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Introduction to October’s Value: Kindness and Friendliness

Kind, friendly people are generally more happy and successful than those who are often unfriendly and unkind. As we help our children work on kindness and friendliness, we’re helping them to grow and stretch in very important ways. Check out these simple, tried-and-true ideas for teaching our children to be a little more kind and friendly.

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Develop a System for Balance

How often do you find yourself feeling out of balance? It feels as though there are so many things in your envelope that you just can’t cram in one more thing, but somehow you manage to do it anyway. Your life is full of “stuff” and sometimes you feel that you are in the thick […]


Hard is Good – A Message from our Grandmothers

There are some days when mothering is about as fun as traveling at eighty miles an hour on a blistering hot day on a motorcycle with no windshield in a bug storm! But let’s step back a moment, take ourselves out of the here-and-now and look at the big picture.

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Introduction to May’s Value: Courage

We had been talking with our 10-year-old son Talmadge about courage, and I’d been trying, in my long-winded way, to explain the difference between true courage or being a leader for the right.I had been trying to communicate the idea that real bravery was an inner thing, it was then that Talmadge interrupted with…

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Introduction to February’s Value: Love

Introduction Our youngest child is named Charity. We liked the sound of the word as well as its definition of “pure love.” A few weeks before her first birthday we were trying to generate a discussion of love with our older children around the dinner table. What is love? What causes us to feel it […]

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Introduction to January’s Value: Self Discipline

Self-discipline and moderation are two sides of the same coin. Self-discipline is pulling up and away from the laziness of doing too little. Moderation is pulling in and away from the excesses of trying to do or to have too much.