Monday, August 25, 2014

Homeschooling the Strong-Willed Child: Persevere
Click the photo to see all the posts in this series!
Today I will be concluding the series, "Homeschooling the Strong-Willed Child" with a short review and final thoughts.  If you missed any of the posts please feel free to backtrack by clicking on the photo above to see all the posts in this series.

Below is  short review of each post...

Pointing your Child to Christ:
Discuss CHRIST, our sin, and our own short falls.  PRAY with your child, for your child, and for yourself!

Helping your Child Understand their Blessings:
Discuss your family's blessings, take a family missions trip, begin a blessings journal, and discuss the best blessing of all, CHRIST!

Loving Discipline:
We discussed Paul Wegner's three levels of discipline TEACH, WARN, and ENFORCE.  Read more HERE!

Model for your children HOW to speak, at times give them the correct way to respond, practice saying "I'm Sorry."  Discuss and teach WHY it's important to "speak nice" and say "I'm sorry" so when words are spoken their heart is connected!

Establishing a Routine:
Each family has their own unique routine that works best for them!  Be flexible with your routine but recognize the importance of consistency in a schedule.

School Time Tips:
Find a toolbox of ideas to use with the child who has difficulty staying on task, focusing, or completing tasks.

Concluding Thoughts: Preserve
After a difficult day with my own strong-willed child the Lord laid this verse on my heart from Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."  This verse was an encouragement to me!  Children have an eternal value!  Any time, effort, and energy we put into our children, for the glory of God, is GOOD!  So DON'T become weary!  Keep going, persevere!

Listen to what Paul David Tripp said about parenting,  

"(There are) few things in life,
 that would rise to the level of importance, 
of being God's chosen instrument, 
to be part of the forming of a soul, of a human being...
that is a pretty awesome task."

I'm sure I will be writing on this topic in the future as I continue to learn, grow, and mature in my own parenting, teaching, and homeschooling skills.  For now I thank you for joining me in the lessons learned thus far and I hope, through this series, I could be an encouragement to you!

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