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Many people say that parents should be capable to homeschool children academically. That is a popular issue that is not absolutely correct. For me, I am really thankful to my children for teaching me a lot of life lessons. I owe them a lot for their training for me. Here are 8 Lessons My Children Have Taught Me:
Being More Patient
Patience is the biggest challenge I have ever had in the world. You should not ever think that I can homeschool my children because I am a patient mother and because I was a teacher. Those are absolutely wrong ideas. Well, I was a teacher. That is correct. However, teaching my own children is much different, especially in terms of being patience. I am not a patient mom at all, but they are the best trainers in the world, so far.
Facing their slowness, carelessness, stubbornness, noise, silliness and many other things has been part of my days and nights. I was very shock to find these facts at the first time I homeschooled them, for honest. They went to school and it was really different when they learn at home with me. I used to face the fact with stress, but now I think it is much better.
I often complained and grumbled about my sons. I sometimes moan why I have such kind of sons. I know it is not good, but it just happens and you might experience the same things with me.
Thinking about such kind of attitudes, I just feel how bad I have been as a mom. Day by day, my gratefulness grows. There are still many other children and parents that are not as lucky as we have been. I believe that God have got plans for my children, for my family, and for myself.
Being Aware of Difference
Having three sons makes me respect difference much better. I used to compare children to myself when I was young. Even I sometimes compared them each other. However, the idea sounds very unfair right now. Children are created by 2 persons, so there is some “investment” from both sides. In addition, they live on different place, time, and environment than mine. This lesson might be classical, but it is very important and meaningful for me since it influences how I treat them.
This lesson might be classical, but it is very important and meaningful for me since it influences how I treat them. There are also some special conditions to approach their learning styles. The right learning style will make them absorb the lessons much better.
Giving More Value To The Time
Since I homeschool my children, I learn a lot about children time to time more closely physically and mentally. I find that the time is flying very quickly. I try hard not to miss out my time with them since we cannot repeat what we have missed out. Therefore, juggling between my homeschooling and blogging has been a serious priority for me. Time management is a great homework my children give to me.
Being Closer To God
One reason to homeschool my children is to get them close to God. I would like to confess that I don't meet the quality at all. Since I want my children close with God, then I have to do it by myself and altogether with them.
There are also a lot of challenges in homeschooling that we need to face. We won't be like this without the guidance and protection of God.
Learning together with children is different from studying at school in the past. It might be caused by how different my point of view along with the age. I can see the greatness of God through many topics and subjects we learn together. It makes me feel grateful to God more and more.
Being A Long Life Learner
It is impossible homeschooling parents to stop learning I think. There are new things that I get accompanying children learning every day. The subjects I found boring, uninteresting, and difficult academically in the past feels different when I read with children right now. I love learning much better than I did.
I was an elementary school 15 years ago. I thought teaching my children would be similar with teaching other children at school. In facts, although I only have 3 “students” right now, I have learnt much more being a private teacher for them.
Being More Tolerant To Others
Getting together with my children, I respect them more and more since there are many things that I feel my children are much better than I am. From that respect, I start to understand why they do something that is different from my expectation. As long as they are reasonable and making sense, then I will be more tolerant to what my children do.
Being More Creative
Homeschooling is much different from the common public school where more equipment is provided already. It includes the place and materials. There are a lot of times when and where I have to think harder to make the activities frugal. The condition will demand a lot of creativities.
What have your children taight you?
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