Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuña

Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuña

Best-selling author of best-selling books The Way They Learn and You Can’t Make Me! (But I Can Be Persuaded) and featured frequently on Focus on the Family’s Best of Broadcast , Cynthia Tobias has a successful background that includes over 32 years as an author and speaker, 8 years of teaching high school, and 6 years in law enforcement.

Cynthia has written 14 books and is a featured guest on radio and television, a popular presenter for business, government agencies, churches and schools throughout the U.S. and the world. She is the mother of twin sons, now young adults, and she and her husband Jack live in the Seattle area.

Sue Acuña is one of those goofy teachers who enjoys spending time with middle schoolers. She and Cynthia Tobias co-authored Middle School: The Inside Story (What Kids Tell Us But Don’t Tell You), which has led to new adventures as a speaker. She has crisscrossed the country sharing anecdotes and advice on how the classroom experience can be more successful and enjoyable for everyone—students, parents, and teachers.

Sue received her B.A. and M.Ed. from Concordia University, Portland. She currently teaches middle school at Concordia Christian Academy in Tacoma and also directs the choir at St. Luke’s Lutheran in Federal Way. Sue and her husband Paul have been married for almost 40 years and have raised three sons, one of whom is married and expecting a son in June.

It’s Never Just Another Day!

Who Gets to Decide What’s Normal?

Cynthia Tobias, best-selling Focus on the Family author and popular speaker, and

Sue Acuña, co-author, experienced and well-loved middle school teacher…

…bring you a brand-new podcast series filled with practical strategies for homeschool parents who want to bring out the best in every child without going crazy in the process!

Infused with humor and filled with ideas and immediately useful tips, Cynthia and Sue will keep you smiling and make you eager to work with even the most difficult learners. You’ll look forward to topics that address issues like How many times do I have to say it? Why are you asking me that question? What did I just tell you?

You’re the parent and the teacher—how will you know what’s normal when it comes to educating your kids? Don’t miss an episode of “It’s Never Just Another Day”!

Tentative Outline of Episodes:

  1. Finding the Right Spot- “The brain can only absorb what the seat can endure.” Help your children discover where they concentrate best—and how to prove it works.
  2. How Many Times Do I Have to Say It?- Help your children identify and use the best methods for remembering information.
  3. Why Are You Asking Me That Question?- Learn insights and strategies for helping your children understand and process information in ways that make sense to them.
  4. The Sooner You Start, the Sooner You Finish.- Hear tried and true methods for motivating your children to start the project, meet the deadline, and avoid being nagged to death in the process.
  5. Welcome to Puberty- Recognize and deal effectively with the often-sudden transition from child to adolescent—gain practical tips to help your sanity.
  6. Middle School: The Inside Story- Middle schoolers reveal their thoughts, feeling, and fears. Gain insight into why they do what they do, and see the humor in some of their choices.
  7. You Can’t Make Me! (But I Can Be Persuaded) -Strong-willed children present a challenge for parents—one that doubles for parents who also teach. These insights can turn conflict into cooperation in ways you might not have considered.
  8. The Magic Word- What if you could reduce conflict with your strong-willed child? There’s a word that, if used correctly, can reduce conflict by almost 80 percent. Don’t miss this episode—it could change your life!
  9. Frequently Asked Questions - We’ll tackle the questions most frequently asked by homeschool parents throughout this series, sharing ideas and tips for dealing with a variety of issues.