Your Family- A Future and a Hope
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Rick’s keynote: (Theme is the title)
In Jeremiah 29, God's people have experienced judgment and find themselves living in the midst of a hostile culture. God promises to deliver them in His time and directs them to establish homes, build families, and seek the welfare of the city in which they are living. God has a plan for restoring a godly culture. And your family has a part in it!
The Kids We Need Today (new topic)
Every parent wants great things for his children. All around we see young people without purpose or vision, addicted to shallow amusements and with no passion for worthy goals. Come and learn how to motivate your children to greatness. They were born for such a time as this.
The Killer “B” Whose Sting Poisons Relationships (new topic)
It’s quiet, but deadly. It can poison a whole family when no one even knows it’s there. It dampens affection, kills communication and leaves hearts wounded and hurting. It is the number one reason why marriages break up and why parents lose the hearts of their children. The Bible describes it as a “root” that springs up and defiles many. In this talk, Rick Boyer explains how the poison of bitterness damages relationships and how the grace of God can put them back together again. Peace and love in your home are not just a dream.
Breaking the Chains of Techno-bondage by Rick Boyer
Subtitle: How to reduce “screen time” without starting a war
For decades, parents were warned about the perils of too much television. Then along came the internet and the danger skyrocketed. How can you change your family’s “default setting” from electronic entertainments to real, adventurous living? Here’s the powerful Biblical solution—and tons of practical ways to apply it.
Proverbs- The Ultimate Parenting Book
Have you ever felt lost amid all the "stuff" marketed to home schoolers? Confused by the many voices telling you to do it this way or that way? There's no need to panic. The wisest man in history has some advice to offer. Come and hear powerful, practical solutions that will help you get your priorities straight. God wrote the Proverbs for parents just like YOU.
In the Valley of “How Long?”
“How long, O LORD? Wilt Thou forget me forever?” This was the cry of David’s heart in Psalm 13. Most of us have been there. As a parent, you will probably encounter seasons when life is just too much and you despair of ever feeling that you’re up to the challenge of raising godly children in a hostile world. But God had a solution for David and He has the same grace available to you. Come and hear how disappointment and tragedy were turned to victory in a homeschooling parent’s life.
Take Back the Land
It has been said that the parents of the 1980's and 90's were the Moses generation--they left Egypt (government schooling) and headed for the Promised Land, as the Israelites once traversed the wilderness to return to Canaan. The generation of Moses completed part of the mission, getting as far as the Jordan River.
But it was left to Joshua and the younger Israelites to cross the river and take back the land that had been promised to their father Abraham centuries before. Today, home schooling parents have broken free from the bondage of Godless philosophies and are raising up the Joshua generation that will carry the battle over the Jordan--taking the banner of Christ back into American government, law, medicine, business, education and the arts, where God and His Word were once universally honored. The enemies of God are trembling today at the thunderous approach of the Joshua generation!!
Your Child, God's Champion: Lessons from the Life of Josiah
Throughout the history of Israel and Judah, God raised up several great men to rule over His people. But it was a king who took the throne at the tender age of eight who became the most godly king of all. II Kings 23:25 tells us: "Before him there was no king like him who turned to the LORD with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might...nor did any like him arise after him." The life of Josiah provides parents with dynamic principles for training up the next generation of godly leaders to turn OUR nation back to God!
Boys Will Be Men
Eighty percent of the children labeled “Learning Disabled” in school are boys. That’s why wise parents understand that the confinement, boredom and regimentation of school are things to be avoided if boys are to thrive. The key to understanding and cooperating with the drives God has built into boys is in recognizing that boyhood is preparation for the roles of family protector, provider and leader that naturally and Biblically fall upon men. We must understand that we are not raising boys, but training future men if we are to make boyhood the exciting and profitable season of life that God intended it to be.
20 Things to Teach Your Children Before They Leave Home
Academics are important, but they are not the key to a successful life. When your children grow up and leave your home, you want to be sure that they have learned the life lessons that will serve them well for time and eternity. This workshop discusses the issues that matter most in life and how you can pass them on to your children in the brief time you have with them.
