What Homeschoolers Won’t Talk About by Dara Halydier
Do you sometimes wonder what in the world you were thinking when you decided to homeschool? Do you tend to compare yourself and your school and your children with others and find that you are lacking? Dara will address issues like insecurity, feelings of inadequacy, being overwhelmed, not having perfect children, not being a perfect mom, etc... Dara’s biblically-based talks include many personal stories and humor. She wants to encourage homeschooling moms by reminding them that God is able when we are not!
Raising Godly Kids: From Law to Grace by Dara Halydier
What does a godly child look like compared to a perfect child? Trying to raise a perfect child will lead to rebellion, low self-esteem and other problems, while raising a godly child will lead to grace, joy, and freedom. How did God raise His kids? First came the law, then grace. We, as parents, need to start out with law and then move through faith to grace as our kids get older. Using Galatians 3:22-26 and 4:1-7, we will walk through aspects of the law that can be incorporated into our family (written out, concise expectations, rewards and punishments, etc.), and then we will give ideas of moving the child to grace as they mature and grow.
Marriage Matters by Dara Halydier
Romance, Passion, and Negligees—for too many homeschoolers these are things of the past. Dad goes to work, Mom is busy from sun up to sun down with the house and kids, and there are still obligations outside of the home such as getting kids to activities, volunteering at church, and meeting with friends. Everyone falls into bed exhausted! But marriage is still the bedrock of the home and must be nurtured! Dara will give you some creative ideas on keeping your marriage a priority and maybe even a little bit steamy!
Experiencing Joy In The Midst by Dara Halydier
Homeschooling is such a joy! We get to spend time with our kids, see the light come on when they learn a new skill, experience life with them from a child’s perspective, and rejoice in the victories! There is also laundry, and dishes, and dust, and extended family, and sickness, and moving, and unemployment, etc. How does a homeschooling family keep moving forward in the midst of all these things? Can they experience joy when life’s circumstances are anything but joyful? YES! Come hear Dara give personal and biblical advice on finding Joy in the Midst.
When It Hurts To Homeschool by Dara Halydier
Life happens—even to homeschoolers. Dara will share her story of homeschooling against the norm of the '80's and her parents' wishes. She tells of homeschooling through difficult pregnancies, the birth of twins, 5 major surgeries, a child with a broken back, 4 children with learning disabilities, 27 moves, and chronic pain. Dara tells her story with humor, God's grace, and joy in the midst of it. Sometimes it hurts to homeschool, but with God all things are possible!
Raising Exceptional Children: Geniuses To Those With Learning Disabilities by Dara Halydier
Having raised five boys with various needs, let Dara encourage you that God has a purpose for your child just like he/she is and that God did not make a mistake! She will cover how to accept each child and their individual challenges and how to help them reach their potential. Dara and Tracy raised two boys with genius IQ’s and homeschooled them successfully! One of these children also had ADHD, dyslexia, and Asperger’s syndrome. The other three boys were of average intelligence and successfully graduated in spite of dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD and ADHD. Each is on a very unique path, but all are becoming the men that God created them to be. They have good self-esteem and are excited about life and love and follow God. What more could a parent ask for?
Kids and Emotions by Dara Halydier
Emotions! They can be our downfall, our nemesis, or our friend. We were made in the image of God and that includes our emotions. Dara will present Biblical instruction on the proper placing of our emotions and God's truths. She will give practical examples of learning to deal with emotions and helpful insights to teaching your kids about their emotions.
Gracefully Letting Go: Preparing Teens for Life on Their Own by Dara Halydier
You've raised them to know right from wrong. You've schooled them through history, math, reading, and science. You've driven them to practices and games, competitions, and reward ceremonies. You've fed them, wiped their tears, and showed them the way. You have introduced them to Jesus and encouraged them to have a relationship with their Lord. Now it is time for them to fly on their own. How do you let them go? Are they ready? Are you ready? Dara will address concerns of teens and their parents as they enter the next phase of life called adulthood. There is a way to prepare your teen for what is to come and to prepare your heart for this different relationship with your child. Dara and her husband have homeschooled 5 boys who are successfully launched but continue to be great friends and a real joy to their parents.