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VHE Blog

From time to time we post helpful tips and other resources from our featured speakers.

Ten Practical Ways to Keep Kids Safe From Predators

Hal & Melanie Young

The past couple of weeks, we've been talking to and praying for friends who've been dealing with a great grief. Their young son was molested while he was visiting with his beloved grandparents. It was a young adult, a trusted friend of the family, who victimized their child. The parents are heartbroken. Sadly, this is happening more and more frequently. As more and more people become enslaved by porn, more of them will eventually act out their sick fantasies. Law enforcement statistics are showing this trend. It's important that you take some basic precautions to protect your kids. 1. Trust your gut. If you feel uneasy about someone, don't let them be alone with your kids. Sometimes the Holy Spirit is trying to tell you something and you need to listen. Or, you might be picking up on subtl...
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5 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Homeschooling

Heidi St. John

With changes rapidly happening in our public school system, more parents than ever are considering the very viable option of homeschooling. If you're one of those, read on. I'll never forget our first year of homeschooling. I sort of "fell" into homeschooling, and so, admittedly, I was not as well prepared as some of you dear readers will be. In fact, I was about as green as green could get—but I was trying—right down to the flag salute and scheduled recess time. Like many new homeschool moms, I was trying to imitate what I remembered about school. And the school that I attended as a child had a flag salute. So we did, too. As you are probably guessing, our first year was tricky. The neighbors thought we were crazy, my parents wondered out loud about my "ability" to teach our children, and...
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3 Reasons NOT to Homeschool

Heidi St. John

Homeschooling is a wonderful form of education. I love it. ( Well, not always. ) But here are few reasons you might *not* want to do it: First Reason You May Not Want To Homeschool You're homeschooling out of fear. I meet parents all the time who are pulling their children out of school because they're afraid. Afraid that their kids will be influenced by the world. Afraid that their kids will walk away from their faith, afraid of any number of scenarios that they feel homeschooling can prevent. If fear is driving you, I want to encourage you to spend some time in prayer. God's Word is very clear: fear is NOT from God. "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7 "The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the st...
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Four Reasons You Need to Change Your Parenting Style

Hal & Melanie Young

Our oldest son shook his head, sadly. "You never would have let me do that," he said, watching a younger sibling. We had to admit, he had a point. When he was that age, we were new parents, full of theories but short on experience. He was Offspring 1.0, and parenting was still something of a beta-test experience. Looking back now on more than 25 years (and eight kids) of being Mom and Dad, we realize there were several points where our parenting philosophy changed – and needed to! We changed when we realized we weren't doing it right. Eldest son wasn't old enough to remember what he did get away with, as a toddler. We were Christians from the start but we wanted to explain everything to our little guy, as if he'd say, "Oh! I get it! Of course that's what I should do!" And at a critical tim...
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