Alright friends, it is confession time.
This one is hard for me to admit. It is even a little embarrassing.
But God has convicted my heart and shown me an area of our homeschool that desperately needs to change.
So here I am, admitting my flaw and confessing to the world that I am a lazy homeschool mom.
At first glance, I think “lazy homeschool mom” sounds oxymoronic. But dig a little deeper.
See if you have any of these lazy homeschool mom characteristics:
* You do no extras- no supplemental exercises, no fun art projects, no trips to the library to look for more books on any given subject.
* You eliminate parts of the lesson plans that might cause additional work for you (even if you know your children will enjoy them).
* You don’t do any messy projects because you don’t want to deal with the mess.
* You don’t participate in many extra outside the home activities because you think your schedule is already too full.
Do any of these sound familiar?
They are all painfully true to me.
Please note that I do not neglect to educate my children. We do the education thing, but it is the fun stuff they are missing out on. The very aspects that make homeschooling, homeschooling, not school at home.
That is what we are missing.
For the past three years, I worked full-time while homeschooling. I used that as my excuse. I was too busy to do any extras, but since losing my job three months ago, I no longer have that crutch. But nothing has changed in our schooling.
Lately, the Lord has really convinced me of how much more our homeschooling experience could be. Not just for my girls, but for me too. We are missing out on having fun, gaining a deeper knowledge of our studies and making memories.
As part of my New Year’s focus word – intentional – I’ve also vowed to be a more intentional homeschool mom.
We are going to do those messy science experiments.
We are going to do fun art projects.
We are going to get out of this house and explore God’s world.
No longer are we going to do solely book work. We are going to truly embrace homeschooling…and I’m going to take photos, lots of photos (you’ve been warned!) to remember these days because they’ll be over in the blink of an eye.
I pray the truth that I’ve shared with you in this post won’t cause me to lose too many friends. I don’t have it all together. I’m not your Homeschool Mom of the Year. I never dreamed of homeschooling, but God has called me to this life and He isn’t done with me yet.
I’ve shared my heart with you because I wonder how many other homeschool moms share these same feelings. If you do, please know that as I pray for God to change my lazy homeschool mom spirit, I’m praying for you too. We may not win the Homeschool Mom of the Year trophy, but we won’t win the Lazy Homeschool Mom of the year award either.
There is no shame in admitting your flaws, but know that God can and He will change your perspective if only you’ll allow him.
We made these homemade birds nests out of chocolate chips, shredded wheat, chow mein noodles and peanut butter on Tuesday. Was it messy? Absolutely. Did it cause my blood pressure to rise? A few times. But was it fun? Did we enjoy ourselves? Most definitely and that is what matters.
On today’s lesson plans…paper mache Earths. Please pray for me.