We had a great first day of homeschool! We got everything done! I’m a little shocked. The kids even behaved themselves. Mostly.
We ran into a snag when Number 1 got really grouchy that the girls across the street couldn’t play. I was a little on edge from dealing with that, Number 2 whining about wanting to ride bikes outside by herself, Number 3 throwing a tantrum because Number 2 woke her up from a nap, and trying to feed Number 4 so I could get her down for a quick afternoon nap.
I went to close the garage door and it broke. The emergency release pull had mysteriously wrapped itself around the track. Caleb convincingly repeated that he didn’t do it. After about 30 minutes of me being upset about the whole thing, I sternly explained to Caleb that if daddy came home and figured out that the only plausible explanation is that he had accidentally swung the pull over the track and insisted on lying to us, he was going to be in big BIG trouble. Like spanking big trouble.
And so he confessed. I really hate that it had to get to that point. There is much work to be done on the topic of lying.
I reviewed the 10 commandments and how telling the truth is one of God’s biggest rules. And then I said that he should not be so worried about making us angry but more be concerned with making God angry.
Oh boy. Then he started crying uncontrollably and I felt so awful. So I reassured him that he wasn’t getting a spanking and I was proud of him for finally telling me the truth. And then he said “I’m not scared of getting a spanking anymore! I’m scared that I’m not going to heaven now!!!”
I was speechless for a few seconds and just hugged him. Then I explained about God’s special considerations with kids (which I really don’t know about but I’m sure there must be, right?). It’s our responsibility to teach him God’s way and his responsibility to follow it. Now he knows and he’ll have to try harder.
So my verdict on the first day of homeschool is that homeschool doesn’t end at English, Math and Science. Also, I have just as much to learn as Caleb. My responsibility to raise him properly is greater now that I don’t have the government to rely on. I get to focus on what is most important to our family. Since religion is not important in public school, it has by default taken a backseat in our home.
I’m so excited about the possibilities to grow along with Caleb into a better family.
P.S. Even though Shane can’t get the tire back on a 12″ kiddie bike tire rim, he’s excellent at fixing garage doors. Love that guy!
How was your homeschool day?
What time do you start school?
Do sometimes feel like you are learning just as much as (or more than) your kids?