I hear the question often….
“What does your day look like? or..
” What’s a typical day at your house like?” or even..
“How do you do it?”
I understand the question, and on a certain level the question is a good and useful one. Iron sharpens iron. We learn from one another. I get that.
But… It is also a dangerous question.
It really doesn’t matter what a day at my house looks like. Some days if you had visited my house you would have seen me with beautiful scrubbed children sitting peacefully in a circle working on a craft or listening to a story. Well, maybe in my dreams you would have seen that. Other days if you had visited us, you could have helped me try to corral the inmates and scrape cheese puffs off the floor. Then we could arbitrate a dispute between the puppy and the toddler over who’s toy it really was, all while teaching algebra and reading. I assure you the reality far exceeded the dream.
A mom with young children recently shared with me that she really wanted to be “good at this”. I hear her heart. I think it’s every mom’s heart cry and most especially that of every homeschool mom. It’s a fearful thing to pull your child from education run by experts and to take that task on yourself.
If you mess up there’s no one else to blame.
It’s a sobering reality.
That is why I took a humorous look at the whole issue in my first “typical day” post last year. It’s important to know that everyone has those days, and those moments. Moments that are so bad the word ridiculous doesn’t quite cover it. While my post was intentionally funny, my point was not. You are primarily a family.
If your third grader must concentrate while the toddler hammers on his chair legs, understand that the concentration he learns is a “forever skill” that God can use. All that comes with learning in a family environment contributes to the richness of the masterpiece God is painting into the life of your children.
I have 28 years of perspective to draw from here. I have seen all kinds of homeschool families; families with all different methods, styles, and life experiences. There were many hardworking moms whose educational philosophies and styles I frankly thought wouldn’t work.
And you know what? Thankfully, I was wrong.
God prospered all of them.
Now none of this is said to excuse any of us from the necessary organization, planning, or child training God calls us to.
It is merely a reminder that while you must work your very best; it is God who prospers your work.
So what does a typical day look like?
It looks like hard work.
It looks like crazy family life.
Most importantly it looks like line upon line… precept upon precept…
As your children get to walk life and learning with you each day, they learn more than how to read and how to do fractions. They learn what to do with unexpected interruptions. They learn to interact across all ages and generations. They learn that their relationship with God is their foundation, and that it will impact every area of their life.
They learn how to live for Jesus.
You beloved, are an amazing lady doing a great work. I know it is hard some days when toddlers behave like tyrants, teenagers like toddlers, and math looms like a giant determined to defeat you.
Everyone has those days. It’s ok. Just be faithful. Do what comes next.
God will prosper your work.