Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mothers and Teachers

I find it appropriate, from the homeschooling standpoint, that this week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and Sunday is Mother's Day.

I would like to proclaim this week "Thank God for Homeschool Moms" week as well. Both in honor of and on behalf of these most amazing of people, I would just like to say.....

Thank You...

Thank you for caring enough about your kids to put their needs ahead of your own...

Thank you for devoting the time, the energy, the effort, the brain power, and the financial resources to years -- decades even -- of focusing on your children...

Thank you for taking the high calling of motherhood so seriously, realizing that there is nothing else on earth you will ever do that can possibly be as important or have as long-lasting effects as simply being a good mommy.

Thank you for taking the time to research learning styles, homeschool methods, and curriculum choices in order to make individually tailor-made educational experiences for your children.

Thank you for realizing that there is nothing wrong with sheltering your children emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Thank you for caring more about the state of your child's soul than the state of their social calendar.

Thank you for refusing to wake your children up early in the mornings just so they can fit their lives into the system's schedule, but rather to let them get the sleep that children so desperately need.

Thank you for getting your kids outside in the fresh air and the wide open world that God created instead of keeping them shut up in a classroom for 6 or more hours a day.

Thank you for caring enough to screen the television shows, movies, music, and books that your children are exposed to, rather than letting pop culture raise your children.

Thank you for teaching your children to cook, and clean, and sew, for teaching them to count money and balance checkbooks, because far too many young people today are entering the adult world with no idea how to function on their own.

Thank you for giving up sick days, vacation days, free time, and even privacy in the bathroom for years on end.

Thank you for being one of the mothers who does NOT say how much you're dreading school getting out for the summer because it means you'll be stuck with your own kids all day every day for three months.

Thank you for being one of the mothers who does NOT say how glad you are that school is about to start again, because you can't wait to get the kids out of the house and out of your hair.

Thank you for dealing with your child's behavior problems, learning disabilities, and funny little quirks yourself instead of passing them off to the school system and letting them "fix" your kids.

Thank you for teaching your young men and women what it is to respect people of the opposite sex instead of objectifying them.

Thank you for modeling for your children what a godly marriage should look like, so that when they are grown and married they will have a good example to build on.

Thank you for teaching your children about God, to love the Lord their God with all their heart, strength, and mind.

Thank you for modeling for your children, husband, family, friends, neighbors, and the rest of the world what a true Christ-like spirit looks like: patient, loving, humble, and self-sacrificing.

It is a great thing to be a child's teacher. It is a wonderful thing to be a child's mother. But the best thing of all is the honor and privilege of being both.

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