Teaching your teen discernment is a process, but a much-needed one. Use these steps to get started, and give your teen a leadership "head-start" as an adult.

5 Steps to Teaching Your Teens Discernment

Discernment - Something that we can all agree is sorely needed in this day and age, and also sadly missing ...
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5 Days of Preparing for Christmas with Your Teen – A special family evening

Yes, Virginia, you CAN spend quality family time together during the holidays... BUT you definitely have to plan for it! ...
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5 Days of Preparing for Christmas with Your Teen – Host a party

Are you planning a Christmas party this year? Many of us do. Around our place, it's almost like a season ...
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#breakthrulinkup 7 – Create a Christmas playlist with your teen

Welcome to #breakthrulinkup #7! If you don't know this about me yet, I gotta tell you: I'm an old-school rock ...
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5 Days of Preparing for Christmas with Your Teen – In the Kitchen

Does your teen like to eat? If you have a teen, you may be laughing out loud as you read ...
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5 Days of Preparing for Christmas with Your Teen

Does your teen really care? So many times as parents we view the term "preparing for the holidays" to mean ...
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The teen years: yes, there are things you can start doing NOW to lay a foundation for a fruitful and yes, even enjoyable, stage in the parenting journey.

5 Things You Can do NOW to Prepare for the Teen Years

Fear not - but they'll be here before you know it! Or you may already find yourself in the midst ...
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#breakthrulinkup 6 – Give thanks in all things

Welcome to #breakthrulinkup #6! I have fully embraced the November "theme" this year of giving thanks! But I also have ...
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100 Resources to Craft a Rich Homeschooled High School Experience

This list of "100 Resources to Craft a Rich Homeschooled High School Experience" has been a true labor of love ...
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How to Ensure Your Homeschooler
Thrives in High School

If we're honest, as those years approach, even the most confident homeschooling mom must admit to a bit of fear ...
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There is certainly a dearth of leadership these days. Set your teen up for future success and service by helping him (or her!) develop much-needed leadership skills.

Developing Leadership Skills in Your Teen

Do you follow politics with your teen? I know, I know, it's certainly has its highs and (mostly) lows, but ...
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#breakthrulinkup 5 – Heartbursting moments

Welcome to #breakthrulinkup #5! Over the past few months, a friend of mine has been busy helping her daughter prepare ...
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Thoughtfully-chosen, creative electives can be very powerful tools for your student for a variety of reasons.

Creative Electives for Your High School Student

Are you one of the "brave ones" who is facing, and planning on, teaching your child at home through high ...
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Homeschool through high school is both possible and exciting! When the time comes, or even if you find yourself in that season now, use this guide to ensure this experience is enriching for both you and your child.

Your Easy Guide to Homeschooling High School

Join me as I "hopscotch our way" to homeschooling through high school! As I've made mention before...it's not really that ...
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If you're trying to find some worthwhile books to put on your shelf, try these for starters - my "must haves" for every homeschool mom/teacher!

Great Books for Homeschool Teachers

The best thing we can do for our own children/students is to model a lifestyle of learning of our own ...
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#breakthrulinkup 4 – Faithful love…

Welcome to #breakthrulinkup #4! By now you probably know about my little kitty Louie. (And if you don't, just take ...
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These practical ways to bless your teen aren't exactly rocket science. In fact, they're much simpler...and FAR more effective!

8 Practical Ways You Can Bless Your Teen

Ever heard that old one-liner  "Everybody complains about the weather...but nobody does anything about it!"?  Well, it's often the same with ...
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Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey family audiobooks are a great way to connect with your teens, too!

Family Audiobooks and the Power of Story

(This post is sponsored by Focus on The Family, who provided me with a copy of this CD for review purposes.) ...
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After more than a few decades of living, I've finally come up with a list of things I work through to help my day get off to a good start. They're not rocket science...anyone can do them. It just takes a firm commitment and a determination to do whatever it takes to break the cycle of waking up in the morning already behind.

10 Important Things to Do Tonight to Have a GREAT Tomorrow

Picture this: Monday morning, or any morning for that matter, rolls around and the alarm goes off. You jump out ...
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#breakthrulinkup 3 – Are you *too* busy?

