" Some days we paint with large bold strokes, like when someone finishes a book report or gets a piece of music ready for performing. Most of our days are softer in color. A little dab here a little dab there, following a rough draft, but allowing ourselves to paint outside the lines when we want too. "
~ Deborah Jean

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


 I love reading words of encouragement, quotes and inspirational stories about people who have manifested their dreams. I think there is something to be learned from other's who DREAM BIG and work hard at the small stuff day in and day out to reach their goals and accomplish their hearts desires.  We ALL have DREAMS, big and small and our children are no different. When children are little they have hero's. Firefighters police officers, Dr's and the ever famous ( at least in our house) Luke Skywalker from Star Wars just to name a few.   As they grow  older they look for new hero's and inspirations.   Right now our teen age son is really inspired by a very accomplished skate boarder who has his own t.v. show.

  When I asked him what it is that he is so impressed with he said, " it's his positive attitude mom, that guy's the man ! "

It's recently occurred to me to begin sharing  WORDS THAT INSPIRE with our TEENS on a more regular basis...

A poem to share today~

Inspirational Poetry 
Words of Encouragement for Teens

By Author Unknown

If there was ever a time to dare, to make a difference,
to embark on something worth doing,

Not for any grand cause, necessarily...
but for something that tugs at your heart,
something that's your inspiration, something that's your dream.
You owe it to yourself to make your days here count.
Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy.
There will be good days. And there will be bad days.
There will be times when you want to turn around,
pack it up, and call it quits. Those times tell you
that you are pushing yourself, that you are not afraid to learn by trying.
Because with an idea, determination, and the right tools,
you can do great things.
Let your instincts, your intellect, and your heart, guide you.
TRUST.Believe in the incredible power of the human mind.
Of doing something that makes a difference.
Of working hard. Of laughing and hoping.
Of lazy afternoons. Of lasting friends. Of all the things that will cross your path this year.
The start of something new brings the hope of something great,

Along with books to have just lying around for our teens, I'm also compiling a list of  INSPIRATIONAL WORDS to read allowed ( yes, they still listen to me on rare occasions ) when we are all together for a meal or just relaxing at home.

Tucking some inspiring words into a book they are reading or on their pillow at night is a fun way to give them a boost too!

 As our children have gotten older I realize it's important for them to see and hear about other successful middle and high school aged homeschoolers making their way in the world. I believe inspiration is the fuel for motivation!

Oak Meadow publishes a monthly newsletter  with great stories about home schooled students who have become entrepreneurs, been accepted into top colleges, and more!

Chicken Soup for the Soul books are wonderful. The ones for Teens are no exception.

How do you inspire your teens?
I would love to hear what works for you!

Thank you for visiting DANDELION HOUSE HOMESCHOOL.
Please come again~


  1. Hi Debbie, it's April :) I just wanted to say that you've done a nice job with your blog and I love the mention of intuition!

  2. Hi April :)
    Thanks so much! Glad you found us here still homeschooling after all these years!
    Hope all is well with you and your family.


  3. thanks for introducing yourself and following and linking and... :)

    I really enjoyed your post and look forward to reading more about older children... like this post for example! thanks for this reminder!

    My oldest two boys are 12.5 & 11.5 so we are just entering this new phase. I'm looking forward to it though ;)

    it's fun to meet you...

    amy in peru


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