Help for the Harried
Time for the sound of that new textbook cracking open. Time for hot coffees in the morning…and in the sleepy afternoon. Time for sweaters, warm, wood stove fires crackling, and bouquets of newly sharpened pencils.
I can’t help but get excited at all the new things we will be learning together. As one who gets easily bored learning and teaching the same things year after year, I enjoy finding things that none of us have learned before. Whether it’s studying a new way to illustrate creative writing or complex and microscopic moss piglets, the world of learning is fascinating and challenging.
On the flip side, though, there is always a bit of a dread, buried deep in the sub-conscious, of the failure that may accompany all my plans for learning. Somehow a part of our identity can get wrapped up in our children’s success--perceived as our own success--in school, arts, music, college and careers. A success defined by others.
Add to that the many unachievable public standards for learning, the judgment from other parents and the many Facebook posts of perfectly organized and color coordinated school rooms, and we homeschool mamas can quite easily find ourselves trying to the point of exhaustion to keep up with all the expectations of being the perfect woman.
But let’s pause over our coffee for a moment. Grab a chunky blanket—or, if you haven’t gotten that pinterest-worthy prize yet, as I haven’t, perhaps just a warm and cozy one will do. Because before we get too embroiled in the school year, before we find ourselves locking horns with that “unreasonable” and “stubborn” child who may really be overworked, underplayed and lonely, let’s take a look at what God says about our homeschool plans—because believe or not, He has plenty to say!
And before we get into it…before you start to feel like this will just be more for you to do, I want you to know that our Good Shepherd Jesus “gently leads those who are with their young” (Is. 40:11). He has more investment into what we are doing with our kids than we even do! As much as our hearts care, I can guarantee you that He cares more. He will not require more of us than what we have to give.
With that said, I want to take us to look at my favorite homeschool passages with which I always begin my school year. As I plan, it helps me to plan wisely, and to not get to hung up on all these helpful tools. It helps me to keep my focus on what God defines as true success for our families:
Ship your grain across the sea;
Halley Faville lives with her husband and children in their mountain home in Oregon.