TODAY’S PODCAST CONTENT:

  1. Value of logic
  2. Importance of logic to parents and kids
  3. Bad premise, bad conclusion

Additional Resources:

  1. The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels
  2. Why Having a Best Friend is a Bad Idea!
  3. Free Mini Writing Course

 

Episode 104: Romance, Dating, & Courting

One of my mentors, Robert Fritz, pointed out to us that ‘romance’ is really based on the unusual. Of course, that means that our ideas about relating can get messed up because most of life is about the usual, true? It’s the math of relationships that helps us out…realizing it’s an equation when two people agree or disagree allows us to respect one another’s freedom.  Understanding this math is especially important for our kids, since they are in a world of constant decision about who they befriend and what they do together.

TODAY’S PODCAST CONTENT:

  1. More about Romance
  2. Math of Relationship
  3. Two Essentials: For a lasting marriage (please use while dating / courting too)

Additional Resources:

  1. The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels
  2. Why Having a Best Friend is a Bad Idea!
  3. Free Mini Writing Course

 

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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How to Get Your Kids to Stop Fighting (with each other)

The most important thing for mom and dad to discover about their own kids fighting with one another is that mom and dad are ALSO PART OF THE PROBLEM.

If you are not aware of systems, then you'll tend to miss the different factors that contribute to what's happening.

Basically, how you respond to sibling rivalry determines how they fight. There are TWO WAYS to respond (essentially)...this video helps you choose a new path, if you're up for a change in family conflicts 🙂

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

How to Use Movies to Teach Your Family Values

Often we avoid movies with our kids, especially we who homeschool. Honestly, that can be smart with some movies...but you could also be missing out on an opportunity to learn and prepare your kids for life in this world. This video shows you how we approached movies with our kids.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

I'd love to hear your comments or answer your questions

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Why Having a Best Friend is a Bad Idea!

Even as technology isolates us more, and tries to connect us (think FaceBook), there are other things that really interfere with having great relationships. One of these things is the "Best Friends" idea. Like most ideals, it sounds great to think there is that one close buddy who is there through thick-and-thin. The truth is that we humans do better with multiple relationships rather than just a single one (what pressure!). Here's a way to rethink this important area for your kids [and yourself?].

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

I’d love to hear your comments or answer your questions

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The Parental Curse of a Favorite Child

​One of the worse things we do as parents is 'favor' a child over others. Sometimes it's hard not to because we just 'connect' better some of our kids...but it doesn't change the the reality of the mistake. Family Systems backs this common sense notion about the danger...and the solution.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand

I’d love to hear your comments or answer your questions

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