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As moms, most of us expect motherhood to be both rewarding and challenging. What may catch us by surprise is that our children often teach us just as much as we teach them. Join this group of bloggers to learn what their children have taught them. And why not take a few minutes to reflect on the most important things that you have learned from your own children, as well?
I know there are many homeschooling parents who have wondered if they should send their children to school, particularly when it comes to high school. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to answer that question for you. I don’t know you, your child, or your school district. Even if I did, I could give you bad advice. What I can do is tell you what I learned from the process and tell you where to go for help in making the decision: God. He knows what is best for your child. He has proven Himself trustworthy to us. I believe He will for you, too.
Read more at What I Learned from Sending My Homeschooled Child to Public School by Melanie Wilson
Last Friday was the last day of the school year and the last day of our Great Homeschool Public School Experiment. Our kids were only in public school for seven months, but it really and truly felt like forever. Naturally, we sent the kids to public school to help them learn. The strange thing is that I think I learned even more than they did.
Read more at What My Homeschooled Children Taught Me About Public School by Selena D. Robinson
We are a family of mostly girls – four of them, to be exact. But we do have one son – he is fourth in the birth order. I don’t know what they say about fourth-born kids, but I do know what they say about boys and the rate at which they mature compared to girls. And I have come to the conclusion that they’re right. It has taken me years to fully realize it, though. So this post is a warning, or at least a recounting of a lesson learned the hard way, for anyone who thinks they know better than conventional wisdom, like I thought I did.
Read more at What My Son Has Taught Me About Academics vs. Maturity by Ann
My plans last summer were beautiful. This was to be the last year my oldest son was a part of my classical homeschool, after all it’s his senior year. It’s also my youngest child’s first year homeschooling. He’s four. I dreamt of mummifying a chicken with all my children. Guess what! Plans change. Instead it became obvious by October that my homeschool was no longer meeting my oldest son’s needs.
Read more at The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men by Sara Dennis
April is Autism Awareness Month, but any special needs mom will tell you that we don’t need a designated month to make us aware of autism. No, the “awareness” is for the rest of the world — the ones who don’t really know what autism is, haven’t heard of it (is that possible?), have misconceptions about it, stereotypes, prejudices, or just don’t give it a second thought. I’d like to ask everyone to give it a second thought now as the month draws to a close.
Read more at 5 Things I’ve Learned from Being an Autism Mom by Sara Panning
I don’t make it a secret that I was a very reluctant homeschooling mother. When my husband mentioned homeschooling eight years ago, I thought he was a crackpot. Thank goodness I listened to him. As we begin to wrap up our second year of homeschooling, I’m amazed at how much my children have learned. Even more amazing? The lessons they have taught ME.
Read more at What I’ve Learned While Homeschooling Twin Boys by Dianna Kennedy
There is beauty in imperfection. There is grace in unfinished to-do’s. There is conviction in the correction of our children. There is a curiosity and love of learning that is reborn in our older souls. When God calls us to homeschool, He calls us to so much more. Docendo Dicimus: We learn by teaching. Teach because you learn, too.
Read more at Docendo Discimus: Teach in Order to Learn by Lara Molettiere
One thing I’ve learned as a parent: each child is different. I know, not exactly a groundbreaking thought right there. But I have 4 daughters, and while some of their similarities are striking, their differences are what catch my attention. Two of my daughters are most likely Introverts, as I am. At least one of them may be an INTJ (which would be funny because that’s supposedly the rarest type for females. To have two of us in one house would be wild).
Read more at INTJ Mom / ESFP Daughter: Teaching Each Other by Karen
Do you ever have those “Ah-ha!” moments when you feel like God just hit you between the eyes with something that now seems so obvious? You know, those “why didn’t I think of that earlier” times. Well, welcome to my life. I’m a homeschool mom with five kids. About seven years ago I “volunteered” for this job of educating my kids at home. We pulled them out of public school, bought a bunch of workbooks, loaded up on library books, and jumped in. Full steam ahead.
Read more at Who is Teaching Whom? 3 Lessons I’ve Learned from My Kids by Kristi Clover
Hello there, mama. You look tired. Has this been a day? Trust me, I know those days. Come here and sit down for a minute. I want to tell you the story about a photo. Let me set the scene: a Monday evening in late January of last year. My husband had been working like a dog for over a week. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I had barely seen him for days. The kids were just getting over their latest in a series of winter illnesses and they were post-sick crabby and tired.
