As everyone embarks on this new journey of homeschooling, more and more parents are realizing the joy that comes with a less harried schedule.
Sibling relationships are so much better when children aren’t exhausted when they are together.
After a full day away from home dealing with the frustrations of the day, brothers and sisters can be cruel to one another.
In a homeschooling day, breakfast can be slow and enjoyable. My children take turns making breakfast. We go to the barn together.
We plan lunches together. We have spent years playing together. We have always played board games over lunch. The trampoline has been a mainstay of my kiddos’ childhood.
There is rarely any “homework”, so popcorn and a movie together can happen any night of the week.
We have certain shows we all watch together. Chopped, Forged in Fire, Guy’s Grocery Games, and DDD. We have actually made vacation plans around DDD restaurants. All of my children cook. Both of my boys know how to forge.
Last week when the hurricane came through, my college son lost power. He came home for a few days. He came with our grand dog, his little companion Schnauzer, Frazier. Landry (his little sister) bathed and groomed Frazier for her brother.
Paycen (the college son) helped Owen (his high school brother) exercise his roping horses. They went riding together.
Then Paycen helped Owen with his online homework.
I have put my own career on the back burner, working part-time and around my children’s schedules for over 15 years now.
Has it been worth it?
When I see the deep relationships I have with my children and the relationships they have with one another, I couldn’t imagine any other way to raise my family.
True bonds and deep compassion for the family develop so well with a home-centered learning environment.
There have been days that were definitely hard, but as the saying goes, “The days are long but the years are short.”
Make every day count.
“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.”
Proverbs 17:6 NIV