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New Year – New Vision

New Year's resolutions are fleeting things, leaving our minds with the next distraction. Rather than making resolutions, seek renewal. Renewal of yourself, physically, mentally and emotionally – and renewal of your approach and attitude.

Here are a few ideas to consider as we approach 2011:

1. Worry less. How many things we worry about actually happen? Too few to consider.

2. Teach subjects together. If you have four kids, you don't need four history books. Combine, condense and cuddle them all together on the couch.

3. It's okay to ask for help. Friends, spouses, and others are available to share the adventure of education.

4. Got Grandparents? They are a gold mine. Enlist their help, or just enjoy their wisdom. Be grateful you got 'em.

5. Homeschooling isn't the same as homemaking. Don't let chores crush your joy, but put systems in place to get the whole family involved in making the home run smoothly.

6. Remember that listening to a book on tape can be done anywhere – cuddling on the couch, riding in the car, or folding laundry.

7. There is a blessing in each child, even when they get on our nerves.

8. Husbands want to help, but be specific about what you want him to do, rather than complaining about his lack of involvement.

9. Summer is coming. There will be time for both reflection and remediation.

10. Remember why you started this journey – your vision for home education – and be grateful each day for the privilege and the freedom to do so.

Happy New Year! May it be the best year yet!



written by Christine Field

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