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Fact, I used to be one of those moms who thought that you had to keep your children occupied every minute of every day. So I had all our days mapped out and packed full of various activities every hour and every minute.
As a homeschooling mom, it became even more of an obsession for me to make sure that everything was completely mapped out. Striving to make sure that every single moment that they were awake that they were involved in some sort of learning activity. After all, who wants to discover that their child has missed out on some sort of concept that they may need later on.
Sure, it sounds great. After all, I am a firm believer in the fact that children need to have activities. I also firmly believe that homeschooling is more that textbooks, in fact, it is a lifestyle. The problem is that not only was I driving myself crazy but I was actually making my children extremely unhappy. Not to mention the fact that filling their schedules so full that I was actually holding them back from creating normal childhood memories.
Something I am learning as I continue on this motherhood journey is that my children need structure but structure does not mean a slam packed schedule. The fact is busy schedules don’t make happy children. Sure activities are great and they do make memories. However, memories can be made during even the most mundane activities. I am also learning that my children learn a lot more when I actually follow their lead and let them help make choices about what they are learning.
Don’t get me wrong, we still have extra activities. Our daughter is very unwavering on the fact that she wants to continue with dance and our boys are very firm on the fact that they simply enjoy karate way too much to let it go. It does mean however that those will be the only two extra activities that they will be participating in.
Instead, I want to make sure that I am creating memories. Memories that do not involve us rushing from one activity to the next. After all, I don’t want my children to be so busy that they are no longer able to enjoy their childhood.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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