Lately this has been on my mind alot, especially as the world we live in becomes busier and more complicated, offering endless opportunities, more than we can possibly pursue. It becomes necessary to prioritize and to limit both our commitments and our children's involvements.
Parents today struggle with peer pressure to have their kids involved in everything. Or at least something.
As a parent, I believe one of our foundational tasks is to help our children to discover their unique place in the world. "I see this quality in you. It's valuable for _____ and God may want to use you to ______". We must be a student of our child.
Rather than a list of do's and don'ts, to illustrate I will just share an example from our own family. We have one child who plays the piano, an interest requiring an enormous investment of time. When this skill is fully developed, it will be useful for ministry and for providing an income. But at this point, after many years, it still costs money and restricts her from being able to work. So we help her.
On the other hand, I know people who have skill in playing piano simply because they were forced to practice as a child. If they don't enjoy it, they usually don't use the skill to serve. Could it be that child would have been better served by being allowed to choose dance class, volleyball, or a job?
It's good to expose your child to a variety of opportunities. It's also good not to stack them on top of each other. Do you need to let go of some expectations for your child? Or is there something God is showing you that you need to allow your child to try?
"I suppose we are all ready to admit that
it is not the things we do, but the things we fail to do, which fatigue us,
with the sense of omission, with the worry of hurry in overtaking our
tasks" (Vol. 1, p. 146). Charlotte Mason, Vol. 1, p. 146, via Simply Charlotte Mason.
Stress. It's killing us. And I have said for a long time it's caused more by what we don't get done, but feel we ought, than by productive busy-ness.
Well, the Simply Charlotte Mason folks are declaring July 19th the day for a Planning Getaway. Details on the Loganville, Georgia, event here
. Or set your own date and plan your own getaway.
I'm kinda sad to be done with home schooling. More on that later.
Admittedly this is kind of a trick question. Because the rest of the question that's been bouncing around in my mind for a few weeks now is this: or are you training your kids to serve God? More properly stated:
Am I serving my kids or am I training them to serve God?
The differences can be subtle:
How are you training your kids to use their talents to serve?
- How's my attitude about them having to invite a friend to Awana? Do I try to get them out of the requirement or do I help them see bringing friends to the Savior as a lifestyle?
- What about their friends? Am I content with them having a group of nice Christian friends or do I stretch them to look out for the lonely?
Do you ever wonder why I post somewhat educational guy videos here? It beats storing them forever in email.
See this amazing youtube
where a Michigan guy figures out (and demonstrates) how tons and tons and tons of rocks and blocks can be lifted without fossil fuels.
My hero works in the field of architecture. This is fascinating stuff.
I've been having so much fun with the party
at my everyday blog
, I wanted to keep it going over here.
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Now, what's for dinner?
Easiest Ever Chicken Adobo
(adapted from Sunset magazine
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or 3 large breasts
6 cloves of garlic, pressed
2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 14 oz can coconut milk
1 tsp whole black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1. put everything in the crockpot.
2. if you had the forethought to thaw the chicken, cook for half a day.
3. if not, cook all day.
4. or cook on high.
Serve with rice. Or whatever.
This is not hot
unless you happen to bite down on a peppercorn and chew it up without anything else in your mouth.
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