I’ve heard this heartbreaking threat many times over in my journey as a homeschooler…mostly coming from my own mouth. I hated saying it. And I know my kids hated hearing it. My ominous warning in a raised voice would frustrate my husband. You have said it, too, I am sure. Or thought about it at the very least. When my kids get on my nerves after telling them to get ‘back to work’, I would threaten to send them to school. After trying this tactic for a number of years, I have come to realize that it simply does not work – at least not in the long term. So then I tried a different approach. I tried intentionally expressing my thankfulness to homeschool – to my kids and to my husband. While it hasn’t solved every single problem (my son continues to be the ‘class clown’), it sure has made a difference in my home. I am sharing this post over at A Little R & R. Here is how you can begin Cultivating Thankfulness in Your Homeschool.
Can I be completely honest here? If I may?
It seems that when we are in the “trenches”, we tend to view the other side as greener pastures. But the truth is that sending the kids to school will not magically solve our problems. It just doesn’t work that way. If we are struggling in our parenting, that challenge will still exist if our kids are at school – it may lessen somewhat because they are away from us for most of the day. But the root remains.
And when we fail to get rid of the root, then we fail to get rid of the problem.
To read more of this post, head on over to A Little R & R.
PS…there is a FREE printable at the end of the post to help foster thankfulness and gratitude in your home.
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