How Much Does It Really Cost To Spend Time With Your Child?

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One part of our Character Badges program is the rewards chart. Our children love saving the coins they earn from their good behavior, and getting to turn it in for a reward. It’s amazing how often they want to spend their Character Badge coins on simply spending time with Sean or I! And it can be so simple. Recently my 12 year old and I had time alone where we watched a symphony on the iPad together (cuddled in my bed), and then we watched an Andy Griffith together, and had an ice cream bar. Nothing fancy, we didn’t even leave home, but he loved it!

How Much Would You Pay To Spend Time With Your Children.

You can read a whole post on spending time with your children over at the Character Badges Blog that my husband Sean wrote!

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What We Are Using To Teach Our Children About Sex

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I’ve never met a parent who is super excited to have the sex talk with their child. It can be a delicate subject, and one that can be uncomfortable to talk about with your child.

I had a super positive experience as a child with having “the talk” with my mom. I was 11, I went and asked her how babies get to be in a mom’s tummy, and as she cleaned her room she told me all about it. I don’t remember her being flustered, she calmly told me what I needed to know.

Not all parents are like that though. Many a child has been scarred by being told that sex is dirty, evil, something to be endured, or that it’s just gross. Some really conservative parents are so scared to let their children know, they don’t even say anything until right before the child is to be married!

Resources We are Using To Teach Our Children About Sex!

There has to be a better way than that. While we might feel like blushing or stumbling over our words, it’s totally possible to teach our children about sex in a way that the child understands it’s a God ordained act between married people, and it’s really a good thing, as long as you are married!

At one of the homeschool conventions we attended this spring, Sean and I both took some time to really look through a resource we wanted to use with our children called The Talk.
The Talk - Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality

Even though this book is designed for ages 6-10, we are going to use it with our 12 year old. It’s an amazing resource, and only has illustrated pictures, nothing really graphic to share with our son.

If you are needing more resources, Luka and Trisha just came out with a video course for parents called Having The Talk, which goes through each chapter of the book and how to talk to your child, what to share at what age, and what not to share.

I’ve been watching through this series and have found it to be a great resource. Included in this course:

8 instructional videos – around 25 minutes each.

Several mini-videos on specific topics

A free digital copy of the book The Talk

1 year access to all videos, and a lifetime access to the book.

They say this course is for parents of 6-10 year old children, but I find this is really up to the parents to decide when they want to talk to their children. We haven’t felt ready to dive deep into the actual details of sex with our oldest until now, and he is 12.


You might be wondering if we have talked to our oldest child about anything related to sexuality at this point? Yes, we definitely have. He just doesn’t know all the details. All of my children are very familiar with the term homosexuality, and that it means a man and a man live together like a husband and wife, again, they just don’t know the details.

My children all know that it takes a mommy and a daddy to have a baby. My oldest has also grasped that unmarried people have babies, and has asked a lot of questions regarding that. We are definitely right at the age to dive right into all the details, and I’m so very thankful for the wonderful resources that Luke and Trisha have come up with!

The Beauty Of The Family Meeting Part 2

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What is a family meeting and what is it for? Well, a family meeting is a routine appointment that you keep with your family wherein you talk, plan, and dream together for the purpose of pursuing and achieving common goals. It's really very simple.

In my last post, I tried to stress the importance of families working together as a unit. Today we’re going to focus on one of the most useful aids that families have at their disposal to help bring this about — the family meeting.

Let’s get down to basics. What is a family meeting and what is it for? Well, a family meeting is a routine appointment that you keep with your family wherein you talk, plan, and dream together for the purpose of pursuing and achieving common goals. It’s really very simple.

Now let’s look at 5 things that make for successful family meetings. Each of these characteristics have made our meetings more useful and enjoyable. Our day just isn’t the same when we miss one!

Your meetings need to be routine.

There are lots of different ways you could go about this but the important point is that you’re consistent! You could meet once a month, once a week, or every day but be sure to keep your appointments! We try to meet every day at 9 AM (excepting Sundays) and we’ve found that this is a great way to start to our day as a family. I work from home, so I know 9 AM isn’t feasible for many families, but every one can find time to regularly come together. It might be every Friday evening or the first Monday of the month. You could even hold your family meeting at each evening meal.

By making your meetings routine you’re sending a message that you’re serious about working together. If you have to, put it on the calendar like you would any other appointment and stick to it!

Go read the rest at the Character Badges Blog!

Written by my husband Sean.

A Vision for Family Meetings

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This post was written by my husband, Sean. This is part 1 of a 2 part series.

Oh, the family meeting. Could I take a moment to recommend these to you? The fact is, your family needs to get together. You need to sit down and talk, and you need to do this frequently. You are a family after all, right? You’re in this thing together, right? You’re a unit. You’re a team. You’re stronger together than you are apart. You have big plans, big hopes, big dreams and you need everyone’s participation to help make them a reality.


Does your family view itself like this? If it doesn’t, it won’t do a lot of good for me to go on about family meetings and such. Let’s start by laying out a vision, and then we can get to some nuts and bolts later.

We’re still working on this, but there was a time when my family felt like it had nothing to work on together, but lots of things to work on apart. Do you know what I’m talking about? Dad has his work, his interests. Mom has her work, her interests. The children are content to be merely spectators, waiting for the next meal to arrive. Eventually, though, the whole family gets the message – “Just find something to do and do it, but don’t expect a lot of help. It’s ok. Everyone’s busy and we need to stay out of each other’s way.”

Might I suggest to you a better way?

You can read the rest over at the Character Badges Blog!


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