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If you are the parents of young children, you may think that they will never grow up. Housework, laundry, meal preparations, taxi driving, homeschooling... the list goes on and on and only seems to multiply.
I remember complaining to my husband, "Why do I have to remind our children over and over again, several times throughout the day?
Put your dishes in the sink: Wash your hand before you eat. Put your toys away after you are done playing with them. Turn off the light when you leave a room. Say please and thank you. Flush the toilet when you are done. Don't feed the dog from the table. Close the door behind you when you go outside. Did you remember to feed the dog? Respect other's things....Ask permission before you take. Share because you want others to share with you. If you take it out, put it away. The list goes on and on....... It is so very exhausting.
I remember looking forward to the days when I wouldn't have to repeat myself over and over again, dress them, bathe them, carry them everywhere, go through the huge bedtime routine. I look back and see how much I missed by looking ahead to what I wished for rather than looking at the abundant blessings that God had given every moment of every day!
Nichole Norsemen's song reminds me that our children will not slow down. No matter how hard we try to control it, we cannot slow down or stop their growth. BUT, there is one thing that we can control,..... ourselves. We can slow down.
Please take advice from this mom. SLOW DOWN! Enjoy every moment! I remember those days very well. They can be so difficult!! Days seem to drag by, but the reality is they are racing by at a speed at is unstoppable. You will blink your eyes and your children will be grown. (I just found out that I am going to be a grandma!)
As you contemplate time and blessing with your children, you will be encouraged by Deborah Wueler and goals to remember as we love and nurture our Blessings!
Some days, it feels as if my young children will never grow up, and ten days feel like ten years. Some days, I blink and they are grown and graduated, and ten years flew by like ten days. So how do we create the best path for our kids from birth to life after graduation?
My goals might be: I want my children to unquestioningly obey God's commands and my commands. I want them to be able to combat the enemy of their souls: the world, the flesh, and the devil. I pray for each one that God will show me how to develop them in their specialized fields. As far as basic training in academics, they should be able to read well, write well, and understand higher math. I consider things such as trade schools, college, apprenticeships, entrepreneurial ventures, or just plain preparation for life. Most importantly, I want them to remember that they are ambassadors of Jesus Christ.
Here are some things to think about in preparing our children:
Classes outside the home that they can put on their transcript also help them learn how to answer to someone else. Options could be a junior college class during high school, a class by another homeschool mom, or community classes.
Find volunteer, community service, missions, or apprenticeship opportunities in their interests and giftings.
Prepare them for college writing and note-taking skills. Kim Kautzer has excellent insight on preparing for college writing here.
Gap years: Maybe your child needs a year off after high school to consider his possibilities. This is a good time for extended mission trips and volunteer work or exploring different careers. This gap helps them decide where their passions are and what other schooling they may need to continue in their given direction.
No need to fear, homeschool parents! The Lord is on your side!
"The LORD is on my side; I will not fear..." (Psalm 118:6).