2010 is just around the corner! How can this be? I have asked myself this question all week.
For some home-schoolers it is the start of their school year, but for most of us, we are starting up our second semester of school. Either way, it is a fresh start for most families.
Starting off on the right foot for the New Year can help everyone in the family. But I believe the mom is the one that needs the most encouragement. Kids are resilient, they can bounce back from a frustrating year in English or Math, but we moms, we tend to carry last year's fears and concerns with us into the new year.
So here are three things that should help ease a family into the new year with positive results.
Praise them- Be grateful for the good things that you see in your children. It is so easy to fall into the trap of constantly trying to "improve" or help guide kids rather than simply praising them for who they are. It is amazing to see what a little bit of praise will do.
Availability- being willing to listen to their concerns and questions can get very tiring and tedious. But as they grow up they will know where to turn when they have questions that could impact their lives. Building trust is a lifelong quality that takes lots of time and sacrifice.
Find support- home-schoolers are notorious for wanting to do it alone. We blaze new trails. Since we are going against the grain already, we find it hard to reach out for help when we need it. Even talking to another mom who is a home-schooler can make a huge difference, especially in the area of losing your mind. :)
I hope 2010 is a year of great strides not only in the education of your children, but in building relationships that will last a lifetime. Happy New Year!