Congratulations! You survived the first six weeks of school!
Whether it has been a struggle or a piece of cake, I challenge you to do three things:
- Rely on the Lord for guidance. He equips us to fulfill this high calling of Christian parenthood, and apart from His power, we are helpless!
- Remember why you chose this model. A common thread for most families is that we want extra time with our children so that we can provide a strong foundation for their spiritual development alongside their academic development. Having our children at home three days per week provides the relational setting to do as the Bible says in Deuteronomy 6:7, “You shall teach them (God’s commandments) diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
- Find time to do something fun or relaxing! If you and your spouse need some time away from the kids, make a date, find a sitter, and go! Or, if your family needs to spend some time together not doing schoolwork, plan something fun and celebrate the six-week milestone!
If I could, I would give each of you a high five and a pat on the back! I’ve been where you are, and I know that one day you will look back on these elementary years and treasure them just as I do now that my kids are “grown.”
Amy Carmichael said it so beautifully, “Now you are deep in what seems to me a peculiarly selfless service. The spiritual training of children must be that. You work for the years you will not see. You work for the Invisible all the time, but you work for the Eternal. So it is all worthwhile.”