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Family Conference

We are so excited about next week’s Online Family Conference! It is Jam Packed with incredibly helpful and practical information for your family, and we invite you to join us there, because all of us can benefit from taking a little extra time during this busy season of the year to invest in the relationships and functions that mean the most to all of us.

Homeschooling impacts every relationship in a home. And, with the Holidays, and the busy-ness that comes with them upon us, we are offering our Homeschool Family Virtual Summit now to help you get ready.

Click here to take advantage of the early bird $19 Rate!!

Check out a sampling of the workshops you’ll find in the online family conference:

  • Rethink Your Perseverance: Parenting Even When You Don’t Want To
  • Family Wellness Principles
  • Protecting and Praying for our Marriage
  • Raising Children of Promise
  • Keeping it Simple in Your Home: Less Clutter and More Joy
  • Hope for Moms with Chronic Illness
  • Parenting for the Heart (And Speech) of your Child
  • Internet Age Parenting
  • Holiday Homeschooling: Marriage Edition
  • Time Saving Strategies for a Busy Homeschool Household
  • The Family That Reads Together Stays Together
  • Delighting In Your Kids Instead Of Dealing With Them
  • Be Financially Responsible Now So You Can Live the Life You Want!
  • Rethink Your Marriage: A Look At Something We So Often Overlook
  • Family Traditions
  • Marriage and Relationships in Homeschooling
  • Homeschooling in the Hard Times
  • Homeschooling With Unit Studies
  • Work from Home Without Having to Sell a Thing
  • Strategies for Keeping Your Temple in Tip Top Shape
  • 3 Must-Have Tools That Help Me Get Stuff Done
  • What I Would Stress Less About- Reflections from a “Retired” Homeschool Mom
  • How and Where to Look for Work from Home Jobs
  • Why Don’t your Kids Act Like Homeschoolers?
  • 3 Must-Have Tools That Help Me Get Stuff Done
  • True Confessions of a Classroom Teacher Turned Homeschool Mom
  • A Family Transformed by The Word
  • 5 Keys to Parenting Special Needs Kids
  • Creating an Environment for Family Conversations
  • Clash in Your Home: A Game Plan for Cleaning Up the Conflict
  • Making Memories in Your Homeschool
  • Finally!–The Perfect Schedule for Your Homeschool Family
  • Cultivating Marriage while Parenting Special Needs
  • Homeschooling Kids of Multiple Ages…Without Losing Your Mind
  • How To Avoid The College Scam
  • Preschool Should Be FUN!
  • Adult Children with Autism: Letting Go while Holding On
  • Your Identity is Not What You Do, But Who (and Who’s) You Are
  • Don’t Know What to Major In Or what Your Passion Is? Here are some great tips to help you figure that out!

And there are even more than that for you to choose from and enjoy any time you want to!

So, click here to secure your ticket for LIFETIME ACCESS to the online family conference, call your spouse, and find some time to cuddle up together and invest in your family now!

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As fall is now upon us, it is the perfect time to spend time with your families outside. On October 5, the world celebrates frugal fun day! Who better to spend this day with than your family. Here are 10 ways to get out of your house on a frugal fun day! (And any other day for that matter!)

  1. Take a Stroll Downtown. If you live anywhere near a nice downtown area, I would suggest taking your family and just enjoying a few hours walking the streets of your downtown. You will be surprised at how many gems you find on your walk. 
  2. Go to a Fall Festival. Many churches and cities have fall festivals with hayrides, s’mores and more. 
  3. Go to the Park. Though it may seem simple, a day at the park may be the most fun thing in the world. Bring a picnic and enjoy the cool fall weather. 
  4. Go Apple Picking. Apple picking is a relatively inexpensive way to spend a day all together. Plus, a lot of orchards offer hayrides and other fall fun activities for your family to enjoy.
  5. Go to a Farmer’s Market. Farmer’s Markets hold so many treasures. You can find fresh food, homemade gifts, gorgeous plants, and so much more. Farmer’s Markets are a great way to spend time with your family. 
  6. Go Thrifting. Visiting a thrift store is some of the most fun you will ever have with your kids. Let each kid pick out 1 or 2 things to bring home as treasures from your adventure. 
  7. Go on a Hike. Whether your hike is in the mountains or just in the city somewhere, a hike is a great way to get your whole family outside. Bonus, a hike can also count as a fun field trip, especially if you’re studying botany, visiting a historic site, etc.  for your hike.
  8. Go to the Zoo. Many zoos have fall festivals that you can enjoy with your kids. The zoo is also a great way to sneak a school day in. :) 
  9. Visit a New Restaurant. Many restaurants have a fun fall seasonal menu items that are always worth a try. A lot of cities have fall food festivals where you are able to experience the restaurant for cheaper. 
  10. Go Geocaching. Geocaching is a fun scavenger hunt held all around the world. People will hide little gifts/papers and the geocacher has to use the geocaching app to follow the clues to find the prize. For more information on geocaching click here. 

Now that you have plenty of things to do, you really have no excuse to stay inside on October 5th. Post pictures of your Frugal Fun adventures with the hashtag. #TTDFrugalFun or tag us @TeachThemDiligently. Have Fun!

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Today’s culture would like for us to believe that it is normal for siblings to not get along and not like each other. This is readily seen in the media. Rarely do movie or television siblings treat one another with respect and affection. They are usually fighting, yelling, name-calling, or belittling each other with mocking, sarcastic, and even hateful remarks.

