“Mom can we start today with painting?”
After lecturing him last week on how homeschooling means there is no set schedule. On how he needs to be flexible in his expectations. That “school” is never really over.
I almost said no.
To the kid who does what is expected. Most of the time without complaining. The kid who will happily do his math, english, and copy work when I ask him to.
I caught myself wanting to say no. But why?
How many times do I say no for no good reason? How many times do I say no because it will make my life easier, without giving a thought to how my kids feel?
Of course, there are times when I should say no. I’m a mom of two young kids, saying “no” is part of the territory.
But when I’m feeling good? I find myself saying no out of habit, or out of comfort. (Painting is messy! Adventure is dirty!) But isn’t that why we’re homeschooling in the first place? For flexibility and freedom from the rules?
Being a good parent means being consistent. YES. But it also means breaking the rules every once in a while.
So this week, I shall work on saying “Yes.” Yes to creativity. Yes to getting dirty. Yes to breaking the rules.