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Family dinners are important, right? They are a time to gather together as a family and check in with each other. The thing is, sometimes the last thing I want to do is sit down and break bread with my children. When the day has been overwhelming I just want a little peace and alone

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Learning to Fly

Recently I had the opportunity to see baby birds learning to fly. I looked up into the sky to see three birds flying together. One was large, fully grown and clearly a bird of prey. The other two were small and it was difficult at first for me to tell what kind of birds they

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Demystifying Death: A Mortuary Field Trip

One of the most unusual field trips we have ever done in our homeschool co-op was also one of the best. When our field trip mother announced that we would be going to a mortuary to learn about what a mortician does, I was a little bit nervous. I wasn’t really sure how the children

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Belling the Cat: A Leadership Lesson

The lesson from Aesop’s fable,¬†Belling the Cat, continues to offer valuable insight to leadership. My youngest daughter and I were reading this story together and I was amazed at how this simple story is relevant to understanding leadership. This fable is an old story, but it reveals an important enduring truth about human nature. Even

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Exploring the World

My heart longs to travel to far off countries, make new friends, and eat culinary wonders. Alas, this year I have to content myself with a handful of small road trips and one big airplane ride to California for Harry Potter World and San Diego Zoo.  As much as I would like to be exploring

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Ready to Lead Whenever, Wherever

One Sunday as we were at church, the organist began to play the musical introduction to the opening hymn. The congregation looked around and it seemed like everyone noticed at the same time that there was no chorister to lead the music. The organist played slowly and one woman near the front moved swiftly to

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Olympic Parade

Our homeschool co-op, Leadership Connections, learned about Greek history during this year. One of the projects that they were encouraged to recreate was a historic building. The photo above is one family’s take on the Parthenon. They brought it in for everyone to see and taste. One of the other fun things our mentor mom

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Every morning our family recites our family mission statement. We created our mission statement about five years ago. My husband and I spent some time talking about how we wanted our family to progress and develop in the next 20 years and we came up with a vision of what we hoped that looked like

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In our family, we read together daily from a selection of books. We call it family reading time or morning reading time. This is a routine that we began when my children were small, before we were officially homeschooling. When we began our morning reading time the basket we used held a variety of picture

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Linus Project Blankets

  Each term in our homeschool co-op, Leadership Connections, we come together for a service project. This spring, we made Linus Project blankets. Project Linus is an organization that provides blankets to children in need. This was a great project for our group because we could involve every age. Some of our service projects are