Homeschooling boys with multiples ages is fun. I learn how to help them grow into responsible adults is part of the road. This homeschool week has been an adventure. Some days flow really well, and others….not so well. If you have children, and homeschool, you know that is the case.
Mom’s mood also plays a big part in the day. When I awoke on this morning it was a rainy, cloudy, dreary day. That in itself did not put a smile on my face.
Rainy days means that everyone will be inside ALL DAY. No fun. Our day began as always with breakfast at 8:00 am. Even though I did not feel like it and wanted to just curl up with a blanket and movie, that was NOT going to happen. So breakfast was on the table at 8:00 am.
Each day we have a different “leader” for the day so that quarrels will be cut to a minimum. The leader helps with all meal prep and gets to be first at prayer, leaving the house, etc. It was just a quick idea that I wrote on the board one day to keep peace. It stuck. My leader helped me prepare cereal and set the table. It is nice to work alongside of my children or watch them handle it on their own.
Having my daily leader also teaches and trains the children in areas that I need help. Training children to be helpers is a huge portion of our day. Even though I have boys they are learning to cook, clean, fold laundry etc. It may not be quick cleaning, but it is cleaning. Not only that but we work on character traits such as compassion, integrity, honesty and much more.
Raising our children to be strong, independent people of this next generation is important, and for me I want to know that my boys will be able to handle whatever situation that life throws them whether good or bad. I want my children to look to God for his help and leadership.
Raising Strong Boys:
- Leaders in the community
- Ability to maintain a household
- Biblical leaders
As a mother if my children grow up with at least half of these traits and qualities I will feel that my job was done correctly.
How to teach consistency? Model it. Have a schedule and stick to it, even if you don’t feel like it. If there is a life change happening come as close to the everyday routine as possible.
Compassion is a trait that is disappearing from our youth. Homeschool allows us to incorporate into our children the strong, but compassionate trait.Think of ways they can show compassion to others’ in community or church. Yard work for an elderly person who is sick, or just visiting them a few times to give them company.
Homeschool children can become great leaders in the community by stepping up to volunteer for positions, or going with you to any neighborhood meetings. Take them to a few political meetings. Introduce them to the ladder of politics. Help change our world with honest leaders who follow God.
Boys and girls can learn how to manage a home, and it is important. As we homeschool each day allow them to manage a part of the home. This “used” to be called home Ec. but has been eliminated in a lot of areas. It used to be important to clean your home and cook, but now take out is important to learn.
My oldest son can cook, clean, and take care of his siblings. He has changed many a diaper and played many floor games with the baby while I cook. All of my boys are learning how to interact with kids in a positive way to keep them happy. Playtime is important for both to build relationships and grow.
Biblical leaders are necessary to carry on what we have been asked to do. Homeshooling allows more options of biblical leadership. Volunteering when they get older can be part of a mentorship.
Take them to youth group, but encourage participation. At home have them lead Bible studies or prayer, and refer to them as the spiritual leader for the evening. Put it in their mind that they are to lead others’ in a spiritual Godly way.
Teach honesty at all times. Lying is not allowed on any level and give biblical references of what God’s opinion is of a liar.
Encourage your children and find other ideas or tips on my Pinterest board.