I found another fantastic book to download onto my Kindle that only cost 99 cents. It sounded interesting because it says,
"We recently surveyed over 800 homeschooling families about what has worked well and not-so-well for them in their homeschooling activities. We got some remarkable answers from this survey. One of the most intriguing questions we asked was this: “What was your worst mistake in homeschooling your children... and if you could do it over again, what would you change about how you have homeschooled in the past?” We got some great responses to this question, with some tips and suggestions that are well worth considering by both newbie and veteran homeschoolers alike."
I can't believe how many fantastic learning adventures there are for kids who homeschool. Sheesh! I wish I had that experience rather than always sit in a really boring classroom. I love having my kids with me every day and they get lots of time with other kids. The difference is I get to pick the group of kids they are around. They go a school every Friday that is only for homeschooled kids and the difference on the playground is shocking. Have you ever seen a school playground where there is little to no bullying, kids say "please" and "thank you", and there is respect for the teachers? Yeah, it's awesome. So yes, my kids are socialized but with healthy kids I want them to be around.
In the past I was so back and forth about everything because I cared about everyone's opinion of my life. If people discouraged me or disagreed with me I worried about it. Nope, not anymore. I have a close relationship with each of my kids. I know their strengths and weaknesses more than strangers or even family does. I live with these kids. They don't. The day I decided to give all those worries to God rather than listen to all the negative is the day I started being stronger for my kids. There will be bullies when you are young and unfortunately when you are old. I have bullies send me nasty letters, hate mail, or anonymous comments on my blog. Does it matter what they say from somewhere around the world? No, it doesn't. What matters is what God's Word says, what my husband says, and what my kids need. Thank God I stopped allowing myself to be bullied. There will always be people that disagree with you. I think correction can be a good thing when it's done in a constructive manner rather than tearing someone down through insults. That's not how God would want us to correct someone nor is it how we want to be treated. More importantly, kids watch how we respond to bullies. Actions speak so much LOUDER in how we handle a situation. Life is full of lessons. I never want to stop being teachable. We make mistakes, says things we shouldn't say, stumble in our Christian walk. It happens. Instead of being self condemning, I've learned to just brush the dirt off and keep going. I'd rather finish the race with bruises and scars than quit in the middle.