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Do You Have an Attitude of Gratitude?

what is gratitude
  What do you think of when you hear the word gratitude? I think of it as having a grateful heart for what we have been given. It’s more than just being thankful. It’s being content with what we have. I believe gratitude is a character quality that we all need to work on. We

Dangerous Mentoring – The Bright Side

risk is good
  As a science teacher, I’m always checking the news to see if there are any new discoveries or items of interest for my science students. Recently, an article on WebMD caught my eye: “Is Dirt Good for Kids?” It’s a discussion of the “hygiene hypothesis,” which holds that children have fewer occurrences of allergies,

Hey Mama Monday

Hey Mama
  Hey Mama, Even on the worst day, was it all worth it? Would you change a thing? Put those kids back where they came from and never look back? In the moments of frustration and even grief (and those moments do come) with our children, when they are being so foolish and illogical .

Stained Gratitude

thankful for troubles
  This Side of Eternity, No Blessing is Unstained I’m writing this from my neat and tidy, newly refurbished computer. Every time my kids and I sit down to record a podcast episode, we first stop and thank God for putting us in a time and place where technology like this is available to us,
improve reading fluency for slow readers
  I am in my fourth year of homeschooling my son and learning to read has been a slow process for him. He’s made a lot of progress recently, but the one remaining obstacle that I see is for him to achieve enough fluency to feel confident reading in public. In co-op, Sunday school, or

Do I Really Want My Child to be Like Me?

role models
  Oscar Wilde once said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” Many of us will be familiar with the first half of this famous quote. But do we actively seek to copy greatness? Who is great enough to be worthy of imitation? Am I worthy of imitation? As

Enjoy the Ride

worry
  The middle is often an uncomfortable place to be. Between the pages of a favorite mystery we hope we guessed correctly, waiting to see if we have followed the clues correctly. Going through a do-to list, waiting for news of a loved one’s health, and most processes involve a beginning, a middle, and an

Seasons of Gratitude

things we might forget to be thankful for
  Thanksgiving is just weeks away, and my mind fills with thoughts of family, fellowship, and good food. I enjoy taking a day off to spend time reflecting on the blessings of life. My children and I normally start a thankful tree at the beginning of November and go to the end of the month.
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