Last week came and went with no hysterics from my oldest son. Of course that led me to hope for another good week. So far, not so good. On his very first subject, he reacted first to the length of the assignment, then my request to do it neatly. I finally urged him to set that assignment aside until later and move on to something else. That unfortunately was not much better. A Latin test.
This kid is bright, really bright. But he doesn’t want to have to do any work. I spent his early years making sure to keep his assignments short and free of busy work. I wonder if I failed to teach him the value of working hard and being diligent?
As I write this I am reminded how much I am learning from homeschooling my children. First, when I do something right, does God expect that I’ve got it from then on and will never struggle with it again? Sometimes I act like that is His expectation. But no, His strength is demonstrated in my weakness.
I just want these difficulties with my son to be fixed. I don’t want to work hard and diligently correct him over and over. Here I am expecting something from my son, that I’m also still learning. And I always will be. I’m reminded that sanctification is a process. We don’t get to check things off the list.
While we’re living on this earth, we will not be perfect! Lord, help me remember that and show grace to my children like you show to me.