February 16, 2013

A Homeschool Family

First of all, I have to apologize for being MIA in recent months.  It seems that the day I was supposed to contribute would always come… and then it was gone before I realized that it was even here. 

I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy back in November so I have been a little preoccupied.  He’s perfect (and HUGE) and we are so blessed to have him in our family.

The following video is one that I ran across a little while ago and thought it was cute.  Hope you enjoy it as well. 

I’ve been loving all of the fantastic posts that have been popping up in my feed.  I especially loved the one from yesterday about taking time for yourself.  Being a little selfish and taking time to cultivate your own hobbies and interests instead of always being so focused on the kids and homeschooling.  It’s hard not to let the homeschooling take over our thoughts when we know that it’s for the good of our children.  After all, we are trying to educate them! 

Since Christmas I have really been trying to do more of that… learning new things, that is.  My parents got us a keyboard for Christmas.  The kids used to take piano lessons until we hit a rough patch and had to sell the piano in order to pay bills.  They were so sad and it broke my heart to have to pull them out of something they loved so much.  As you can imagine, the keyboard has become the best/favorite gift of all.  My two oldest girls picked right up where they left off and are now teaching themselves to play beyond what they had already learned.  The youngest of my girls is learning from her older sisters and is actually doing quite well.

And do you know who else is teaching herself to play?  That’s right, ME!!  I took a couple years of lessons as a kid but didn’t really get very far with it.  It’s been so fun learning the notes again and familiarizing myself with it once again.  That has been my selfish moment most days. 

Sorry about the little tangent.  That post really got me thinking and wondering if I am really taking the time I need for myself.  Time that I need to be the best homeschool mom I can be.   I dare say that I am taking the TIME but maybe not using it to it’s full potential. 

Something to be worked on for sure….. No more WASTING the time that I could be using to better myself.

Brooke and her husband Anthony just recently expanded their family with the arrival of baby #6 and couldn’t be happier about it! She loves being at home with her six children and learning along with them as they explore the world and the gospel. Brooke also likes to try her hand at cooking and crafting and someday hopes to be what would be considered a Domestic Diva. Read her adventures at Babblin’ Brooke

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Camie said...

Congrats on your newest addition to your family. How fun!

It sounds like you are developing, or re-developing a talent and that's something each mom should strive for, because as our children watch us take the time to learn a new skill or polish one we already have, they will want to follow our example. Thanks for the post!

Debbie Preece said...

I have been a speaker at many national Christian home school conventions and a vendor of a book called: From Combat Zone to Love at Home: The Happy Face Token System. It is a result of being a desperate mom trying to do my best and finding I didn't have the skills to find joy in my journey of motherhood. After a desperate mommy prayer, Heavenly Father enlightened my mind to a very unique understanding of parenting in the Garden of Eden. I found this program was adaptable for all children, the more strong-willed the better. It allowed them to feel the desire to comply and learn as it gave me 'built-in consistency' to teach and run a household. After my children left home, I wrote the book and included all the charts that really work and defined the system that was heaven sent to my home where the children started calling me, the best mommy in the world and they did what I asked them to do happily, the first time asked! Homeschoolers love this program because it helps define the role between 'mom' and 'teacher'. I would love to send you a copy for review. Please take a look at my website: http://christcenterdparenting.com

Deila Taylor said...

Taking time for yourself, is very difficult, but as you point out, so needed. I understand the sacrifice of the piano, we had to sell many valuables as well to stay afloat the last few years. We used a keyboard for 4 of my kids -- and later one of them came home from his mission playing even better than when he left.