- They are kind.
- They are confident.
- They look people in the eye when spoken to.
- They befriend the new kids.
- They put down their phone when others are in the room.
- They are strong and hard working.
- They know how to cook, chop wood and change the oil on a car.
- They are compassionate and caring.
- They LOVE to read and devour the written word.
- They hunt down information when their interests are piqued.
- They can balance their checkbook and manage a budget.
- They can break down a project into a workable timeline.
- They can manage a calendar.
- They can create power point presentations and present their ideas to a group.
- They know how to receive instruction.
- They can add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions and decimals.
- They can measure accurately using various tools.
- They can take a disappointment in stride.
- They lose with dignity and win with humility.
- They pass on compliments (…”my dad taught me that”)
- They can manage their own small business, like lawn care.
- They put things back where they found them.
- They acknowledge that a great team is worth its weight in gold.
- They master the art of harmony- working together blending talents and abilities for the greater good.
- They are self-sacrificing of their time.
- They are dependable in a time of need.
- They do not whine: when folding laundry, going on a million errands, or picking up dog poop.
- They are experts at something: art, music, design, gardening, physical fitness, writing, programming, etc.
- They can write legibly.
- They visit people in real life, talk to them in person on the phone, and text only when necessary.
- They value life and place the highest value on loving God and others.
- They are informed and involved in their community.
- They open doors for ladies, stand in the presence of their elders, and play with small children.
- They rejoice when others succeed.
- They run to do the right thing, even though they might be afraid.
- They know that there are only two kinds of information: things they already know and things they can learn.
- They are not afraid of learning hard things.
- They know the difference between needs and wants.
- They refuse to live in debt, but instead work hard and save.
- They are the first to volunteer, and the last to leave when work needs to be done.
- They still love Jesus
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
No math concept, essay, or science experiment trumps raising your sons and daughters to be excellent, loving, kind, hard working, and dependable.
Focus on character and life skills as the default and homeschooling core.
Subjects and concepts are simply tools used to teach children how to live.
Focus on the big stuff: attitude, character, habits of diligence.
This world is at their fingertips.
Focus on HOW they are learning and growing.
P.S-What if all parents and teachers focused on their children in this way…