Category Archives: Younger Years: K-8

Diluted!

Diluted!

Dilute: make (something) weaker in force, content, or value by modifying it or adding other elements to it. When our children were younger, we lived in a tiny town perched on the side of a breathtaking Colorado mountain. There were few cultural opportunities in this rural mountain area and my daughter, an accomplished violinist, opened…

No Teens Allowed

No Teens Allowed

I’m a tough love kind of mama. I never liked childhood hissy fits and teenage theatrics, so they were not allowed in my house. Every time I hear a young mom make an excuse, “Well, you know how thirteen-year-olds (or two-year-olds) are . . .” I want so badly to share, “No. I don’t. It’s…

The Hard Work of Parenting

The Hard Work of Parenting

We live in an age of the quick fix and short answer. We experience life in sound bites. Somehow, we’ve come to expect that things should be quick and easy. If those are the kinds of answers you are looking for in Training for Excellence, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. Parenting, educating children, the whole…

Awakening Possibility

Awakening Possibility

Benjamin Zander conducts the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of 45, he had a life changing insight. He explained, “I’d been conducting for twenty years, and I suddenly had a realization. The conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound. [His power depends] on his ability to make other people powerful. And that changed…

Uncomfortable Miracles

Uncomfortable Miracles

I feel rather sorry for the Israelites.   Scripture records so beautifully the miracles that God wrought on their behalf.  It also chronicles so painfully (and so publicly) their ungrateful reactions to the miracles they would have handled differently. Take manna.  Here was a food they didn’t have to grow, kill, cut up or preserve for…

Is Opportunity Holding You Back?

Is Opportunity Holding You Back?

Opportunity is an interesting phenomenon and means different things to different generations. As I write this, I sit in a room that was built for my husband’s grandmother. In her generation, opportunity was the chance to board in town 20 miles away from her home so she could complete her high school education. For her…

Pursuing Life With Excellence!

Pursuing Life With Excellence!

Pursing Life With Excellence! By Jeannette Webb  While enjoying a delightful meal with a few members of our church family, an interesting topic came up. One guest, a former university department head, told the story of a returning student. At age 46, with a family and a full time job, this gentleman decided to go…

Creating a Home

Creating a Home

Creating a Home By Jeannette Webb  Home. Overly sentimentalized by Victorian literature. Sterilized by today’s frantic lifestyles. Some reading this will have come from dysfunctional homes, others from encouraging ones. The concept of Home is, nonetheless, worth salvaging and re-building with the lessons learned from the errors and victories of past generations.  I believe that…

Banned Words

Banned Words

Banned Words By Jeannette Webb Looking back on the years when my home was bustling with children and their activities, I have to admit I was a despot, albeit a loving one. While I am a flexible parent and encouraged self-expression, there were certain words that were totally banned in our home.  Words that would…

Learning to Speak in Public

Learning to Speak in Public

Learning to Speak in Public By Jeannette Webb  When I started the educational adventure with my children, I felt that one of the most important things to teach them was communication skills. Whether they were going to be college professors, engineers, medical doctors, or missionaries (or any other career I could think of) they needed…

Does Your Kid Know How to Interview?  Pt. 1

Does Your Kid Know How to Interview? Pt. 1

Does Your Kid Know How to Interview? Part 1 By Jeannette Webb  This is the time of year my appointment book is filled with seniors wanting help with their interview skills for college admissions and scholarship competitions. Thanks to Skype we sit face to face whether they are in China, California, Africa, or the Deep…