Say Yes in Your Homeschool

 Posted by on February 17, 2014  6 Responses »
Feb 172014

If ever there was something I could go back and tell my younger self about homeschooling, it would be to say yes moreSaying yes is a habit we’ve talked about before here at Habits for a Happy Home.

Say YES in Your #Homeschool www.habitsforahappyhome.comI can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life… Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively! II Corinthians 6:11-13 MSG

I’ve grown into the yes gradually. And this is, of course, a habit that extends beyond homeschool. So I want to encourage you to say yes, my dear, while the children are near:

  • Yes, you can stay up just a little later so we can finish reading this book.
  • Yes, you can play in the mud (she says as she puts towels down from the back door all the way to the bathtub).
  • Yes, pull out…every…last…foam…craft…heart and have at it!
  • Yes, paint every day!
  • Yes, let’s go visit great-grandmother today.
  • Yes, a pancake breakfast is just what we need to start the morning right. Even if it is already a little late.
  • Yes, let’s make a tin foil boat and watch it float down the street.
  • Yes, please make fudge! (and I will try my best to smile and not to sigh at the pile of mess in the sink)
  • Yes, I will stay up late and chat with you about all sorts of things.
  • Yes, I will ignore that overflowing pile of laundry and play Blokus.
  • Yes, why not? Let’s go to the park!
  • Yes, we can put down this and learn all about the brain today.

I’m not saying that I would have said yes and set aside all the regular learning all the time. But I would have said yes more. Because time is a vapor. See, I blinked and now my eldest will graduate in just two years. That baby of mine, my youngest, is soon to be a first grader.

Boundaries and rules definitely have a place. But so do freedoms and fun. And saying yes.

The love of the Father is like a sudden rain shower that will pour forth when you least expect it, catching you up in to wonder and praise. ~ Richard J. Foster

I’d also grab at some subtle yeses. A big hug. A pat on the back. A squeeze and an ‘I love you.’

God has called us into the joyous ministry of giving His love away to others. ~ Don Lessin

Yes, I will wear that crown of clover you made around the town! (and I hope to see you wearing yours too.)

The habit of saying yes.

Bottom line, wasn’t life itself a special occasion? ~ Jan Karon


I invite you to join all the ladies of iHomeschool Network offering up advice to their younger selves.

What can you be saying yes to more often?

10 Favorite Fall Recipes

 Posted by on October 1, 2013  No Responses »
Oct 012013

October means a change in menu. Football, fall, leaves, family gatherings and cooler weather mean these type recipes from our archives…

10 Favorite Fall Recipes at

Fun Food for Football Watching by Kim A. – hearty red chili, spinach melts…

Barbecue Cups, also by Kim – are simple, quick and delicious!

Fallish Fun- Caramel Apples Recipe at Habits for a Happy Home Fallish Fun: Caramel Apples by Kendra  – these are absolutely beautiful!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies also by Kendra

Italian Stuffed Shells – a Hodgepodge favorite!


I normally use a traditional trifle dish, but this one was going to an office function where there was limited refrigerator space.

I normally use a traditional trifle dish, but this one was going to an office function where there was limited refrigerator space.

Brownie Trifle by Kerri – always something to look forward to!

Cold Days, Warm Soup – Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup also by Kerri – perfect comfort food

Lunchtime Variety by Heidi – yep, our lunch times often get in a rut and these are some great ideas!

Yam Casserole by Littlesanctuary – perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Sunday dinner

And topped off with the Brownies They’ll Never Forget by Kim A. “I recommend you don’t wait until 9:00 at night and make these with your husband when the kids are in bed.  Make them right now, while the kids are still up, so they can share all the fat and calories with you.  Enjoy, and be praised for the rest of the day by your adoring husband and children.”



What are YOUR favorites?

~written by Tricia, Hodgepodge

Jul 152013

I’ve found that at the heart of schooling, education and teaching is parenting, haven’t you? Our group of writers here at Habits for a Happy Home are offering you, dear readers, resources to equip you in your parenting journey!

Parenting Tool Kit at We gathered a basket of items we know are trusted parenting books. And we are giving it away! Be sure to enter to win via the rafflecopter widget at the end of this post.

Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates. Deuteronomy 6: 7-9

What is included in our Back to School Parenting Tool Kit?

1) 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential by Zan Tyler – I have so enjoyed this being on my nightstand this summer. I’ve soaked up snippets here and there – just when I needed it! “God created the family to be a powerful, life-shaping force in the lives of your children – to be the place where their potential can be energetically and effectively nourished and cultivated. Sadly, in today’s culture, kids and parents alike often view the home as the spot to recharge their cell phones, change clothes between activities, and then crash at night…. learn to use the toold the Master Gardener has provided for tending and teaching all your children. She will help you recognize the signs of potential in each child, signs that are easy to miss yet are ripe for cultivation. As you read, you will find exciting ways to enable your kids to establish a godly identity, discover their purpose, develop a biblical worldview, and build leadership and communication skills.

