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Some time ago my eleven year-old daughter came home from orchestra practice simply devastated. She had been the first to arrive, and as the others filed in, nobody chose to sit by her. She sat at the edge of the room, the only student with an empty chair at her side. She felt rejected and alone. Read more…

  • Unexpected Answers
      Jimi found herself wondering why things weren’t working out the way she thought they should. She had been studying success principles for over 25 years, but had only experienced financial gain in just ONE of her many business adventures. So even though she was already a Mindset Mastery …
  • Finding College Cash (Graduation Spotlight)
    I’m pleased to present Steven Roberts as a new Mindset Mastery Honors Graduate! When we first met Robert in our online Facebook group, we knew two things: one, he was well prepared for the course, and two, he had a lot of exciting projects going on. Little did any of us know, Robert was about the …
  • #58: Children-Meeting them Where they Are
     Each child is different, so why do we think we’re supposed to show up the same for each one? “Consistency” can be a trap. Discover how to connect with your children in ways that are just as unique they are, and your effectiveness (and influence for good) can truly skyrocket. Leslie Householder is …
  • Feeling guilty – Moms and Money
    Question from Wendy: Leslie, I have a question that I hope you can help me with. In reading lesson 13 or 14 [of Mindset Mastery] I found part of the answer in your “temporary imbalance”. This is a good analogy and seems to answer the question about juggling the needs of your children …
  • #52: Your Next Decision-Inspired
    This was a live presentation captured informally at a Homeschooling Mom’s Retreat. The theme was “Seek” (from Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”.) Powerful principles applicable to all parents, …
  • Kids can learn this, too!
    You’ve probably heard the story in my free ebook Hidden Treasures about my eight-year-old who used the Rare Faith principles to realize his dream to own some special LEGO sets, at a time when we couldn’t afford to buy them. But miracles like that don’t just happen for him. They …
  • Creative Ways for Teens to Pay for their Phones
    The following idea comes from Livia Pewtress (http://learnlivefly.com), shared with permission. (Read the FULL story here). She writes: [There] are a few … things we do to help keep the light and connection in our home, and not have our family time hijacked by technology: Devices charge in …
  • It’s what God gave us time for / Law of Polarity
    Parenting Transformation Journey – page 17 (click here for page 1) (Originally posted August 14, 2013) All day yesterday, my 11 year-old son hoped I would find time to take him fishing. I had already picked up some hooks and bait the day before with the money he gave me, and he couldn’t wait …
  • Laying it all down
    I got a super fun video message from Jon and Trina Gunzel last night that I just had to share with you (video below). These folks have been students of The Jackrabbit Factor for some time now. They went through the Mindset Fundamentals Ecourse in 2015 (previously known as the Jackrabbit Factor …
  • A message from Viviana
    How many times have I said that there is so much going on behind the scenes that we can’t see, to help us accomplish the things we were put here to do, and to become the people we were meant to become? I love when people write me letters. I read every one of them. They keep me going …
  • #28: Parenting Principles Preview
    Parenting can be hard!  So when difficult behaviors wreak havoc on the family, you might just need a few more tools in the toolbox. Finding the core principles that govern success in any area of life is absolutely key to succeeding in that area, and what you’ll find on this podcast is no …
  • Talking to teens
    An actual message to one of my teenagers who was complaining too much about his responsibilities: You’re doing so well in so many areas. But it saddens me that you blame dad when you don’t feel like doing your duties. You’re old enough to govern yourself, so govern yourself or be …
  • I felt lost
    Kristi is a wife and mother of two young children, who experienced some significant changes in her life during the Mindset Mastery Program. It’s been fun to track her progress: After Phase 1, she wrote: “I have to admit, I’ve been so excited about everything I’m learning …
  • To College or Not to College
    Reader’s Question: Hey Leslie, I’m a 17 year old homeschooler who loves the leadership and mastery principles you teach and study yourself. Recently, I have been faced with the choice of going to college, but don’t know what I want to study and if the opportunities I have to learn …
