Unfortunately, this lack of character often shows up in my attempts to teach my children. I find it difficult to patiently explain the same math concept. Again. For the fifth time. Or how about those vanishing pencils that suddenly disappear into thin air when it's time to work? Lost books, jumbled papers, and "forgotten" assignments regularly push me over the edge. I feel the pressure of "getting it all done" and I don't like to be inconvenienced with having to wait. What am I really teaching my children? I'm teaching by example that it's acceptable to loose self control when things don't go your way.
I can't tell you the number of times I've heard another mom confess in exasperation, "I could never homeschool; I don't have the patience!" Join the club. I wasn't instantaneously infused with an extra measure of patience the moment I decided to homeschool. Rather, the Lord began His work in my heart, to shape and mold me. What I thought was simply an educational choice for my children also turned out to be my enrollment into a character training course. When someone expresses wonder at my ability to "teach all those kids" I always assure them it's the academics that are the easy part!
So keep striving, momma, and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you to produce that fruit of "patience". He'll faithfully do His part; the only question is if we are willing to learn!
What area do you struggle with the most? What are YOU learning as you homeschool? Leave your comments below!