2) How to Have a Heart for Your Kids by Rachael Carman (read Richelle’s review at The Curriculum Choice) “How well do you really know your kids? What has God shown you about who they are and who they will become? He has sent these children into your home at this specific time for His glorious purposes. Indeed, you have been invited on the adventure of a lifetime, a journey on which you will see walls fall, seas parted, and giants slain. You don’t need special skills or training for this journey – you need only seek God and hold tight to His mighty hand!”

3) Parenting the QBQ Way by John G. Miller author of QBQ! the Question Behind the Question – How to Be an Outstanding Parent and Raise Great Kids Using the Power of Personal Accountability – ” Why don’t my kids do what I say? Who made the mess in here? When will my teen make better choices? The solution: Learn to parent the QBQ way. Ask the right questions to eliminate blame, complaining and procrastination from your family! Bring personal accountability to life within our families.

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We invite you to browse all the parenting posts here at Habits for a Happy Home!

iHN-Back-to-School Don’t miss all the fabulous back-to-school took kits by iHomeschool Network bloggers!

(1) Back to School Toolkit from Milk and Cookies
(2)†Back to School Toolkit from These Temporary Tents
(3)†Back to School Toolkit from Spell Outloud
(4)†Back to School Toolkit from Great Peace Academy
(5)†Back to School Toolkit from Gricefully Homeschooling


(6) Back to School Toolkit from Raising Lifelong Learners
(7) Back to School Toolkit from WriteShop
(8) Back to School Toolkit from Preschoolers and Peace
(9) Back to School Toolkit from Starts at Eight
(10) Back to School Toolkit from Joyful Mothering


(11) Back to School Toolkit from Harrington Harmonies
(12) Back to School Toolkit from Ponder the Path
(13) Back to School Toolkit from Forever, For Always, No Matter What
(14) Back to School Toolkit from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
(15) Back to School Toolkit from Habits for a Happy Home


(16) Back to School Toolkit from Curriculum Choice
(17) Back to School Toolkit from See Jamie Blog
(18) Back to School Toolkit from Beautiful Motherhood
(19) Back to School Toolkit from Sam’s Noggin
(20) Back to School Toolkit from This Reading Mama


(21) Back to School Toolkit from Teaching Mama
(22) Back to School Toolkit from Adorable Chaos
(23) Back to School Toolkit from The Pelsers
(24) Back to School Toolkit from Hodge Podge
(25) Back to School Toolkit from Sallie Borrink


(26) Back to School Toolkit from The Kennedy Adventures
(27) Back to School Toolkit from Flourish
(28) Back to School Toolkit from Our Journey Westward
(29) Back to School Toolkit from Meet Penny
(30) Back to School Toolkit from On Faith and Coffee


(31) Back to School Toolkit from Our Abundant Blessings
(32) Back to School Toolkit from Holistic Homeschooler
(33) Back to School Toolkit from The Encouraging Home
(34) Back to School Toolkit from Motherhood on a Dime
(35) Back to School Toolkit from The Homeschool Scientist


 What is your favorite parenting tool and/or advice?

~written by Tricia, Hodgepodge

Laundry Help!

 Posted by on June 25, 2013  No Responses »
Jun 252013

One Monday morning following the weekend the laundry looked like this. That’s the pile that wouldn’t fit in the laundry room. It was laundry overwhelm for sure.

Laundry! Help! at habitsforahappyhome.comAfter my overwhelm, I turned to the tried and true habits. Housekeeping habits right here on Habits for a Happy Home. Plus even more helps from Mama’s Laundry Talk.

10-Steps-Laundry-Under-Control Mama’s Laundry Talk

A site created by Lauren Hill, this is the ultimate place for practical laundry helps of all kinds!

Also be sure to take a look at Lauren’s Pinterest boards:

Plus, don’t miss…

Service OpportunitiesThe Ultimate Guide to Housekeeping Habits

And, at our house, part of our morning routine is using Everyday Homemaking’s ‘These Things Should Be Done Before School’ Checklist. On this list is a reminder for our children to take care of their laundry. We’re continuing to build a habit, teaching them how.

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~written by Tricia, Hodgepodge

The Christian Parenting Handbook

 Posted by on April 29, 2013  No Responses »
Apr 292013

Today I share with you a wonderful resource! The Christian Parenting Handbook is available for purchase this week. Not only that but when you purchase it you also are provided with $400 worth of additional parenting resources.

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heart approachI’ve been looking forward to The Christian Parenting Handbook since I first heard about it. Remember our sister site, Passionate Purposeful Parenting? Melanie Robbins, owner of Passionate Purposeful Parenting, has a team of authors there. Included are my husband and me. But also – the co-authors of this parenting books – Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, R.N. are fellow writers.

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