The Parenting Road to Good Character

Teaching Character by Example

Parenting is like a road that begins before our children are born and carry on through the entire journey of a life.  I think most parents hope this for their children, that they will grow into productive honorable men and women. But when does good character training begin?

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It’s not always easy, this thing called parenting. Some days you smile and laugh at your adorable child as they smile up at you and bring laughter into your heart and you think all is right with the world. Other days you feel like you are going to lose your mind when you repeat the same instructions, over and over and over again, and again. Yet, that is our job, to train up a child. The child’s job is to learn and this is most often accomplished by repetition.

So how do we train up a child to become adults that have honorable character?

I believe, like anything, the earlier we can begin to teach, train and lead our children in good character qualities the more grounded they will be when they reach adulthood. It begins by setting an example. Children learn best by the example that we live before them. {Tweet This} They see it, hear it, observe it and reflect it in their own life. We set the standard for them, from the earliest of ages.

As our children get older and we begin to set expectations for them and they begin to reflect the life we have lived before them from their earliest childhood. We will begin to see who they may become when they reach adulthood. They will reflect the example you have laid for them. This is where the do as I do becomes do as I say and the two better be aligned. If they do not, then you will be living a lie in front of your child.

Which Parenting Road are You On?

  • If we want our children to have a strong work ethic but we sit on the couch and watch TV all day, then they see that work isn’t very important to us.
  • If we want our children to be honest, yet we lie to cover our tracks, they learn that a “little lie” is preferable to honesty.
  • If we want our children to have strong marriages and we spend our time husband bashing, we fail to honor their father in their eyes and they learn that marriage isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
  • If we want them to exhibit patience, kindness and love to others, yet they hear us grumble, complain and yell at them when they don’t get it right the first time, then they are learning that patience, love and kindness are not as important as the appearance of getting it right.

Parenting your way to good character

We can’t have it both ways. If we want our children to grow up to have good character then we need to walk our road exhibiting good character and we can not swerve from that path. It’s not easy. It requires us to live honestly. If you haven’t been setting the good character example then you can start today. Make changes to show you say what you mean and you mean what you say because you are living the example. Your parenting road should be a the example you want your children to grow into.

What do you believe contributes to children growing up into honorable adults who display good character?

Renée (12 Posts)

Renée Brown is author at her personal blog, Great Peace Academy. She is a homeschooling mom to her one amazing son, Jonathan and has been the wife of her Beloved Michael for 21 years. On her blog you will find discussions about her work as a homeschooling mom, her family and her faith.


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What is So Great about a Homeschool Convention?

Homeschool Convention is Great for Continuing Education

A Homeschool Convention is a great place to feel encouraged, connected and re-energized for your role as a homeschooling parent. Whether you are new to homeschooling or a seasoned homeschooler, there is always more to see and more to learn.

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 Homeschool Conventions

Children are not static beings, they grow, learn and change levels throughout their educational life. Unlike public school teachers who are trained to teach one age level,a homeschooling parent will need to learn, grow and adapt to meet the ever changing needs of their children.

There is no better place to do this than at a homeschool convention.  Think of it as your continuing education resource. {Tweet This}  Most offer more than just a sales floor to buy curriculum. Many offer a wide variety of seminars and conferences. It is at these conferences that you can learn and explore a wide variety of educational topics.

Possible Topics at a Convention

  • Homeschool Methods
  • Learning Styles
  • Special Needs
  • Organization
  • Marriage and Family Encouragement
  • Humor in Homeschool
  • Gifted Learning
  • Legalities & How To’s
  • Homeschooling with Preschoolers
  • Homeschooling through each level, elementary, middle, junior and high school.
  • Notebooking, Lapbooking and Unit Studies

Going to a convention can be extremely rewarding or extremely overwhelming. That is determined by what you expect to get out of it. If you go with the thought that the convention is the place where you will have all of your homeschooling questions answered, then you will most likely walk away disappointed. If you go with the mindset that you will have a chance to physically window shop for curriculum, ask specific questions about the curriculum, listen to speakers discuss curriculum and be encouraged by other homeschooling families and speakers you will walk away feeling encouraged and uplifted.

