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Stop Being a Homeschool Mum - Issue 326
December 13, 2013
Hi there! ....

Last week has gone by so quickly. I woke up on Monday morning and decided that we’d done enough school and yes, we would follow our established pattern of not doing full study schedule in December. The kids are doing one hour of study, and one hour of reading which is about a third of their normal load. They are using this time to work on the subjects that they want to finish. The rest of my week seemed to be spent in town between appointments and catching up with friends. Though this weekend is busy with Christmas parties and farewell parties (always a sad time of year here in our transient town as people leave), but I hope to get my head around my Christmas baking and start that next week. If that doesn’t happen, then there is always Coles!!

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Stop Being a Homeschool Mum

My encouragement to you this morning is fairly short – stop being a homeschool mum! Now, I’m not talking about sending your kids to school, but rather are you the mum that always points out the learning opportunities, that makes your kids sit up and look and learn wherever you go, that quizzes your kids as you walk down the street? We need to stop.

We need to be mum. Teaching is one aspect of being a mum, but there comes a time when we have to be broader than that. In fact there are many times where we need to put away the geography, the math, the history – and just be mum.

Be mum who is empathetic
Be mum who is fun
Be mum who is patient
Be mum who is relaxed
Be mum who is listening
Be mum who is interested in other stuff!

This is tricky, especially if you have taken on a lifestyle model of learning – your life is your platform for your kids to learn, so if you aren’t using those aspects of life, then you’ve got nothing. Or at least, that is what we feel. But chances are our kids don’t feel that way! Our kids want to be able to live life; they want to play.

And they need to play.
We all need to play (Mums need to play)

There are two aspects to play:

  1. We learn through play – kids discover heaps and consolidate skills during play. So often our kids don’t know they are learning – until we remind them by our subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) redirections, or questions, or suggestions.
  2. We relax and relate to others during play

So this is my encouragement – take some time off from being a homeschool mum – stop looking for those moments to teach them math in the kitchen, just cook with them; stop pausing the video to point out the geography lessons, just enjoy the story; stop insisting that art supplies are used a certain way, instead create something unexpected yourself!

My encouragement is an issue of balance – we do need to be intentional in using every opportunity to teach and train our kids, but we also need to be intentional to be a relational mum – a mum who is interested in the whole person of our children, a mum who is fun and loving to be with, just because you are mum.

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Blending Life with Lessons e-book - Does your everyday life challenge your homeschool ideas? This is my journey as I discover that it is possible to disciple my children in today's busy lifestyle.

Heart Focus Parenting book/e-book - A heart focused parent will keep their attention on their child's heart for God, instead of on external behaviours.

Restoring the Heart, Mind and Soul of Christmas Do your Christmas celebrations line up with what you believe? Do your celebrations help your children learn more about Jesus?

This e-book is based on a workshop I held for a couple of years to help families see that Christmas can be a significant tradition in our family life. If we are intentional about how our family celebrates we have the opportunity to use this time to teach our children about Jesus, and his love for each one of us.

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Until next week

Belinda Letchford
Living life with her kids in Australia!

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