Through tears I asked my middle son, "Well, what have we done right? What is the most important thing for you in homeschooling? What is the main reason you want to continue?"
He tearfully replied, "Because I like being with my family. I don't want to go elsewhere because I like being with you all." On a day when I was feeling very defeated about continuing to educate him in particular, but the whole family in general, this was a very welcome reply. His response was like a reset button reminding me of the reason we set out on this home education journey in the first place.
Somewhere way back in my homeschool career, I remember someone saying that you should make sure you know why you are homeschooling - make sure it is a worthy reason, because it is what your children will remember and value. I am so thankful that developing strong family bonds was one of our main reasons for home educating our children. It has proven a very worthy cornerstone. And I am thankful that despite their normal bickering, our children have learned to enjoy each other's company and value being together as a family.
In a recent email discussion with a group of like-minded home educators we were discussing the late-winter blahs. Our bright summer-inspired plans are now gathering dust, literally, and we've all seen way too much of the inside of the house. This is the time of year that I often find myself feeling discouraged and enervated. I am so thankful to be reminded of the simple reason that we began homeschooling: being a family. Thank you, Lord, for that reset!
Are you feeling the need to hit the "reset" button? It is so tempting to ditch all those plans and start over. At least for me it is - if something isn't working, start over. But sometimes it isn't the plans that need resetting, it is the heart. I think Sandy really hit on something important in her post, "Unthinkable Luxury" (please read her whole post and the one she's linked to).
In that word "reset" is a word we are so quick to miss: REST. We need to stop being so busy planning and just REST in Him. Before you begin to re-organize, re-plan, re-work your homeschool, take a moment and rest. Spend some time contemplating why you began this journey.
My plans don't need to change, I just need to change. I needed to be reminded of the cornerstone of our homeschool. And I needed the true deep encouragement that can only come from Him (in this case it came through a little him).
How are you doing in this late-winter season?