What would you add to this list?
These years go by so fast so my advice would be to enjoy every precious moment with your children. Keep learning fun by doing things your kids enjoy and what you enjoy. I love to garden and one year wanted to put a large garden box in. My son and I drew out the dimmensions, what we wanted to plant and where, and then put it all together. Come to find out this boy has a green thumb and he still loves to grow things from seed at the age of 13. We had a great time doing this together and it will be a cherished memory for years to come. There are so many other moments like this that I could list but it would take up too much space, lol! Trust God and love on your children and everything else will fall into place.
God did not give your children to the public school system - He gave them to YOU. If God has called you to Homeschool, He will not allow you to fail. He knew how disorganized, scatter brained, impatient or uneducated you were when He chose you. As long as you are faithful to seek His guidance every day you can't lose. When you need help - He will send it, when you need encouragement - He will bring it and when you need correction - He will give it. (Just don't confuse His correction with the condemnation of well meaning friends and family)
I always say - "One way or another, someone is going to think your kids are screwed up - but isn't better to have them screwed up the way YOU like them?" lol
I agree with all of the above, but I must add advice I was given: laundry will still be there when the kids are out of the house. Organize the tasks so that the kids are the priority...because they can't wait. You'll never regret the time you give your kids...unless you fail to have your own time alone with God; without recharging your batteries, you will burn out. Pace yourself. Taking care of yourself may seem selfish, but it is actually giving your kids a healthy role model. Any self-sacrificing position demands mental, emotional, physical encouragement on a regular basis.
As much as possible, especially in the pre-high school years, start your day with "spice"--do those things that you would tend to let go at the end of the day when you are tired. Of course, devotions come first, but you might add read-alouds, drawing, art history, character stories, logic, learning songs that teach (grammar, state capitals, American folk, etc.). These are all "subjects" that we have started our day with, before beginning the heavy academics. I have NEVER regretted this, as we would have just let things like this go if we waited until the core subjects were completed. Beginning with topics and activities you love sets a very positive tone to the day!
However, I have one son left at home, a junior (more or less) in high school. As per Lee's advice, we do math and science first, as those are the two subjects we like the LEAST and both struggle with. The same principle holds true--they get done because they are put first. I would absolutely LOVE to put our favorite subjects first once again, however practicality must win out during these high school years, when I could easily give up on important, though difficult, subjects due to a lack of confidence.
"Every day you're not dead in the ground, when you wake up in the morning, you're gonna have to make some decisions. Got to ask yourself this question: "Am I gonna believe all them bad things them fools say about me today?"
- Constantine, from _The Help_ by Kathryn Stockett
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