Fifteen minutes into the history lesson, my son held his head in his hands and sighed deeply. “Mom, do we really have to learn about this? This…this is just so…boring.”
I nod, while tightening my grip on the textbook. “We must. Don’t you like the new curriculum I purchased?” Thoughts of the many hours spent pouring over a multitude of homeschool vendor catalogs swirled through my mind.
I take a step back and try my best to regroup while my one-year-old begins crying in the background since my preschooler snatched a toy out of her hands. From the next room, the sound of my middle children arguing over the best way to complete their science lesson wafts to my ears. In this moment, I have forgotten my calling, and mechanically begin to read through the history text once more.
I raise my gaze from the page, and glance at my son who is looking at me with a gleam in his eyes.
“I love you.”
Just like that, all is once again right in my world, and I remember why I’m doing this again. “I love you, too.”
As moms, we are often told how we are the heart of our home. This really is so true, and if we homeschool, this adage goes one step further. We are also the heart of our homeschool.
I’ve been a homeschool mom for about twelve years now, and I realize that I go through seasons. At times I’m super motivated, and lessons go much more smoothly. On the days when I struggle to get out of bed, homeschooling just seems hard, and we all have difficulty getting through the day. I’ve come to learn that my attitude matters, and my children look to me for clues as to how to how the day is going to progress.
That’s not to say that our children’s attitudes don’t shape our current situation as well. But as the parent, we have the ability to guide our homeschool days. We must realize, whether we like it or not, that the state of our own hearts greatly affects our homeschools. As the heart of our homeschool, we should lovingly fill our children’s cups with both tons of care and academic rigor.
While learning how to better teach our children is so important, today I would like to focus on ways we can support our little guys as our homeschool’s heart.
- Listen when your children have suggestions regarding their education. As the heart of our homeschool, we should strive to truly cherish the opinions of our children. If our child really desires to learn about a particular subject, do your best to make it happen. This is a perk of homeschooling that only a loving parent can provide.
- Pray over your child’s education. 1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” The God who created your children cares for them deeply, and desires their good. By praying for His guidance in their educational choices, you will be better able to discern all sorts of things, ranging from curriculum choices to extracurricular activities. We can have confidence that He hears us when we pray for this.
- If your child has a pressing problem not related to schoolwork, take a break. As the heart of our homeschool, we realize that we are mom first and teacher second. Setting aside our studies for a short period of time to solve a sibling dispute or deeper matter of the heart really is a no brainer. Your child will appreciate the importance you’ve put on their feelings.
- Don’t forget to treat your child from time to time while homeschooling. Snuggle on the couch while reading books, or purchase a special game to learn math facts. Your children will appreciate the care and attention you’ve put into your homeschool time.
- Keep your cup filled with God’s Word. Abiding in Jesus is truly the most important thing we can do for our children. When we remain in Him, He will give us the grace to grow our heart for our homeschool and for our children more and more, which will benefit our entire family greatly.
Our children are looking to us for so much more than academics, mommas. I pray that God will lead us in His truth as we seek to become the hearts of our homeschools.
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