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 I Totally Want to Quit! (But I Won’t.)
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Hey Mama,
Do you feel like quitting today? Here are
25 reasons
why you shouldn’t give up.
And remember …
No trial too big, no pain too deep, no fear too great, no hurdle too high. With The Lord all things are possible. He keeps and sustains us. He watches over His own.

Those of you who are struggling right now with great trials, here is what is important: Be found faithful at the end of that trial. Never wavering or growing faint. Never exasperated or spent. Never giving up.

He’s not just part of our life. He IS our life.

Be found faithful, Mama. Keep enduring. His hand is on your head tonight. And never forget He will help you when you feel like quitting.

This lifetime journey is so temporary. But what we do with it means everything. Eternity is what matters.
~ gena
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Dear Friends,
When it comes to homeschooling, have you ever felt like quitting? I think if we could all sit around a table and talk together, we would be surprised at how much we have in common when it comes to this idea! We would laugh with deep relief as we discovered we weren’t the only ones harboring thoughts of an easier path. . . And then, with the freedom that comes from being real, we could actually think honestly about why we homeschool.
For me, my decision to homeschool came when I was pregnant with our first child. A friend handed me a book about homeschooling, and I found the whole concept utterly entrancing! Pictures of perfect days with perfect children danced through my head. . . You probably know how long that image lasted! You’re absolutely right, it popped after just a few days of teaching my kindergarten student at home (with two younger children who kept me hopping). I began to discover that kids learn differently than I expected, they struggled with things I enjoyed, and they enjoyed things that were outside my comfort zone.
And, being a novice homeschooler, I followed the model of school in my head. We had a desk, an apple, and an American flag. I knew when we would have reading, writing and recess. I had all my ducks in a row, but my son wasn’t interested in ducks.
After a month of struggling with increasing difficulties, like making boring textbooks palatable, I was struck by the question my son asked. “Mom, do we HAVE to keep doing this?” I quietly put all the kindergarten books away, and discreetly went back to doing the things we had been doing before: reading fun books, playing with play dough, taking walks, cooking together, playing with music, and enjoying everyday life.
It took three years of trying this start-and-stop approach to homeschool before it dawned on me that he loved learning a LOT more when we quit doing artificial, formal school. When he had a chance to really engage with material, to freely ask as many questions as he wanted and dig into answers, and to follow his interests down the rabbit trails, my son loved learning.
Which brings me back to the idea of quitting. In the three years that I tried to force him into a narrow educational box, I felt like quitting every day. It was hard, it was distasteful, and I was failing miserably as a “teacher.” But, to my utter surprise, when we finally discovered the freedom to learn in ways that were appealing to my son, homeschool became an adventure and a joy.
And, who wants to quit when you love what you’re doing?
Remember, dear friends, stay relational!
Diana

 

P.S. Today’s video blog:
Should Learning Be Fun?

The Familyman 

You wanna quit homeschooling? Hey, we all wanna quit homeschooling. That’s natural when you’re doing something worthwhile. But let me tell you something: “Don’t you dare!”
Right now, my wife is sloshing through the “I don’t want to be doing this” quagmire. Two days ago I asked her, “So, how did school go today?”
I knew what her answer was going to be before she spoke. She had responded with the same two-syllable word-answer for the last several days.
“Pointless,” she said. From previous conversations I knew what she meant. “The kids are never going to get it . . . they’re not learning anything of value . . . I’m wasting my time . . . they don’t even care . . . they’re dumb!”
I knew she was suffering from “wrong-perspective-itis.” The truth was and is . . . that our kids are learning tons, a little at a time, just like the Bible says, “. . . precept upon precept; line upon line . . .” (Isaiah 28:10).
Sure it looks “pointless” at times, but moms spending time with their children is far from pointless . . . it’s significant and world-impacting.
Oh, I know I won’t be able to convince you, but take my word for it. You’re doing important stuff every day, and your children are going to be so thankful that you homeschooled them, one day. So don’t quit . . . ever.
Take a deep breath and smile!
And be real,
Todd

familyman@familymanweb.com

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