Welcome to #breakthrulinkup #3! For awhile now I've been seeing and reading articles telling me how people these days wear ...
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20 Inspiring Quotes for Your Teenager - 'cause sometimes they have bad days, too!

20 Inspiring Quotes for Your Teenager

This time of year often finds many people in a little bit of a lull. Summer's over; the holidays aren't ...
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How to survive after you’ve sent your teen off to college

(This post is sponsored by Spartanburg Methodist College, who compensated me for my time. All opinions are my own.) A few ...
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#breakthrulinkup 2 – Are You Up to the Task?

Welcome to #breakthrulinkup #2! For the past few years, around this time of the year, there's been a "bundle" going ...
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10 TED Talks Your Teen Needs to Watch Before Graduation

So, say you've been rolling along with this homeschool thing for years...  You've managed to teach the kids to read, ...
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New Beginnings and #breakthrulinkup

Welcome to #breakthrulinkup #1! Welcome, welcome, welcome to my new "digs!" Hope you make yourself at home as I start ...
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Teaching Homeschool Science…

...out-of-the-box! I have to admit: science has been one of those subjects I've struggled with in our homeschool. Unfortunately, I ...
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Welcome, friends!

Greetings, friends, new and old! Welcome to BreakthroughHomeschooling - a blog dedicated to encouraging parents of teens and equipping them ...
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Good-For-Your-Health-Smoothies 101

(And scroll down to the bottom for 2 bonus recipes for some quick-energy, easy-to-make snacks that are good for you, too!) ...
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Reviving The Lost Art of Mentoring

The concept of mentoring is often focused on mentoring youth,  And while it is admittedly an important and somewhat neglected activity in ...
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Celebrating Science – TED Talks to Encourage STEM Studies

As I've been discovering over the past few months, there is a growing emphasis on STEM subjects these days - ...
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How to Assign High School Credit to Life Learning Opportunities

High school is such a wonderful time for homeschooling! The early years of teaching “the basics” – reading, writing, primary ...
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The Relaxed Mom Homeschool Planner comes with a unique feature to help you overcome the challenges you may be feeling about using these things! Yes, you CAN learn how to plan your homeschool and household with confidence

Preparing for the new school year: Get your planner on!

Can you feel it? The cooler weather (hopefully!), the buzz in the stores about school supplies and back-to-school sales... Can ...
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How To Win Your Reluctant Teen’s Heart

Ahh, the teenage years...traditionally, the time when that once cute and cuddly and sweet child that you birthed turns into ...
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Sharing the Joy of Reading

(This post was written by author, forever-friend and previous blogging partner Candy Reid.) I started reading out loud to my ...
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Host a Questionable Movie Night!

How can you teach discernment to your teens, help them develop critical thinking skills, and do it in a format ...
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5 "Old School" Subjects for Today’s Homeschool

There is no doubt that the face of education today is changing. Even considering our own family, the methods and materials ...
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While it's not the complete answer, a big response to the question "What's the BEST planner from my homeschool?" is - "Well, what format will you USE?" Read on for a brief summary of some of the more-popular choices today...

What’s the best planner for your homeschool?

"Help! I'm so unorganized! What's the best homeschool planner to use?" I get that question more often than you'd think, ...
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Summer – Homeschool Style

Does the term "summer school" scare you...or get you yawning? Take a family vacation this summer and use the time ...
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A homeschool graduation ceremony, whether it be sweet and simple or a complicated event, can be a touching way to mark this oh-so-significant event in your family's life!

How to Plan a Homeschool Graduation

Beyond a doubt, one of the most touching occasions I have ever had the privilege to attend is our local homeschool co-op's ...
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In the hustle and bustle of life, making a date with your teen guarantees intentional one-on-one time. Here are some simple and easy-to-do activities to try. Have fun with these teen date ideas!

20+ Date-With-Your-Teen Ideas

In the hustle and bustle of life, we sometimes forget about our teenagers.  Maybe it's because you've gotten so busy ...
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The ABCs of How We Learn is an important book for home educators.Knowing how both we and our children learn helps the learning process flow easily!