Great for Encouragement

There are other great things about a homeschool convention, but for me, the greatest thing is connecting with other homeschooling families. {Tweet This} Whether you meet a mom waiting in the hallway or in a seminar, you find yourself exchanging emails and/or facebooks and before you know it those connections become a thread in your woven homeschool community.

This year I’m excited to be going to Great Homeschool Convention for the 4th year. I’m looking forward to their wide variety of vendors, the 100′s of individual seminars and of course, at the Cincinnati location, the aroma of cinnamon wafting through the air. If you see me there, stop and say “Hi, Renée.”

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Renée (12 Posts)

Renée Brown is author at her personal blog, Great Peace Academy. She is a homeschooling mom to her one amazing son, Jonathan and has been the wife of her Beloved Michael for 21 years. On her blog you will find discussions about her work as a homeschooling mom, her family and her faith.


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When You Just Have to Walk Away

Sometimes you have to walk away, to remember what matters

I know this isn’t my personal blog, it’s a group blog with a mission to encourage homeschoolers; but I’m about to get a little personal with you. Two weeks ago, I walked away. You, my wonderful friends, deserve to know why.

Last January, I came in as co-owner and assumed most of the administrative duties. I worked really hard for 10 months.

Somewhere, I was juggling my own personal blog, my family, my messy house, my health, and our schoolwork.

When the awards came, I was ready! I tackled it head on and stayed up late to make sure things went smoothly.

Only they didn’t y’all. 

The awards went fine, but by mid-November the rest of my life was letting me know that I was letting them down.

That’s when I started hearing that still-small-voice tell me I had to change something.

By Thanksgiving, I had deadlines piling up and five of my favorite faces staring at me heartbroken. I wasn’t doing anything very well, at all.

Dinners were mediocre, the house was a mess, schoolwork was mostly busy work and I didn’t even have a pile of well written posts to show for all my time wasted staring at my laptop.

My husband actually said, “You’ve been working hard doing ‘something’ since 2007, but I don’t see where you’re doing anything.”

He wasn’t trying to hurt my feelings, but let me tell you – that hurt.

I had lost my focus. I was losing my motivation.

I thought my only choice, my only way to make things better, was to walk away. I felt I was being called to leave it all behind: blog, The HS Post, all social media.

So for two days, I walked away. I left the laptop closed. I let the battery in my phone die and only used my tablet to listen to Spotify or watch goofy YouTube videos with my kids.

I found the floor in my kid’s bedroom, and then we played on it.

My 12 year old curled up with me on the couch and hugged me one night before bed.

It’s been a long time since she hugged me for no reason. It was amazing.

So I started praying: Show me what to do Lord. Every day I asked God to show me where I was supposed to be.

My husband kept trying to give me time to work, and I kept using the time to focus on them.

The more I prayed the more I felt I wasn’t supposed to leave my online world forever, in fact, I feel pretty confident that I’m actually on the right track. I just had all my priorities really out of whack and I had to walk away for a bit to get them back in order.

So for our readers, I’m sorry the site has been silent for so long.

For the winners from the awards, I’m sorry it took so long to award your prizes.

For our wonderful sponsors, I’m sorry it took me so long to send you everyone’s information.

My family, and my heart, appreciate your patience.

I’ve been praying about the New Year and The Homeschool Post. I’m excited about our team, our potential new team members, and some fun things in the big ole idea book!

Our Top Ten Lists come back this week! You can keep up with all the top ten lists and our WINNERS on our new page!

Did you participate in our Blog and Tell Link Ups last year? We now have a page with all of last years link ups AND heads up on the themes and dates for the 2014 Blog and Tell LinkUps! <–you can grab that graphic and get your posts ready!

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So, did the end of the year take you for a loop too? Many of my friends found themselves frustrated and tired. Several of them walked away from social media, considered giving up blogging, or pondered other big life decisions. Were you one of them? I pray you found a moment to refresh yourself, to refocus and find your new mission statement.

Lisa Baldwin (59 Posts)

Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.


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