This time of year is often a time of reflection …
… looking back and evaluating,
… looking forward and planning.
“Don’t judge yourself by what’s still difficult. Judge by what’s now easy.”
I don’t know about you, but in my homeschooling (and in life) I found myself often judging myself when I didn’t know how to tackle a certain problem, when I seemed unable to help my kids, and I even judged my ability as a teacher when my children struggled. I judged my parenting abilities when my children battled with issues.
But, if I had just marvelled at what now seemed easy, observed that we had mastered certain skills, or looked at how we learnt how to pace ourselves instead of struggling to keep up with someone else’s schedule, or found what learning methods and approaches worked, those successes would most certainly been encouraging.
When you are deep in the trenches, perhaps with newborn baby, or potty-training a busy toddler while struggling to continue teaching kindergartener or junior primary children, you may well feel overwhelmed. Everything seems like a struggle.
But look back at how far you and your kids have come.
Look to see how many skills they have mastered.
Look to see that those habits you worked with so much effort to establish with such intensity, now seems completely natural, and be encouraged.
So as you evaluate your year, may I encourage you to look through the lens of this question ~ “What seems easy now that was difficult a while ago?”
If you want to do a character evaluation for each child, here is a free download for you ~ Character Report.pdf . I shared how we enjoyed this evaluation process in my post Report and Evaluation Pages because if the child is old enough, he/she can evaluate themselves with a 1-4 scoring system. This post also includes a Homeschool Assessment form I used to summarize the schoolwork, books, materials and skills covered and describe my children’s strengths, weaknesses and joys and highlights of the year.
We are all learning and growing, moving forward, gaining momentum, finding our way. In whatever area of your life or your family’s life, give credit to this positive growth and be encouraged!
Peace and Blessings, Nadene
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