This morning while reading one of my homeschooling books I started thinking about how we shape our children’s lives by ours. Of course we already know this, that is why we homeshool. Right. Then my thoughts went a little further. I began to think about painting and how it can relate to the way we raise our children. I began to ask myself what kind of painter I was.
1. Finger painter: You allow your children to be creative and you join in on the fun. You have no boundaries to hold back the way you teach you children. You are creative, fun, and very imaginative.
2. Paint by number: You tend to be more of the type of person who goes more by the book. You follow others by listening and observing what the do and what works for them, but at the same time you choose your own colors to paint by. Just because one person likes their dog to be brown, doesn’t mean you don’t want yours to be white. You allow your children to express their learning styles, yet at the same time you still maintain you boundaries.
3. Professional artist: You make sure that things are done one way, and one way only. You are not open to options. If the book says do it, you do it. You are a perfectionist. It gets to the point where you and your children sometimes dread school.
I read somewhere that our children have already been taught how to paint by God. We just need to learn to observe them and it will come to us. God has already instilled in our children their learning abilities and we are just here to nurture them. We can’t change them, even though sometimes we may want to. Especially if your child has a learning disability, or difficulty reading. Sometimes we tend to push the child beyond what the Lord has planned for them at that time. I learned this lesson not long after we started homeschooling. Dd2 struggled with reading (and still does a little) and I kept pushing and pushing her to read better. I bought book after book hoping that something would spark her interest and she would want to read. But it just wasn’t the Lords plan yet. It took her a couple of years before she could read well enough on her own. God’s timing is perfect. Why do we tend to want to rush it? I know that it is sometimes hard to sit and wait for something to happen. And sometimes it may not even happen, or at least the way we wanted.
So after reading my ramblings for today, I am curious, what kind of painter are you?
I tend to be a little of 2 and 3, but I would love to be more of 1.