I have recently come to the realization (and more importantly, acceptance) of the fact that my eight year old daughter is not like me. She doesn’t think like me, learn like me, do chores like me, remember things like me… yeah. None of it. I think I’ve known it for a while, but haven’t figured out quite what to do about it. I’ve started looking at learning styles and been more of a student of who she is and how she ticks. What motivates her and how can I help her stay focused? Instead of insisting that she do things the way I think they should be done, I’m trying to find what might work better for her. The expectations in life are the same (chores and schoolwork need to be done, etc), but maybe there’s a different way she can get there.
I was feeling a little overwhelmed trying to figure all this out, when this verse was brought to my attention:
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8
Have you ever needed to be reminded that you’re not in this alone? We don’t have to have all the answers. God has them and He has promised to share them with us! He knows your children (and you) better than you do and knows what methods, curriculum, and strategies they need to learn and grow. Seek Him daily for how to be the parent and teacher you can be.