Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety. Job 11:18 (NLT)
With all of the changes going on in the world around us, a lot of parents are feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and even afraid. The transition of bringing school into our homes, staying in place for the unforeseeable future, and wondering what is happening has catapulted us into a season that feels a lot more like mayhem than motherhood.
You may be feeling like your hope and courage have been left outside your front door, along with the rest of the world, but be encouraged. You were created for this time and in this place to carry out this particular work. And God wants to partner with you to create a loving and nurturing environment for your child to learn right where you are. You get to bring new light into your child’s world, an especially important truth in these uncertain times.
Let’s see this season for what it is:
a blessing, not a burden.
Mom, you can do this. Here are my top three tips for embracing your inner courage and maintaining a hope-filled environment as you take on this whole “school at home” thing.
1. Stay calm
Even if you’ve never done this sort of thing before, you can trust your instincts, your intuition, and the Holy Spirit to help you discern how to meet your child’s individual learning needs. No one knows your child like you do. Use this extra time at home to pray, seek the Lord, and consult with others who can encourage you. You know and love your child more than anyone else, so let your heart guide you.
2. Grow together
One of the greatest joys of this time is going to be the ability you have to learn new things right alongside your child – to grow in knowledge and discovery together. Learning is a lifelong journey, not a destination. There is no better environment for children to learn than with the people who love them most: the ones who are dedicated to making sure they’re learning in the way that best suits their individual needs and also modeling for them what it looks like to seek wisdom and understanding as an adult and mentor.
3. Embrace joy
This season has provided us with a beautiful opportunity: time to invest in our children like never before. And it’s temporary. It will not last, so let this be a gentle nudge to shift your perspective. Consider what really matters and what will sustain your child long after this hard season of doubt and uncertainty is over. What matters most is our relationships. Our people.
Remember, God will walk with us, but walking requires us to take steps forward. We can act in this season, instead of react, and we can carry on in confidence that He is with us and for us and that He has given us all the tools we need to succeed.
The secret is to realize that He ultimately knows where He wants our children to end up and what direction He wants them to go. So let’s guide them along to discover that path — His direct route to the life He designed for each of them.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Prov 19:21 (NIV)
If you need support and community as you navigate this new season of doing school at home with your children, be sure to check out Erin’s video series, The Heroic Homeschooler.
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Erin Weidemann is the founder of Truth Becomes Her, a brand that equips moms and women with resources to help them step into their unique leadership roles. A sought-after homeschool consultant, certified teacher, coach, and nationally-recognized speaker, Erin’s personal mission is to shift the conversation around feminine values from being beauty-driven, to a focus on inherent worth. An on-air personality for Air1 Radio, Erin delivers “59 Seconds of Hope” daily as well as hosts the Heroes for Her Podcast where she interviews positive female role models who are living out their passions in-line with their personal values. Instagram: @erin.weidemann Facebook: @ErinWeidemannOfficial