What a treat! My boys and I got a chance to spend time with our Moody Radio Cleveland family AND listen to and meet Tony Evans! The boys were thrilled!!
So much of the stress I have felt in parenting has been self-imposed. In the beginning a lot of my energy was spent catering to the needs and wants of my children.
Throughout the years I’m realizing I just can’t physically and emotionally be everything to them.
Today I have spent most of the time taking my children to playdates, activities, and parks. We get to a park suggested by one of my children and my younger son says he would rather go to the Nature Center. Sometimes, no matter what we do, they just won’t be satisfied. He’s disappointed, but I’m not fazed.
After embracing the fact that I will disappoint my children, I have felt so much more free and relaxed. Because of this I find motherhood much more enjoyable.
I actually want my children to grow up knowing that it is not all about them.
Parenting in this way will probably be one of the things that will prepare them the most for future relationships and life.
Recently I have fully embraced Charlotte Mason as my style of educating. I have always taught my kids like this, but now it’s official :).
If you haven’t heard of Charlotte Mason check out Simply Charlotte Mason. Here you will find more background information on her as an educator and information on what the Charlotte Mason method is. You will also find free resources and curriculum to use with your children if you find this to be a method that works for you.
I LOVE “living books” as my main source of educating my kids on history and science, as Charlotte Mason recommends. This year we have been engrossed in US History as we go through American Girl books. We started with Kaya (1764) and learned about Native Americans in the West. We then read Felicity (1774) and learned about the American Revolution. We read Josefina (1824) and learned so much about Mexican Americans and the Mexican-American War. Now we are reading Caroline and learning about the War of 1812.
I love the flexibility of teaching each of my children in their own learning style and allowing them time to explore their interests. One of my children in particular thrives BECAUSE of this.
As I educate my children I don’t necessarily want them to go wide, covering many subjects, as much as I want them to go deep. I want each of them to discover their passions and interests and when they do, give them time throughout their day to research and read about it.
My 11 year old son loves animals and nature. His desire is to explore the AMAZON and discover exotic animals. He spend hours reading books and watching documentaries. Recently he has been learning about Kangaroos and beavers. When we went to the Zoo today he asked so many questions and enjoyed observing the Kangaroos.
He is amazed at how smart beavers are. This evening, after dinner, he invited his brothers to the backyard to help him build a dam, like beavers do. He said this will be one of his Summer projects.
This “project” involves mud! Not something I am excited about. I remember, though, how much Charlotte Mason encouraged giving children ample time outside daily. So much learning is happening outside, right now as I type this, in the mud! :) I think dealing with it is an awesome trade-off!
If you want to learn more about Charlotte Mason homeschool method and find suggestions on “living books” make sure to visit Simply Charlott Mason!
Great resource for ANY homeschool!
Mother’s Day gives me a special opportunity to show appreciation for my own mother and grandmother. I have learned so much from them and hope to have on my own daughters the powerful impact they have had on me.
My grandmother to me represents strength and resourcefulness. She raised 6 children as a single mother in Dominican Republic. She managed to do so much with so little. I learn from her resourcefulness and her refusal to give up, in spite of her circumstances. She gave and worked so much to make sure that her children grew to live to their full potential.
I will always be thankful for my own mother. My mother is and has always been my best friend. I pray I am to my children what she is to me. She has always been a listening ear. The strength of our relationship through the teenage years and into adulthood stems from her understanding the importance of building relationships with her children and always being intentional.
My mother gave up so much to move to this country in search of better opportunities for her children. Her sacrifices and hard work have had generational impact. I see my children now and the privileges they enjoy today and know that much of it would not have been possible without her sacrifices.
She has poured so much into me, as a women, wife and mother. I will make sure that her influence on me will bless generations to come, in the children that I raise and in the people that I touch throughout my life.
Most of us have parents that have sacrifices and invested so much into our lives. Let’s make sure to let our mothers know the difference their love and teachings have had in our lives and the impact they are having in and through us.
What one thing did you mother do in raising you that has had the most generational impact on you?
I read “10 Ways You’re Making Your Homeschool Day Harder Than It Needs To Be” at the beginning of this week and things have been much more manageable both in the household and homeschool.
I love all 10 on her list but my favorite is #3. Even after 6 years of homeschooling I find that I am still doing too much myself. With the demands of homemaking, helping my husband with daily obligations, a baby, preschoolers and elementary students, there is just now way I can do everything.
During the day I feel like I am being pulled in every direction and at the end of the day sometimes I feel like the day was a failure.
Throughout the years I have tried to delegate different things to other members of the family. This post was a great reminder on how doing so will make our family much more effective.
What methods do YOU use to make things run more smoothly in YOUR household?