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How to fit it all in - Live life with your kids - Issue 046
March 07, 2008
Hi! ....

This week:

Our time down south is coming to an end. It has been an amazing time just seeing the growth in Daniel’s abilities as he has gone through these therapy sessions. I am sure he has grown in general confidence as well as the improvements in his speech and reading. This time truly has been a season for Daniel and I wanted to write about focus seasons this newsletter but I wrote about Seasons last year so I encourage you to check out Live Life with your Kids Issue 019 in the archives and consider if a focus season may be what you need in your homeschool in the coming months.

While in semi-holiday mode it is a great time to reflect on your lifestyle and to give some thought to anything that may need changing. I have tweaked our routine, yet again, to incorporate some of the things that I feel are important to our family that were overlooked when I set the routine at the beginning of the year. We are all looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

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How to Fit it all in

Often I feel overwhelmed with all the priorities that are swirling towards me – how am I going to fit it all in? These are some of the keys that have worked for me in the past, and yet keys that I need to remind myself of, even as I write:

Priorities maybe aren’t priorities:
Often what I see as priorities are not God’s priorities. I need to step back and see what is on God’s heart for our family. Most times such reflection takes me no further than “To love the Lord our God with all our heart and all our soul and all our strength and to love our neighbour as ourselves.” This takes out all the busy-ness of our day and allows us to focus on what is important. If my priorities aren’t God’s priorities then it is me that has to change.

Recognise Seasons:
Seasons are periods of time where we narrow the focus down to one primary concern. The concern maybe relational, or skills or academic in its focus and it may involve one child, or the whole family. A season of focus will allow for an intense and purposeful pursuit of knowledge, skill or growth.

Teach study skills:
I have found it imperative for my older students to be able to study independently. This gives me the opportunity to focus on the more dependent younger children (either with their moral development or their learning to read etc which requires much input)

Recongise my needs:
My mother-in-law has often said “I was a wife, before I was a mother” and this thought has guided her decisions over the years. As homeschool mums, we often forget this. We must keep in balance all our relationships and responsibilities. As we arrange our family routine we need to remember that we, ourselves, need some time for God, husband, self, house and friends as well as the children.

Regularly Tweak and Revise:
My plans, be it our routine or resources I purchase, must reflect the desires of our heart. I regularly look at what is on my heart for each of my children and check that the resources we are using and the daily habits we are living are in keeping with my heart. If not, something has to change. Children are growing changing entities and we must be ready and able to change and grow with them. What is the answer one day may just not be the solution the next. Be flexible!

Whatever key you feel is relevant to your situation I encourage you to remember that we can’t do it in our strength. God has called us to be a mum, and He will give us all that we need to fulfill that task. A while back there was a acronym that was everywhere in the Christian book shops – FROG

F ully
R ely
O n
G od

And that in itself is a powerful key for us to remember!

Website Updates

I haven’t added anything new to my website this week, though you may like to look for an article you may have previously missed by glancing at My Sitemap

Or keep up with future additions with the Lifestyle Homeschool Blog throughout the week.

Until next week

Belinda Letchford
Living life with her kids in Australia!

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