Encouraging Our Kids

A few weeks ago I had a chance to share with my church’s homeschool support group. The theme was “Encouraging Our Kids” and we learned why it’s so important to learn our children’s love languages (Dr. Gary Chapman) in order to speak to their hearts.  I try to be intentional about doing this with Brendan and Ryan, but it was a good reminder for this mama too 🙂 .

Here’s the handout that I shared with our group:

Ways to Encourage Your Children:

 -Pray with them each day.  Praise God for successes, ask for help with struggles, and thank Him for the incredible blessing of homeschooling!

-Smile!  Even when you don’t feel like it – your attitude influences the whole family. Remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength. A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

-As much as possible, make learning fun!  We want our kids to have a love of learning. Even though it requires more work, an effort to provide a hands-on project, a field trip, etc. will be well worth the effort.

*Learn your child’s love language (Dr. Gary Chapman)!

  • Words of affirmation
  • Quality time
  • Receiving gifts
  • Acts of Service
  • Physical Touch

(If you want to read more about the Five Love Languages of Kids, click here.)

-Be spontaneous!  Let God guide your day, not the lesson plan or curriculum.

-Leave your kids notes of encouragement, Bible verses, jokes, etc. in random places that they will find throughout the day.  Another option is to text your teens.

-Surprise them with a special treat (a small gift, a letter, a day off, a surprise field trip, etc).

-Just live life with them, build them up in the Lord, let them know that you’re not perfect (be real), and love them every day!


 We then took some time to write our kids notes of encouragement and make treats to share with them. I forgot to take pictures, but below are a few pics of things I have done over the years including gifts, hands-on projects, and spending time one-on-one with each child.IMG_3729








I also took a few minutes to encourage the moms in our group…I’ll share more about that next week 🙂 .

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The Best Adventure!

I was looking back through some of my old posts this afternoon and came across this one from 4 years ago. It’s so much fun to look back at how much the boys have grown and how homeschooling truly has been “The Best Adventure” for our family!

Homegrown Hatfields

This morning we read about the death of Moses and how Joshua was given the huge responsibilty of leading the Israelites into the promised land.  Over and over again, God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous.  He says, “do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”  (Joshua 1:9).

I was reading from The Message last night and these verses jumped out at me:  “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.  For the Lord is your life…”  Wow!  When we give our lives to Christ, he gives us the gift of…

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Justin and I often sing this song sarcastically as we fill the calendar with activities and fight the crowds while shopping 🙂 every December, but all joking aside, it really is a wonderful time of the year.

We had a great Christmas and hope that you did too.

I can’t wait to share 2017 together!






Home Educators Association of Virginia

Guess what? 

The 2017 HEAV convention is only SIX months away and…..   

Registration Opens for Members January 9!

Next year’s convention is June 8-10, 2017!

Three days.

The whole family.

It will change your life.


Why should you attend?

Watch this to find out:

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