I have loads of goals. Homeschooling goals. Font design goals. Life goals. Parenting goals.
I was thinking about my homeschool goals this week.
I planned in my head how we were going to memorize great things this year in homeschool. We were going to learn Spanish and write poetry and master math facts. We were going to tackle subjects intensely and thoroughly.
We do manage to complete our textbook work each day. We take good field trips.
But all of those fancy dreams of awesomeness-we-will-pursue usually remain in my head.
Sure, I have flickering desires to be a tiger mom and make my kids do lots of stuff really well.
But I’m just too lazy for that.
My word of the year I’m focusing on in 2012 is REST. Quit comparing. Quit feeling inadequate. Quit striving for stuff we don’t need.
Just rest. Relax and rest in what God has given us. Rest in who God has made us to be. Rest and settle and be at peace.
I don’t need perfect kids. I don’t need kids who are rockstars in every area. I just want my kids to be who God made them to be.
I love them just the way they are.
I’ll give them opportunities to grow and encourage them when they pursue interests. But they also need to play, to stretch, to curl up with a good book (just for fun!), to laugh, and to snuggle together.
As for Spanish? One of my kids just isn’t ready for it. She needs to just master the English language before we add in another language. And I’m okay with that.
So if my kids (or my family! or just me!) don’t measure up, I don’t care. We’re happy. We have fun together. And the kids are learning. And isn’t that what really matters?