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For 27 Years The Teaching Home Has Been Providing Families
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement from a Distinctively Christian Perspective.
Cindy Short and Sue Welch, Co-Editors
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“The Girl I Used To Be”
by Rowena K. Lewis

This beautiful poem has been one of our readers' favorites.

She came tonight as I sat alone, the girl I used to be.

And she gazed at me with her earnest eye, and questioned reproachfully:

Have you forgotten the many plans and hopes that I had for you?

The great career, the splendid fame, all the wonderful things to do?

Where is the mansion of stately height, with all of its gardens rare?

The silken robes that I dreamed for you, and the jewels in your hair?

And as she spoke, I was very sad, for I wanted her pleased with me.

This slender girl from the shadowy past, the girl that I used to be.

So gently rising, I took her hand, and guided her up the stair

Where peacefully sleeping, my babies lay, innocent, sweet, and fair.

And I told her that these are my only gems, and precious they are to me;

That silken robe is my motherhood, of costly simplicity.

And my mansion of stately height is love, and the only career I know

Is serving each day in these sheltered walls, for the dear ones who come and go.

And as I spoke to my shadowy guest, she smiled through her tears at me.

And I saw that the woman that I am now, pleased the girl that I used to be.


Copyright 1997 Rowena K. Lewis. Used with permission.



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The other day my 5-year-old placed his hand on his forehead and asked me, "Mommy, is this my forehead?"

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Happy Mother's Day!

1.  The “Mother Connection”

2.  How To Use Your “Mother Connection”
  To Teach and Train Your Children in the Lord


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Poem: “The Girl I Used To Be”


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Greetings,

Happy Mother's Day!  We trust that you will find encouragement in the thoughts we bring you in this newsletter.

May the Lord bless your family for His glory.


Cordially,
The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

The Teaching Home is a home-school, family-run business operated in our home since 1980.



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The “Mother Connection”

As mothers, we have experienced the special connection with our children that gave them life and form before they were born and that nourished them as babies.

We held them, soothed them, guided and taught them as toddlers, and delighted in their growth as they began to understand and communicate with us in words.

As Christian mothers, we are in a position to supply the even-more essential life-giving Word of God to our children.

And as home schoolers, we have almost unlimited opportunities to communicate our own love and guidance, as well as the Lord’s, as they grow from children into adults.

We didn’t imagine, in the beginning, that a time could come when the distance between us and our children would be, not only great, but seemingly unbridgeable.  Yet that is what happens all too often.

What can we do to preserve and maintain the vital connection with our children that God has ordained to bless them throughout their lives?

This Mother’s Day, let us prayerfully consider ways we can connect one-on-one with each of our children and use that close and positive connection to influence our children for the Lord.


1. Talk Together

It’s easy to get so busy meeting physical and academic needs that we forget to communicate the full range of our thoughts and feelings to our children.  They begin to see us only as servants, teachers, and bosses, and develop wrong perceptions about our motives.

Yet it is in the context of our lives that our teaching has the most meaning.  We must not make the assumption that our children understand who we really are just because they are with us every day.

Words have power; use them well to open the windows of your heart to your children.

Equally important is the need to listen to our children.  You will need to help them express themselves by asking questions that draw them out and by giving them feedback that clarifies their meaning.


2. Work Together

A mother may be able to do all the chores in half the time it takes for her children to do them, but such a policy is self-defeating on several levels.

•  Some day she will need help that is already trained and experienced to take her place—even if only for a day or week.

•  Her children will need the skills for themselves as adults.

•  Her children will be lacking the sense of accomplishment, habit of contributing to the household, and training in disciplined perseverance at menial tasks that regular chores can give them.

•  Last, but not least, is the camaraderie and feeling of partnership a mother can have with her children when they work together.


3. Play Together

Find at least one activity that you can enthusiastically enjoy with each of your children and don’t let a week go by without meeting a set quota of fun together.

You might walk with one, drive with another, do puzzles or games, cook or sew or read or sing—it just has to be fun for both parent and child.


