Guarding their time

This post has to do with a conversation I had with a friend. Last night, the thoughts were hers, but they’re one’s I’ve had before, and appreciated having to think about again.

One of the things that I’ve enjoyed the most about homeschooling is the freedom I’ve had to do life with people. If someone called and invited us over, dropping what we were doing or putting it off till later that day seemed an easy enough thing to do.

…only we usually didn’t get around to doing it later, and then we’d lost a day of study. Well, no matter, right? Like most years, I’d just planned on homeschooling through the summer to catch up. It’s not like you can do much else outside in 120 degrees. Except, I’m not homeschooling through the summer this year. Being unexpectedly pregnant and nauseous has changed all those plans. *sigh* Reminds me of that verse that says instead of us saying with certainty what we’re going to do in the future, that we should instead be saying “As the Lord wills…” we shall do this or that.

So, the plans of this woman have been thwarted… and rightly so. It was pure lack of resolve that got me here. Resolve to finish what we’d started for the school year in a timely manner. And I’m really not a stickler for getting all the way through text books, but trust me… I had more to do. So, what my friend said to me yesterday finally hit home.

It’s not fair to my kids to put off what is so important to their education… not even for some social interaction (and if I’m honest, it was always as much for me as for them. I need to see another adult now and again 🙂 ).

So this year, I’m going to guard their time. I’m going to be jealous for their education until they know enough to be so for themselves. I will set aside certain hours in the day for school and protect them. I will not multitask during this time period by doing housework, working on my book, or checking fb. I have a whole semester to set the tone before the baby comes. There again will be a time of change, but not in my resolve. I may be cuddling, nursing or toting around a newborn, but I won’t give up their time… I mean, if the Lord wills, I will set aside the time He directs me to set aside 😉 and then guard it like a she-wolf!

That sounds a bit extreme, but I won’t do it if I guard it like a golden retriever. Nope. LIKE A SHE-WOLF!!! That’s right, baby. …like a big, fat, lumbering, pregnant she-wolf. I’m really hoping uncomfortable and grumpy translates to resolve and tenacity. Lord, help me, I’m going to need You to create a refined me!!! 🙂

Any homeschooling mamma’s out there who’ve already learned this lesson and can offer me up some good advice? Wolves run in packs you know. Help a sister out 😉

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4 comments

  1. Momma, be that she-wolf and write and tell us about it. I enjoyed your story, your dedication, and the words of strength.

    God bless.

    P.S. I just bought one of your books. I look forward to reading it. 🙂

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  2. Yeah, I’ve been haVing the same thoughts as I plan for this coming school year. It’s been easier with only one of my kids in school, but with my middle now starting officially, it’s time to buckle down. It won’t be as easy to Find time to catch up on two lessons instead of one. Like you said, gotta be a she-wolf. For me, it’s an issue of planning ahead, instead of doing everything on the fly. It’s not easy for me. Doesn’t come naturally, but it’s got to be done.

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