- My children are bright and completing their work. Their test scores are good too.
- Isn’t that really a “remedial” program? We don’t need that, but we sure do enjoy the shows every once in a while.
- I do artsy stuff with my kids. We color, make things, watch educational programs and listen to different kinds of music at home.
- I don’t see why I have to drive so far and pay for the same things that I can do for free at home?
- I don’t see what art has to do with doing better in math and science? Makes no sense to me. How does it fit in?
- I don’t have a creative gene in my body, how am I supposed to do what you are talking about? Now I’m really stressed out thinking that my child is missing out because his mom can’t draw!
- My children wouldn’t stay still for two minutes for that stuff. I can’t even get them to the table to do watercolors. It really would be hectic for me to get there to only be hushing and scolding them for an hour. Too stressful.
- This seems like too much work. I’m just hoping that somebody develops a new “pill” soon to help our situation. I don’t know what else to do. I’m exhausted
- I’m Frustrated with all of it. I’ve tried so many different curriculums and programs. If this is another one I’m just not buying.
- I have been so disappointed with our Home Educating experience. I really imagined that it would be a whole lot easier than it is.
- My husband is critical of what I’m doing and all my family and friends think I have lost my mind. Worse, they think I’m ruining my children. I am so upset.
If you can identify with any of these thoughts, you are NOT ALONE. Both Donna and I have experienced at any given time, some, if not ALL of the above emotions, and the issues that come along with them. Personally, I have experienced the last three and many more myself with my own daughter who is now a very successful 27 year old artist, who has shown her art now at the Pageant of the Masters for the last two years. If someone had told me 20 years ago that she would be at this point in her life, my comment would have been “Yes, in my heart I know she will, but how the heck are we going to get there will be a darn good mystery story”.
It is no mystery. It takes work on both parts, but if your child is working within or toward his/her passion, failure will never be an option for them.
If today, you are your child’s only advocate, KEEP IT UP!
If today, you are down and see no light at the end of the tunnel, KEEP WALKING ON.
If today, you feel like you are drowning in all there is to do, KEEP DOING IT.
If today, you can’t take another negative remark from anyone else, TAKE JUST ONE MORE.
For tomorrow, you will learn a new love, when you hear, THANK YOU, I LOVE YOU MOM.
Do not give up!