Proactive Parenting During the Holidays

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #148, Proactive Parenting During the Holidays, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Proactive Parenting During the Holidays

In “Proactive Parenting During the Holidays,” Episode, #148, Meredith Curtis addresses parenting challenges over the holidays and how to overcome them with confidence. She also explains the opportunities holiday celebrations provide to parent proactively: instilling values and creating a sense of family identity. Take ground this holiday season to impart wisdom and joy into your precious sons and daughters. You won’t regret it.





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Show Notes

But Cousin Fred says that word?

I don’t like when Aunt Freda squeezes my cheeks?

Why do I have to give up my bed to grandma and grandpa?

Can I have a third piece of pie?

Holiday Challenges for Parents

Time with family members who have different values

Sugar Rush

Busy Schedule

Financial Concerns

A lot of chaos and activity—can disengage

How are you training your children—the holidays will reveal it!

Extended Family

Older folks

The American culture in the 21st Century

Replacing disrespect with honor and communicating value

Greeting, Rising, Giving up Seat, Giving folks with walkers plenty of room, being quieter

Family stories

Create a memory for your children of folks that won’t be there in their adult years—photos, special tablecloth, traditional foods

Using the Holidays to Instill Values & Virtue

Value elderly—virtue

Value extended family—virtue loyalty

Value giving—virtue generosity

Value serving—virtue servant-heart

Value what others have to say—value humility

Using the Holidays to Instill a Sense of Family Identity


  • Thanksgiving: Kernels of Corn, Traditional Dishes, Games/Sports
  • Advent devotions, Christmas Unit Study, Decorating Tree Night, Christmas caroling, serving, church plays, making Christmas presents, birthday party for Jesus
  • Traveling Dinner, Christmas devotions, sing “Happy Birthday”, family dinner

Strategic Scheduling

  • Rest alternate with busy
  • Choose from many options
  • Bake/cook ahead and freeze
  • Get shopping/wrapping done early
  • Christmas school


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From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

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3 Tips to Develop a Wholehearted Business Mindset

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3 Tips to Develop a Wholehearted Business Mindset

Developing a mindset begins way before you get to your mind! Listen in as we talk about 3 tips you can use today to develop a wholehearted business mindset. Visit to get your free printable mentioned in this podcast.

When you find yourself without direction,  it helps to step back and evaluate your priorities. This starts with establishing your values.

Establishing values begins with a Jesus view of wholeheartedness. Wholeheartedness is first and foremost a heart matter. Where is your heart?

Tip #1

Take time to establish your values. Your values guide your priorities. Seek God’s kingdom in all things.

Tip #2

Live and give grace. Don’t buy into “Girl, wash your face.” Start with “Jesus, wash my heart.”

Tip #3

Put aside grumbling, comparison, and destination confusion. Happiness isn’t a place, it’s internal first. Let Jesus be your peace.

Action Item:

Take 30 minutes to evaluate your values in the four broader areas of your life; spiritual, personal, professional, and health.  Use the free printable as a helpful guide.  _Putting Christ first takes care of everything else

Spiritual– see Matthew 4:4. How’s your spiritual life?

Personal – see Ephesians 4:2 & 3. What do your personal relationships look like right now?

Health –  see 1 Corinthians 6: 19 & 20. In what ways do you need to honor your body?

Professional–  see Psalm 15:1-5. How do you show up in your business?

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Pass the Torch

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Pass the TorchPass the Torch

Podcast #41

In this episode, Florida Parent Educators Association’s (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn talks about the importance of passing on the values of homeschooling, learning about legislative processes, getting involved and valuing the freedom and legacy of  homeschooling.  Pass the Torch to future generations! Teach these important freedoms to your family.

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida.

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Join us February 8, 2018 for Day at the Capitol!

Day at the Capitol

American Family – Values – Freedom – Faith

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CurrentIssuesConstitutionWhat does the constitution have to do with it – allot! In this session Professor Wilson discusses the IRS attempt at regulating non-profit organizations such as the American Family Association in order to squelch fliers, tracks, and pamphlets with voting records and other kinds of handouts that help tax payers.

Terminology such as “writ of certiorari” and more

The articles and amendments discussed:

Article 2: Section 2

Amendment 10 was compared to Amendment 14 as it pertains to a District Judge shooting down Okalahoma’s voters ruling that marriage is between a man and a woman (Judge said it was a mater of the equal protection law).

Article 1: Section 5 – Clause 4

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