Making Biblical Family Life Practical

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MakingBiblicalFamilyLifeShowPage Scroll down to listen live or download archived programs!You’ve made the commitment. You’ve caught the vision. You want to serve God in every aspect of your family life— but sometimes it’s hard to put feet on that vision! How do you get from principle to practice? What does it look like when you get there? How do you apply Scriptural truth in a 21st century family? This is “Making Biblical Family Life Practical,” with Hal and Melanie Young With humorous banter, laser beam insight, and lots of practical advice, Hal and Melanie address real world issues, current events, marriage, parenting, raising sons, and family life. They’ll encourage and inspire you to walk out the Word of God in your family — and work toward reforming our culture, too. Monday nights at 9 Eastern. Don’t miss it!
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Upcoming and Recent Programs and Guests

149 Giving Good Gifts to Your Children Hal and Melanie
150 Difficult People at Thanksgiving Hal and Melanie
151 Caroling Your Neighbors Hal and Melanie
152 NEW – Hosting the Holidays Hal and Melanie
153 Helping Your Kids Be Content Hal and Melanie
154 Balancing “Perfect” and Family Hal and Melanie

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Hal & Melanie Young Episodes

Hosting the Holidays – MBFLP 152

What do you do for your family’s Christmas celebration? In particular, how do you handle it if your extended family has traditions you no longer follow? Or maybe you’ve added some traditions as well as dropping a few? This episode we talk about some of the traditions we’ve adopted, and the value of becoming the […]

Caroling Your Neighbors! – MBFLP 151

In a culture that’s increasingly secular – and hostile – there is one time and place where you can not only share the Gospel with strangers, you can sing it at top of your lungs – and they smile and applaud! That’s just one of the reasons we love caroling. This episode, we’ll give you […]

Unpleasant People at Thanksgiving – Post Election Edition – MBFLP 150

This has been a pretty divisive election season – the Gallup pollsters found in the days just before the vote, that nearly a third of us were voting against the other candidate, not in favor of the one we were marking! So there are a lot of stunned and stung people out there, and no […]

Giving Good Gifts to Your Children – MBFLP 149

Most of us remember the magical expectations of Christmas as children. It’s more thought-provoking when you’re the parents selecting those gifts for your children, nephews, nieces, and all. This episode, we talk about gifts that aren’t heavily advertised, licensed-character products that will fade in interest not long after the wrapping paper goes out. Listen in […]

Name Calling – MBFLP 148

Sticks and stones … right? We’ve all heard that, and probably told our kids that one time or another. Yet name-calling is not only a plague of childhood, it’s actually a problem throughout life … and we adults are warned by Christ Himself to be wary of the temptation! This episode, we look at what the […]

What Time Is Curfew? – MBFLP 147

  Several people have asked us “What time is curfew at your house? When do you require your kids to be home? Is it different for teens and twenties?”  Our answer usually surprises them — because we really don’t have one! That doesn’t mean our kids run rampant, smashing mailboxes at 3 a.m. and hanging out in […]

The Art of Schedule Juggling – MBFLP 146

  Once it was so easy – Dad had his calendar at work, and Mom had hers for the kids and herself. What needed coordination except for holidays and vacations? But when we had kids in high school and heading off to classes and activities all over the place, we realized we had to get […]

Understanding Surveys and Stats with NHERI’s Dr Brian Ray – MBFLP 145

This is a data-driven society, or at least, it claims to be. “The surveys said” or “Research indicates,” or “Studies show” are assumed to be _proof_, but a famous politician observed that “There are lies, and there are damn lies, and there are statistics.” How can we look at news of the latest polling or […]

Single Moms of Boys – MBFLP 144

  Parenting is hard enough when everything’s perfect. It’s really hard when you have to be a single parent — however you got there — and being a single mother raising a boy is nothing to sneeze at.  Both our mothers were widows with teenagers at home, and so we’ve seen up front some of […]

Struggling Learners and When to Get Help – MBFLP 143

  How desperate we are to avoid labeling our kids! And with good reason … if they’re in a classroom setting, maybe. But as homeschoolers, we have a much better handle on the social side, and there are serious benefits to your struggling child when you get her tested earlier rather than later. This episode, […]

Homeschool Dads – MBFLP 142

    “How can I get my husband more involved in our homeschool?”  It’s a common question but there are a lot of things below the surface – and we’d say that no matter what he’s doing, if he’s married to a homeschooling mom, then he’s already a homeschooling dad! This episode we unpack the concept of […]

Co-ops: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

If you homeschool, you’ve probably wondered if you ought to join a co-op. On today’s program, we talk about how co-ops can help you meet your kids’ academic and social needs. One of the biggest advantages of homeschooling, though, is being able to individualize education for each of your children. Homeschooling isn’t one-size-fits-all, so we’ll also talk […]

Your Childs’ Profession of Faith – MBFLP 140

Christian parents all hope and pray for their children to trust Christ, but how do you know when they’ve really been saved? Can’t we take a little child at his word if he’s prayed “the prayer”? Is there any reason to hesitate because of the age, or situation, or just on principle? And what’s the […]

Sharing the Gospel with Your Kids – MBFLP 139

  As Christian homeschool parents, what’s your number one concern? No question – it’s about teaching your kids to know and love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ! In this episode, we talk with veteran pastor and teacher Dennis Gundersen, author of Your Child’s Profession of Faith, about the awesome responsibility – and incredible blessing […]

Homeschooling When You Feel Like A Failure – MBFLP 138

Last episode, we wanted to encourage new homeschoolers who may be having second thoughts about this grand experiment they planned. But what about veterans (like us)? How did your last year go? Everything exactly as planned? Or was it like so many of ours, full of interruptions, distractions, illnesses, emergencies … Maybe you look at […]

