Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Homeschool Hump Day Encouragement

When you think of homeschooling, what are the first things that come to mind? High academic scores, well behaved children, proficiency in playing instruments, and dedicated parents are what I think of. When one of those areas is lacking, there needs to come a time of remediation or retraining the children.

Recently, a friend posted that she had taken a month off of schooling to work on attitudes, correct bad behaviors, get back to eating healthy for the whole family, and work on creating habits of daily chores like making beds, cleaning the bathroom, and doing dishes.

You see, homeschooling goes beyond just teaching academics and seeing how much information our children can retain each year. It is an opportunity for us as parent educators to sew into our children's lives and into their spirits. We can teach things like forgiveness, compassion, hospitality, servanthood, obedience, love, integrity, leadership, humility, and patience as part of our homeschool education. 

Today, I want encourage you to assess your children's attitudes. 

Do they argue often? 
Do you find you must ask them to do a chore several times before it is completed? 
Are two or more children angry with one another?
Do you see them looking down on others, like the homeless?
Do they change plans spotaneously to fit what they want to do?
Are they frustrated with school work?

Make the decision today to work on fixing those character flaws and assist them in striving for stronger, Biblically-based traits.

Remind them of the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

Take time for daily prayer time encouraging your children to forgive and ask forgiveness, too. Book learning will come, but these years that our children are in our care are short. Take this time to build and empower our children to be full of the love of Jesus and walk in the fruit of the Spirit!

Have a blessed week!


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