My friend Kristi over at Kristi’s Korner has been a friend and mentor to me over the past 8 years. She gives me such hope as my journey with my strong-willed child is just beginning. Here is her boast in God! Enjoy! ~ FFS
Our homeschool journey has been an unusual one. Our youngest daughter struggled with reading in third grade, but not enough to get help from the reading specialist at school. We were expected to go over all of her assignments with her, which proved frustrating and exhausting for both of us. God led us to bring her home the following year. The next year our middle daughter and son asked to come home too. In about one year we were teaching elementary, middle and high school. It was a challenge. Fortunately, M and C are self-motivated and didn’t need a lot of my time or I might not have survived. It has been a lot of fun too.
Teaching a strong willed daughter has been one of the challenges. The most difficult year was when she was in eighth grade. J and I just didn’t see eye to eye on much of anything. She didn’t want to do her assignments the way I expected them to be done or according to the school schedule I had set up. Every day was a battle to accomplish anything. I felt like such a failure. I was in my closet, on my knees, in tears several times a week pleading with God to let me send her back to public school, but I never felt released to do that.
J has learned to work with me and I have adjusted my expectations to work with the way she works best. She spreads her assignments out over most of the day instead of getting school done all at once. She just needs to take breaks during the day. I also have chosen curriculum and courses to meet her needs instead of my teaching style.
God has used these years to show me my pride and selfishness and I am learning to surrender everything to Him. It has been difficult for this introvert to teach our extroverted SWC, but we have persevered and are approaching the end of her senior year. We still have difficult times, but I enjoy a close relationship with her. J has become a confident young lady with strong convictions who blesses everyone she meets.
I will boast in the Lord, my God, for without Him I would not have finished well and our children would not be the Godly young man and women they are.
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