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As my homeschool journey has gone down the long and
winding path of two homes and six children
and two kids graduated…
I’ve learned that sometimes we have to take a second look at
and then change, our focus.
Sometimes that is a really hard thing to do for a mom.
I have often been accused of getting too caught up in unimportant details.
It’s probably true.
Life is not an easy game, with a playbook all laid out in front of you.
Not only do the rules change depending on your roles,
but then you through in the whole idea that each kid LEARNS
Yes, so don’t be afraid to take a look around and change your focus.
School and the 3 R’s
are important to keep in your line of sight…
because trust me,
getting behind on that…
are important to keep in your line of sight.
is important to keep in your line of sight.
But the focus,
the piece that is sharp
and in the forefront…
that can change.
And it must.
Don’t be afraid.
Shift your focus.
Sometimes, you might have to shift if several times a week.
One time when the kids were being really obstinate
with their school work.
And I was a mess.
And the house was a mess.
Because I had spent all of my time and energy
just trying to get a little school work done each day.
I was failing.
I was failing at my focus (the school work),
I was failing at keeping the house.
I was failing at taking care of myself…
It was all a mess.
One day I got up early.
I got dressed.
I said some prayers.
I asked for guidance.
I turned to scripture:
For NOTHING will be impossible with God.
We can do this.
I woke up the kids.
I told them to have breakfast,
Then I told them to put their books away.
The books that had remained out on tables for the last month or so,
while we played school.
The looks on their faces.
Then I gave each kid a task in the house and told them to go do it.
When they got done, one by one, I took them by the nape of the neck
and had them show me what they had done.
And then I pointed out how it really was not done,
and how to fix it.
We did this all day.
By the time dad got home from work
the house was sparkling,
I was more relaxed,
the kids were tired,
THE HOUSE WAS SPARKLING!
The next morning
I asked the kids if they wanted to clean the house again
(because it was still clean but a big family never goes without making a mess)
or if they wanted to do school.
School it was.
And it got done.
Don’t be afraid to shift your focus.
And don’t be afraid to take care of yourself first.
BTW, I got a new favorite scripture out of that.
I have it hanging in my dining/school room.
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