Easy Start Guide to Homeschooling – MBFLP 137

Labor Day is approaching and the decision to start homeschooling, that decision that was so exciting and sparkly back in May, suddenly looms like a late summer thundercloud. Relax! This episode, we talk about some key things we learned about starting homeschooling – whether you’re beginning with a 5-year-old who’s never seen a schoolroom, or […]

The Only Biblical Way to Parent – MBFLP 136

New parents are deluged with advice about the best way to care for their infants and young children. New believers with children of any age may have the same experience – only this time, it’s often promoted as the Biblical way to raise them … how to be a truly Christian parent.The problem we’ve seen with several popular programs […]

Teaching Your Kids to Cook – MBFLP 135

In the hurry and distraction of modern life, one critical skill which is falling aside is cooking – and we don’t mean microwave dinners or shake-the-box mac and cheese! Having the ability to plan and prepare even a few simple meals will open doors for independence, family life, and even ministry opportunities. You don’t have […]

Church or Not Church – Make The Distinction! MBFLP 134

  The Bible is clear about how a church should be led and managed. What does that tell us about other institutions in our life, though? Is it appropriate to look for the same level of doctrinal agreement, Christian character, and other qualifications, when we consider events and organizations and movements which are not directly […]

Watching With Discernment – MBFLP 133

Hebrews 5:12-14 tells us that a mature believer is able to discern right and wrong, good from evil, because he has had practice evaluating them both and learning which one to choose. This summer, as we get out our students’ reading lists and look at the summertime movie offerings, we need to ask ourselves – […]

Recovering From Legalism – MBFLP 132

  “For by grace you have been saved through faith … not a result of works. lest any man should boast.” The apostle Paul told us that and we all know it … but somehow, we easily turn to legalism when it comes to living out that salvation we received by grace. How can you […]

On The Other Hand … Purity Rings – MBFLP 131

So often a well-intentioned effort can have unexpected – and maybe, undesireable – results. When a marriageble young man sees a likely-looking young woman, but notices a simple ring on her left hand, what does he think? What does the young woman think he’s going to think? And does that match what’s actually going on? […]

Interviewing for Job and College – MBFLP 130

We all have lists – maybe we write them down, maybe they’re in our heads – of the things we want our kids to know when they’re all grown up. Have you ever considered how many things even in early adulthood that take an interview? Getting a job, applying for college, competing for a scholarship […]

Teaching Your Kids to Deal With Failure – MBFLP 129

We can expect life to have disappointments, setbacks, and downright failures – even the best of lives in a fallen world! Adults usually realize they have to be able to take some bad news, learn what they can, repent where they should, and move along. But how about our kids? In their flexible, family-centered, affirming […]

Pregnant When The Time Isn’t Right – MBFLP 128

“Children are a blessing of the LORD,” the Psalm tells us … yet sometimes, we wonder if that’s always true. When you lose your job and then announce that you’re expecting, people look at you funny. Maybe the new baby is closer to big sister than you planned. Maybe you’re in the middle of a […]

Christ and College – Part 2 – MBFLP 127

This episode, we continue with John Calvin Young’s experiences and observations about how to flourish as a Christian in the midst of a secular campus. He talks about choosing courses and professors, recognizing when a friendship is turning to temptation, and the importance of connecting with a church and campus ministry from your first days […]

Growing in Christ at a Secular College – MBFLP 126

Christian parents may struggle with the cost of sending their sons and daughters to a Christian college, and to be honest, some courses of studies are very hard to find among Christian schools — even if you can afford them. Our son John Calvin received scholarships to attend two secular universities, and he found the […]

Changing Your Parenting Style – MBFLP 125

  Every older sibling, sooner later, will say, “You never would have let me do that!” And they’re likely right. The question is not, does your parenting change, but rather, why, and sometimes, why not already?  This episode we look at four very good reasons that your style might change — and some reasons it ought to!  

Bullied Into Buying – MBFLP 124

Homeschooling allowed us to raise kids that were not peer-dominated, not bullied, not searching for affirmation and validation from every direction. Hooray! The problem is, we parents were not raised that way, and guess what – often we’re the ones with peer group problems. This episode we take an honest look at the way we […]

How Do We Motivate These Kids? – MBFLP 123

We hear this question all the time – when we’re not asking it ourselves. How do you get your kids motivated and doing what they need to? Is it all about compulsion, or is there a positive aspect to it? Coming to you “on the road” in Mystic, Connecticut, we’ll be talking about some ways […]

Danika Cooley Talks About Christian Fiction

What do you think of Christian fiction? Jesus taught in parables and literary forms, and there is a long history of using allegory and illustration to explain doctrinal truth and bring the bare facts of history to life. This episode, we talk with our friend, Christian author Danika Cooley, about the role of fiction and […]

Rough-housing, Noise, and Other Frustrations of Raising Boys – MBFLP 121

One of the things which surprised Melanie as a young mom of boys is their natural inclination to rough-and-tumble play. It’s normal, and some researchers say it’s even helpful. As society has become more and more anxious about masculine behavior and anything which looks “physical,” boys and their families may be wrestling with this idea […]

Voting When There’s Not Much Choice – MBFLP 120

2016 Presidential Election – the eve of Super Tuesday – and you might be feeling some dismay. Only four small states into the primary season, and the field which started with 23 serious candidates has already narrowed to 7. Maybe you look at the choices left and wonder, is it even worth bothering? Am I […]

I Hate It When They Whine – MBFLP 119

  Every parent hates it – that particular sound. WHINING. What can you do about whining before you go stark raving about it? We’ll talk about some practical things you can do to help train your whiner … but beware – sometimes we parents may be doing the same thing, grown-up style! ORIGINAL RELEASE FEBRUARY […]

