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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Do My Children Know?

While some days seem to go seamlessly with schooling, there are other days that I think repeatedly banging my head on the table would have better results.

Some days my children wake up with attitudes where they rush to the kitchen and want to serve me breakfast in bed. Other days it can be a struggle for them to figure out how to pour a bowl of cereal for themselves without whining.

Some days we all rush through our chores, even helping out siblings to make their jobs go faster. Other days it’s a chore to just pick up a plate and put it in the dishwasher.

What exactly is it that changes attitudes from one day to the next? Really, the attitudes aren’t ones that are only in my children. My attitude can be just as stinky from one day to the next.

Over the last weeks I have been more and more convicted about MY attitude and how that relays over to our children when I am teaching them, molding them and being BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE to be home with them each day.

Do they know and understand how thankful I am that we can be together learning as a family? Do they know how important they are in my life? Above all, do they know and understand that although I love them, there is ONE true love that is available to them?

Just a few random things that have been going around in my mind…

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  • Good reminder. We tend to have moments that change throughout the day. I try to remember the good times when things aren't going so well.

    By Blogger Joyful Learner, At November 17, 2010 at 9:33 PM  

  • Great post- I couldn't agree more.

    By Blogger ~Sam, At November 17, 2010 at 9:56 PM  

  • Wonderful post! I agree completely and we have similar challenges here. It's good to know I'm in good company! Sometimes I feel all alone in our struggles.

    By Blogger Kristina, At November 17, 2010 at 10:03 PM  

  • Oh my goodness, I needed to read this today! We had a total meltdown today on SEVERAL occasions. I attributed it to my nearly-5-yr-old's attitude, but honestly... my attitude has been right there with his. We both need a chill pill... only I'm the adult, I have to be the one who makes it happen, starting with ME, not him! Thanks for the reminder!

    By Blogger Jade =), At November 17, 2010 at 10:11 PM  

  • Lovely reminder, thanks. I'm sure they know:)

    By Anonymous Kimberly, At November 17, 2010 at 10:13 PM  

  • This rings so true in my heart, as well. You have stated it perfectly. Makes me want my tomorrow to be different... thanks.

    By Blogger Heather, At November 17, 2010 at 10:28 PM  

  • A short, yet timely post! Wonderfully put.

    My daughter turns 5 next month ... her attitude shift has been exhausting ... speaks like a 40 year old with the same frustrations of a soon to be five year old. Add Lil' Miss Terrifically Terrible Two and many days I feel outnumbered ...

    BUT ... I wouldn't have it any other way. At least it's me they are transitioning through these phases with and not another adult.

    By Blogger Itsy Bitsy Learners, At November 17, 2010 at 11:08 PM  

  • It's so easy to blame it on the kids, but, ya' know what, they're just kids! We're the adults. Great reminder that we need to set the spiritual and emotional temperature for the home.

    By Blogger MommaMindy, At November 17, 2010 at 11:30 PM  

  • This is such a great post. It's so reassuring to know others feel the same way. Banging my head against the table is exactly what I want to do on some days. (A lot more lately!) Those days make me question our decision sometimes. Yikes! But I totally agree, I am so totally thankful to be home with them and wouldn't have it any other way. Love what MommaMindy said above about setting the spiritual and emotional temperature for the home. Thanks for this post :)

    By Blogger Isabel, At November 18, 2010 at 1:27 AM  

  • what a timely post for me. I've been picking at Raising Godly Tomatoes, The Power of A Postivie Mom and the Bible of course...because I've felt like such a horrid mom lately...and I realize that I have been. My attitude towards my child was all wrong--she was an interruption, I would yell, get angry...I wasn't training her in anything except the ways she SHOULDN'T be acting....so I've been getting up earlier and praying for patience....and because God promises that all we have to do is ask Him, He has been delivering! I've noticed already a difference in my child! AND MYSELF!

    By Blogger Leah, At November 18, 2010 at 6:40 AM  

  • Thank you for your honest post. It means alot to hear from others that they share the same struggles and same issues that seem so unwanted and sometimes hurtful in ourselves...

    I hope that you have a great day!

    By Blogger Lori, At November 18, 2010 at 7:24 AM  

  • Yes, attitudes can change from minute to minute around here too! I have been intentional about letting them know how much of a gift it is to be home together and how much I appreciate them! Thanks for the reminder!

    By Blogger Christine, At November 18, 2010 at 7:41 AM  

  • Thank you so much for sharing. We all need to be reminded of this. I have had days with the kids picking at each other over every little thing and other days when I just wanted to jump for joy. It truly is up to us to set the tone. Thanks again.

    By Blogger Pam, At November 18, 2010 at 8:31 AM  

  • Many of those SAME things have been bouncing around in my own head, too!

    By Blogger See Jamie blog, At November 18, 2010 at 8:45 AM  

  • Jolanthe,

    I am so thankful to be able to be at home as well as homeschool my children. Yes, my attitude can also sometimes be a little stinky. I have missed a lot of opportunities to nurture and love because of MY attitude. Thanks for the reminder. We're going to have a good day together.

    By Blogger Milk and Honey Mommy, At November 18, 2010 at 9:14 AM  

  • and there you go writing posts that go and convict me again. Booo

    By Blogger Ticia, At November 18, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

  • Amen and Amen. :)

    By Blogger H-Mama, At November 18, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

  • Well said and sooooo convicting. I am going to chew on this for awhile.

    By Blogger Brittney, At November 18, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

  • You and I must have had the same moment this week. Maybe it is the season for thanfulness, and remembering why we are doing homeschooling. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Have a blessed day.

    By Blogger Lynda, At November 18, 2010 at 3:12 PM  

  • Great post Jolanthe and so very true.. our attitude can totally dictate the rest of the families attitudes. My bible study at church has been going through the book Lord Change my Attitude before its too late..and wow it has been humbling and challenging and convicting and encouraging all rolled into one. Let me know if you want to borrow the book when I am done.

    By Blogger Lindsay, At November 18, 2010 at 5:32 PM  

  • Amen sister! :o)

    By Blogger Confessions Of A Homeschooler, At November 18, 2010 at 10:41 PM  

  • Amen sister! :o)

    By Anonymous Confessions Of A Homeschooler, At December 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

  • Amen and Amen. :)

    By Anonymous H-Mama, At December 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

  • This is such a great post. It's so reassuring to know others feel the same way. Banging my head against the table is exactly what I want to do on some days. (A lot more lately!) Those days make me question our decision sometimes. Yikes! But I totally agree, I am so totally thankful to be home with them and wouldn't have it any other way. Love what MommaMindy said above about setting the spiritual and emotional temperature for the home. Thanks for this post :)

    By Anonymous Isabel, At December 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

  • Oh my goodness, I needed to read this today! We had a total meltdown today on SEVERAL occasions. I attributed it to my nearly-5-yr-old's attitude, but honestly... my attitude has been right there with his. We both need a chill pill... only I'm the adult, I have to be the one who makes it happen, starting with ME, not him! Thanks for the reminder!

    By Anonymous Jade =), At December 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

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