What (Not) To Do If Your Husband Abuses Your Kids

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I recently ran across this quote from Michael and Debi Pearl's child training manual child abuse manual, To Train Up a Child: Mother, if you think the father is too forceful in his discipline, there is something you can do. While he is away demand, expect, train for and discipline to receive instant and complete obedience from your children. When the father comes home the house will be peaceful and well ordered. The children will always obey their father, giving him no need to discipline … [Read more...]

Sally’s Emotions Are Hers, Not Mine

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"I'm really angry with you, mom! I don't like you right now! I don't like you!"I don't even remember what I'd done. I think maybe I told her that no, we weren't going to get ice cream while we were out, or maybe I told her we really did have to go inside because I had to make dinner. Whatever it was, my preschool-aged daughter Sally was very upset with me.But you know what? I didn't try to stop it. I can't control Sally's emotions, and I'm not going to try to. I can't force Sally to feel … [Read more...]

Homeschool Mom: Iowa’s Laws Helped My Children—and Me

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Over the weekend, I corresponded with a woman who spent a decade and a half homeschooling her children in Iowa. When she expressed her strong feelings in favor of keeping Iowa's homeschooling regulations and not repealing them, I asked if she would mind sharing her thoughts with my readers. Here is what she had to say.  --------------- As a Christian homechooling parent of four, I always felt very fortunate with Iowa's homeschooling laws. I homeschooled my children in Iowa for fifteen years, … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Mrs. Karen, You Are Laughing at Real People

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A Guest Post by LanaI found the above comment on HSLDA’s facebook page, presumably by some homeschool mom who has been trained to laugh at the socialization question. And it made me angry.  See, it's fine if homeschool parents want to tell their stories about how they were socially awkward as public school kids, or how they are a social misfit. I will not laugh at their stories. But you know what, when homeschool parents laugh at the homeschool socialization question, they are actually laug … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Think Mark Driscoll Was Joking


Several weeks ago, Mark Driscoll said this: I know who made the environment and he’s coming back and going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV. When people got upset about it, he claimed it was just a joke, adding: I am sorry that you do not have a sense of humor. The thing is, I grew up in a home where this sort of thing was said regularly, and it wasn't about joking. My parents were soundly against recycling, because they saw the earth as disposable. I was reminded of this again a c … [Read more...]

HSLDA Jubilant That Iowa Homeschool Parents Won’t Be Required to Teach Their Kids


And now we have HSLDA's response to the changes in Iowa's homeschooling law.Revolutionary Improvement in Homeschool Law Dear Iowa HSLDA Friends and Members:On May 22, the Iowa Legislature passed a bill that (with the governor’s anticipated signature) will revolutionize Iowa’s homeschool law when it becomes effective on July 1. Most families know very little about the bill, House File (HF) 215, because the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE) and HSLDA opted for a quiet but ef … [Read more...]

Iowa’s Homeschool Regulations Protect Children

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I just came upon a fascinating illustration of exactly why we need homeschooling laws like Iowa's. In fact, it's a concrete example of the good Iowa's regulations actually do for children. And when I read the stories of what can happen when states don't have oversight of homeschooling or when existing laws are not enforced, well, it's good to hear a positive story like this one.The Iowa Story The Iowa Department of Human Services first began investigating accused child-endangerer and … [Read more...]