These past few days have been rough on all of us. The grocery stores are full of people, and void of normal items. Moms and dads are working from home. Kids are home from school. Can we turn this into a positive time for our families?
Yes, I think we can turn this time into a positive experience for all. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the fact that even though my kids are home with me all the time, I still don’t take making time for creativity seriously. It’s always that we have to do “real schoolwork” first. By the time we’re done the curriculum work, there is never enough time to be creative. I don’t like that about how I am raising them.
A day or two ago, they dug out their knitting and sewing. Seeing them work on the things they love to do did my heart good. In fact, I modified their history today, just so they could focus on making while they learned about George Washington. It was cool.
Apparently, the store didn’t have a shortage of seeds and dirt. One of my daughters loves to grow things. I tend to see it as mostly just a mess. But today, we bought seeds and dirt and a tray to grow her seeds. I am so happy to see her busy on the back patio!
I think what I need, maybe what we all need, is to slow down a little and enjoy this time together. Whether our kids are normally at school, or homeschooled, maybe the math can be put aside some days. Maybe we can grow some seeds and call it science? I don’t have any answers. I only know that when my kids are making something with their hands, they are happy.
What do you think? Any tips to share with us on how to balance a textbook and creativity? Please comment below.
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