I enjoyed homeschooling the boys for ten years. And I enjoyed teaching in the public schools for fifteen years.
There are many things I learned while teaching in both environments. But of course, teaching my own children brought blessings and lessons beyond measure.
One thing that I learned, which I feel is worth repeating….is concerning their interests. My youngest was basically born with a ball in his hand. Every time we turned around he was playing with a ball of some kind. Rolling it, throwing it, catching it..you get the idea.
He was a goal setter and a very determined kid! There were good and bad sides of that I might add…
Our eldest was the creative one. He was drawing and creating characters constantly. He loved drama. He had a very active imagination and it still exists to this day. And he learned more about computers as a young boy than I know now!!
He too set goals, and most of them had to do with doodling or a laptop!
Since we homeschooled during these years, this is my only point of reference. Homeschooling allowed them to explore these interests. We allowed the boys to try many things. Our one rule however was……you must complete what you start.
Now they are adults. I can see how this paid off. Seriously. The eldest works in the graphic design area, the youngest in the area of human resources dealing with physical health. Both have an incredible work ethic. Both have careers that seemed to have been encouraged when they were young.
1.) Allow your children to pursue their OWN interests…not just your interests.
2.) Don’t try to “live your life through them”. I have seen that happen, and the kids are miserable.
3.) Don’t have them try a lot of things at once! Have them pick one or two things to pursue and do so.
4.) Please encourage them to have fun!
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Romans 12:4-6
We’ve had drum lessons, guitar lessons, bass lessons, karate lessons, gymnastic lessons, baseball, soccer, basketball, football, art lessons….and lessons I probably cannot even remember.
Some they stayed with throughout the years, others were attempted and then dismissed after the commitments were fulfilled.
IN CHRIST ALONE
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God created our children with their own gifts and talents. As parents, part of our job is to help them discover what they are…participation in different activities might help!
Enjoy these years because if you blink you will miss them!
IN CHRIST ALONE