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You’ve made the commitment. You’ve caught the vision. You want to serve God in every aspect of your family life— but sometimes it’s hard to put feet on that vision! How do you get from principle to practice? What does it look like when you get there? How do you apply Scriptural truth in a 21st century family? This is “Making Biblical Family Life Practical,” with Hal and Melanie Young With humorous banter, laser beam insight, and lots of practical advice, Hal and Melanie address real world issues, current events, marriage, parenting, raising sons, and family life. They’ll encourage and inspire you to walk out the Word of God in your family — and work toward reforming our culture, too. Monday nights at 9 Eastern. Don’t miss it!

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You’ve made the commitment. You’ve caught the vision. You want to serve God in every aspect of your family life— but sometimes it’s hard to put feet on that vision! How do you get from principle to practice? What does it look like when you get there? How do you apply Scriptural truth in a 21st century family? This is “Making Biblical Family Life Practical,” with Hal and Melanie Young With humorous banter, laser beam insight, and lots of practical advice, Hal and Melanie address real world issues, current events, marriage, parenting, raising sons, and family life. They’ll encourage and inspire you to walk out the Word of God in your family — and work toward reforming our culture, too. Monday nights at 9 Eastern. Don’t miss it!

    Motivating Boys to Write – MBFLP 250

    Motivating Boys to Write – MBFLP 250

    If you're homeschooling a boy (or just helping your son with his homework!) you've probably seen his frustration about writing. Yet the ability to put thoughts into words and words onto paper is a crucial skill for life and career. How can you get past his natural hesitation and open up that channel for communication? This episode we talk about some of the reasons why your boy may hate to write, and then, practical ways to overcome those hurdles!

    • 30 min
    Beating Boredom This Summer – MBFLP 249

    Beating Boredom This Summer – MBFLP 249

    Summertime is always a challenge - with the change of routine, it's easy for our kids (or ourselves) to feel adrift. This year, with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, even our backup program may be on hold or cancelled. What can you do to make the most of summertime with your family, when vacation may be postponed, summer camp or youth sports shut down, and even the local pool or gym is off limits? This episode, we talk about things you might consider with your kids and mate, to make the most of the enforced time together this year!







    Who knew, when the schools and universities closed in March, that we'd still be home in June and July, with summer vacation upended as well? Camps and programs for missions, music, sports, and more, have been closed by the virus. Travel is still restricted. Entertainment facilities, beaches, parks, and more are shut down or curtailed. Our own son had his honeymoon reservations canceled by the hotel the week of the wedding! (Thankfully, he was able to make other arrangements!)



    So many of the things we take for granted and do every summer are in jeopardy - or already gone. Last week, we spoke with a radio host about ideas for "engaging our kids" during this time. There are ways to build memories and build skills - and there are also opportunities to build (or rebuild) relationships, if we'll take the step.

    A New Feature for the Program

    Hal was inspired by World Radio's program "The World and Everything In It" and their listener participation in the daily news podcast. This episode, we're pleased to announce a new opportunity on our own program - our new "Listener Response Line" at (919) 295-0321. This is our voice mail where you can leave a comment, a question, or a suggestion. We'd love to hear from you!

    • 29 min
    Raising Them Up – a conversation with Israel Wayne – MBFLP 248

    Raising Them Up – a conversation with Israel Wayne – MBFLP 248

    This episode, we're talking with Israel Wayne, homeschool graduate, father of ten, and author of the new book Raising Them Up: Parenting for Christians. He shares some of the difficulties of his childhood - parents who divorced early, an abusive stepfather, times of poverty and homelessness - and the incredible way that God has redeemed that experience for His glory and the help of His people! You'll enjoy this surprising and encouraging conversation with Family Renewal's Israel Wayne.

