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What is the Heart
You will see this definition a lot as you read my blog: The heart is the inner part of every person that that processes and holds our beliefs and values, it directs our attitudes and choices, it determines our character, emotions and passions.
What is in your heart will influence everything you do. And what is in your child’s heart will influence everything they do. Which is why it is the bottom line when it comes to parenting – teach your child’s heart.
The Heart of the Homeschool Mum & Dad
What you believe about parenting, family and education is going to have an impact on how you homeschool; in particular your heart will affect your choices, your attitude and your confidence. What you believe will affect what ideas you follow, what curriculum or resources you buy, what routines you adhere to. What is in your heart will affect how you approach the highs and lows of homeschooling. When you know what you believe and what you value you are able to withstand the pressure that comes from homeschooling (doing something different than the norm) but you can go forward knowing you are doing what you need to do for your family. This conviction (which comes from your heart) will help you stick it out.
Fear is the emotion that focuses on why we can’t do whatever it is we are thinking of, in this case homeschooling. We need to identify what holds us back and then we need to find the truth for that fear. Fear is often not rational – not based on truth. Of course that doesn’t make it any less real, but we can address it and find what we need to move ourselves over that fear – don’t let fear hinder all that you want for your family.
Homeschool Encouragement to Stay Heart Focused
To be a heart focused homeschool means we give time to the heart issues that is part and parcel of children growing up. Parents are to teach and train their child – not just the academics but for every area of their child’s life – and that includes what the child believes and values.
In a world that is infatuated with relativism (where there is no absolutes and everyone can believe whatever makes them feel good) it is important that we as Christian parents think through what we believe about God, the world around us, the people in it, and ourselves. And then that we take it seriously to pass that onto our children to help them be clear about what they believe about God, the world, life and themselves.