Sunday, August 9, 2009
Some days are just like that
Lest one think that every day is pure ecstasy and joy in Home-ed-landia, I'd like to point out that like with anything else there are ups and downs. Some days everything is going wonderfully, the kids are interested in what you are trying to teach or they come up with intriguing ideas for doing something all by themselves and everyone behaves themselves as little gentlemen and ladies ought to. There are other types of days, when everyone bickers, the recipe flops, the project doesn't take off and is too frustrating and everything seems to go belly up no matter what you try. Some days are just like that and it's normal. After all, it's all part of the learning process. As long as the general direction is positive and the down days are in the minority, all is fine. It's important to appreciate the disappointments together with the joys. It's good for the kids (and parents) to realize that it's not always fair weather and smooth sailing in the sea of life. Sometimes we have to learn to be flexible and go with the flow or change directions if necessary. Other times, one has to stay the course and persevere in the face of difficulties and not to shy away from struggles that inevitably crop up. There is a value in the process of learning itself, not just the end results. It's easy to get caught up in being too goal oriented and ambitious because there are so many exciting things in the world to learn and teach. But I think, that precisely the days when things don't go as we planned are a perfect opportunity to reflect on the process itself and let it carry us, at least for the time being, wherever it will take us. You just might make some interesting discoveries.