When my eldest daughter was born, my husband and I got talking one night about what we thought she would be when she was older. We were joking around about what the up and coming careers would be in twenty years and were trying to predict which jobs would be the most in demand and financially rewarding. You know, the kind of job that would pay for a nice retirement home and vacations for us parents. When we were done kidding around, we both said almost in unison that if we raise our children to love the Lord and to be genuinely good people then we would consider our job as parents a success.
Flash forward five years and I was getting ready for our first year of homeschooling. Like any new homeschooling mom, I browsed through every (and I mean every) curriculum website, every homeschool blog and tried my hardest to go to every vendor at the homeschooling convention. I was sure that picking the right curriculum would make or break my first homeschooling year. By September I had the perfect math, history, spelling, phonics, language arts and spelling curriculum for our first year. Nothing was missing.
And I was right. Nothing was missing.
Nothing was missing if I wanted to raise a child to excel in academics.
And that was my goal picking the curriculum. Every mother wants her child to be smart.
But my husband and I wanted more. We remembered our conversation five years ago when we both agreed that raising children who would be of great character and morals was our primary goal. When I laid out my new shiny curriculum in front of me, there was nothing there that would get our children to this goal.
So things changed.
I started with a good catechism program. I began each day reading the Bible with my children (keep in mind that I had never read the Bible on my own at this point). I talked about God openly with my children with as much excitement as I possibly could! I began teaching Sunday school at our church to show my children that my love for God was so great that I just HAD to share it.
Then I learned about teaching virtues and everything I was trying to teach my children came together! We do virtue training as part of our homeschool daily. In just over a month of incorporating this into our daily routine I have noticed a huge difference in my children's attitude and behavior. We learn concrete ways of living out these virtues and we challenge each other to achieve them every day.
Next week I am joining 21 other bloggers in the 5 days of Mothering and Homemaking series. I will be sharing with you how we teach virtues in our home. Join me June 4th through June 8th for a week of encouragement and ideas on teaching what I think is one of the most important lessons we can pass down to our children.
Wife to an amazing husband and mom to three beautiful girls. We are a Catholic family raising our children in the faith. We will be beginning our homeschool adventure and look forward to sharing our journey on this blog!