Friday, April 13, 2012

Today's Productivity

It was supposed to be a "productive day."  You home schooling, stay-at-home moms will know what I mean. A day where I can say "We got everything done! Reading, writing, grammar, math, history, science...EVERYthing. Done."

This morning I couldn't sleep after Josh left early, so I had some time to catch up on news while kids were sleeping. But...the recent political "thing" regarding stay-at-home moms got me pondering my place, my life and my responsibilities. Then a conversation with a sister made me smile...and I looked at the eyes of my kids begging to complete their "rock people." Math could wait.

You could say that a "job" requires measurable results in a limited amount of time. This is not a job...and I don't work. We live. Yes, at times life is hard...but it is beautiful.

So we got out the paints, turned on The Long Winter CD and enjoyed being together. Rock painting turned into water-colors...and the hours passed.

My goal (above training my children for a "job") is to teach my children how to live.

Entire unit studies can be completed by simply answering the question "why" and taking the time to follow the trails of conversation. One purposed trip to the ocean can educate children more than a month of classwork, and keeping their passion for learning alive will do them more good than hours of forced study.

This is my job, work, life, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.


Taia said...

I don't know about you. Every employer I've had has valued "tolerance for bureaucratic stupidity" an order of magnitude above "love for learning". :)

Mainely Me said...

Beautifully lived, beautifully said.

Rebekah said...

love this

heather said...

Well said.

hasselstauff said...

Awesome. Check out what this kid did on his summer break...there would be more stuff like this if we just let kids be kids.

Joni said...

Sounds like a perfect day to me!

alpidarkomama said...

Amen! :)