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It all started with Dana’s GPS.
Marilyn’s daughter, Dana, was journeying with Joanna and me to the big city early last spring. We were on the way to the final fitting for Joanna’s wedding dress.
Dana has known me since she was a wee bairn so she knows that I get lost. (I’ve gotten her lost in many parts of the country- including our blunder into a broom closet in a college bathroom, long story.) Knowing the inevitability of a few sidetracks on our trip, Dana brought her GPS to guide us.
Unfortunately, Dana has a GPS with an attitude. The first time the disembodied female voice announced, “Recalibrating…”, it sounded bemused.
But somewhere around, “Recalibrating!!” #3, Ms. GPS became downright terse and haughty. By the time we pulled into the wedding dress studio, the voice in the little gray box was totally exasperated!
That GPS was very bad on my self-esteem. I felt so puny by the time we arrived that I vowed never to use that devise again!
You can guess what happened on the way home! I wouldn’t allow Dana to turn on that infernal GPS. We made it home but only after driving through an unnecessary state (not that Delaware itself is unnecessary- just the sidetrack was).
My point being:
All people need affirmation.
Critical voices and harsh words do not attract willing followers, yielded learners, or happy co-operators.
A successful homeschool has parents who can:
-give honest praise where praise is due
-can encourage children in difficult moments (even if they have to leave the room for a minute and calm down)
-remember those famous lines from Bambi, “If you can’t say something nice…don’t say nothin’ at all!”
Children who feel genuinely affirmed will learn more efficiently and be nicer about learning! (Works for grownups, too!)
(BTW- the Secret to Homeschool Success #1 is: Prayer.)
How do you affirm your children when you are homeschooling?