MOMENTS I LOOK FOR

There are many reasons why we love homeschooling. Over the next few weeks and months, I will be talking to you about each one of them. But today, let me tell you what’s on top of my list.

Homeschooling allows us more time to address the issues of our children’s hearts.

Ryan's sorry note

Some of our children’s behavioral problems go unnoticed and are not dealt with simply because we are not there. But since our kids are home most of the time, and we are intereacting most of the day, I am able to spot character flaws and bad attitudes and can deal with them right away.

Arguing, whining, complaining, fighting between siblings, sarcasm, temper tantrums, laziness, impatience, lack of respect for parents… these are only the external behavior that indicate what is inside their hearts. These behaviors are only the fruit of heart issues like selfishness, pride, ungratefulness. If Ryan gives me a snide remark during class, I have no problem dropping my curriculum so I can deal with his sarcasm.  I am on the lookout for moments like these, when I can go beyond math and science, and address their heart.

It is never easy when I’d have to deal with my children’s wrong attitudes. It can be physically tiring and emotionally draining. And when it gets messy, those are the times I start questioning our decision to homeschool. Thoughts like “My life would be so much easier if they were in a regular school” enter my mind. But when I get back to my senses, I realize that this is precisely why we chose to homeschool – so we can have an upperhand on developing their character.

To educate our children means to form their minds and shape their hearts. Too often we get caught up with the academic side of it. To me that is the easier part. Whether our children are in homeschool or regular school, we as parents, with God’s grace and wisdom, need to work hard at shaping their hearts.

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2 Replies to “MOMENTS I LOOK FOR”

  1. My sister Deanna forwarded this to me. I salute moms like you who homeschool their kids. For sure it is not an easy task. When my kids were little, I thought of doing this too but its just too much for me. I worked night shift at the time and even though I dont think I am a lazy person, I feel like it most times because all I can think of is my bed.=( So I try to do the best that I can. I always look for learning opportunities, be it a billboard while driving, the latest “cool” word that kids say, family and friends’ relationships, love for parents, love for siblings, etc. I am a reader, so lots of time, they also get “lessons” from what I read. They usually hear nuggets of wisdom when I precede my sentence with, “Do you know…?” Even though they say that comparison is not good sometimes, they’ll be hearing, “You know in the Philippines….” lots of times from their dad and I. Bible stories and applications are learned at a young age. It is music to a parent’s ears when kids, even though they’re far away, call and relate stories which tell us that things they learned growing up in our household are still making an impact in their lives. Your children for sure will be doing the same thing. Jenn, I appreciate what you do even though I dont know you because what you do for your family strike a chord in my heart too. Blessings to you and your family!

  2. “So I try to do the best that I can. I always look for learning opportunities…” you are so right! not all families can homeschool but all parents are responsible for bringing their children up in the ways of the Lord. I am happy to hear how your training has made an impact on your kids’ lives. That is an encouragement to me 🙂

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