This sort of behavior has not only become accepted in many homes, it has become expected. It is viewed as normal. However, Jesus commands us to “love one another” and to “put others above ourselves.” The sibling relationship is the best place to begin instilling these principles. Brothers and sisters who are trained to treat one another with respect and love will not only enjoy closeness during the growing up years, but will also delight in a well-nurtured, stronger relationship in adulthood. Rather than merely playing referee, here are some practical ways parents might encourage their children in a well-balanced friendship:

Have a “Serving the Other” Day

Talk about how Christ did not come to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28). Let your children experience the joy of serving by thinking up three to five ways to serve their sibling one day each month. If needed, develop a list of ideas for “serving the other” day from which they can choose. It could be simple acts of kindness such as making sister’s bed, offering to let brother sit in the front seat with mom even though it is not his turn, or doing the other’s chores.

Make it fun. Let the child who is serving pick his/her own day and try to surprise the sibling with each task. In order for the one being served to fully enjoy the pampering, make sure the children play “server” on different days. If there are many siblings in the home, you could add to the fun by drawing names and trying to serve without the other finding out who the server is.

Teach Them to Support One Another

Require siblings to attend one another’s special events. If Hunter is playing his trumpet at a beginner band concert, attendance should not be an option for his brothers and sisters.  If Amy is performing at a ballet recital, her siblings should be there to support her with cheers. Prompt your children to encourage and build one another up verbally when they are young and it will become a precious habit as they grow.

Our daughter has been involved in theatre since she was young, and our son was required to attend all of her performances. When she was a senior majoring in theatre at University of Alabama, it melted my heart that her twenty-three-year-old brother chose to attend every performance he could, even Shakespeare. He would stand in the lobby after a Shakespeare play waiting for her to change and come out so he could tell her how amazing she was, although he didn’t have the foggiest idea of what had happened on stage. Why? Because the sibling love and support that was cultivated at a young age had blossomed into a strong and rewarding relationship in adulthood.

If your children are older and struggle with supporting one another, it’s never too late to start encouraging them. Have a talk with them about developing their friendship and go over the new expectations as a family. There may be some initial complaining, but as they begin to enjoy the new support from one another, even if it is forced for a while, they will grow to appreciate a stronger, more loving relationship.

Teach Them to Prioritize Their Friendship

It is fun to include non-related friends on outings sometimes, but if it is a prerequisite for your children’s enjoyment then it should be avoided until it is not. Don’t feel obligated to always take a friend along. Unity is cultivated on outings where siblings enjoy adventures and time together. Always taking a friend can hinder your children from bonding with each other, and cause them to become overly dependent on peers.

When my children were young, we often invited their friends over. However, I pulled the privilege of time with friends several times over the years in order for my children to focus on their own friendship. I remember a phase my son went through where he was belittling almost everything his sister said and not speaking to her with respect. We discussed his wrong attitude toward his sister, and I said, “Alex is your best friend, yet you don’t seem to be enjoying her like you do your other friends. Until you can speak to her kindly and treat her with respect, you will lose the privilege of spending time with other friends.”

Each time I cut back on their time with friends, requiring them to focus on the priority of their sibling friendship, it never took more than a couple of weeks for them to gain a new appreciation for one another. Instilling a “best friend” mentality and requiring uninterrupted time together until there is an attitude change is not punishment. It is pro-actively training them to keep their relationship right.

Guide Them to Settle Conflict

If arguing and bickering is a problem, you might have them go in separate rooms (doesn’t have to be bedrooms if they share) and not come out until they have done two things:

  1. Be willing to confess their own fault in the argument. This is teaching them to take ownership and seek forgiveness for their own wrongdoing rather than selfishly dwelling only on the wrongdoing of another. Jesus challenged us: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3).
  2. Write down (or think of) something positive about their sibling and be willing to share it when they come out. This is teaching them to control their thought-life in the midst of conflict by thinking on what is “excellent” and “praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8) rather than stewing over the details of the argument.

Pray for God to give you wisdom as you encourage your children’s friendships. Look for ways to encourage them to love and support one another. Naturally, siblings are going to argue and get on one another’s nerves from time to time, but it is important that we proactively cultivate unity and friendship. After all, there is no longer lasting relationship than that of siblings, typically lasting long after the parents have gone and long before spouses and children come along. Therefore, it is a lifelong friendship that should be respected, nurtured, and cherished.

For more information on cultivating unity among siblings, order Ginger’s new book I Can’t Believe You Just Said That: Biblical Wisdom for Taming Your Child’s Tongue This revolutionary book lays out a practical, three-step plan to help parents reach beyond the behaviors with which siblings struggle—such as tattling, bickering, and blame-shifting—to address their hearts.

Ginger Hubbard, bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Count to Three, Wise Words for Moms, and I Can’t Believe You Just Said That, speaks at women’s events, parenting conferences and home school conventions across the country. Visit her website at www.GingerHubbard.com

Be sure to make your plans to hear Ginger at Teach Them Diligently 2020!

Looking for extra help in refining your focus as a parent? Download our free prayer guide for our children and walk through the accompanying email series. By praying a specific scripture each day for your children, you’ll be amazed at how much God will grow you and them through the process. Go to www.teachthemdiligently.net/pray to download yours today.

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About David and Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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