Homeschooling is all about choices. And comparing.
Don’t worry, I’m not recommending the dangerous, dissatisfying, frustrating (anti-God-way, may I say) kind of comparing.* When we compare to the neighbors – in the Good Samaritan sense of every homeschooler is our neighbor – we get in trouble.
However, I do think comparing has a place in the education of our children. Nothing wrong with comparing where your childred were a year ago to where they are now, and where you’d like to see them in a year or so, learning commensurate to their abilities. I think that form of comparing is called wise planning.
And with wise planning, we can experience Homeschool Contentment no matter what our neighbors are doing, or not doing.
Along the lines of contentment and planning, I want to add a controversial thought. One that might get me in trouble, but one that burns on my front burner more than maybe it ought. Or maybe it ought. For our own children’s contentment.
We shouldn’t hold our children back just because we refuse to conform to arbitrary societal standards. <——- Click to Tweet
Let’s let them learn commensurate to their ability on both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between.
Struggling with Contentment?
Although we experience plenty of mud in our lemon pie lives, I do think there is a place of contentment available. But only in God. And at the high price of the cross of His son. And at the cost of our own expectations.
Some days are easier to join Him on the cross than others. Alongside the Bible, I highly recommend The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (Kindle version – only 99 cents, at time of this writing), a book so much more helpful than many personal happiness pursuits, American or otherwise. It’s amazing how hearts have little changed in 400 years.
As Billy the Bass would say – if he were Biblical – Don’t Worry, Be Content!
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13: 5
If we have Him, what else do we really need?
REALITY CHECK: Although Mondays R4 Homeschooling and Sundays are for resting, I’m posting this on Sunday night so I can focus on focusing tomorrow. Yay for Homeschool Parent-Teacher Planning Days! I’m not only content to sit with a planner over a cup of coffee, I’m happy to do it! 🙂
*For more on the Compare-O-Meter, be sure to read, The Normal Homeschool Experience.