Cookie! Ok, not really. (Well, it is but I’m not Cookie Monster, so, moving on…)
At first I thought I would talk about “character training.” We have had some really great discussions, and I mean really GREAT ones, coming out of our character “classes.” For Instruction in Righteousness has proved to be a valuable tool for topically finding bible verses for whichever character trait we are studying. But then… I realized that I pretty much already covered this when I talked about “Virtues” back on the letter V. Well, snap!
I suppose I could just discuss “conversation,” about how important it is to have good, real, deep conversation with your kids. I’d basically be “talking about talking” and well, I talk so much someone who knows me in real life is sure to make a joke about that. = p It is, by the way. Conversation, I mean. Really important. Really.
Of course one of the first things I thought of was COFFEE. I mean, Coffee gets me through my homeschool day! That, and God. “God and coffee. Carrying homeschool moms everywhere.”
Aha! A lightbulb moment.
C is for CONVICTION.
Because you know what, Mommas?? Homeschooling is hard work. Don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t. And let me also tell you that there are lots of dropouts. Why is that? It gets too hard. They aren’t convinced they’re good enough to teach. They catch flack from friends and family. The state regulations are too demanding. They get overwhelmed trying to teach multiple grades, or have babies and homeschool, or take care of chores and math at the same time, or whatever.
And getting through all that hard stuff, besides God and coffee, requires CONVICTION.
“I’m going to push through all of this hard stuff come rain, sleet or snow because everything worth doing takes hard work and it’s worth it.”
“I’m going to learn what I need to learn and practice getting better at what I need to get better at because my kids are worth it.”
“I’m going to keep my head up and press on in spite of criticism because the end result is worth it.”
“I’m going to keep up with state regulations, take mental health breaks, teach the kids to pitch in, delegate and get help where I need it and do whatever I have to do because this is what we’ve decided to do and seeing it through will all be worth it!”
Conviction. “A fixed or firmly held belief, opinion, etc.”
Coffee, God, and CONVICTION carry me through my day. What about you?
This is a part of the ABC’s of Homeschooling by Dawn @ The Momma Knows.
I want a T-shirt that says that: “God and coffee. Carrying homeschool moms everywhere.” If you make one, let me know. I would wear that.
And Conviction. I love that you are using it in the sense of perseverance. Perseverance is, in my opinion, one of the great character traits, and under utilized and under talked about, character traits. Love this post! (But I really want that T-shirt.)
Cristy, I’ll that to my list of things to make. =)
I’ve long wanted to make some homeschooling t-shirts and signs with clever quips.. for some reason I seem to be short on time. Why is that do you suppose? 😉
I love that you us the USPS motto (even though our carriers refuse to deliver when it snows). We can persevere better than the USPS! God can help us through!
I’m with Christy! I want a t-shirt with “God and coffee. Carrying homeschool moms everywhere.”, too.
Love it Amber! Great post!! ( and let me tell you all… She DOES talk a LOT in real life!! Lol! But, she is fun to talk to! Love ya Amber!! 😉