Leadership and Mentoring

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Reflections on 4 Years of Co-op Leadership

As we have been transitioning out of our homeschool co-op, I have taken the time to think about and ponder what it has meant to myself and my children. I have also given a lot of thought to how it felt to serve and lead the group. I have pondered how I can improve in

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It is official. I recently resigned from our homeschool co-op board and let them know that we won’t be returning in the fall. It was with a lot of agonizing thought that we reached this decision as a family, but I am at peace. My children and I have had many positive educational experiences and

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When is a Weed Exactly What You Need?

For the last several years, I have learned a lot about herbs and herbal medicine. I am not an expert, but I’ve learned enough to use some of the medicinal herbs with a little bit of adeptness. One of my favorite herbs is comfrey. I have used it successfully on burns. A friend of mine

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Mother's Retreat

This past weekend was our annual mother’s retreat. This year we had 9 ladies up for the weekend, and we stayed in a small cabin in Karney Lakes, Idaho. The view from the cabin was fabulous, but the weather was a bit chilly and we did have some rain. However, we were good company for

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I recently watched a friend of mine go through three days of an intense project. As I watched, I learned. It was a 3 day lesson. She had three days to accomplish a huge goal. She wasn’t the only one working on this goal, so she had help. The project was someone else’s brain child

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See a Need, Fill a Need

Several years ago, a fun children’s movie shared an important idea with the world. Robots was a cute children’s film with a powerful message. See a need, fill a need. The idea is simple to understand but not always simple to accomplish. Look around at your world and find needs. Then discover how you can

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The idea of my children flipping burgers in a fast food restaurant has never particularly appealed to me. I believe that children should learn to work hard and should learn to love working. I know that a job working for someone can be a valuable learning experience, and I won’t discourage my children from working.

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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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Belling the Cat: A Leadership Lesson

The lesson from Aesop’s fable,┬áBelling 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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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