"If you’re always tired, always under-rested, you’re not going to be capable of doing everything you need to get done.  You’re going to make mistakes more readily, lose your temper, or miss opportunities. " — Karen Jensen

Kids and Chores

I can remember one time when my children were young, they were busy with their chores and my sister-in-law was over at our house.

After taking a trip to the bathroom, she came back into the kitchen with a funny look on her face.

“Karen, have you watched Ryan clean the toilet?” she asked innocently.

“Um, not lately,” I said, with a feeling of trepidation, “why?”

She answered, “Well, I was just in there and he had a washcloth by the corner and was swirling it around in the bowl, like this” and she demonstrated. Of course I was horrified, and dashed to the bathroom for yet another lesson on how to clean a toilet.

There are several things to be learned from that episode:

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When Your Children Leave the Nest

Both of my children have grown up and "flown the nest" (and my husband is in heaven) so I know a little bit about empty nest syndrome.

It's a season of life that most all parents go through -- and you don't really get any practice! It catches some of us by surprise, and for some parents, it can be traumatic.

Suddenly the focus of your life changes from "all about the kids" to.....all about something else! And sometimes we don't know what that something else is yet.

 It can also be a great and joyful time -- a time of possibilities.....

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Christian Kids in Public Schools

Let me just say this right up front: publicly educated kids can turn out great!

My kids are living proof. They went to public school all their lives until college, and today they’re serving God with all their hearts.

Let me also say that Christian schools and home schooling are great too. Many people have a passion for Christian schooling or home schooling, and you are the parent – you know what’s best for your kids.

But very often I run into Christian parents who, for one reason or another, can’t home school or send their kids to Christian school. Or they’ve had to switch for some reason, and they’re really nervous about sending their kids to public school – scared, even. My heart goes out to them.

If that’s you (or if your kids have always gone to public school) let me help put your mind at rest and give you some faith for public schools. Here are some ways to look at it:

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Spend Time With Your Kids

In today’s media-saavy world, our kids spend a lot of time in front of something electronic.

And let’s face it, as parents, sometimes it’s easier to let the video or the computer or the X-box babysit them, so we don’t have to!

But your children need to be around you. If you want to pass on your values, skills, thoughts, and heritage to the next generation, they have to spend time with you. In generations past, boys went off to work with their fathers to learn their trade. Girls stayed home with their mothers to learn housekeeping duties.

Things have changed a lot since then, but a child’s need for their parent hasn’t changed.

Here are few ideas you can do to spend more time with your child, even in today’s fast-paced life:

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What Parent's Are Saying

“My four year old son was out of control, to the point where I had to take him out of pre-school and stay home with him. But after just a few days of applying these parenting principles, he has changed dramatically!  Now he listens and obeys, and our home is peaceful – it’s almost miraculous! I am putting him back in school and able to continue with my own schooling.  Thank you so much!”  — F.L.

“My wife and I began putting these principles into practice right away and began to see excellent results. Our children respond very well to our godly way of discipline.  So much better for us. Thank you!”    — M.L.

“I attended one of Karen's seminars and it was far above everything I expected. It has equipped me with information that I needed to properly launch my children into their destinies.” — R.T.

“I have a 2 year old daughter and I didn’t believe in spanking until I watched Parenting With a Purpose and was made to understand the biblical purpose of spanking. Now I get it!  Now my daughter will benefit every day of her life – she’ll be able to fulfill God’s purpose for her life.  My home is now peaceful and calm with a loving and obedient daughter who will grow up obeying God’s Word quickly.”   — T.O.

“I learned SO much from Parenting With a Purpose about God’s view of parenting. I especially learned about correction and why & how to do it.  I can’t imagine waiting until my child is older before taking this course.” — K.H.

“After applying these principles of correction then praying with my son afterwards, he gave me a big hug and looked straight into my eyes and said, ‘I love you, Mom!’ I just melted.  He is 3 and has never expressed this kind of emotion before. I have taken many parenting classes and finally one that works! I now have the skills to help my child obey me so he will obey God." — M.J.

"Our 6-year-old grandson got his first report card at school this Friday.  The teacher had only positive things to say about him.  She said he is affectionate and helpful, both to her and his fellow sutdents.  He is obedient, attentive and a good worker. His big ‘turn around’ from being a rather disobedient and whiny troublemaker began when you came to our city and taught us how to raise children God’s way. My husband and I bought your Parenting With a Purpose CDs and gave them to our daughter.  Since then our grandson has never been the same.  I am so happy.  Thank you so much for coming!"  — L.K.