It Was One Of Those Days
I’m sure, as you start winding down your year, you are going to feel the same way some days. We have to get ready for our evaluation, portfolio ready and hope you did OK throughout the year so your child can move on. There are so many things to think about when homeschooling, sometimes I say to my kids, don’t you just have a bus to get on. These are the times you buckle down, fix those suspenders – have that 30th cup of coffee, whatever it takes, but we never want to give up.
I was thinking, this is my third child, my other two have graduated – I can make it a couple more years to complete my task. It is such a good feeling when the year starts to wind down. Don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. Remember, how many times have you heard, I don’t know how you homeschool your children, I could never do that. Just the other day I was sitting at the doctors office, started talking to another mother about what we do during the day. I mentioned I homeschool so my day can be busy at times. She said, I would never have the patience to do that, you see my son now? (he was being a little crazy I must admit). I told her it can be a thankless job, but there are great rewards to seeing your child grow and thrive! She was not convinced of course.
What Have You Accomplished
We may look at our accomplishments on a day to day basis, but if you can take a moment and look to the future, especially if you are just starting out. I can attest to the fact that the rewards are great – when you get to the part where you are getting their diploma ready, you can hardly believe they finished. You look back to those earlier grades, and if you are honest with yourself, you have said once or twice, I’m ready to pack this in. My message for you today is, DON’T GIVE UP, it is totally worth it.
We are not only preparing and focusing on their education, we are preparing them for life. If they learn the values and morals from you on a day to day basis, how much more will they be ready to face this world. It’s hard enough out there if they don’t have loving parents standing behind them every step of the way. I understand if you are a single parent and this is just impossible for your to do, if homeschooling is not an option, do your best to be involved with your children.
Society today throws enough negativity at us, we don’t have to help them along
the way. I must admit there are more and more people homeschooling their children, they are starting to see the benefits. Homeschoolers are finally getting the recognition they deserve. One area is the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, which has been recognized as one of the leading spelling bees in our country. Homeschoolers started making their way into the National headlines about 10 years ago and have been slowly moving up the ranks in the spelling bee. People are not only shocked how well they are doing, but some might say, even a little jealous. The impressive turnout of homeschoolers should give you some motivation to stay with it. No, not everyone can make it to the National Spelling Bee, but this is a possibility if we keep it one of our goals.
I was reading Psalm 84:10 – For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. I can’t imagine that being a doorkeeper is a very exciting job either, but back in David’s day, he would be grateful to be doing something for God, rather than doing something that would not glorify his Lord. This is what I think about when I’ve corrected that Math test and once again, they’re just not getting it. Or doing the dishes, because I am waiting for them to finish a subject before we can go out. Sure I could have already had my errands done if they were at a school – but would you be the first one to see their face when they got 100% on their spelling test.
With all this said – just wanted to remind you how very important our job is. We have the responsibility of molding our children into God honoring and respectable people. Don’t give up the fight, stay the course, encourage them and hug them. They are the future, let’s be proud of what we have accomplished.by