Last week at our Home Educators Support meeting I mentioned that I had changed in regards to my concept of the Routine. Then I came across this blog, and I quote
Think of your schedule as plan B.
This is such a good way of putting it. Plan A is my life things happen. Plan B is my planned routine. When things happen like a friend in hospital Plan A becomes make cards, visit hospital, and stay awhile! When Dad is home for the day Plan A becomes cook morning tea, work out in the shed and garden. When overnight visitors come Plan A becomes check out Gods creation with our visitors. When Mum gets sick Plan A becomes consider one another and bear one anothers burdens! When all is calm and nothing is demanding our attention Plan B comes into affect our routine/planned studies.
I read often about picking up on teachable moments. How nice that sounds! Oh to be free to be able to do that! But on the other hand, over the years I have learnt the importance of routine and had trained myself in these ways. I know I cope with balancing all my hats way better if I have a routine. As my heart turns towards Discipling my children I have had to find a way to be free to do just that disciple them! (Keeping in mind that to disciple someone means to show them your life.)
Two aspects have helped me to do this.
- I now have my day divided into general blocks of time. Discipline Studies (3 Rs etc), Discipleship Studies (Bible, Character training), Discussion Studies (History, Science etc), Discretionary Studies (Skills and Talents)
- To train my mind to see the learning value in the everyday things that happen in our family If our family is following the course God would have for our day then there is learning value in it for our children.
The flip side of how wonderful this all sounds is the fact that with freedom comes a great sense of responsibility. Plan A for my children needs to be in keeping with Gods plan for our family (if not there is the danger of slipping into mediocrity, slackness and laziness)
Peter and I have worked together over the years to write down the goals we have for our family What is it we want our family to be characterised by? What are the things that are close on our hearts as far as relationships go? What are the talents we see in each of our children and in ourselves? Many good opportunities come our way but if they are not in keeping with our family goals and directions they are just good opportunities. I want to live my life, and train my children to live their lives living God Opportunities and not to settle for good opportunities.
One day I am going to be held accountable for not only my hours but also for the way I have lead my little children. With the freedom of living my life, with my children beside me, comes much responsibility.