We have some new theme music for the show! It’s by my friends, Trent and Siobhan. You can find them at rvworshipleader.com. Along with the new music, I want to tweak the show a little. It’s still about homeschooling, but it occurs to me that th
Perhaps like you, I’m dreading the election. By the time you read/listen to this, we may already know the results. For what it’s worth, I think we’re pretty well sunk as a nation no matter who wins. Don’t get me wrong. I believe the results sho
Are you just starting out on this homeschooling journey? Here are 10 things I wish I’d known when I was a new homeschooling dad: We can do this. Our kids will be different – and that’s good! It’s not about getting them into Harvard. My wife is
We took an awesome field trip with our son last week. It was a bit more than a normal field trip, at least the way I remember them from my school days. Those usually involved a bus ride downtown to the art museum or the zoo or something like th
How much authority does a local superintendent have over your homeschool? Well, that depends on how much they think they have and how much you’ll let them take. We’ll talk a little about that today and about the upcoming election as it relates
On today’s episode, a listener asks: I just listened to your latest “Unsocialized” podcast where you discussed how difficult homeschooling is. You also referenced an article about things homeschooling will not necessarily prevent. I agree with
It’s been a long summer. I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d return, but here we are. The kids are back at co-op and I’m back behind the microphone.
There are lots of changes this year for my homeschool. My oldest is a senior! From top to bottom, we
“No one said it would be easy, but no one said it’d be this hard.” – Sheryl Crow Don’t get me wrong. I expect it to be hard. There are just some days, some months, heck even some years, when I feel like I’m in a battle — and I’m losing. Between
As a parent, I want my kids to follow the rules. But, should I? Would you rather have Mary or Martha as your daughter? (Luke 10:38-42) Would you rather have the elder son or the prodigal son? (Luke 15) Worshipping the rules leads to missing God
You read that right. The government wants to randomly audit homeschoolers (Random Audits For Homeschoolers?). They’re also very concerned about homeschoolers who decide not to take government money (Take Government Money Or Else!). But, don’t w
It’s summertime! Well, almost… Our homeschool co-op finished up their school year, so that’s good enough for me! Let’s have some fun! If we’re sneaky, we might even get our kids to learn some things during the summer, too. 😉 So, to kick off su
Why would I expect my child, who I chose to keep out of the government-run factories called public schools because I didn’t want her to be a government-trained cog in a machine — why would I expect her to fit neatly into society’s mold after hi
In a nutshell, Target is committing retail suicide. Those of us protesting Target are not doing so to be mean to transgender people. This is about public safety — specifically, the safety of my daughters to use the bathrooms and dressing rooms
I actually recorded this episode a couple weeks ago. It’s been a hectic time. So, here you go. Not everyone has this time with their kids. We have worked hard to engineer our families so that we can be at home with our kids. Let’s not waste it!
In this episode, we talk about the challenge of raising boys to be manly men. No, I don’t mean the Charlie Sheen ‘Two and a Half Men’ version of a manly man. I mean a man of character, honor, and integrity — the kind of man written about by The
In this episode, we talk about some lessons learned by a veteran homeschool mom and some surprising benefits of homeschooling. Sometimes expectations can be wrong, and sometimes that’s good. My 17-year-old daughter and I discovered a hidden ben
By now, you’ve probably heard the term “microaggression”. If not, my heartiest apologies for dragging you into this brave new world, but apparently, microaggressions are here to stay, at least until the next generation finds new and more micros
My wife was away last week. She went to Seattle to visit her sister who was having a baby. So, I stayed home with four kids for a week. The catch? They all started feeling sick right before my wife left. After several days of massive coughing f
It’s easy to do this homeschool thing alone, if you’re not careful. Do you have a homeschooling community? I know homeschoolers have differing opinions about this, but here are my top five benefits of Homeschool Co-ops. It gives you at least on
There are many different styles of homeschooling. What’s your style? Here are some of the most common approaches to homeschooling: Traditional (aka, School-at-Home) Classical (the “We want our kids to go to Harvard” approach) Charlotte Mason (f
Are homeschool teachers just “parents playing teacher” with their “stay-at-home kids”? That’s what one Chicago public school teacher thought, until he started teaching at the college level and found that his best students were homeschoolers. Wh
This episode is a little different. I recorded it while sitting in a Panera restaurant with my portable digital recorder, so it sounds quite a bit different than my studio-recorded episodes. Two of my kids were participating in a musical theatr
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