Read more at On Motherhood by Cait Fitz
My son is gifted. When you read gifted just now, what popped into your head? Do you think I’m bragging? Do you picture my son as a budding prodigy? Do you assume that I’m a Tiger Mom, and that my husband and I have hot-housed him since birth? Do you imagine my son performing well in school? Do you assume he must be easy to parent? Do you think we’re lucky? My son is gifted, and it’s not what you think. Gifted is a loaded term.
Read more at 7 Things I’ve Learned from Raising a Gifted Child by Cait Fitz
Time matters. It sounds simple, but that’s the most important thing I’ve learned from my kids. They need time. Time to be kids. Time to play. Time to explore. Time to enjoy. Time to learn. Time to be together. Time to rest. We need time, too. Time matters and it’s why we’re advocates for the lifestyle we have through homeschooling. It gives us the opportunity to make the most of our time.
Read more at The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned from My Kids by Emily Copeland
Apraxia is just part of our normal now. It’s how we do this beautiful mess of a life together. There are changes that happen when you first get the diagnosis. There can be other diagnoses that get lumped on your head before, at the same time, or after Apraxia. You learn as you begin to navigate the waters of parenting a child with special needs that there is power in the word yet. And you learn truths about yourself, your child, and the world around you.
Read more at 5 Truths Apraxia Will Teach You by Lara Molettiere
I want to tell you, mom, that what you do matters. These moments, these memories, these tiny blessings you give to your child every day, sometimes without either of you knowing, they matter. So much! That extra minute it takes to turn on the fireplace, it matters. That mess you made trying a new craft that totally bombed? It matters. Stopping the hectic dinner rush madness to welcome your husband into the chaos with a hug and a kiss, it matters. Wiping noses, washing boo boos, helping make a train, dragging yourself out of bed for the child who is not aware 5 am is too early to play, it all matters.
Read more at Being Just a Mom by Lara Molettiere
Learning is merely a one-dimensional aspect in the homeschool world. Teacher teaches. Child learns. That’s it, call it a day. Right?? Wrong! There are many days in which I am the student and my daughter is the teacher. I glean words of wisdom from her as we meander the pathway of math problems to literature readings. It’s a fact, her words touch my heart, so join along as I share five of her sayings along with lessons learned.
Read more at 5 Homeschool Life Lessons I’ve Learned from My Daughter by Jennifer Humble
When you’re a parent, you learn a lot about your children. When you’re the parent of a child with special needs, you learn even more. Like all parents, you’re getting to know this person with her particular strengths, challenges, and personality. But if the child has a special need, whether mental, neurological, or physical, you must also learn all you can about that particular challenge. And then you learn how to adapt to it.
Read more at Raising Bipolar Children: 5 Things I’ve Learned About Myself by Michelle Cannon
One of the surprising things about being a home educator is how much we, the parents, learn. Of course we learn some new things while participating in studies with our children, but we learn so much more than that. We learn lessons about homeschooling. We learn about our children. We learn about ourselves.
Read more at 10 Things Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Has Taught Me About Myself by Michelle Cannon
There are days when I look around and think, “Yes. This is the learning life I’ve always wanted.” Not that it’s a perfect life… but it’s a good one (and it’s taken me years to come to terms with the difference between the two). Funny—I don’t find myself thinking this when we’re out doing “purposeful” homeschooling things like co-ops, special classes, etc. Instead, I usually find those most joyous moments of the learning life when I least expect them.
Read more at What Mommy Learned This Year: The Secret to a Simply Happy Learning Life by Alicia Michelle
My daughter is an amazing individual. She is creative, empathetic, and funny. And she is very different from me. Those differences cause me a low level of ongoing anxiety primarily in the areas of messiness and lack of organization. Yes, visible messes make me feel anxious. I can’t work when my desk is cluttered and jumbled. I can’t cook until the sink is cleared and the counters are empty. But Emma is not bothered by messes.
Read more at What My (Messy) Artist Daughter Has Taught Me by Jimmie Lanley
Being a parent is hard work. There are no right answers that apply to every child. You have to learn about your child, how he responds best, what motivates him, and what scares him. Basically, you need to be a student of your child. That is not an easy assignment! My daughters have taught me so much.
Read more at The Most Important Lesson I Learned from My Child by Crystal Wagner
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