Obeying Parents -Stories for Kids


We all struggle as parents to know how to best teach our kids obedience. We’ve all felt the embarrassment when a child pitches a fit in the grocery store over wanting some item you don’t want them to have or when they ignore the direction you give them in front of your friends at church. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to teach academics to kids who just won’t listen and cooperate with us. We’ve all been there.

It’s easy to react to our kids instead of remembering what our God-given responsibility is. It’s not just to get them to be more compliant to us and thus make our life easier, but to teach them to recognize and deal with sin in their hearts. When they learn to obey us as parents, it is training them to have obedient hearts to the Lord later in life and THAT is why it’s so crucial.

Kids learn so much more effectively when they are given a story to help them relate to the experience of others. Kids will forget information, but they won’t forget stories. Over our many years of training our 14 kids, we’ve found stories to be super effective in teaching obedience.

Bible Story about Obeying Your Parents 

Here are some examples of what we found worked:

Bible stories – I Corinthians 10:11 in speaking of the Israelites, it says, “ Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”  In other words, events/stories from the Bible were written so that others coming later could learn from the consequences, experiences, and lessons that God used to teach the Israelites. Psalm 102:18 says, ” Let this be written for the generation to come, so that a people not yet created may praise the LORD.”

We are to teach our kids lessons from people’s stories from the Bible, moral stories from our lives or lives of people we know, and true stories of obedience from history- real people who made real choices to be obedient.

Meeting WWII Soldiers

This was our aim with our kids and we have created resources with stories that do just that for you to use with your kids. It wasn’t easy coming up with stories as we were raising the kids at the same time. I would have loved to just be able to pick up a book to help me out, so that was our intent on creating these resources- to make your job easier with lessons we knew to be effective.

Moral Stories on Obedience to Parents

So, I’ll briefly share some examples of those stories with you so you have a better idea of what I’m talking about.


  • Crossroads of Character: Learning to Make Wise Choices contains everyday life stories covering 12 basic character qualities EVERY child needs to know. One of those is obedience. For this, we tell the story of two of our grandsons who went with Granddad for a fun day at the farm. They grapple together with a moral decision to obey or disobey as they wait for Granddad to come back with the tractor. They face the temptation to go feed the horses’ grass but have been warned not to go close to the horses as the fence is electric and may shock them. When they choose to cheerfully obey, they are later rewarded by Granddad taking them for a ride on the horses. This story provides you with a simple kid-friendly definition for obedience and a Bible verse as well as a real-life example.

Also in this book are 11 more examples of character choices. (appropriate for ages 3-12) Purchase Crossroads of Character


  • Character Trails: Learning to Walk in Paths of Righteousness covers 12 more character qualities providing for each a story from the Bible, a moral story from real life, and a true story from American history.

Stories for kids

For example, they learn joyfulness from Paul and Silas and Fanny Crosby, compassion from David and Mephibosheth and Florence Nightingale, and attentiveness from Samuel in the Bible and Lydia Darragh during the War of Independence as well as real-life stories from kids their own age. (appropriate for ages 5-12) Purchase Character Trails

Christian Stories on Obedience

Here are some more stories we provide about obedience:

  • Portraits of Integrity- A Family Treasury contains a story about Sergeant Alvin York during World War I who started out as a conscientious objector and ended up receiving the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Honor medal for silencing 35 German machine guns and capturing 132 prisoners in an amazing and heroic way thus illustrating obedience in a way kids won’t forget. This is one of 45 true stories illustrating character to kids and adults as well. (ages 7- adult)
  • Last, but not least we tell the story of Judy the English Pointer( and only official canine prisoner of war) who because of her obedience to her master in World War II saved the lives of many men as well as received the Dickin medal after the war. Purchase Portraits of Integrity

Kids of Character Bible Study offers youth devotions on obedience, providing short answer questions to look up the answers from the Bible to see what God’s Word has to say about obedience. It’s not just something mom and dad are telling them to do -see what God has to say about obedience (and 44 other character traits)and the blessings of choosing it. This study also gives you several application questions we called “If”s” to prepare your kids in advance for real-life situations involving obedience that they will face, guiding them to choose wisely. Purchase Kids of Character Bible Study

So, I hope this provides you with the practical help you need to teach your kids why to obey and how to obey and concrete examples of those who have made the hard choices and received the blessings of obedience in their lives. Enjoy the stories!!


American History Homeschool Books


Captivating American History Homeschool Books Your Kids Will Love

I am writing this just a few days before Inauguration Day 2021. This is such an incredibly disturbing time in our country. Things are so unstable.

Freedoms we all hold dear are in danger and becoming more so each day that goes by. This past year there has been so much done to threaten the very bedrock of freedom our country was founded upon.

We hear of mobs destroying statues of men our country has held in esteem for centuries. People are trying to erase history from the minds of the citizens. Kids are being taught that America is evil and responsible for the very wrongs our ancestors have worked to right.