    Starting Over After a Rough Start

    "When I got married, I was twenty-three, my wife was twenty, and we started our marriage with a clean slate," Israel said. "I didn't bring the baggage with me. I had the opportunity to start out on the right foot, developing the kind of relationship with my wife that my parents never had, learning how to be the father that my father wasn't able to be. We now have ten children - our oldest is 20, our youngest is 16 months - five boys and five girls. And I think it's really interesting, fascinating, and ironic in a way, that God has given us this ministry called "Family Renewal.



    "This may be surprising to some people because some don't know much about my back story. But I really believe in the capacity of God to reach families that are broken and families that don't feel like there's hope for them, that feel like, "Well, yeah, we're not that poster family for homeschooling or 'a Christian family.' I believe that God's grace is big enough that God can reach even you, and I believe my background leads me to have faith for those families. It's part of why I do what I do and why I wrote Raising Them Up: Parenting for Christians."





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    While We're On The Subject

    During this time of widespread shutdown and isolation, a lot of authors, teachers, and publishers are struggling. Dozens of homeschool conventions have been cancelled, including some of the largest in the United States and Canada, and that has made a serious dent in the support your favorite homeschool vendors need to keep going.



    When you're ordering online - and who isn't, now? - would you take a minute and consider ordering direct from the authors and publishers? You might not know that when you save a dollar on a book at the (ahem) online megastore, 75% of the income from that book goes to the website owner - not the author. In normal times that's just business reality - but while the crisis lasts, remember the creators who are pouring their heart and knowledge into your family and homeschool, and let's channel those purchases back to the homeschool vendors you depend on!



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    NO LONGER LITTLE: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope

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    • 31 min
    Quarantine School – It gets better from here! – MBFLP 247

    Quarantine School – It gets better from here! – MBFLP 247

    Schools are still out and so's the jury - could this be a glimpse of your future? To be honest, few people could have dreamed that millions of kids would start learning from home this spring, and nobody consulted the parents whether they felt like giving homeschooling a whirl. The good news is, if you pivot to intentional homeschooling for the fall, you may find it's much less stress and a lot more interesting. This episode, we're talking about some of the differences between emergency-level school-at-home and the more routine experience of parent-led home education.

    • 32 min
    Planning for College Even During COVID-19 – MBFLP 246

    Planning for College Even During COVID-19 – MBFLP 246

    How can you hunt for a college in the midst of a global pandemic? Colleges want students who demonstrate interest in their college. But how can you demonstrate interest in a college when you are sheltering in place under a "stay at home" order?  Join us for this special conversation with Lee Binz, "The HomeScholar"!



    With our older kids (all five of them so far!), we spent a lot of time visiting colleges, touring campuses, interviewing professors and campus ministers ... but emphasize, on campus.



    And now, there are very few people on campus to visit - if the campus is even open, still.



    Needless to say, suddenly the rules have changed! But have they?



    Colleges still want to meet you, get to know you, and make an estimate whether you'd accept an offer from their school. In normal times, you take the opportunity to meet the admissions staff, walk around campus, and if they invite, absolutely positively show up for scholarship or honors college events!



    So during this  time of quarantine, shelter-in-place, and stay-home orders, those in-person visits just aren't going to happen.



    Lee Binz has years of experience counseling and advising homeschooled high schoolers and their parents, on how to prepare for the college application process and how to maximize your chances of success. This episode, we talked with her about how the move to remote meetings and online gatherings has changed the traditional interview process. You'll hear some surprising advice and some brilliant ideas how you can adapt to this strange, disrupted world, in some of the most traditional institutions.





    About Our Guest

    Lee Binz, The HomeScholar is a dynamic speaker and author of over 40 books on homeschooling high school, available on Amazon. She is an expert on homeschool transcripts and getting scholarships. Lee’s mission is to encourage and equip parents to homeschool through high school. Her free monthly homeschool e-newsletter is a great help, and she has marvelous homeschool freebies  on her website HomeHighSchoolHelp.com. You can also find Lee on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheHomeScholar.

    A Free Offer from Lee Binz!

