Willingness to Grow
I want my children to view learning as something that is lifelong so I have to be willing to continue learning and growing as well. If I’m closed off to new information or ways of doing things then how can I ever expect them to continue exploring the world around them?
Can’t Believe How Much Has Changed
Sometimes it’s hard to image how much the world has changed in the over 20 years I’ve homeschooled. There was no internet, cell phones, tablets, e-books, etc. If I had not been willing to grow and try new things I would never have learned how to take advantage of all the positive things that technology has to offer homeschool families. Sometimes I’m stubborn and feel like digging my heels about change. My children still laugh every time I pick up my nook because I used to say I would never read anything but “real” books made of paper. I also learned to love digital scrapbooking if for no other reason than it makes so much less mess.
Willingness to Grow Doesn’t Always Mean You Have to Change
But something else that is important to remember is that just because you are willing to grow doesn’t always mean you have to change the way you do things. Using the sample in the previous paragraph if you love your paper books then don’t let anyone tell you, you have to change but still understanding the technology is still a great way to help your children. Sometimes the change would seem like taking a step back but if it works go for it. For example I loved using my computer and I had a program that I used for all our homeschooling record keeping and planning until one day the data got corrupted. Suddenly years of work was lost because the last time I had used the program I had forgotten to back it up. So I’ve gone back to paper. It really works for me and I know that I have it safe and sound.
Other Essential Reasons
Another reason to be willing to grow is because not only does technology change but your family make up changes as well. Babies grow into school age children, then they graduate and move on. Other factors can cause you to look at your homeschooling in new ways. So the willingness to grow will always remain an essential.
5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials
- Community Service – Monday, January 20
- Sense of Humor – Tuesday, January 21
- Willingness to Grow – Wednesday, January 22
- Know Which Battles to Fight – Thursday, January 23
- Awareness of Your Own Needs – Friday, January 24
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71. Mary @ Winecup Christian Homeschool
72. Jenni @ Conversaving
73. Meghan @ Quiet in the Chaos
74. Karen @ Tots and Me
75. Beth @ Weavings
76. Tawnee @ Adventures in Homeschooling
77. Karen @ My Harbor Lights – YOU ARE HERE!!!!
78. Amy @ Wildflower Ramblings
79. Kristi @ The Potter’s Hand Academy
80. Tara @ This Sweet Life
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