"Family Time" Ideas for Busy Dads
There's nothing more rewarding to a faithful father than getting together with his wife and children for the evening "family time." But it's not always easy to make good use of the time when Dad is tired after a hard day's work. In this workshop Rick Boyer shares ideas he has used over the years with his fourteen children. Now you can have the tools to make the evening get-together a blessing for the whole family--without a lot of preparation!
Raising Cain Without Killing Abel
Few things create more tension for parents than hearing their children fight with each other. But it's nothing new, as the Bible clearly shows. Scripture also shows several causes of sibling rivalry AND teaches us how to deal with it effectively. Peace in your home really is possible! Come and hear how you can help your children learn to live at peace with each other, laying foundations for successful relationships all throughout life.
Our First 40 Years of Homeschooling- Lessons Learned from teaching 14 kids
Rick Boyer and his wife have been home schooling since 1980. Starting out young and green in a time when only a handful of families was home schooling, Rick and Marilyn found few resources to help them in their journey. They had to blaze their own trail, surviving such obstacles as skeptical grandparents, hostile school authorities, unhelpful curriculum publishers, blizzards, Indian attacks…(just kidding). The Boyers are still home schooling today and now share their experiences around the world through their books and their speaking ministry. Rick will share some of the most profound lessons learned along the way, including:
- It’s not schooling, it’s discipleship
- Life is the curriculum
- The kid is the can
- Socialization is for socialists
- George Washington survived without Little League
- and many more!
Heroes--Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Does your home schooling lack inspiration? Are you and your children just going through the motions of a curriculum, rather than striving for excellence? For countless generations, kids have been inspired by hero stories. Come and hear how you can revolutionize your child's education by giving him a legacy of greatness.
What's a Dad to Do?
There are plenty of misconceptions about the role of the father in a home schooling family. Some people think that if he can’t be at home during “school time” he can’t be involved. Others think his job is to take over some of Mom’s chores in order to free her to spend more time with the children. But Scripture gives seven functions of a father in a godly home, and each of these can be applied very practically and powerfully in home education. Enjoy the wisdom and humor of this presentation as Rick answers the question of "What's A Dad to Do?"
Beyond the Textbooks
Before mass compulsory schooling,students learned to investigate, reason, and form independent attitudes. Today's home educating parents are discovering many exciting ways to get beyond packaged curriculum and experience real books, real experiences, real relationships-real learning.
Uncle Rick's Storytime (this can be a workshop or an evening program)
Children love stories, and that's why they love Uncle Rick! Kids sit spellbound and history comes alive when Uncle Rick (in period costume) paints his wonderful word pictures. Bring your kids and hear the greatest adventures of American history--the marvelous, exciting true stories that have inspired children for generations and still thrill young hearts today.
Generation of Giants-
The true stories of heroic people have always inspired boys and girls to dream big dreams and strive to be all they can be. American children are especially blessed with a cultural heritage that includes a long list of heroes. The teaching of history is often neglected in modern schooling and our failure to appreciate our heritage has undermined the freedoms for which our founding fathers sacrificed so much. More than ever before, it is crucial that you arm your children with the exciting and inspiring truth about the men who made America a "city on a hill" for the rest of the world. The courage, brilliance and self-sacrifice of those who pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor are still powerful examples to young people today, challenging them to greatness and showing them why they must reclaim the "sweet land of liberty" that is our American heritage before it is too late!
I'm Done Homeschooling: Things I Would Do Again, Things I'd Do Differently-
Come hear Marilyn Boyer, who over a span of 37 years homeschooled all 14 of her kids. She started out pretty traditionally, but as time went on, many powerful lessons were learned and she is excited to share those things with you.
What to Do When Kids Don't Get Along: Dealing with Anger, Whining, and Complaining.
Having home schooled all 14 of her kids, Marilyn has had to deal with a plethora of bad attitudes. To learn how to effectively train her kids, Marilyn looked to the Word for answers. In this workshop she will walk you through how to practically communicate to your kids the blessing of putting off the bad and choosing the good.
