Building Your Family Culture

Presented by: Dana Wood

As homeschool moms, part of our challenge is being with our children all day, every day. If we aren’t careful, we have a tendency to focus primarily on academics and ignore our family life. Whether we realize it or not, we are building a family culture as we interact with our children. This culture can be negative or positive. A healthy family culture can include family unity, religious expression, family patterns, and traditions. This class will help you decide which family culture ideals to keep or discard to help your family create traditions that will last for generations.


Dana has always enjoyed teaching. In high school she had the opportunity to be a student teacher, but found the experience frustrating as she was constantly told “you can’t do that in a public classroom! There are too many kids.” After that experience, she told a friend that she would never be a school teacher unless she could teach in a private school for gifted children where they let you teach to the children, not to the test. She has been doing just that since 1985, when she started homeschooling her children after reading John Holt’s book, Teach Your Own. She has loved the challenge and the fun of learning alongside her children as they moved back and forth across the country as a military family. She has graduated eight of her ten children and is glad she still has a couple at home. She is excited that her grandkids are being homeschooled, too.

Dana started with LDSHE as a mentor mom in 2005 and joined the Board as the Youth Conference President in 2006, developing the youth conference program. After four years as Youth Conference President, she has done a little bit of everything including Audio Library and Adult Conference Director as LDSHE expanded its conference out west.

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