Kasey and me with a wonderful veteran and godly man, Charles Reed

Know Your History to Protect Your Freedom

One of the first signs of decay of a society is when their history is taken from them. We see this happening at an alarming rate today. HOWEVER- it began in the early 1900’s. It’s happening at an escalated rate now, but back in early 1900s a movement was birthed to teach history from a purely economic viewpoint. A  movement was underfoot to remove references to GOD from our history books in government schools. The very year I went to first grade in 1962, prayer was removed from schools and shortly thereafter the Pledge of Allegiance. I remember starting every school day standing with my hand on my heart and reciting the pledge to our flag (there was a flag  in every classroom)

One of the first signs of decay of a society is when their history is taken from them. Share on X

Liberals sought to influence the minds of the populace. However, they knew they couldn’t sweep in and wipe history/God from the minds of the World War II generation- one who remembered the fight for freedom. It had to be a much slower process-. They would have to influence the minds of kids. It would take a whole generation or more of compulsory attendance/removal of prayer/removal of God- gradual implementation of these goals. It finally got to where students couldn’t mention God in commencement addresses or prayers.

Protect Your Freedom Bundle  

I have packaged these 4 books together for you and reduced them in price to help your family get informed and inspired. The regular price is $131. The special sale price is $96 for all 4. That’s 35% off. NOW through February 15th. You can also purchase the individual books if you wish.  

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American History for Homeschoolers Book Set

History began to be taught as study of people groups and societies, of tolerance of others. They moved away from the teaching history as it had been done for generations.

Back in the 90’s Rick was a drywall contractor and would from time to time hire employees. Just for fun, he would ask them questions about American history. It was astounding what little history was being imparted to students. Even simple questions, like Who was George Washington received the answer from one guy, “oh wasn’t he the guy who chopped down cherry tree?” -a story that wasn’t even true to begin with. He witnessed an incredible lack of education in real history. Watch some of these man on the street videos where they interview college students about history and you will be amazed!

The teaching of civics was removed from most government schools. I guess it depended on the section of the country you grew up in, but in the northeast, we had no government or civics courses offered.

I am grateful that Rick and I were introduced many years ago to the ministry of David Barton of  WALLBUILDERS. It was an incredible eye-opener. He owns massive amounts of primary source documents from the founding era. It had been one of the things on my bucket list to visit Wallbuilders and several years ago when we spoke at the homeschooling convention in TX, we took an extra day to go there. So amazing! 

 I had been taught history in school and thought it was thoroughly boring, but when you learn about real people and their experience, it makes it come alive. Listening to his DVD series he would mention people in American history and i began to realize that often the guys I never learned anything about, I began to find out they were the Christians. For example James Garfield. I knew he was a president but knew nothing else about him.  Reading his biography I read how he was miraculously saved, went home to find his mother on her knees praying for his salvation, and how he met Christ shortly thereafter. And while president, he held evangelistic meetings at the White House!! 

Protect Your Freedom Bundle 

I have packaged these 4 books together for you and reduced them in price to help your family get informed and inspired. The regular price is $131. The special sale price is $96 for all 4. That’s 35% off. NOW through February 15th. You can also purchase the individual books if you wish.  

Purchase Protect Your Freedom Bundle

Listening to a presentation by David Barton about the signers of the Declaration of Independence, I was challenged when he asked how many signers we could name.  Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, (the least religious of the founders) and John Hancock- that’s all I could name. As I listened to his presentation, I became fascinated and later convicted that these men had sacrificed SO much for our freedom and we knew NOTHING about them!   I  wanted my kids and other’s kids to hear their stories. I couldn’t shake feeling like I needed to do something about that and was inspired to write For You They Signed– the first book I want to tell you about. That began 2 years of incredible research. David Barton recommended a 9 volume set of books written in the early 1800’s by a man who interviewed people who actually knew the signers or family members of signers. I was astounded to find out that many of signers wrote statements of what they believed about Jesus Christ so their posterity would never have to wonder.

Here are a couple of samples. 

Benjamin Rush:  “My only hope of salvation is in the infinite, transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His son upon the Cross. Nothing but his blood will wash away my sins.”

Roger Sherman:  “I believe that there is only one living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.. and that at the end of the world, there will be a resurrection from the dead, and a final judgment of all mankind, when the righteous shall be publically acquitted before Christ the Judge, and be admitted to everlasting life and glory, and the wicked be sentenced to everlasting punishment.

There are lots more in For You They Signed. 

For You THey Signed Book By Marilyn Boyer

Now there is a textbook used in many colleges called The Godless Constitution that propagates lies about the signers of the Declaration of Independence claiming that they were a bunch of deists. At the conclusion of the book it states something to the effect that -we have dispensed with usual practice of footnoting as we all know founders were deists. They have no proof at all! And the founders were prolific writers. You can know and don’t have to wonder or believe the lies. 