Teen Romance 2 – Reality Check! – MBFLP 118

The Beatles claimed that “All you need is love!” but any married couple will tell you love or not, there are bills to pay. The Biblical pattern would say that a man considering marriage has to be considering how he’ll provide for it financially – and if you have a teen in love, he needs […]

MBFLP 117 – Teen Romance: This Could Get Serious

  What do you when you find your teenager (or even your pre-teen) has romantic feelings for another young person? How to you address this Biblically? In spite of what some teachers say, the answer is not cut-and-dried, and a lot of parents (and their kids) struggle with it. This episode, we dive in to try […]

MBFLP 116 – The Power of Examples

The New Testament talks a lot about the power of examples for teaching believers the Christian walk. Paul talked about it, Peter talked about it, James talked about it, and most of all, Jesus talked about it. This episode, we take a look at how incredibly important it is to have good examples in a […]

MBFLP 115 – Competition and Athletics

If Christianity values self-denial, self-sacrifice, and love for others, how should we think of the competition and even stylized “combat” of modern athletics? Is it appropriate for a Christian to take part in competitive sports? Is there some contradiction between faith in Jesus and loyalty to a team? Leading into Super Bowl 50, we’ll take […]

MBFLP 114 – Three Days to Un-Stress Dinner

  “I’m hungry, Mom!” or “What’s for dinner, Honey?” – two statements that strike dread in your heart? We tried the once-a-month cooking plan and came to dread it! Instead, Melanie created her own plan which can help you save time and money but offer more flexibility in your menus – and less destruction in your […]

MBFLP 113 – Dealing With A Toxic Church

    The Church is God’s people gathered together, but we know even God’s people have remaining sin in their lives – and sometimes, that can make a good church turn bad, or even toxic. This episode we talk with Andy and Kendra Fletcher of Homeschooling IRL about how to recognize, respond, and recover from […]

MBFLP 112 – Safety on Your New Devices

We can even see it on our website traffic – Christmastime is New Phone Time! A lot of families, especially with teenagers, received new cell phones, tablets, phablets, and laptops recently. Have you talked with your young people about the traps that come with these very useful devices? Do you have a plan to protect […]

MBFLP – Planning a Christ-Centered New Year

How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve and -Day? Is it a major revel, or a time of sombre reflection? Or is it a joyful middle, with time for thought and time for fun, too? We talk about our annual two-day observance of the changing calendar in this episode of Making Biblical Family Life Practical! […]

MBFLP 110 – Difficult People At The Holidays

Recently, Harvard University’s Office for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion published a “Holiday Placemat for Social Justice” to help freshmen have “productive conversations” with family members over holiday dinners (story reported by The College Fix). Sounds like a recipe for indigestion … Even without SJW talking points, some people come to the feast loaded for bear. […]

MBFLP 109 – Christmas Baking

We love Christmas for so many reasons, but one thing we look forward to the most is the baking — and since we’re a large family, we do a lot of it. If you’ve got the recipes, the trick becomes how to manage it all – what to cook when, deciding which child should help […]

MBFLP 108 – Boys, Violence, and War

Photo: Neil McGuire / Gratisography  Whether you allow it or not, whether you encourage it or don’t, it seems that boys will naturally gravitate toward games and toys relating to fights, force, and war. If you don’t provide them, they’ll make ’em – to a boy, even a banana becomes a weapon. What do you think […]

MBFLP 107 – Character Building Gifts

So what’s on your Christmas list? No, not “What do you want?” but “What are you going to give?” There truly is a joy of giving, and this week, we talk about things we’ve given our kids – and sometimes, our whole family – that have given lasting enjoyment and good value, too. Join us […]

MBFLP 106 – Teaching Gratefulness

This Thanksgiving-week episode looks at the mandate to be grateful – it’s an expectation and a command in the Bible to be thankful people, people who aren’t marked by discontentment, grumbling, and strife. We’ve probably read and memorized lots of verses about that … but how can we teach it to our family? How can […]

MBFLP 105 – Reaching The Neighborhood Through Caroling

Even in a highly secularized world, the holidays are times when non-religious people often lower their guard against God’s truth. One way we reach out to our neighbors is with the old custom of caroling from house to house. It’s a great time of fellowship, too, and our friends and church-fellows look forward to this […]

MBFLP 104 – Preparing For Christ-Centered Holidays

  As the holiday season comes into view, we’re reminded that Thanksgiving doesn’t make any sense if we don’t focus on the One we’re thanking — even more so, for the annual celebration of His birthday! But all the business and busyness leading up to the celebrations themselves often distract us from the meaning of the […]

MBFLP 103 – Special Needs Homeschooling – Hope and Help!

  We think homeschooling is a great choice for nearly everybody, but what about a family with special needs? Should an “uncertified” parent even think about teaching a special child? Or can they not only succeed but excel at home educating a student with health issues, or developmental delays, or academic gifts, or sensory processing challenges? […]

MBFLP 102 – Family Life Q&A

One thing we’ve seen since we started this ministry is how often families encounter the same questions, the same problems. You’re not alone, and this episode we talk about several questions we’ve heard recently! Show Highlights 1:31 – What do you do when fellow church members are hostile toward your parenting decisions? 5:40 – How […]

MBFLP 101 – Dealing With An Emotional Kid

Every child is going to tend to be more emotional than his grown up parents – or his grown up self – will be. But what about here and now, when you have a child who seems to be in a constant state of meltdown? Is this normal? Is there anything to do about it? […]

MBFLP 100 – Halloween and Reformation

  Among the secular holidays, Halloween probably is the most controversial … with good reason. Is it just a festival of candy for children in costume, or a throwback to Druidic rites and demonic celebration, or something in between? This episode we talk about how we’ve chosen to mark the season, and its connection with […]