4. Pray Together

Take a minute or five to pray with each child at bedtime or the beginning of the day or start of an activity.

Agree together to take God’s grace for each of your concerns, specifically.  In doing so you acknowledge your own understanding and care for your child and your dependence on God's strength and wisdom.


5. Stay Together

Little spots of friction, hasty words, misunderstandings, disappointments, and conflicts of all kinds can cause your relationship with your children to grow cool and distant.  In time, resentment can build a wall between you or lead to all-out war.

To prevent this, keep short accounts on a daily or hourly basis.  Be quick to apologize, forgive, and seek reconciliation as soon as you are aware of the need.

Even when you must reprove, rebuke, or correct, do your best to communicate your lasting love and care for your child’s wellbeing.




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Using Your “Mother Connection”
To Train Your Children in the Lord

A Christian mother recognizes the priorities of spiritual training and character development amid the duties and demands of daily life.


For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you,
     which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois
     and your mother Eunice,
and I am sure that it is in you as well.
     (2 Timothy 1:5)

Lead Your Children to Christ
through Knowledge of the Scriptures

•  Teach your children the truths of the whole Bible, starting in Genesis with creation and ending in Revelation with the new heaven and earth.

•  Introduce your children to the Lord Jesus through His own words and actions in the Gospels so that they may accept His salvation.


And that from childhood
     you have known the Holy Scriptures,
     which are able to make you wise for salvation
     through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
     (II Timothy 3:15)

•  Pray that you will know when and how to talk to your children about salvation and that they will accept the Lord as their Savior as soon as they are able.

•  At the right time, speak to your child about his need of a Savior and how he can personally accept the Lord Jesus Christ.


Teach Your Children
To Love and Obey the Lord

Teach your children to love and obey the Lord by helping them get to know Him and what He tells them to do in His Word.

•  Schedule regular Bible reading and discussion—more than once a day if possible.

For example, read a Psalm at the breakfast table, work on a memory verse after lunch, and have family Bible reading with Father.

•  As soon as your child can read, encourage him to read from God's Word on his own at a certain time each day. You can have him read it aloud to you for a while until he establishes the habit.

•  Model Bible reading by letting your children see, or know, when you are reading God's Word.

•  Most importantly, show that you love God and desire to know Him better and respond to His message to you. Your attitude will make a life-long impression.

•  Pray for your children’s spiritual growth and strength throughout their lives.


Teach Your Children
To Honor Their Parents

Teach your children to honor and obey their father and mother in obedience to the Lord so that they will receive His blessing of a long and good life.


Children, obey your parents in the Lord,
     for this is right.
Honor your father and mother
     (which is the first commandment with a promise),
so that it may be well with you,
     and that you may live long on the earth.
     (Ephesians 6:1-3)

You might be tempted to think that it is self-serving to teach your children to obey and honor you, but it is for their benefit.  You do yourself, your children, and their future families a grave disservice if you do not teach and require obedience and respect.

•  Teach your child what God says about obeying and honoring their parents. (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-3)

•  Have your children memorize pertinent verses. For example, "Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord." (Colossians 3:20)

•  Discuss ways of honoring parents in word and deed.

•  Model honoring your own parents by your actions and words, even if they live far away or are no longer living.


Discipline and Train Your Children

The discipline and training of our children is clearly ordained by God as duties of both parents.


My son, observe the commandment of your father
     and do not forsake the teaching of your mother.
Bind them continually on your heart;
     Tie them around your neck.
When you walk about, they will guide you;
     When you sleep, they will watch over you;
     And when you awake, they will talk to you.
For the commandment is a lamp
     and the teaching is light;
     And reproofs for discipline are the way of life.
     (Proverbs 6:20-23)

The rod and reproof give wisdom,
     but a child who gets his own way
     brings shame to his mother.
     (Proverbs 29:15)

•  Establish child discipline and training in agreement with your husband.

•  Study what God says about requiring obedience, and then present to your children a set of clear rules along with reasons and consequences.




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