Friday, June 25, 2010

Stopping to smell the flowers

Everyone once in a while I take some time and reflect on how lucky we are to homeschool our children.

Just yesterday I was watching the connections my 4 children all have with each other, such an amazing tight bond. I don't think it would be like this if my kids were not together all day, and taught the important value of a sibling. My son, at just 3, so kind and gentle with his 13 month old baby sister, hugging her gently, moving the hair that had fallen into her eyes softly away, saying in his cute toddler voice "You're so cute, You're so cute, You're so cute". (He likes to say it several times LOL).
All the kids but the baby were outside playing and she was standing there watching them through the open window. She began saying my older daughter's name, so clear as a bell. The kids came running to the window to applaud for her. She giggled and did a little dance in her excitement.
In the kitchen last night, while the older kids sat to have a snack before bed, the baby was walking around the kitchen island several times, without a fall. They came running to her and gave her a standing ovation. She was thrilled and begun to clap for herself as well with a huge smile on her face.

She is our last baby and we are all making sure to suck up every last moment of life through the eyes of a baby with her.

As she learns all these new things, I can't help but think of the new homeschooling Mom, or Dad, who has such doubt in themselves. Teaching your child to feed themselves, crawl, walk, talk, is such a testimony for the parent and their ability to homeschool. If we can teach them all that, everything else is gravy : )

Happy homeschooling!


redkitchen said...

What a sweet post! I also love the bonding that homeschooling allows our family. :)

Melissa said...

Awe thanks so much : )