MBFLP 99 – Author Danika Cooley and Her New Luther Biography

This episode we talk with Danika Cooley, author of the Bible Roadtrip curriculum and the upcoming (November 1) biography of Martin Luther, When Lightning Struck. This historical novel aimed at young adult readers relates the story of a young man searching for peace with God, and by his courageous stand for the truth of the […]

MBFLP 98 – The Most Surprising Homeschool Research

This episode Hal talks with Dr. Brian Ray, founder and lead researcher for the National Home Education Research Institute. This year’s release of the landmark Gen2 Survey uncovered a number of unexpected facts about Millennials who were raised “in church” and are now adults. Hal and Dr. Ray start with the most significant, surprising finding […]

MBFLP 97 – Depressed Parents, Depressed Kids

Life in a fallen world means we’ll all have to deal with disappointment, loss, trials, and temptations. It comes with the territory. And it’s nothing remarkable if sometimes we get to feeling a little blue. What happens when the blues get deeper, though? When you or a loved one gets so far in the dumps […]

MBFLP 96 – Homeschooling High School? Sure, Why Not?

  What makes the homeschool mom more anxious than the prospect of high school? But there’s good reason not to fear — and good reasons to stretch yourself and make it happen — when considering your homeschooler’s high school years. Don’t miss this episode – we’ve graduated three and we’ve got an encouraging story to […]

MBFLP 95 – A Christian Attitude About Work

So it’s Labor Day, and we’re talking about our views on work. Do you dread the daily routine? Do you find yourself grumbling about the boss, the co-workers, the housework? And do you find your children aren’t very willing to help around the house? Hmm …We can probably all benefit from a little attitude check […]

MBFLP 94 – Choosing A College

If you’re planning on college for your homeschool grad-to-be, how do you make the choice? Is a Christian college the only acceptable alternative? Should they dive into the mission field of public universities? Or is there a middle ground in a conservative private school? For different reasons, our three graduates so far have ended up […]

MBFLP 93 – Dealing With A Dishonest Child

Kids and their imaginations! It’s normal for little ones to cross over between Realityville and Lala-Land with scarcely a bump. But what if your older child is turning into a real liar? If you find you can’t trust him out of your sight? If you have to listen to everything she says with a grain […]

MBFLP 92 – Family Unity

If sibling rivalry is the negative side of family relationships (see previous episode!), family unity is the positive! The Bible uses so many illustrations of family life to describe our relationship to God and to each other in the church, it’s worth the work to build those positive, joyful relationships at home. This episode, we’ll […]

MBFLP 91 – Sibling Rivalry

If there are siblings in the house, you’ve got to be worried about sibling rivalry. It’s not just an irritation – the Bible gives example after example where siblings and their jealousies had disastrous consequences! But as a practical matter, how can we head off sibling rivalry at home … or respond to it when […]

MBFLP 90 – Boys and Noise

Got boys? Then probably, you’ve got noise! This week we turn to a reader’s question about how to manage the volume (and tone!) of her energetic houseful of boys … four of them, eight and under. We’ve been there, and we’ll talk about the difference between simple boyishness and the things that actually need discipline, […]

MBFLP – Planning For The New School Year

  The new school year is coming … do you have your plans together yet? Or do you shudder at the thought? This episode, we talk about the need to have a plan, but not to obsess over it. You’ll find this episode both challenging and encouraging as Melanie explains her calm, positive approach to […]

MBFLP – Homeschooling Several Ages

If you have more than one child, then chances are the decision to start homeschooling carries the question, “How can I teach more than one grade level at a time?” This episode, we talk about practical lessons we learned along the way of homeschooling six grades at once … with a toddler in the mix, […]

MBFLP – Beginning Homeschooling

News from the government and public schools has been disturbing recently, and homeschool organizations are reporting an increase in inquiries from families who are now considering moving away from the public school option. There are always questions though – is this legal here? Will my kids be able to get into college or a job […]

MBFLP – Celebrating The Fourth When You’re Worried About The Country

It’s been a dramatic – and troubling – week in the news. with controversies flowing from the very center of our governmental processes. We are seeing Christians in dismay, worried that our freedoms are under attack from the very people we expect to secure them. Yet there are reasons to hope, and yes, reasons to […]

MBFLP – Preparing Boys To Support A Family

One of the responsibilities of a husband and father is to provide for his family’s needs. We want our sons to be prepared for that role when they leave our home, but it doesn’t magically happen on their 18th birthday or graduating from college — it comes from lessons learned for many years beforehand! Are […]

MBFLP – Movies, Media, and Teaching Some Discernment

School’s out and the summer movies are releasing! The music and the special effects are amazing, the story lines are gripping — but where are they heading? How can you find the true message woven into the cinema experience? Do your kids know what to look for? This episode, we’ll talk about how we teach […]

MBFLP – Summertime Safety – Ticks, Lyme, and All That

Continuing last episode’s discussion about preparing to enjoy the summer safely, this time we’ll share a surprising discovery we made last summer – and a change in attitude we’ve made concerning a common pest. The times have changed for some insect-borne illnesses, and we’ll share some of our hard-won experience to encourage you to avoid […]

MBFLP – Summertime Safety

Summer’s here again, and the great outdoors beckon! Our family spends a lot of time in the water, on the road, in campgrounds and forests … so we’ve had our share of “adventures.” This episode we talk about practical things we all need to remember as we take our families off for our own treks […]

MBFLP – Helping Siblings Love Each Other

Is sibling rivalry an issue at your house? The Bible often speaks of love among brothers – it’s used as an example of how we should get along in the church, for instance. Yet that image doesn’t have much meaning if our relationship with our earthly brothers is marked by anger, resentment, and hurt feelings, […]

