Today I am writing for both #write28days and #fmfparty and today’s topic is “Build” Since I am blogging about homeschooling for #write28days, today I want to talk about building in regards to homeschooling. Homeschooling provides so many opportunities for building on a daily basis. We get to build relationships with our children.
I remember when all four of my children attended the same public school. Our oldest was in fifth grade. Our second son was in second grade. Our youngest son was in kindergarten and our only daughter was in a pre-kindergarten class that met at the same school. I would drop the oldest three off and not see them until late afternoon when I came to walk them home. The only real interaction we had was getting them up in the morning, taking them to and from school, eating meals and while doing homework in the evenings.
However, when we began homeschooling everything changed. We were together all the time. My children began to spend more time with each other. Now thirteen years later, we can go out for dinner (like we did last night) and the four who are now twenty-two, twenty, eighteen and sixteen respectively had a non-stop conversation during dinner. I love the connection they have to each other. When our oldest (who is a Certified Nursing Assistant) has to work a double (two shifts in a row), the other ones miss him.
While relationships within the family are important, it is important for you, the homeschooling parent to build relationships with your spouse as well as friends. You need a community to connect with as well.
Our family participates in our local homeschool band and strings program where parents are encouraged to play as well as their children. This gives our family time to build outside connections.
My husband, our oldest son, our youngest son and I have all joined our local community band again giving us time to build a community. Stop. (This is where I reached the end of my five minutes, but obviously I can not stop here.)
So continuing on with my thoughts. The Community band gives us all a chance to interact with people of all ages, there are high school students, college students, young adults, middle age adults and even senior citizens who are participating. So I encourage you to go out and find a community outside your home, what type of community depends on your interests. I would love to share what ideas you have, what communities you are already part of, and what types of communities you would like to find or join.
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