Fred Ray Lybrand

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Moms and Dads Make a Difference by being Different

In this tense, sexual equality world, we are having a hard time talking about differences between men and women, which sadly keeps us from seeing what makes men men, and women women. Just because there are differences, it doesn't mean either is inferior as a person.

This issue explodes when it comes to how moms and dads affect the family. We are so busy trying to pretend we don't need each other and children are just fine with a single parent, that we don't really appreciate the amazing impact a Mom and Dad can have together.

Are we saying kids are hopeless without two parents? NOPE...but we are saying that God's preferred parenting plan includes a Dad and a Mom (who are actively involved). Here are a few thoughts that might help:

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​​​​

Episode 102: The Importance of Your Mental Models

If you have a mental model, it means you have a way of thinking about how life goes in a certain area and that prediction makes you act, interact and react.

Most of us know that somewhere in our family and educational game we are building or following systems. What most people do not know is that our systems are based on our mental models. One of they great challenges we face is trying to implement a system which simply does not match how we think about things. In this presentation I'll show you how to start getting on the right track.​


In this episode, you will learn:

  • Importance of mental models

  • How mental model works

  • Different areas of mental model

  • Locus of control

Resources:

Episode 101 – What is a Homeschooling Education Really About

There is a lot of misinformation about homeschooling. Some think it is about isolation and protection from the horrors of the world. Others think it is about character development more than academic preparation. Still others see it as a smart reaction to the failing school system. 

Our view was that it is the most efficient way for us to prepare our kids for life as self-teaching adults. There are 4 basic things that are essential to understand about a homeschool education; in fact, grasping these can change everything!

In this Episode You'll Learn  the 4 Essentials:

1. The Homeschooling Mindset

2. Skills vs. Content

3. The Environment

4. Education as Freedom

Resources:

1. Why Homeschooling Needs the Arts

2. The Easy (Sure-Fire) Way to Become a Better Speller

3. FREE MINI WRITING COURSE

Raising a Politically Savvy Homeschooler

Politics is unavoidable, but how do you help your student think about all the issues? Sure we can have them study, but we can also push so hard they push back. I suggest we overcome a 'psychological dysfunction' and learn to approach debates with some maturity and perspective. It doesn't always lead to agreement, but I think it is the best path to long term health.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​