MBFLP – Homeschooling As Discipleship

Homeschoolers think about academic excellence a great deal – it’s one of the most common reasons people undertake home education at all! But are we losing a Biblical balance when we make schoolwork our focus? What if Scripture gave a different priority for our educational efforts? This episode we open up the concept of homeschooling […]

MBFLP – Teaching Writing with David Vogel

The written word gives us to power to reach across distances and even through time, to hear from writers long departed and to speak to unborn generations! Yet writing well is a skill that many of us struggle to learn, or give up as something for professionals and teachers. Say it isn’t so! This episode, […]

MBFLP – Early Homeschooling

Are your children brilliant? Precocious readers? Showing signs of early genius? Or do you just wonder when it’s time to start homeschooling a curious youngster? This episode, we talk about the idea of early homeschooling – is it a good idea? What’s reasonable to expect? Are there any pitfalls or cautions? If you or your […]

MBFLP – How To Get The Most From Conventions

So you’re going to a homeschool convention, but you’ve heard stories (and warnings) from friends – some are so big, they’re overwhelming. There’s so much walking! And what will you do with the kids? This episode, we talk about practical ways to get the most enjoyment, encouragement, and help from any homeschool convention. Recorded in […]

MBFLP – Why Should You Go To A Homeschool Conference?

This is the season of homeschool conventions – from small, intimate convocations in rural areas, to megaconferences with more attendees than our hometown. They’re the boon and the bane of many homeschoolers’ year. Are they really necessary, with all the information and resources on the Internet? Is there a benefit to the crowds, the travel, […]

MBFLP – Two Vans, 300 Fans, and One Great God

We’re just back from a 3600-mile trip to North Dakota and back. It wasn’t our longest trip but it was certainly one of our most eventful … When we lost oil pressure in Wisconsin, we wondered if God was sending us a message. When the engine seized in the middle of an Iowa intersection, we […]

MBFLP – Teaching A Christian World View

Are you satisfied with a Christianity that stays safe and unthreatening in its Sunday box, or do you believe Jesus is even Lord of math and science, politics and history, philosophy and ethics too? Your framework and lens for understanding things around you forms the basis of your worldview, and it’s important not only to […]

MBFLP – Loving Your Children Like Jesus Does

We all know the passage about Jesus and the children – “Let them come to Me, and do not forbid them …” – but what more can we learn about loving our children like Jesus does? What can He teach us about discipline? Or about mercy? Or about loving someone who really isn’t loveable at all, […]

MBFLP – When the Parent-Child Relationship Cools

When the Parent Child Relationship Cools… We all have those moments – when we sense a distance or coolness from our child, when something has gone wrong in your relationship. It may be a young kid or an adult son or daughter, it may be in the middle of conflict or a gradual drift, but […]

MBFLP – Is Your Child A Sizzler?

Every parent has moments of wonder about just how much energy children have. Then … there are kids who are more than just the average “busy” children. Carol Barnier, the author of How To Get Your Child Off The Refrigerator And On To Learning, calls these kids “Sizzlers”, and in this fun interview, we talk […]

MBFLP – When Should You Get Your Kids Their Driver’s License?

When we were teens, we couldn’t wait to get our driver’s license — it was a rite of passage! But we hear over and over in homeschooling circles a refrain that leaves us puzzled – and concerned: Families reluctant to help their young men and young women take this step toward adulthood, and in some […]

MBFLP – Romance Once You’ve Got Kids

Romance Once You’ve Got Kids It’s Valentine’s Day this week, and for parents with small children, no money for a sitter, and no relatives nearby, the response might be “So what?” It can be discouraging when the world is full of ads urging dinner out, expensive jewelry, and barrels of roses, when your life is […]

MBFLP – Millennials, Church, and Family

Studies and research on the Millennial Generation, those in their twenties and thirties now, can pretty disturbing. Indications are this group of young adults is moving away from their parents’ values and institutions in ways we haven’t seen since the sixties — and in some areas, making a radical shift in the nation’s culture. What […]

MBFLP – Dealing With The Prodigal Child

It’s a Christian parent’s nightmare – the child who walks away from the family and the faith they were taught. Is there anything we can do but wait and pray? Carol Barnier, author of Reaching Today’s Prodigal, was that child herself, and in this riveting interview she shares what brought her back to Christ and […]

MBFLP – Teaching Kids Respect and Obedience

It’s one of our “frequently asked questions” – How in the world can I get my kids to obey? How do you teach them respect? And it’s not just because obedient kids are agreeable – we know it’s important for their safety, and it’s Biblical. This episode, we talk about how to teach these important […]

MBFLP – Handling Flu Season With Grace

It’s not just cold and flu season – this year’s battle with influenza is worse than usual. How do you deal with the challenge of sickness at home while homeschooling? Does your response to sickness show your faith or cast doubt on it? How does love for the brethren enter into your family’s handling of […]

MBFLP – Getting Back On Track After The Holidays

Whew, that was busy! The season from Thanksgiving to Christmas is overwhelming enough when it’s not as short as this year’s calendar made it. Now we’re safely past New Year’s and if you’re like us, it’s time to get the train out of the ditch and back on the rails. This episode we talk about […]

MBFLP – Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

For many families, Christmas is the time they update their smart phones, unwrap a new laptop, or add a phablet to the home network. Once, concerned parents were told, “Keep the computer in the family room and turn the screen where everybody can see it.” That’s not enough to prevent mischief online any more, since […]

MBFLP – Talking To Your Kids About Sex

It’s a difficult thing for most parents – gathering the courage to have “The Talk” with our children. Why can’t we just wait until they’re more grown up? Can’t we shield them from the sexualized culture so they can stay innocent until they’re adults? How in the world do we even start the conversation? This […]