  • Another Broken Broom
    You may have heard about the time when I called the cops on the kid who broke my broom. Well, did you know that there’s another broom story that happened exactly ten years later? Before I get into the second story, you need to know about the first one: The first one happened before we …
  • It’s not just about money, it’s about marriages, too
    From one of our readers (I’ll call her Susan), in a two year-old Facebook thread: (Original post) October 15, 2014 …I get that you can’t make people do things by visualizing it, as explained in Jackrabbit Factor. But can I manifest a really great marriage where I feel like my …
  • Roles – The Secret to Family, Business, & Social Success
    Nicholeen Peck helped my family many years ago, before we ever met. She was on a reality show on the BBC called “World’s Strictest Parents”, and I learned some important things from her unusual approach to parenting. “Strict” is a misleading word. Watch her fascinating …
  • Looking at Life with New Eyes
    The following clip metaphorically captures my experience before and after deciding to home school. This is just MY experience. I loved my public education and have tremendous respect for those who serve so diligently in the system. Their dedication deserves so much more reward and respect than is …
  • Private: Dodged a Bullet
    Jared declined to do baptisms for the dead with his friends today because it would be “boring”. I felt my anger rise up and I wanted to chastise him. Prayed for guidance, wisdom, to handle it properly. Had him come upstairs, and I had the thought to just ask him questions about the …
  • Honeymoon is over
    Nicholeen Peck told me there’s a honeymoon stage when you’re teaching your children (and yourself) self-governing. All of my previous posts about my Parenting Transformation Journey would fit into the honeymoon stage, I guess. Lamenting sigh. Then I had a business obligation that I had …
  • How to be a parent AND fulfill your life’s mission without losing your mind
    My Parenting Transformation Journey – Page 19 (Click here for page 1) I have been so impressed with the parenting success principles I’ve been learning from Nicholeen Peck, that I wanted to help her get her message out. Her episode on the BBC reality show in England was so impactful, so …
  • Learning to say ‘Okay’
    Parenting Transformation Journey – Page 18 (Click here for page 1) This post ends by sharing a victory that wasn’t exactly as it appeared. But after you read this I think you’ll see why I’m choosing to take it anyway. According to Nicholeen Peck, one of the most fundamental skills …
  • Conscious choices
    Parenting Transformation Journey – Page 16 (Click here for page 1) I have a dilemma. I made a business commitment with a deadline for this morning, and I am a couple hours behind schedule. But I have six kids at home and each one of them have been taking turns needing my help. So even taking a …
  • Teenagers vs. Youth
    Parenting Transformation Journey – Page 15 (Click here for page 1) Sunday was almost over when I remembered that we should be using part of Sunday to assess how we’re doing, and pre-teach for the week to come. Ultimately, I want to do this the way Nicholeen recommends, where the parents take …
  • Oops!! Oh, what one little letter can do!
    Parenting Transformation Journey – Page 14 (Click here for page 1) I was just notified (after documenting this journey now more more than a week) that I had missed one little letter in the URL (website address) for Nicholeen’s BBC episode on the World’s Strictest Parents show. …
  • Choosing to be calm isn’t so easy
    Parenting Transformation Journey – Page 13 (Click here for page 1) Since my last update, I did fall back into some old habits. My husband was busy getting some things done when I discovered that our business support ticket system had not been working properly, for who knows how long. What that …
  • Small Victories, Joyful Adults
    Parenting Transformation Journey – Page 12 (Click here for page 1) So the next day was crazy busy: 6:50 took Nathan to work. 7:00 ran home to get his forgotten security card so he could open the store. 7:30 stopped for groceries because I was out of lunch supplies. 9:00 made a lunch and drove …
  • Now what? Oh, that…
    Parenting Transformation Journey – Page 11 (Click here for page 1) So at the end of the day Tuesday, I was reflecting on the fact that we hadn’t really done any implementation that day. I mean, as far as consequences goes, because none were needed. So I wondered if I was really still on …
  • Just a honeymoon stage?
