Seems simple, right?
There are in fact several facets to think about; spiritual, physical, mental, social, and emotional are the ones that spring to my mind.
If we look at each category and think about what things we want to teach our children I’m sure we could all come up with a huge list. In fact, for right now I’d say don’t write it down…just the thought overwhelms me. (Although it might be a good idea to tackle one facet at a time and make a list of the three most important things you want to teach in the next few months.)
Just remember, that academics are only a small part of what we teach our children. Here’s a small sampling of the things parents teach their kids that are not considered academic.
- to love and honor God
- to ride a bike
- to wash the dishes
- to be a good friend
- to tell the truth, even when they’ll get in trouble
- to tie their shoes
- to respect authority
- to good manners
- to make their bed
- to protect those who are weaker
- to clean up after themselves
- to use kind words
This list could go on and on (and on…)
So just keep in mind while you’re teaching the ABCs and 123s, there are other things parents are meant to teach. When we incorporate all of the other things, academics become only a fraction of the learning and are automatically simplified as we make more time to focus on all the lasting lessons in life.