MBFLP – Hope Auer Interview

This episode our guest is Hope Auer. She’s the author of the award-winning novel A Cry From Egypt which she began when she was just a 13-year-old homeschool student. Now in her early twenties, Hope has already won Book of the Year for her first novel, which has been selected as part of three curriculum […]

MBFLP – Saving Money At Christmas

It’s the most commercial time of the year, the Christmas shopping season. For some businesses, the sales for these few short weeks make up for months of sluggish economy. For many of us, though, our own personal economy isn’t ready for big spending … as much as we might like to! This episode, we talk with […]

MBFLP – Choosing Meaningful Gifts for the Family

We like the whole giving-and-receiving tradition of Christmas because it celebrates God’s greatest gift – His Son, bringing His grace — and face it, it’s just fun! But sometimes we get discouraged at not just the commercialization of the holiday, but how thoughtless and mechanical that gift buying can become. This episode we’ll talk about […]

MBFLP – Getting Along With Extended Family At The Holidays

We all have them – people we love too much to ignore, but can really make a holiday gathering awkward. The ones who ask your homeschooled kids wouldn’t they rather ride the nice yellow school bus, or the ones who poke the new father in the ribs and ask “Don’t you know what causes that?”, […]

MBFLP – Celebrating Thanksgiving

Holidays are meant to be times to remember and celebrate God’s work in the lives of our family and nation, but too often we let the celebration overrun the memory. This episode we talk about how to make your family’s Thanksgiving more meaningful – and more fun, too!

MBFLP – Teaching Kids About Liberty and Government

On the eve of the mid-term elections, how do we talk about the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity? How can we help keep the next generation from trading our hard-won freedom for supposed security or momentary gain? Do we appreciate the importance of even these small local races that clutter up the […]

MBFLP – Celebrating Reformation Day

On October 31, 1517, a young theologian and priest named Martin Luther posted a list of debate questions on the door of the university church in Wittemburg, Germany. What was intended as a invitation for scholars and theologians to meet and consider, became the starting point of a sweeping reformation of Christ’s church – and […]

MBFLP – Our Biggest Parenting Struggle

In your time as a parent, what’s been your biggest struggle? Was it a single event, or a certain age, or an ongoing battle? We asked our Facebook community and were overwhelmed by the response! This episode, we’ll talk about our biggest surprise as parents and what we wish somebody had warned us about.

MBFLP – In God We Trust; All Others Bring Data

Often we think we know, but can’t prove it to a skeptic. Homeschooling is one example; we like what we see in our family, but admit that maybe our experience isn’t the norm. Lawmakers, public school officials, and the media want something more concrete than our personal story; that’s where it’s important to have serious, […]

MBFLP – What Homeschool Grads Wish We Knew (Or Had Discovered Sooner)

Have you ever wondered, if you could “do it all over again,” would you do things differently? Maybe you’ve graduated one student, but have a younger sibling following. It’s fairly easy to see whether your academics were on target, but what about the bigger issues of life? Is there time for a parenting tune-up? Or […]

MBFLP – Boy Question Free-For-All

Another of our popular sessions answering your questions about raising sons — How can you encourage sons to pursue their individual gifts? How do you keep rough-and-tumble from coming fighting and bullying? How do you teach your sons not to look down on their sisters for being girls? How can you help make your faith […]

MBFLP – Family Devotions (and how to get them done)

What can be more Biblical than studying the Bible together as a family … after all, we all know you’re supposed to teach these things diligently to your children, and talk of them “when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy […]

MBFLP – Balancing Family and Business in a Family Business

One of the things that makes a family business attractive is the freedom to have more time with your spouse and kids! Yet entrepreneurs quickly learn there’s a balancing act going on — it’s no longer your employer which drives your schedule, but your own sense of urgency and ambition! This show, we talk with […]

MBFLP – Entrepreneurship As A Family Thing

In 2006, Hal left the corporate world and he and Melanie started their own company. Three years later, God gave them the business which actually took off and grew, the business they’re in today. Are you interested in “coming home” and running a family business? What should you think about before anything else? And what […]

MBFLP – Academic Success In College

So your student has graduated from homeschooling and moved into the big new world of classrooms, professors, and study carrels in the library. You’ve got him all loaded up to confront humanism and hedonism … but will he be able to handle the homework? How will he adapt to a scheduled meeting with a hundred […]

MBFLP – Staying Christian In College

    Christian students often find themselves led to secular colleges and universities because of their desired major studies, or for financial aid, or for other reasons. If that’s where they’re going, how can they prepare for the challenges of the classroom and campus life? Where can they find Christian fellowship, encouragement and support? What […]

MBFLP – Homeschooling High School

When we started homeschooling, we weren’t planning to do high school at home – but now we’ve graduated three who all went on to college on scholarship. You can do high school at home, even the subjects you hated (or missed) when you were a teenager, and you can actually enjoy it, too! Listen in […]

MBFLP – How To Start Your School Year When You Feel Like A Homeschool Failure

When homeschooling hasn’t been going like you hoped, it can be really hard to get excited about starting a new school year. Get practical help from a family who has been there!

MBFLP – Why We Started Homeschooling — And Why We Continued

We decided to homeschool our kids before we had kids to do it to — but now, eight kids later, we’ve found so many reasons for homeschooling that we didn’t know when we started! Join us and we’ll share some reasons we found on both sides of the decision!

