Brookelynn: ”I guess we didn’t accomplish anything, huh mommy?”
What do you say to that? How do you answer a child who is hurt?
Today, our church recognized the accomplishments of students who were moving from one grade to another. They recognized them for their academic excellence, their sports accomplishments, and their community service awards given to them by the schools they attend. As they filed the children in from children’s church and seated my children with me, Brookelynn said “I guess we didn’t accomplish anything, huh mommy?” with a look of hurt on her face.
I suppose I should warn you homeschool moms out there who may be new to the game…..when you’re going against the “norm”, you should prepare your heart for days like these. I can tell you, because I’ve lived long enough and homeschooled long enough (5 years) to know, your heart will be broken for your children many times because you’ve chosen to take the alternate route and not public or privately school them. Early on, it wasn’t something I considered because I didn’t think my children would notice. The sad fact is, as they have grown in knowledge and understanding, they have become aware of the difference made between themselves and their publicly or privately schooled counterparts. So what’s a homeschool mom to do?
My “quick” answer is, tell your children that they are really very accomplished. Explain to them that although they do not attend a public
prison, oops i meant SCHOOL, they are still equally accomplished and likely even more accomplished academically and athletically than those in public schools but unfortunately the “world” doesn’t recognize this because you’ve decided not to conform to the world. Then, use this as a lesson to teach them the value of posessing an unoffendable heart.
to be continued…….