Mastering Mornings… avoiding the pc

Although mastering mornings from the moment you wake up is very important, my issue at the moment is the Home Ed morning, the stuff that happens after we are meant to have begun.

Too many times recently the day has slid by with nothing achieved. It’s not simply the unticked boxes in the plan, but not enough connected, constructive time in the home, the real education of life. One obvious culprit is the fact that we are still integrating into French life and bureaucracy. And that does demand my attention from time to time as soon as office doors are open.

However a major contributing factor to a bad morning (and hence a bad day) is the pc.

My aim is to avoid turning it on until as late as possible, because inevitably, if it is turned on, I’ll ‘just’ check my email, ‘just’ do this, ‘just’ do that. It took me a while, but I finally deactivated my facebook account (yeah, I know, all I need to do is log in again and it’s as if I’ve never been away… but it’s the principle, I clicked deactivated, and so, therefore, it is deactivated). That has been a huge relief, but also a huge time liberator.

But honestly, I existed perfectly well without a pc online until a few years ago. Why the need to have it consume so much of my time?

« Addicted! » I hear you say. Well, yes.

« Time to go cold-turkey! » Not quite. The girls work is often found on-line.

« Then only connect when necessary ». Nice thought. The phone is an IP phone. No internet equals no phonecalls (and they are really important, otherwise how else can we hear our lovely English-speaking friends).

And in fact, the solution as I see it is ‘me’. Self-discipline, self-control, based in dollops of prayer and Truth, springing from the Grace that covers all. Actually, that means the solution is the Lord…

Beginning the adventure

It goes without saying that education begins when a child is born.

But I’ll say it again anyway.  We begin teaching, showing, nurturing, training, encouraging our children from the moment they are born.  Their emotions are affected by how we speak and look at them; their habits are affected by the routines that we have; their reactions are shaped either by our reactions or by our responses; the things they think and talk about are influenced by the stimuli they are surrounded by.

Don’t feel any pressure now, will you?!

Actually, the pressure we’ve felt as parents to ‘succeed’ has eased off over the years, particularly as we’ve realised that we’ve not given anything more to do than we can bear. That is, if we have the Lord’s help.

And also we’ve realised that our goalposts are the ones that the Bible has, not the ones that society has. So if our darlings don’t get the greatest academic results, it’s not a disaster, as long as they have got the results that they are capable of, all things considered, and they are on track with the Lord. And if they get a First at Uni, what will matter more is the question  »are they on track with the Lord? ».

Now, I’m not going to bog myself down with false responsiblities. I can’t save my children anymore than they can. However, nor shall I ignore the real responsiblity:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Are you home educating? What was one of your motivations for starting?