12 February 2011

Doing What Is Right

I love days like this.. the kids come together to help each other out. This is homeschooling at it's best. 
The youngest is having some difficulty with addition and subtraction. When the numbers go over five, it gets tough for him. I've been through this before though, my oldest had the same difficulties.. just not a math person. It is wonderful to see her stepping in to help him.. they think the same way, while my middle child and I are very logical and number oriented. My other two children seem lost in the clouds to me, but I can see that they see things through patterns and colors instead of shapes and numbers.

I am always amazed at how different we are within our family. I guess that is why so many people feel like their parents just don't understand them. And why so many parents just don't get their kids. The truth of the matter is simply that our family is like a mini world. We learn to work with the differences within our family, and it teaches us to work with the differences around us in the world. When we can learn to not just recognize the differences within other family members, but see those differences as the special things they are, we start to realize that everyone is special.. that everyone has their own talents and gifts. 

That is one of the reasons why I love homeschooling my children. I love being able to find those gifts and talents within my children, and help them to develop them to their fullest potential. I also love to help them discover the areas they have difficulty in and show them how to work with that. I believe these are important skills to have in life. To know how to recognize your strengths, and use them. And just as importantly, to be able to recognize your weaknesses and deal with them, so they do not hold you back.

I think that any parent can do these things for their children, and I do not believe that you have to homeschool in order to teach these skills. I simply love spending so much time with my children, and love being able to homeschool them. I feel that we are closer because we get to spend so much time together. I also think it is easier to pass along my values, ethics, beliefs, etc. to them this way. 

Homeschooling is not all sunshine and happiness though. In reality, there are two sides, pluses and minuses. There are things that I give up in order to spend this time with them.. but what I give up is my choice. In my mind, I see my children as growing so fast. I would rather give my time to them now, and go back to what I gave up later.. a few years is a short drop in the bucket of life. I am quite happy with my choice, and that is what is most important. 

Everyone should always do what is right for them, not simply what is expected of them. Everyone is an individual. Life is short, and we are made to be happy. Find what is right for you, and go do it!

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