distractions

Posted: April 1, 2009 in homeschooling

Lately I have had the feeling that I am just “spinning my wheels” and not really gaining any ground.  Do you know what I mean?!?  I spend so much time being tossed to and fro and rarely look back on my day with a feeling of accomplishment.  Don’t get me wrong, I have great intentions, but then distractions come and I lose my way.  

I started thinking how satan uses the tool of distraction to keep us off task in different areas of our life.

In the area of homeschooling, there are numerous distractions that get me moving in a wrong direction.  One is looking at other people.  I start comparing what they are doing and all the extra curricular activities they are involved in and I start to feel very inadequate.  Another very common one is worry more about “filling the head with knowledge than lighting a fire for the love of learning.”  I think I sometimes get more motivated to just mark off the scheduled pages as completed that I miss the whole point of learning.  I want my homeschool to be about excitement for learning and see happiness when my kids have discovered some new idea or new fact about a subject they love.  But, that is not how I plan most of our homeschooling days. I tend to lean more toward getting the work done so we can move on to the next lesson.  The distraction of feeling accomplished because the “box” has been crossed out and marked completed, is sucking the life out of our days.  The whole point of homeschooling is being able to learn in an open and free environment and the ability to explore new ideas and opportunities that arise.  I’m afraid that I miss so many teachable moments because I am worried about finishing a lesson.  I really want to move past that distraction and get back to what I love about homeschooling.  Why is it so hard to do that?!?  Is it peer pressure?  It is having to “prove” that we are making progress in learning by finishing a textbook?  Is it the fear of “learning gaps”?   I really don’t know.   Am I the only one who struggles with this?!? 

Oh well, I had more thoughts about the distractions that Satan uses in other areas, but that will have to wait for another time.  As usual, when I start talking about my homeschool, I get a little bit passionate and end up writing waaaay more than I intended.

Enough for now.

Thanks for stopping by 😎

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Comments
  1. I think lots of people struggle with those things. I know I still do!

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