I often heard “children grow up fast, treasure it while you can.” Time never seemed to go by fast enough on the days that laundry and diapering seem to overtake my schedule. However, as the end of my homeschooling years rapidly draws closer, I now understand and also reiterate the same mantra.
As I reflect on my years of parenting, I’m amazed that I still have my sanity (although sometimes the kids would challenge that). I’m also astonished that my kids made it and can articulate in full sentences. But most of all, I’m thankful that, even as I watch my children press forward from childhood to adulthood, I have an incredible foundation with each of them through a relationship of love, respect, and a lot of giggles.
More Than Just the Books
We didn’t always get the math book done, and we rarely did all of those science projects. But, even though the academic part is extremely important, that is not all homeschooling is about. We had countless hours of reading out loud on the sofa, curled up in our pajamas, and we enjoyed long talks into the night discussing different world events or situations with our friends at the local homeschool tutorial. We traveled the country and visited battlefields and national parks. I also took some of my own education in business, design, and computer programming and challenged my kids in areas in which they had propensities.
Homeschooling is the means by which to develop strong and beautiful relationships. It isn’t just about teaching the ABC’s or basic addition and subtraction. The many hours spent together around the kitchen table gave opportunities to apologize when frustrated, followed by a warm embrace of forgiveness. It also allowed me to hone my skills as a cheerleader, remembering that even the smallest accomplishment should be noticed and encouraged.
A Work of the Spirit
I am thankful that the gospel of Jesus Christ intervened in my life and the sanctification of the Spirit conformed me and prepared me for taking on the challenge of parenting and teaching. Most of all, I’m thankful that the Lord allowed me to learn the beauty and importance of a relationship with Him and how it prepares for all that life brings. Using this as a foundation in homeschooling has led me to make decisions based on the relationship, letting that guide the academics.
As you launch into your first year, second, or twentieth, may the beauty of your relationship with Christ spill over into your schooling, and may success be the relationship you have with your children far above any knowledge. Happy Schooling!