I went to a homeschool convention this past Thursday and Friday. It was so wonderful to sit, listen, and learn from people who are experts in their fields. I’m still processing through my brain all of the information I soaked in. I think I have 4 new books to read. And it was interesting because I would go and listen to one person speak about one subject and then go to a different person speaking on a similar topic and they would recommend two different things. So the question is…who is right? How do you know?
Over the next few days as I process information, I’ll be sharing some of the stuff I learned. I’m hoping to put some of this into practice soon. Other tips, theories, or philosophies I may need to chew on for a while before I decide anything. I’m also planning on hashing all of this out with my husband. He’s pretty smart.
I will say I learned some Truth, or was reminded of Truth, while there. It’s funny how God prepares us to hear from Him. He’s been preparing me for the past 3 weeks for some of the lessons I needed to learn. Here’s my Top 13 Things I Picked Up From the Homeschool Conference.
13) On average, people watch 7.5-10 hours of TV a day. (This includes computer screens, ipad games, phone games, video games, etc.) For an average lifespan this equals 10 years of life in front of a screen. For the average lifespan, people will have watched 1.5 million acts of violence and 360,000 murders. How are we any more civilized than the Romans who sat in the Colosseum and watched Christians be ripped apart by lions???
12) What would happen if that 10 years was spent in the Word of God?
11) Don’t let distractions rule your life.
10) Get serious about God.
9) Teach the pursuit of excellence, not perfection. There was only 1 perfect Person in this world and it wasn’t me or my children.
8) Am I willing to break mediocrity even if it means getting “dirty” and involved in the lives of others?
7) Use more mercy than judgement. God does.
6) I need to trust God to govern my kids and my husband. I don’t run the show.
5) We cannot see our true selves without the help of others and scripture.
4) EVERYTHING is used by God to teach me about Who He is and who I am in Him.
3) When disciplining children, don’t get rid of the spiderweb, get rid of the spider.
2) Don’t be too arrogant to apologize and ask for forgiveness.
1) You’ll be the same in 5 years as you are now except for the people you meet and the books you read.
I have a lot to think through. What do you think about these statements or questions?