Whether you are new to homeschooling, or if it is already a tried and true routine, it is easy to become discouraged. Simply put, sometimes life (and homeschooling) doesn’t go as planned. Our children might balk at their respective school assignments, or life events sometimes get in the way of completing academics in a timely manner. Mommas, let me tell you, I have been there! During these times it is so easy to become discouraged, and then that discouragement can unfortunately “rub off” onto our children.
While this is, so to speak, “normal,” it doesn’t have to be commonplace in your family. As Christians, we are called to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5) When we have thoughts that are contrary to the fruits of the Spirit, we can be sure that those thoughts do not come from the Lord. Our thoughts should stay focused on love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Discouragement can lead to bitterness and anger, which can destroy the atmosphere in our homes. Ask me how I know? I’ve let this take root many times over. But thankfully, through Christ we can overcome this destructive cycle. Our children take our cues from us. While we must teach them that without Christ we can do nothing, at the same time, we should point them to the truth that in Christ we can find perfect peace…yes, even while homeschooling! Christ is the key!
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.“
One of the ways that I believe brings peace to a homeschool is to follow your child’s leading. There is just something wonderful about watching your child’s eyes light up during a meaningful learning experience.
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