Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Homeschool Hump Day Encouragement

Are you a year round homeschooler? Do you take the entire summer off? Well, no matter what your homeschooling year looks like, you never really stop educating your children. Even those whose children are not homeschooled teach their children in some way.

Your children watch what you do and at a young age begin to emulate you. Have you seen your children playing house with a mom, dad, kids. Watch what they do! In many instances the dad goes off to work while the child playing mom stays at home cooking, cleaning, ironing (does ANYONE do that anymore?!), etc. 

Our children learn language from us. For some of us, that might be a bit scary! (When my older teen daughter spouts a sarcastic comment, I chuckle and cringe. I taught her that, I know.) There is a viral video of a little boy telling his mom, "Linda, Linda, you're not listening. Listen to me, Linda!" He more than likely heard that from his dad or some other adult in his life. Our kids use our language!

Our children learn character traits from us. Yes! This is meant to encourage you. Children learn compassion, kindness, gentleness, honesty, trust and many, many more things from us. You can see it in the way they treat a brother or sister, care for mommy when you aren't feeling well, or hanging out with dad because that's what the big guys do.

And our children learn about Jesus from us. They watch us pray over our meals, pray for friends at church, and learn why we need a Savior from us. It is reinforced in Sunday School, perhaps. But that understanding and the answers to their questions about God and Jesus are usually addressed in the home.

Today, remember that learning never stops, not even for summer break. What are you teaching your children?


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