Book Review – The ABCs of How We Learn

The best way to ensure that your homeschooling experience is successful (by whatever standard you measure) is to know how ...
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Be Encouraged with This Playlist!

One thing you may not know about me is that in college I studied Music Therapy. I've loved music since ...
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Need an (Instant Pot) Solution?

Does your meal prep need a makeover, too? Welcome to my next installment of Rest and Refreshment for Moms. Yesterday ...
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How to makeover your homeschool day

Yes, I know what it's like: almost the minute your feet hit the floor, and most certainly by the time ...
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Rest and Refreshment for Homeschool moms

There's nothing like a good book, especially to a homeschooler, to get lost in whenever you can. But there's something ...
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During this series "5 Days of Serving Others through the Holidays", we're looking at using the gift of service to bless those we love!

5 Days of Serving Others – Reaching the World

Welcome back to the last day of the series "5 Days of Serving Others through the Holidays!" Every day this ...
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5 Days of Serving Others – Impacting Your Community

Welcome back to day 4 of the series "5 Days of Serving Others through the Holidays!" Every day this week I'm ...
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Today in "5 Days of Serving Others through the Holidays"...blessing your church! Hope you'll join us :-)

5 Days of Serving Others – Serving Your Church

Welcome back to day 3 of the series "5 Days of Serving Others through the Holidays!" Every day this week ...
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5 Days of Serving Others – Blessing Your Family

Welcome back to day 2 of the series "5 Days of Serving Others through the Holidays!" Every day this week ...
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Welcome to "5 Days of Serving Others through the Holidays!" Let's start at "home base,' shall we? The heart of the home is mom and dad, so...

5 Days of Serving Others During the Holidays

"And now for something entirely different..." Join us every day this week as we explore a different way to celebrate ...
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Homeschooling Through Chronic Illness

(This post was written by author, forever-friend and previous blogging partner Candy Reid.) Illness strikes whomever it pleases, whenever it pleases ...
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Are you paralyzed by the thought of teaching physics, upper maths and British lit scare you? Rest assured, mom: outsourcing subjects is a viable option!

Knowing How and When to Outsource Homeschool Subjects

Are you paralyzed by the thought of teaching physics? Does the concept of tutoring high school chemistry cause your palms ...
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Enhance the Quality of Your Homeschool This Year

It was "just another" graduation, and once again, I found myself in tears. Happy tears, of course, but tears nonetheless ...
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CTC Math – a no-more-tears math curriculum

I love my daughter's smile. And while she is generally very sweet-natured, over the years, math studies had become a problem ...
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3 Reasons NOT to Homeschool Thru High School

To Keep Homeschooling thru High School or Not? Now that is the Question! When we first started home educating, I remember ...
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Do You Need a "mommy anger" redo?

I have a confession to make:  I know quite a bit about "mommy anger" – because I have it! I’m not ...
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Top 4 FAQs About Homeschooling High-School

The thought of homeschooling high school can seem daunting even to the most passionate homeschooling family.And, truth be told, many ...
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Are you teaching life skills with a creative flair?

Did you ever have something (a class, a book, a product) that you came across over and over again and ...
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Why and How to Use American Heritage Girls Badges With Your Homeschool

Many years ago 2 of our boys were active Cub Scouts. It was so very cute...but that's not what I'm ...
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TED Talks For Aspiring Student Leaders

Leadership... ...during this election year, it's becoming more and more apparent that we have a great lack of leadership in ...
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10+ “Real life” approaches to Exploring Geography

One of my kids' favorite subjects over the years has been - hands down - geography. Although my kids are ...
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Guiding Your Kids Through Adversity

(This post was written by Laurel Griffith, a blogger, speaker, author and friend of mine.) My son had tears in ...
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5 Valuable Concepts To Make Your Homeschool Stress-Free

I interact on a daily basis with homeschooling parents; moms, mostly. These are good people, who love their children.  Some ...
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What Does a Christmas Unit Study Look Like?

Many years ago I decided that for a few reasons, school had to “look different” around the holidays. For one, ...
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Letter to My(new mom)self

As a new and young mom, I used to roll my eyes (most of the time to myself) when people ...
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