My Kids Hate School- Setting Them FREE with Passion-Driven Learning-
Ever feel like you are trying to explain a concept to your children and their minds are somewhere far away? Do you feel discouraged when they act like school is a drudge? To help them fulfill their life calling, we must develop a specific plan for training each one. Come and learn how to work "with" the uniqueness of your child. Escape the bondage of expectations and set your child free to pursue his passions and be the whole person God wants him to be. (Warning- kids have been seen to give Mom the elbow when listening to this session)
Got Kids? Get Character!
Character is a the key that opens the door to successful adult living. It is the first thing wise people examine when evaluating a prospective employee, spouse, or friend. That's why Christ-like character is the MOST important subject you will ever teach your children! Come hear Marilyn Boyer, mother of 14 home-schooled kids and learn as she shares how to intentionally teach this most important of all subjects!
Delighting in Your Children- The Key to Keeping Their Hearts-
What will really matter 10 or 50 years from now? Not how well you taught mathematics or sentence diagramming, or whether your laundry was always caught up. Sometimes we forget--or don't even know- how to delight in our children and make time to enjoy being with them. Come hear Marilyn and catch a vision of how you can reach and hold the heart of your child and build family relationships that will be passed on through generations.
You Mean, I Can Teach History Like That?
Were you ever bored in history class? So was Marilyn Boyer! History in not just a boring list of names and dates. It is the breathtaking panorama of human experience! Real people, real lives, real adventures. For nearly forty years, Marilyn has been learning history with her children in a way that is not only fascinating, but life-changing. Come and learn how to do history as a family.
These Kids are Driving Me Nuts! Turning irritations into victories
Have you ever had one of those days when it seems your children are constantly misbehaving, yet they really don’t seem to be rebellious? How do we discern the difference between irritating childish behavior and real disobedience? Here’s a sane, practical and proven method (Marilyn has 14 kids!) to turn irritations into solutions!
Getting It All Done
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the demands of parenting? Life is certainly a challenge for parents, and especially those who accept the added responsibility of home education. But there are ways to make life easier and more productive, and this workshop discusses some of those. Marilyn Boyer, mother of fourteen children and a veteran home educator of more than forty years' experience, shares her techniques for accomplishing a mammoth amount of housework while giving her children a superior education at the same time.
Cultivating Servant's Hearts in Your Kids
Jesus taught that the greatest among us would be those with a heart for service. Our children are growing up in a "me-centered" culture in which education, entertainment, advertising and peer pressure all combine to promote a life of selfishness. Wise training in our home can teach children to choose the better path. Come to this workshop as Marilyn Boyer shares with you how to design a lifestyle of service for your family that will inspire your children to live above self-centeredness and rise to greatness by putting others first!
Why I'm Glad I Home Schooled Through High School
Marilyn Boyer is no stranger to the joys and challenges of raising teenagers. With fourteen sons and daughters now having graduated from high school at home, Marilyn shares why she taught them herself from kindergarten through the high school years and why she wouldn't consider doing it any other way.
Obedience From the Heart
Nothing blesses the heart of a parent more than a child who obeys consistently and willingly. Many moms and dads however, miss the mark by trying to change behavior without changing the heart. Marilyn shows why the task of the loving parent is not merely to control outward behavior, but to build godly attitudes by ministering to the spirit of the child!
Remind Me--Why Am I Doing This, Anyway?
Life can get so crazy! Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of why you're spending so much of your time home schooling. Wouldn’t it be easier just to send them off to school like most people do? In this session, Marilyn Boyer, will help you renew your vision (or develop it), sharing why she's so glad she spent 37 years of her life doing just that.
Homeschooling and Preschoolers Too?
What in the world do I do with my preschoolers? Marilyn Boyer has taught all fourteen of her children at home, so she has plenty of experience with any age group you can name. But her very favorite age to teach is those eager, curious, exciting, challenging munchkins we call preschoolers. This, Marilyn says is the time when we lay the foundation for greatness by pouring love and acceptance all over them—instead of treating them like a nuisance. Preschoolers aren’t just little interruptions to be kept “occupied” while older siblings study. This season in a child’s life is the time to tap into his huge potential by maximizing his natural love for learning and helping him to see that God is preparing him for a lifetime of important service. Come and learn from Marilyn how to make your little ones a valuable part of the team!