The vast majority of the signers were Christians by their own words. Even the ones we don’t know to be Christians held the Bible in high regard. Thomas Jefferson, while President, made the  Bible to be the main textbook used in DC city schools. He also cut out the words of Jesus to be used as a book for teaching Indians. You may have heard he had child by slave girl but that is not true. There was a definite movement to smear the reputation of the founders. If you want documented truth about Jefferson, read Barton’s book called The Jefferson Lies. Excellent and documented thoroughly. 

Protect Your Freedom Bundle 

I have packaged these 4 books together for you and reduced them in price to help your family get informed and inspired. The regular price is $131. The special sale price is $96 for all 4. That’s 35% off. NOW through February 15th. You can also purchase the individual books if you wish.  

Purchase Protect Your Freedom Bundle

In my research for For You They Signed, I ran across stories of SO many others who weren’t signers but played crucial roles and had fascinating lives, so I began collecting a list to later write up their stories in another book. That one is called Profiles of Valor, the second book I’d like to tell you about. People like James Caldwell, Wentworth Cheswell, Henry Knox, Francis Marion and 36 other men and women.

Godly History Books

Several years ago, Master Books asked us to write history books. That began an incredible journey in preparing to write The Fight for Freedom and America’s Struggle to Become a Nation- the last 2 books I want to tell you about today.

We used primary source documents and history books written in the 1800’s that were used in PUBLIC schools, books our great grandparents studied. All school children KNEW these stories.  We had multiple history books written back then and they all told the same amazing stories of people. EVERYONE knew them. Now, no one has ever heard of these people or if they have, know so little about them, even stories that reflected the providence of God in several cases. A British general was known to have commented, “It appears that an invisible hand is working in behalf of the colonists” Oh boy, I can’t get started telling these stories right now, but they are SO fascinating. IT’s such a shame we don’t know these stories anymore that every school girl and boy knew just 2 or 3 generations ago. Hey, but your kids can know them. You can know them! 

In a normal history book, you MAYBE have one chapter about the war of Independence.  You can’t possibly understand it or hear about the people who lived it in one chapter! 

That’s why we offer so much about this period of history when our nation was established. We are losing the freedoms that were so hard to win and most people in our country don’t even recognize it. History in schools has become so dry and boring. They taught facts, not real stories of real people.  History told this way comes alive! 

The Fight for Freedom tells the inspiring stories of 34 men and women- some of whom you may have heard about and some you probably never have.

America’s Struggle contains 34 chapters of story events and even has a chapter explaining the  Constitution as well.

We sent our 2 history books to Chief Justice Roy Moore the  Ten Commandments Judge from AL to see if he would read and review them for us. Were we ever honored when he did just that. Here is what he wrote, 

“As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a veteran of Vietnam, I have the greatest respect and love for our Country. Unfortunately, our children are not being taught the history of our nation in most of our public and private schools.

America’s Struggle to Become a Nation and The Fight for Freedom written by Rick and Marilyn Boyer together with student worksheets and biographical reference materials are an outstanding and invaluable information resource for teaching the formation and development of the United States of America. Rick and Marilyn have done a remarkable job of documenting the struggles and sacrifices of brave men and women who, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence,” risked their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to build this land we love. Every American would benefit by reading these marvelous works designed to preserve our heritage as a nation.”


He called me personally and said he is a huge history buff but he learned things in these books he didn’t know. He said he recommended them to his son who is in West Point. I considered it a great honor and always will that he called and talked to me for around 15 minutes. He has been a stalwart defender of freedom and he deserves our respect and honor.

I can’t emphasize enough how VITAL it is for your family to become informed on our history. The time is here when we as Christians need to be involved in the public square. It’s because we haven’t that our country is in the mess it’s in today.

  1. The first step in protecting freedom is to become informed as a family.
  2. The next step is to become engaged in pointing the culture in right direction but I’ll save that topic for another day. 

Protect Your Freedom Bundle 

I have packaged these 4 books together for you and reduced them in price to help your family get informed and inspired. The regular price is $131. The special sale price is $96 for all 4. That’s 35% off. NOW through February 15th. You can also purchase the individual books if you wish.  

Purchase Protect Your Freedom Bundle

Protect Your Freedom Bundle


5 Reasons Why Your Child Wants to Learn History from Uncle Rick!

The Uncle Rick Audio Book Club is your child’s home for inspiring American history. (you’ll also find Scripture audios and adventure stories, too!)
 You will hear stories that dig deeper than your history textbook- and that are far more interesting!
These stories will stick with you, and your knowledge of American History will become much more solid.
The best part is that while you are learning more and absorbing all sorts of historical facts and figures, you are actually enjoying doing so. Since these are audio stories, you can easily learn your American History while cleaning your room, riding in the car, or doing chores, or whatever!
But don’t take our word for it!
Here is what our listeners have told us about why they love learning history from Uncle Rick:

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