    Anxiety and feelings of insecurity can come and go. When you are faced with feelings of inadequacy, you may start wondering how to become a better homeschool parent. How do you become successful? Lee has a free ebook that she would like to share with you! Download How to Be a Better Home Educator and you can build a better homeschool with tools (and teens) you have around the house. Whether you are a newbie or veteran, this short ebook can help you become a better homeschool parent.

    Other Resources We Mentioned

    Lee Binz:  Coronavirus and College Admission



    Lee Binz:  High School Tests During Coronavirus



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    • 31 min
    What Are You Reading Right Now? – MBFLP 245

    What Are You Reading Right Now? – MBFLP 245

    These are challenging times, and whether you need entertainment to pass the idle hours, or something diverting at the end of a stressful day, a good book is great to find. We're book people, for sure, and we know the value of trusted authors and especially, those who have lots of titles to discover! So this episode, we're talking about our favorite books and authors - some we share, and some we don't!



    We discovered we both enjoy mysteries 



    As a genre, good detective stories offer a vision of right and wrong, and the possibility that truth can be found and justice prevail. We really like istories with likeable, well-developed characters, intriguing plots, and particularly, heroes who are fundamentally decent people. Stories with ambiguous or situational morals, protagonists we wouldn't introduce to our family, or anything supernatural or occult, we don't enjoy at all - those, we avoid.



    Some of the classics we enjoy are the books by Dorothy L. Sayers and Ngaio Marsh, two authors of the "Golden Age" of British detective stories. From the same era, on our side of the Atlantic, are Erle Stanley Gardner (the creator of Perry Mason) and Rex Stout (whose eccentric genius Nero Wolfe was only a lightweight version of the somewhat eccentric author) - both of them, quite prolific!  (more below ...) 



     







     



    More modern authors, and featuring female protagonists, are Dorothy Gilman (whose Mrs. Emily Pollifax is more of a spy than a traditional detective) and Alexander McCall Smith, a Scottish mediccal professor who remembers his childhood in Botswana with a series about a woman who opens the first "Ladies' Detective Agency" in her country.



    Deserving special mention are the father and daughter duo, Tony and Anne Hillerman. Tony's novels about the Navajo Tribal Police are packaged as supernatural thrillers, when they're actually police procedurals placed in the complex culture of "the Rez" - the spooky covers simply recall elements of the traditional religion of "the Dine' as the Navajo call themselves. His daughter Anne picked up Tony's characters after his death, and she's carried on the stories with the same skill her father displayed. We've thoroughly enjoyed the Hillermans' books, and their description of the culture and landscape were confirmed by our travels in Arizona and New Mexico - doubling our enjoyment!



    We have other books which Hal prefers more than Melanie, and some the other way around - to find out more about our favorites, check the longer article on our own blog here!

    • 38 min

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Gardens of Grace ,

Myths of motherhood

Thank you Melanie for speaking to these very frequently heard myths of motherhood. I had good training while I was growing up in standing strong against every myth you mentioned. I have struggled in more recent years with the myth about needing time for me over against the most important things I have been given to do as as a wife and mother. I am content in living my vocation, but I hear from so many others that I need to take time away and devote it to myself. I’ve heard it so often that I began to be dissatisfied with my vocation, thinking I really should do that. Thank you for the encouragement that what I’ve been doing all along is the best thing I can do for my husband, our children, and me! Such wonderful words of encouragement.

angeliahughes1 ,

So encouraging!

Hal and Melanie Young are such an inspiration to me and my husband! We live listening to them talk about all things. They make us feel like they are sitting with us in our living room just talking to us. Their advice on homeschooling and raising boys and everything in between has been so helpful and encouraging. If you are feeling discouraged about parenting or homeschooling or just life, I encourage you to listen!

omcrider ,

Biblically sound, encouraging, on my level, full of love

I love to hear Hal and Melanie talk!! They are playful and we have laughed around our home how they finish each others sentences. Their topics are usually just what I needed to hear. One thing that I love is what you hear on their podcasts, is excatly what you will find when you meet them!! Love them and so thankful for them sharing their hearts.

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