Keeping Up & Keeping Our Focus
Ah, September…usually the first month of homeschooling in a school year. We begin September with clear lists, blossoming ideas and intentions, and the enthusiasm to carry us through. And while the excitement and creative lists are still fresh, we are now getting into the nitty-gritty of the day-to-day work of it all.
Remembering to do all of.the.things and complete all.of.the.tasks can be tricky.
As we march through the months, keeping up with lists and good intentions can seem like a faraway, blurry vision.
So how do we stay focused? Here are four ways to pursue fresh homeschooling education all year!
1. Stick to the plan.
Seems like an obvious one, right? And while for some souls it might be obvious, there are those of us who are forever planning, evaluating, reevaluating, and trying to find the next best thing. In many circumstances this can be a good thing, but we come to the point in the year where just sticking to the plan and mustering through is what works best. Take it from someone who changed math curricula four times and then ended up where she began; most of it works if you stick to it. Like diets. Sigh.
2. Consider your ultimate goal.
What is your ultimate goal? Our family’s is to help mold the minds of our children to grow up to love the Lord, be responsible adults, and care for others. And yes, part of your ultimate goal can be that your child will balance a checkbook (people still do that, right?), make a lasagna, or download an app to their phone. When we get mired in the minutiae, it’s important to remember your ultimate goal. Will it matter in 10 years? Sometimes the answer is yes (like when your six year old needs some “character building” because he pinched his baby sister), and sometimes the answer is no (like when it comes to the need to recite multiplication facts on this specific day in 2019).
Also minimize. No one can keep all of the balls in the air constantly. Intentionally do things that will help you with your most important plans. Maybe this looks like grocery delivery, an easy dinner, or saying no to a volunteer request. Keep your eyes and focus on Jesus, your husband, and your kids. Again ask, what will matter in 10 years? Our ultimate goal is the one that matters.
3. Remember Jesus.
In an age of self care, the most likely number three here would be just that. However, as important as self care is, it’s more important that we focus on what Jesus has done for us… through His grace every day and specifically through the cross. If I focus on how patient my Heavenly Father is when I make mistakes, act disrespectfully, and lose my temper, my hostile spirit changes to a gentle spirit. This heartfelt gratitude overflows, allowing me to be patient when someone else’s disrespect (cough, cough), temper problems, and mistakes inevitably arise. We can remember how deep the Father’s never-ending love is for us—as moms, as wives, as homeschooling teachers. And that might be the most important self care there is.
4. Well, four. Four should be obvious. Coffee. Enough said.
Let’s encourage each other as the days get colder and shorter and it’s harder to stick to our plans, to remember our ultimate goals and focus on Jesus and His love for us. And coffee. We can always encourage each other with coffee.
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