Even with all of my good intentions, this school year has not been an easy one. Come to think of it, I don’t know that any of them could be classified as “easy.” But as we celebrate the holidays, I am reminded of how thankful I am that we are able to homeschool and educate our children in the way we believe benefits them the most. So even on our “off” days, when things aren’t going as I would like them to, I am so thankful that:
- I know my children’s academic strengths and weaknesses; while I applaud their strengths, we can focus together on the areas that need improvement.
- I know their character strengths and weaknesses, and I’m around to help guide them through various situations.
- I know their friends, their friends’ parents, and their friends’ siblings, and I know what they do when they’re just “hanging out”.
- They’re learning (albeit slowly some days!) how to accept and get along with one another, as well as how to encourage and support one another.
- They’re learning practical skills as they help out around the home.
- We have time to deal with “life” as a family, helping each other when the need arises.
- We have time to reach out to others in need — to friends, family, and people in the community.
- We are learning and growing together.