Monday, April 29, 2013

They're Only Young Once

**For those of you joining me from the A to Z challenge, welcome! I'm homeschooling through the alphabet.**

I lovingly refer to my children as "the small people." While they all have their own interests and personalities, they have one thing in common - they are all young. Although in my head I know that they're only young for a short time, I just recently actually REALIZED that they're only young for a short while.

Y is for Young

I have been homeschooling since The Boy was 3. The twins were infants. Little Red and Sassy Pants weren't even blips on my radar screen. When I first began homeschooling, my focus was on teaching them so that they would be advanced academically.

I've since changed my focus. I don't want to rush my children's childhood anymore. I want them to enjoy it, not feel pressured. want to enjoy it! Don't get me wrong; I still want my children to do well academically, but I'm no longer solely focused on them being "ahead." I'm more concerned with shaping character. I believe that will help them more in the future than being "advanced."

The Boy will be 13 next week. I can't believe I'm going to be the mother of a teenager. I only have a few short years left with him before he will be an adult.

Why, oh why, can't they stay young forever?

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