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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Am I doing enough? The Question of Every Homeschooler

I have a question, have you ever asked yourself, "Am I doing enough?" Why does every homeschool mom ask this question? I believe the problem is that when you are doing enough – it feels too, too easy. So you think, I’m surely not doing enough. It can’t be this easy. Certainly my child isn’t learning enough or getting enough knowledge. I need to fill their brain with more, more, more until we are so challenged, so overloaded with information – we simply can’t fill another minute of our supposed school day with anymore. When we’re really doing quite enough – homeschooling is as it should be – wonderful, joyful, pleasant, peaceful, with children learning exactly what they need to learn – with time on their hands to pursue other things, other subjects of interest, time to contemplate what they have learned, what they want to learn, to contemplate their relationship with the Lord, with time to draw nearer to mom, siblings, a good book, the Bible, with time to learn to cook, time to learn a new skill, to build something unplanned, unscheduled, something NOT in their books – something creative, expressing who they are. That’s what life is like when you’re doing enough. But you see, the question we should ask, the real question we should ask is…"Am I doing too much? Am I homeschooling out of fear? Am I deserting the truth for a lie? Have I fallen prey to the counterfeit for God's best and followed the world's standards? What can I cut out? What can I put away?"

If homeschooling feels hard to you - you're doing too much, and just like with medicine, too much is not better. Too much will have repercussions. Too much will bring consequences you don't really want. Too much brings burn out.

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