We could all use some help with our vision at times.
And yesterday was the day
I adjusted Collin's vision.
Let me paint the not-so-glamorous-picture
of how our "back from the holidays" first day went
(the short version - the real version took about 2 1/2 hours):
I happily go in to wake the little 12 year old cherub
from his "plenty of rest" night's sleep, at 8:00am.
I go back and back and back and back,
until he finally realizes my tone of voice
is getting more gruff by the minute.
Short of yanking him out of bed, I've turned
on lights and done everything I know to do
(and still maintain his dignity and mine),
and he finally swings his feet over the edge
and it's like he's been drugged for days or something.
For the next hour and a half, I kid you not,
I am having to stay on him
to complete his morning "list"
and get ready for school.
By this time, all my "I've had my quiet time and coffee and I'm happy" mood
has all but disappeared.
(Parenting EXPERTS do NOT write snarky comments
telling me all the things I've just done incorrectly!
I have an 18 year old - been there, done that,
this is a different child!)
by the time this lethargic, sulky child
gets to the table for school,
I have reached my limit.
What do you think I did?
Well, I did what any true homeschooling mom does.......
I pulled out my best "yellow school bus" threats and
went to town!
Yep! That's right! I'm shameless (well, I do feel kind of bad about it now),
but yesterday it was needed!
We were already running so far behind schedule and I was too mad not to lecture,
so for about 20 more minutes I gave Collin the "yellow school bus" threat,
the speech about what a privilege it is for him to be a homeschooler, what a tragedy it would
be for him to have to sit in a school building all day,
when he can finish his work at home in 2 hours.
I went through what a blessing it is for him to be at home
and how God has richly blessed us by allowing me
to be at home for 18 years.
When I got done with the
threats encouragement, I proceeded to
pull out the Bible words, such as laziness and obedience,
just to drive home all my points.
By the time I was finished
his face looked repentant (or he was about
to fall back to sleep),
so I calmed down.
I could see that I had made some progress
(he must be a genius to have made sense
from all of that!),
and we needed to move on.
I have to say......after that.......
I had a different child for the rest of the day!
I know what you're thinking!
"Sure, anyone would be different after seeing that you're a lunatic!"
Believe it or not, he really did need an adjustment to his vision
about being at home; just maybe a little bit of a gentler version, but nonetheless,
he needed an adjustment.
You see, sometimes those of us who are at home (even moms),
forget what a privilege this is!
We may fuss because we want a day off; we have too much to do.
Or the kids fuss because they don't "want to do school!"
what we have forgotten is what a blessing it is!
This is not a "have to" - it's a "get to"!!
We get to stay at home with our kids!
We get to teach them what's important in life and education!
We get to walk outside in the cool crisp air during our morning break,
and talk with our teens at 10:00am over smoothies in the kitchen!
Moms, this is a privilege!
So, today, when your kids throw you off your schedule,
and nothing goes as planned,
maybe you should just go with it.
Take a few minutes to point out
what needs to be worked on, changed, adjusted,
in attitude and deeds,
then take your child by the hand,
get some fresh air,
and count it all joy!
you are living
Press on my friends!
Hope you have a great "get to" day!