The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s “own” or “real” life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life — the life God is sending on day by day; what one calls one’s “real life” is a phantom of one’s own imagination. – C.S. Lewis
Quoted by Sarah Mackenzie on page 3.
It’s taken me a few months to read through this tiny book. Because 3 kids under 38 months.
I know you understand.
But this “Homeschoolers’s Guide To Unshakable Peace” is one that’s ok to read in snippets. In fact, it’s powerful in snippets.
Sarah Mackenzie took on so many fears that we homeschool mommies have in so few words. She teaches the concept of peace as it should be — not quiet fog rolling in as we
whisper over watercolors with perfectly clean children in a naturally lit, instagram worthy kitchen, but a confidence that isn’t thrown away as soon as trouble comes.
Some of her main points that I took away are that:
- Parenting is not about immediate rewards, but long term progress.
There are things we will accomplish in our children’s lives and minds that we will never witness the fruits of. Our today is our grandchildren’s tomorrow because it’s the building blocks of the habits and lives our future generation. Only God sees the grand scheme and only His “well done, faithful one” is worth striving for.
- Life is a curriculum in and of itself.
Simplify and don’t get bogged down with all the options you have for teaching. How you teach a curriculum matters more than the actual content of the pages. It is better to do less but learn more. If you do fewer pages, but your child has a deep understanding of the topic than that is better than finishing the book in “cram” mode and not much having been learned.
- “Budget Your Time”
This one is hard for me, but also so helpful. Just taking a realistic view of what is available, and finding ways to schedule your day so that your moments are best used — making sure that those things your children can do alone are during times that you have to do tasks by yourself, and so on. Getting it on paper and sticking with it are the hard parts — but get the concepts down and it will become more natural.
- Do Less, Because You are You.
Stop trying to be someone else, or to create a world where you don’t fit. Use the talents and loves that you already to have cultivate those talents and loves in your kids, and simplify on every front.
I wouldn’t say this book has all the answers, but I loved reading it, and I’m loving the practice of implementing some of the mentalities and disciplines she recommends. And, as she suggested, finding moms who have been there to glean tips from, including her own self.
Thanks, Sarah, for sharing so much of what you’ve been learning in such an enjoyable, easy to absorb way! I appreciate you ministering to mommies everywhere by writing this little book!