{ 7 Quick Takes }

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Our family has been homeschooling for 9 years and a couple months ago Jenn and I attended a mini-conference with Andrew Pudewa from the Institute for Excellence in Writing - which, by the way, we highly recommend!  Well during one of his talks he mentioned a resource called a A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-First Century (The Leadership Education Library) .  Well I just finished this book and it has inspired and influenced me so much that we are going to be changing the way we homeschool next year. I highly recommned it!

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Please lend your voice to this.

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Sunday is Mother's day so it's time to get off your duff and get it done, men!  I will admit that I did fall short in getting something out today for my own mother but there will be a package in the mail hopefully tomorrow...though what I have no idea!

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Video for my earlier blog post

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An interesting resource for today's parents: Richard Louv's website.  Now I'm no tree huggin' hippy (if you know me you know that for a fact) but a lot of what he states in his book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder makes a lot of sense.  There are so many kids these days that have no appreciation for nature and stifle their imagination by watching so much tv or playing video game after video game that they don't know what to do when they are outside.  You can sometimes see them 're-orient' themselves to playing regular games outside.  Our family is not a hardcore outdoor family but we do limit tv to either 30 min or 60 min a day if that and our boys just have the habit of playing outside.  They love to get muddy (as seen above) and just like playing with sticks and rocks when a ball is not available.  It is struggle as dad to not feel the pressure to get them the latest and greatest gadgets but when I see them playing with each other (understand ages range from 3-14) and having a good time it makes me realize that that is what's important...

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If anyone has any tips on picking up the sport of running i'd love to hear anything you can offer.  I'm 43 going on 44 and it's time to get into some sort of shape other than a pear so I'm all ears...

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 Final one - If you're not familiar with Audrey Assad you need to get acquainted with her music.  this is one talented girl!




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