We have had a trying homeschooling week. You know how it is if you’re a homeschooling parent. There have been lots of tears, attitudes and distraction from a certain little boy in our house. I was on the verge of giving up yesterday. Completely giving up. So much so that I pulled up my internet to look at more information on a local Christian school.
And then I stopped and thought, what on earth am I doing. I turned to my chalk board and said, “let’s try something we’ve never tried before”.
At the top I wrote “School Rules” and made 5 points for each rule.
I turned to look at him and said, “we know what the first one will be, to worship God in all we do.”
And so I wrote it down.
The list was then comprised of things he and I both have issues with, be it with each other, or with others.
2. Be kind. (Eph 4:32)
3. Do work without complaining or arguing. (Philpp 2:24)
4. No name calling.
5. No crying. (unless he’s bleeding or extremely sad etc. It’s ok to cry, but not whine.)
…and today I’m adding a new one.
Our kids act what they learn. Be it from us or TV. Someone has taught them to do what they do at some point. If we, ourselves, aren’t confident, then they aren’t confident. If someone has made them feel like they are inadequate, they’ll believe that over “you’re really smart” any day.
It’s true, what they say, words really do make a difference. Just think, God SPOKE, and life was born. Be careful what you say to your kids, to your spouse, to your friends and family. Because words can’t be taken back once you speak them.
Uplift your kids and spouse today. Make a CHOICE to use your words wisely. And if you have to, set some rules. It’s OK to set BOUNDARIES. In fact, it’s healthy. Because believe it or not, we could all use some rules in our household, and not those cutesy kinds you decorate the wall with.