MBFLP – Discernment and the Summer Movies

  It’s the summer movie season and lots of our kids are lining up at the Multiplex for one opening night after another. How do you choose appropriate movies for your family, or give reasonable guidance to your youngsters, or is there a framework for a Christian to really engage the cinema at all? Join […]

MBFLP – Fun and Safety On The Water

It’s summer, Hal and Melanie are on vacation, and water safety is a big concern. Peter walked on water when Jesus called him (Matthew 14) but most of us don’t have that direct command! We share some thoughts about how we train our kids to be safe around the lake, pool, or beach – even […]

MBFLP – Q&A About Boys 8 and Under

This episode we dive in to answer your questions about your younger boys. We all know boys are noisy but a listener asks “Why?” and we offer some possible reasons. A mom asks how to balance the attention she gives to each child when some require a lot more direction and guidance than others. and another asks the […]

MBFLP – Stars, Signs, and Seasons

Summertime’s a great time to get outside and search the stars. We all learn a few constellations and know what the planets are, even if we can’t find them. But did you know God had a deeper purpose than just decorating our night horizons? Author and astronomer Jay Ryan joins us to talk about the […]

MBFLP – Christianity and Patriotism

With the Independence Day holiday just on the horizon, do we have a Biblical understanding of our “dual citizenship” – where we enjoy a citizenship in the Kingdom of God, shared with all believers from all ages, but also an earthly citizenship in a particular time of history? Do we recognize the blessings of our […]

MBFLP – Dealing with Conflict with Tweens and Teens

  How much anger is “normal” for a pre-teen (or a teen)-aged boy? Is there anything to be done about it, or is the best we can do just to hang on and hope they grow out of it? Actually, with our six sons, we’ve seen our share of hormonally-driven outbursts and rage, and we’ve […]

MBFLP – When There’s Sickness In The House

The traditional wedding vows promise to be faithful “in sickness and in health,” but often that’s not just the illness of the husband or wife–and not something to be treated with over-the-counter products. How do you manage a family and home when illness and injury strike? What do you do when a family member has […]

MBFLP – Youth Groups – Good, Bad, or Depends?

Reports circulating online suggest that large numbers of evangelical Christians are skeptical that youth ministries are effective – or even Biblical. Yet thousands of American kids (and their parents) are involved with the local church youth group, and some families won’t consider attending a church that doesn’t have one. Are these common branches of church […]

MBFLP – Answering Your Questions About Raising Boys

We’re answering real questions from our friends, fans, and listeners, about the challenge and blessing of raising boys – the early summer edition! In this episode, we deal with – What to do about lying and dishonesty – Peer pressure about entertainment – A very clingy, affectionate boy – Balancing confidence and humility   RESOURCES […]

MBFLP – Coming of Age Ceremonies

  Society expects young people are nothing more than hormone-driven slackers who won’t be useful members of society until they’re out of college … if then. That’s not what we find in Scripture, though! If you’re going to encourage your young people to step up to adulthood instead of a teen-culture holding pattern, you might […]

MBFLP – Entrepreneurship with Ethics with John Dodd

  There’s a lot of talk about doing business from home, whether it’s Mom and Dad starting a family business, or teenagers creating a microbusiness project. What you believe about money, wealth, and the government’s role, will make a difference in how you go about that business — and how successful you are! This week we […]

MBFLP – Transitioning to Adulthood with Israel Wayne

  We all want to raise competent, well-prepared adults as our children grow up. Sometimes our best intentions, though, could be interfering with their growth and may result in something quite different than we hope — even a broken relationship with a twenty-something son or daughter. What’s happening, and more importantly, what can do to […]

MBFLP – Making College Visits Count

This week, we talk about the importance of making a visit to any college your students may be considering — and more importantly, how to get the biggest impact for each hour you spend on campus! We’ve graduated three who all went to college, and while they went to three very different schools, we learned […]

MBFLP – Books Boys Love, and Getting Boys To Love Books

Some educators and librarians so are desperate to get boys to read something, anything, that they’ll turn a blind eye to any but the most objectionable material. “Well, at least they’re reading,” they’ll say. Yet deep down, we all know that the junky material we use to get them to read is likely to give them a […]

MBFLP – Let’s Talk Husbands & Dads: Love Like Jesus

    The Christian homeschool world is in an uproar over the resent resignations of two influential leaders in the movement called “Patriarchy.” Does the Bible really teach the things we are hearing in these cases? Or does the Scripture say something quite different about the role of husband and father in a Biblically-focused family? […]

MBFLP – Let’s Talk Wives & Moms: Controlling our Tongues

  This week, Hal’s out of town, so Melanie takes the opportunity to chat with moms about a temptation many of us have – to use our tongues in the wrong way with our husbands and children. Join her to talk about how to bless our husbands and motivate them to serve God instead of […]

MBFLP – Cheap Family Travel 2 – Food

  The never-failing question “What’s for supper?” doesn’t go away when you’re on the road. The problem is that even on the dollar menu, a fast food stop could be $20 to $30–for lunch! Hal and Melanie take their family of ten from coast to coast, and they’ve learned how to keep the crew fed […]

Raising Real Men on Making Biblical Family Life Practical

Do you have boys? If so, you are not alone! We have boys, too! Six of them, counting the ones that have grown up …and we’ve felt like pulling our hair out somedays, too. Is there a way to teach those stinky (well, if they’re teens), sassy (sometimes), and bickering (it happens here, too!) sons […]

MBFLP – Cheap Family Travel

Think of family travel and you probably think of vacation. But what other adventures could your family undertake if you could save 40 to 60% on the cost of “conventional” travel? Could they join Dad on business travel? Plan the ultimate field trip? Make a mission week a family project? Last year Hal and Melanie […]

MBFLP – Kids in Business with Philip and Carroll Sue Priddy

Changes in the economy and the culture are making it more challenging to maintain a Christian witness in the business world. It’s more and more crucial that we help our children develop an entrepreneurial business sense so they’re not so bound to the corporate lifestyle. Our guests this episode are Philip and Carroll Sue Priddy, […]

MBFLP – Homeschooling With Special Needs

This week we talk about homeschooling when your student has special needs–and why home education is a blessing to them. Our guests are the special needs consultants from the Home School Legal Defense Association, Betty Statnick, Krisa Winn, and Faith Berens.

