Children are not predictable, have you noticed? You have a wonderful schedule all set up (and you worked HARD on it, well done!!), and first thing you know, your kids are not cooperating with the program. They have questions, they are tired, they don't get it, they don't remember it, they want to go outside, read a book, visit friends, sleep, eat—ANYTHING but what you had scheduled.
As the parent, you are not only homeschooling your kids, you are also creating a "family culture." Whether it is intentional and strategic or by default, your family culture is shaping each of your children, giving them a sense of who they are in the world. This is one of the most important parenting tasks we face.
But, how do we do this—especially in an authentic way? What areas do we focus on, what will work for OUR family? These are important questions to ask, and they become powerful when we answer them with wisdom and enjoyment.
If this reasonates with you, you might find it helpful to read the related blog—What's In Your Cupboard?
When we consider how—or if—we are going to accomplish all the things on our to-do list (especially as we consider the upcoming school year), we need to ponder our priorities.
Here are four steps to help you:
Ask yourself these critical—though often overlooked—questions:
- What opportunities should my children not miss? Why?
- How do I give them childhood memories that will enrich their lives?
- When should we stick to our books and when should we play in the sunshine?
- Where does our schedule allow for creativity, imagination, and exploration?
To ponder these questions means you take time to consider the big picture. Here are five big picture points:
Teaching our kids perseverance is a challenge for any parent, but it becomes much more difficult when we homeschool. How do we help our kids learn how to stick to a task—even when it's tedious or boring? This is especially important for us to consider because there can be unintended consequences if we choose the wrong battle.