It’s a question you might just be asking yourself if you have school age children. I am going to be completely honest with you when I say that school was really never my thing. I was what most people call a social butterfly. I really enjoyed school for the social aspect, but math, English, and—science not so much.
Lately I have been experiencing flashbacks as I help my sons with their homework. I haven’t thought about nouns, adjectives, or subjects in a very long time. And the only verb I am familiar with these days is a Proverb. I am doing okay in math right now, but when we hit long division and fractions we are calling a tutor. And this is just your average night; don’t even get me started on the projects. Oh, the projects!
We have just finished a project on Woodrow Wilson, which we worked on for about three weeks. Do I sound bitter? May I do as God teaches us and that is to “do all things without grumbling or complaining.”
Do everything without grumbling or arguing,so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation…
So let me stop grumbling and take a moment to honor those of you who who have chosen to home school. As you can see, just what I am doing each night helping with homework is exhausting and honestly difficult at times. How you teach your kids day in and day out is a testimony to your patience and smarts. I recognize that I could not do it.
While there are times I feel I am back in school, I am thankful that I can be there for my boys and help them as best I can even if that means getting a tutor for them someday. It is important that we do our best to help out our kids because this teaches a good work ethic.
There are times when I am beyond frustrated and I think, I have done this already, I did my schooling. But then with God’s conviction I get past myself and remember I am pouring into the next generation, I am helping to equip my boys for their future and that blesses me.
My prayer for each of you is that you remember that this is a time to spend with your kids but also a time to prepare and equip them for the future.
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