Sailing – for the Homeschool Mum (Part 2)
I found this quote as I was brainstorming the Mum Heart theme: Sailing. This is very applicable to parents – use your stronger hand to set the sail!
There is a Japanese proverb that literally goes, ‘Raise the sail with your stronger hand’, meaning you must go after the opportunities that arise in life that you are best equipped to do. ~ ~ Soichiro Honda*
I don’t know, I may be doing this Japanese proverb a disservice but it spoke to my mother heart – especially the way that Soichiro Honda explained it. We must go after the opportunities that arise in life that we are best equipped to do.
Every family looks different – but every parent is equipped with a strength, a passion, an interest, and expertise. Every parent. When we use these strengths and passions to shape our family our children will be well prepared to set forth and sail into life! (I know, corny use of imagery – but it had to be done!!)
When I look at our family life, and the things that we have done well they are connected to strengths, passions, interests or expertise that either Peter or I have. Some examples
- My kids are very computer savvy – they know the productivity end of computers very well – this is because I was a typist, I was involved in publishing before I was married, I was an office worker. These skills in me, were used to grow skills in my kids.
- Peter and I talked about the type of home life we wanted – and we were impressed by the Schaeffer home and the conversations that they had. Based on this ideal, we set out to build a culture in our home where we talk about ideas, truth and beliefs.
- We value creativity so we made sure that our kids had plenty of opportunity to explore how they could be creative. Each of them are – but in different ways from each other.
- We are passionate about being involved in the community – so our children learnt many skills as they got involved in different things we were involved in.
- We are lifelong learners so we set that as a model in front of our children – and we hope the vision has caught.
- We are passionate about hospitality and meeting people’s needs – this context in Peters and my life has helped our children to grow in a heart for others, and learn the skills to meet people’s needs in various situations.
- My kids know how to manage a home – they worked along side of me, and in the process learnt many life skills that will serve them well in their years ahead.
What are your strengths, passions, interests or expertise? Don’t skip answering this question – because there is an answer, and you may be surprised by the answer, you may be challenged – but there is an answer. We all have strengths, passions, interests and expertise in something. Are you making the most of these things in the teaching and training of your children?
Your strengths and passions will look different than someone elses. We must learn not to compare – because when we compare we seem to decide that whatever we have is less than whatever they have. This simply isn’t the case. Your skill set is just as valuable and purposeful as the next persons. A society is built of many skills – and yours is one of them.
At some point this proverb becomes relevant for our children – and they need to use their stronger arm to raise the sail for their own life.
As they grow older we start to see strengths, passions, interests and expertise develop in them that are different than what is in our life. This is exciting – and we need to make the most effort to strengthen their arms so that they set their own sail, catch that wind, and simply take off down their own journey. When they are functioning with their strengths and passions they are productive, purposeful and effective. This is what I want to see for my kids.
But it all starts with you, mum and dad, be confident that the opportunities that your strengths, passions, interests and expertise will bring a uniqueness to your family but they will also create opportunities to teach and train your kids in the knowledge, skills and character that they need.
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*I found this quote at: brainyquotes
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