Last week we talked about taking action. Action of some kind is better than standing still. At times, we may not take action for fear we don’t have what it takes or can’t decide on the right curriculum. Instead of being afraid, give them the best of what you’ve got available.
In our homeschools our children need guidance, resources, a place to learn. But what if a mom feels like she really doesn’t have much to offer? The answer is simple: Give them the BEST of what you’ve got even if what you’ve got is not a lot.
Moms are way too hard on themselves. Homeschooling moms are no exception. We give out all day long. We feel tapped out and don’t always take time to refuel. We have these kids relying on us for their meals and their lessons and their entertainment. We have friends and family we feel we need to prove ourselves to. We field questions like “Why aren’t these kids in school?” as we check out at the grocery store.
All this chips away at our confidence and our outlook. In my experience, giving to our children with the best we have available is more than enough to see them through to a high school diploma. Something happens when we put to use what we have available to us in the best way we can. It will bring about the best in us and in our children.
Are you low on energy because you’ve been up with the baby all night? A few minutes of focused attention after breakfast might be the BEST you can do today with the lessons you had planned. Curl up on the couch and watch an education video or let them listen to story tapes and color while you rest in the recliner nearby.
Have you had a cutback in the amount of money you can spend on school books? Use the BEST of what you have available on your shelves right now. There are tons of websites with resources available for download, some are printable, some can be used on computer or mobile device of your choice. Take a look, compare and choose the BEST option you find.
You don’t have a school room or designated space for ‘schooling’? Neither do we! Some families have the blessing of a separate room just for school lessons. Most of us don’t. When our family made our cross-country move, we spent 7 weeks living in a hotel. Rather than putting our lessons completely on hold, we made the BEST of the situation, getting creative with where and how we studied. On the days we had housekeeping come for a thorough cleaning we grabbed our tote full of school books and supplies and headed down to the lobby. There was plenty of room to spread out, and during daytime hours it was pretty quiet. The extra leg room and elbow room was nice and changing up the location rejuvenated us.
Crayons and scrap paper work just as well mechanical pencils and grade-specific writing pads when it comes to practicing spelling lessons or drawing skills. Empty cereal boxes or cast off plastic dish pans work great as shelf organizers and cost you nothing in comparison to the fancy-schmancy containers you find at the home stores. If that is what you have available, then make it work!
Offering the BEST of what you have will always be better than offering nothing. Using the BEST of the resources you have available will always be better, always be enough to do what you need to do and will meet needs of your children and your family.
There will be days when the BEST we have to offer is only a fraction of what we feel we should be offering. It happens to us all. When you decide to move forward anyway, take action and give it your BEST shot even when it’s imperfect, you and your children will be better off than sitting back and doing nothing.
We have so much information coming into our lives and our homes these days. Everyone has an idea of what is BEST and what is acceptable. In your home, you can choose what is BEST, for your family, in your situation, even when your BEST is different from everyone else’s.
Join me as I blog through the alphabet, sharing thoughts to encourage the homeschooling mom in her own homeschooling journey. Join me every Monday as we work our way from A to Z! You can click on the image below to see all the posts in the series.