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  1. My daughter is 15 yeas old and does not want to pray with me or even do devotionals. What can I do? I do not want to push it on her.

    1. I would pray for her and ask God to change her heart. I would ask her from time to time. Maybe every few days or so. Ask gently and say something like, “I’d really like to do this together. Please let me know if you change your mind.” I would also consider getting to the root of the problem. Is she saved? I would question her salvation if she is uninterested in things of the faith. I think it’s ok to gently point that out to her. But if you think she is resistant to you (given her age- she may already be in that stage where mom isn’t super smart) I would consider asking the pastor, youth pastor, or another godly man/woman from the church to talk with her, too.

    2. You may want to consider, in addition to the above responses, taking her to a Christian conference for teen girls/young women (this was huge for one of my daughters) or to a Christian (non-cheesy) concert in your area (if she enjoys music, etc.) What are her areas of interest? How can you bring the support of the Christian community into those areas? At her age she so much of the world coming against her, and part of the lie of the enemy is that Christians don’t understand real life and it’s not fun to follow God, when God is the very source of joy itself! The Christian conference I took mine to was Anchored In Love, and it was a tremendous help for other women and young ladies to have the opportunity to share with the younger generation. It’s good for our teens to hear our values reinforced outside the home and by their peers.

  2. Thank you for these articles and great resources. My question is about scheduling the morning. So far we have our morning chores required before breakfast since food is a great motivator to get their chores done. ? (Our chores are similar trip yours: dressed, beds made, clothes tidied, hair brushed). Do you do qt with your kids before breakfast? Do you have a specific time that you require everyone to wake up? I hear so many homeschoolers talk about schooling in their pjs. Since, I, like you, struggle so significantly with mornings, I was hoping to train my kids to a life long habit of getting ready before breakfast so they don’t struggle their whole lives like I have. ( I went to private school and had to get up at a regular time my whole life, but still was always late and always hated the mornings. So I don’t think homeschooling in pjs equals bad morning habits for life, just to clarify.) How do you get your kids started in the morning at a decent time? I am always concerned that they get enough sleep for their developing bodies, and my oldest two stay up late in their beds even with an early bedtime. Lots of questions, sorry. Wish I could take you on a coffee/tea date and ask you lots of questions!

  3. Thank you so much for the reminder to not push this! I was researching ways to ‘make’ my homeschooled 16 yr old, still very much living in and infatuated by the world, do devotions. I appreciate the refocus of discipleship!

  4. Dear Kim, I just downloaded your New Years gift for subscribers. You don’t know me, yet you have blessed me and my family innumerably! Tears fell down my face this evening, an overflow of all the gratitude that is in my heart for you and for your kindness to me, to all. Thank you for all you do – love never fails!

    Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

    Blessings to you, sister!

    I can’t wait to throw my arms around your neck in heaven! May the joy of the Lord continue to be your strength!

  5. Wonderful info and encouragement! Thank you Kim for sharing your wisdom from the heart! Blessings to you and your sweet family.

  6. Thank you for leading by experience and give parents tools they can buy and apply! I appreciate this article and will be sharing it with the audience I pastor. May God bless your ministry!

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