Small People

Small People

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?


  1. It's funny, because I look at pictures of the boys I nannied from when they were very young (they are all three teenagers now) and I miss those little boys. Even though I still see them and love who they are, they aren't those little kiddos anymore. It is so amazing how fast they grow.

    I so agree that shaping character is most important. That is what will get them through life. The studies help, but more important is creating in them a desire to learn and the knowledge of how to obtain it, in addition to being good, productive people. I'm very confident that that is what you are doing with your kids :)

  2. A much better goal! With information available so readily on the internet and every mobile device, knowing things is far less important. I think character, the skills to find knowledge, persistence, and beleif in one's self are far more important!

    And teenage years? Eeek. I'm still hiding my head in the sand.

    Rinelle Grey


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