MBFLP – Is There Such A Thing BIBLICALLY As “Men’s Work” and “Women’s Work”?

  On this episode, Hal and Melanie dive into the controversial question of gender roles and work — is there such a thing, Biblically speaking, as exclusively “men’s work” or “women’s work”? Is there a distinction mandated in Scripture? Or have we adopted (or rebelled from) a social preference which might change with time, place, […]

MBFLP – Questions and Answers

This week Hal and Melanie answer your questions! How do you handle the transition from sweet little boy to standoffish young man? When’s a good time to start sports with a young boy? What do you do when your sons persistently “don’t hear” your directions? Do you have any ideas for an anniversary celebration for […]

MBFLP – How To Be Happily Married While Homeschooling

Everyone tells you that homeschooling isn’t an educational choice, but a lifestyle! Should we be surprised if we discover that homeschooling has an impact on our marriage? It’s true, and if we’re not watchful, our marriage could be a weak spot in our family’s new endeavor. Hal and Melanie have been married for 27 years […]

MBFLP – Homeschooling Boys

Homeschooling is a great option for families with sons because frankly, institutional classrooms are not very friendly to normal, active, distractible young boys. On the other hand, the same traits which make it hard to teach boys in a schoolroom setting can make it challenging at home, too! This week we talk about how boys […]

MBFLP – Homeschooling In Hard Times

So many of us began homeschooling out of conviction that God wanted us to do it. Our commitment can be shaken if we come on hard times. We’ve homeschooled through job loss, high-risk pregnancy, financial challenge, and stage IV cancer, and we learned it can be done. This week we talk about why you ought […]

MBFLP – Christ Centered Sports

This is the biggest sports season of the year–the weeks leading to the Super Bowl. Even non-fans get excited about the spectacle to come. But some Christians say that believers shouldn’t be involved in competitive sports at all. This week we look at the Biblical view of sports–yes, there is one!–and talk with Earl Pendleton, […]

MBFLP – Electronics and Temptation

Many of our families received new or updated electronics this Christmas — they’re tremendous fun, and they’re useful not only for entertainment but also education, business, household management, and so much more. However, they’re also a gateway for many kinds of temptation and trouble if we’re not aware and don’t take precautions. This week, Hal […]

MBFLP – Inspiring Your Kids At New Year’s

So it’s the time of year to reflect and make resolutions. Or is it? This episode, we look at the question whether Christians should consider “New Year’s Resolutions” (and why we think it’s a reasonable, Biblical idea), and we share some neat ideas which make this an annual don’t-miss event for our whole family! Links […]

MBFLP – Christmas Special

Join us for this year’s caroling party – recorded live in our home with 35 of our friends! We’ll talk about the Christian origin of the Christmas tree (yes, it is!), share two of our favorite recipes, and sing, sing, sing!

MBFLP – Character Building Gift-Giving

It’s a strange time of year, when people gather on Thanksgiving to appreciate what God has given them, then the next morning rush out to fight over their next acquisitions. No wonder some thoughtful people–Christians and otherwise–decry the materialism of the holiday shopping season! Yet it’s quite Biblical to celebrate special days with gifts. How […]

MBFLP – Grandparents and Homeschooling

Many of us set out to homeschool our children like pioneers leaving for the vast, open frontier. Sometimes the parents who raised us are anxious about the decision–“What are you doing with my grandkids?”–and sometimes they want to help. And why not? Join us as we talk with Rich and Barb Heki, the founders of […]

MBFLP – Christ-Centered Holidays

We’ve probably cooked 75 turkeys or more in the course of our marriage, not to mention setting up about 40 Christmas trees and celebrating no less than 168 birthdays together. Traditions are important, and feasting is Biblical! But sometimes our celebrations can be stressful or even filled with conflict. What can we do to center […]

MBFLP – Homeschool Politics – With HSLDA’s Mike Smith and Rick Boyer of Take Back The Land

  This week we talk with HSLDA’s Mike Smith about the importance of the Parental Rights Amendment, and with Rick Boyer of “Take Back The Land” about why we need to teach leadership in our home schools. These interviews were recorded at the HSLDA National Christian Homeschool Leadership Conference in Ellicott City, Maryland, in September. […]

MBFLP – Sharing Jesus With Your Kids – with Dennis Gunderson, “Your Child’s Profession of Faith”

This week, we talked with veteran pastor and author Dennis Gunderson about sharing the gospel with your children. What goes into effective family devotions? How early can a child really believe and be saved? And what if you see the fruit of repentance and faith–but your pastor may be skeptical? Join us for this encouraging, […]

Raising Real Men

The culture seems totally adrift on the concept of real, Biblical manhood–and it’s having an impact on boys and young men, even in our own families! God has plans and expectations for our sons, but the manly virtues we want to see when they’re grown are mighty challenging in the immature, untrained form we see […]

Welcome to the Program!

This is our short introduction to who we are — the Christian, homeschooling parents of eight — and what we hope to provide with this program — a dose of practical help in moving from vision to reality in your quest for a more Biblically-oriented family life!      

Making Biblical Family Life Practical

  Scroll down to listen live or download archived programs!You’ve made the commitment. You’ve caught the vision. You want to serve God in every aspect of your family life— but sometimes it’s hard to put feet on that vision! How do you get from principle to practice? What does it look like when you get […]

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