We can do things in such a way that will make our children more likely to love God. Raising 10 kids has given me the opportunity to test these 10 ideas about what those things might be. They have produced some good results. In this scope I share the top 10 principles I have used in raising my kids to see God as their Father and themselves as children of a loving King who made everything.
I am doing an interview series called “Proof in the Pudding”.
This interview was perfect to start a series by this name. Because I literally got to taste the pudding! My husband and I went to a Marriage Retreat called “Come Away” hosted by Hal and Melanie Young of Raising Real Men ministries. And Hal and Melanie’s sons catered the event! Three of their six sons cooked the food and served it to us in a most excellent way. It was all delicious, and the service was exceptional! We were very blessed by all of their efforts. My husband loved it! Food is definitely the way to his heart. I daresay that might be his dominant love language.
I took advantage of the time I had with Melanie to ask her some questions, and she graciously granted me an interview. I asked her about her philosophy of homeschooling, the overall approach and style she used, and how her children have turned out so far. She is a very honest, candid person, and it was an honor and privilege to interview such a gracious leader in our Christian homeschool movement.
She and her husband, Hal, have written several books, including “Raising Real Men”, and “My Beloved and My Friend: How to Be Married to Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses”. I bought the second book and am currently reading it. It is very good. You can find many other family, parenting and marriage resources at their website at Raising Real Men.
In this interview with my oldest son Shawn, we talked about how reading aloud good stories from living books and using Charlotte Mason principles was the main method I used to educate him and how that has impacted his life.
I’ll give you a hint. He liked being educated that way and calls it the happy way of learning!
Watch it here!
Morgan has been wanting a job for a long time. Since before he turned 16. Really ever since he graduated from Modeling and Acting classes two years ago. He turned 16 on New Year’s Eve, so he has been eagerly seeking a place that will hire a 16-year-old. He interviewed at Old Navy but didn’t get that job. Then he applied at Papa Murphy’s where Kelsey works, but they never got back to him. So he found out that La Madeleine, a French country cafe, was hiring and decided to apply there. He has been studying French for a while and thought it would be a great place to work.
Morgan and I had quite an adventure in applying for the job and then a wonderful day actually eating there and getting the big news.