Shepherd Parenting – Donna Goff (42 min)


Shepherd Parenting

Shepherd Parenting
Are you a shepherd parent or a Sheepherder?  Shepherds, lead, guide and walk beside.
Sheepherders drive with dogs nipping at their feet, so to speak. Have we adopted a Calvinistic view of child rearing? Humanist view? or a uniquely LDS view? Do we have a contentious relationship with our children of “Chore Wars” and “Homeschool Wars” with our children? How do God’s programs for  “little children,” “children” and “youth” help give us some guidance and clues? What do the scriptures say?  What have the prophets said? How can our home environment either support learning and preparing for the hard work of learning as children grow or be a stumbling block? (Resources from the “Lord’s Library”)
In this day and age it is becoming harder and harder to find righteous examples, but if we have an eye single to Christ, if we teach our children HE is the way, if we choose to follow the Master—we will find him. We will be with Him…forever! What an incredible promise! Let us gather our families and together learn how to become more like our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. He is the way.

Donna had two presentations prepared and was nervous to have an interview but was very willing to try. She said she was going to pretend that she was just talking to me. “Perfect,” I responded.
Her first presentation was on the workings of Power of an Hour, which was an solution to a problem she had. She found that an hour a day of schooling was enough.
Her second presentation was the difference between shepherd parenting and sheep herder parenting. She told some amazing stories, in fact, one of them really affected me on a spiritual level. Through that story I received an answer that I had been for for a long time. You will enjoy her message.

and her husband of 39 years have a family of seven children and thirteen grandchildren. She has been homeschooling since 1983.Donna has a BA in Fine Art and Design and an MA Ed.
She is the founder and co owner with her daughter Julia Groves, of Moor House Academy, an LDS independent school and home school resource. Together, Donna and Julia run Royal Academe:Educating for a Whole Life and Rediscovering the Lost Arts. Donna enjoys time with her family, family history work, the cultural arts, the lost arts, writing, frugality, and creativity. 

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