Diana's Homeschool Blog

Welcome to my homeschool blog, which offers insights into loving learning, loving your family, loving history, loving homeschooling, and enjoying your life! With your cup of coffee in hand, take a break to laugh with me, to have your heart refreshed, to be reminded of how cool your kids really are, and to consider the amazing adventure of being a homeschool mom. AND, if you are interested in the History Revealed curriculum, be sure to check out my Teaching Tips!

Slow down and enjoy this time

Family walking through a winter garden

Have you ever noticed that your kids keep getting older. . .and bigger? Amazingly, the longer you parent, the older your kids will become. And, in the blink of an eye, they suddenly become adults. 

Just yesterday I had three little kids, and today I have one applying for a Ph.D. program, another applying for a Master's degree, and one walking through the unimaginable grief of losing a child. I had no idea that life would happen so quickly.

If I could go back to the beginning of the journey, knowing what I know now, I would make a few significant changes.

I would slow down and savor the relational time.

I would not yield to the "hurry, hurry" pressure.

I would remind myself that this moment, this day, this season is where we can enjoy life—I must not put it off till later.

If you are just beginning to walk along the parenting path, there are so many competing voices trying to tell you what to do, what you are doing wrong, what your children should be doing, and how to parent (and homeschool) better than anybody else.

But, if you can take a moment to imagine your little children as fully functioning adults, living outside of your home, you might be able to sort out these "expert" voices for yourself.  Look at your kids and ask yourself, "When they are grown, what will they be like?  What will they be doing? What will they enjoy?"  I can promise you that the seed of whom they will be as adults is living in your house today.

TreesI remember when one son would drink deeply of amazing adventure stories, particularly of people being rescued.  Today, he is an officer in the Navy Medical Services Corps.  Another son would often become an incredible cartoon character as a child. Today, he is an extraordinary theater professional.  My daughter always wanted justice in our family, with each of us doing what was right.  Today, she is pursuing justice on a much wider scale as she researches issues affecting the poor.

It was all there in seed form. But I had no idea how large the trees would grow.

When we grasp the fact that our kids are going to be adults one day, it gives perspective to the choices we make right now.

The take-away is this:  Enjoy your kids in this season of life. Before you know it, they will blossom!

Balancing Character and Academics
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Comments 3

Guest - Sharon Watson on Thursday, 15 January 2015 04:11

Your post is encouraging, Diana, and a good reminder. When my children were all still at home, I could not imagine a time when I would not see them every day, and I enjoyed them at each stage of their lives. Now they are all interesting adults, some living in distant states. Sometimes a year will pass, maybe two, before I can see their faces in person and visit with them. The moments I had with them as children are precious.

Your post is encouraging, Diana, and a good reminder. When my children were all still at home, I could not imagine a time when I would not see them every day, and I enjoyed them at each stage of their lives. Now they are all interesting adults, some living in distant states. Sometimes a year will pass, maybe two, before I can see their faces in person and visit with them. The moments I had with them as children are precious.

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Guest - Joan on Friday, 13 March 2015 06:32

Mine are 27, 28, 29, and 33. This is a wonderful post!

Mine are 27, 28, 29, and 33. This is a wonderful post!
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