    Parenting Transformation Journey – Page 10 (Click here for page 1) I had a great conversation with my friend yesterday. I told her about how excited I was for the changes I had been seeing already after only 2 days. She chuckled and said, “Sounds like you’re in the honeymoon …
  • Uneasiness and permission granted
    Parenting Transformation Journey – page 9 (Click here for page 1) Last night I was feeling so amazed at my energy level after a full day of intentional parenting that I managed to get several other things done before going to bed at about 12:30 am. Slept well, aside from the baby gorilla attacking …
  • Nobody loses this
    Parenting Transformation Journey – page 8 (Click here for page 1) Whew – we made it through the first real day of implementation. Here are a few other things that happened that I want to remember: 1) My daughter who was already in her 24 hours had an altercation with her brother and I …
  • SODAS
    Parenting Transformation Journey – page 7 (Click here for page 1) My daughter was finally calm, and finally decided to come out of her room. She spent some time outside with her sister and seemed to be recovering. Her sister came to me and asked if the two of them could have a mint candy. I …
  • Tough lessons. This is where it happens.
    Parenting Transformation Journey – page 6  (Click here for page 1) I just went to check on my daughter to see if she was ready to follow instructions yet, so that her 24 hours could begin. She flipped out because she thought that the time in her room counted toward the 24 hours, but I …
  • Eye Contact
    Parenting Transformation Journey – page 5 (Click here for page 1) Oops – I just remembered that one of the most important things I need to teach my family is to maintain eye contact when communicating with each other. I’m just making that note here so I can remember that one …
  • Rule of 3 – Didn’t expect to go here today
    Parenting Transformation Journey – page 4 (Click here for page 1) This morning my youngest two daughters came to me complaining about each other. We had already role-played last night the what ifs about tattling vs. reporting, and I have to hand it to them – they were doing really …
  • Calmness and Serenity
    Parenting Transformation Journey – page 3 (Click here for page 1) Last night we gathered the children and got very honest and candid with them. All 8 of us sat on our bed together – we intentionally chose that setting because it was an intimate way to bring the family together for an …
  • One step at a time
    My Parenting Transformation Journey – page 2 (Click here for page 1) My head is so full of all the things that need to change in the way I parent my children. It can be overwhelming to remember all of the principles that I’ve been learning from my new mentor Nicholeen Peck – …
  • Documenting a new journey
    My Parenting Transformation Journey – page 1 I know this won’t be immediately recognized as a topic related to the rest of my blog, but since it’s MY blog, I can do whatever I want 😉 Background: Since I was a child, all I wanted was to be a mother, and a really good one at that. …
  • Private: Assurance, Evidence, Action
    Parenting Transformation Journey – Page 13 (Click here for page 1) teenagers vs youth The assurance/ action /evidence spiral If you disagree with anything I’m doing, then before leaving your comments, all I ask is that you please first watch this BBC episode so you can see where this is …
  • Bleach and Blunders
    Even a laundry room catastrophe can teach a valuable life lesson. When my oldest son was seventeen, he was given the assignment to do the family laundry for a solid week. With nine people in the household, that is no small task – especially when (at the time) the laundry room had no folding …
  • Neighbors at my Door in Robes
    Enjoy my journal entry from 2010: At about 9 pm last night there was a knock at my door. My dog immediately erupted into his deep and threatening ‘woofing’, so I opened the door to see who would stop by at such a late hour, unannounced. When I opened the door, my heart sank. For the …
  • Parenting based on Prosperity Prinicples
    ThoughtsAlive is all about learning to operate under correct principles… Standards of conduct that help us position ourselves to receive all the prosperity in finances, relationships, and personal development that God and His Universe has to offer. When we discover PRINCIPLES, we know for …

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