Next to my faith in God, my biggest asset would be my supportive husband. When I have had a particularly bad day (and there have been many lately), he is always there to pick me up and encourage me. He helps me see the “big picture.” For us the “big picture” is to raise godly children. That requires godly teaching and training on our parts. Those are the two parts of parenting that take a lot of time and energy.
We have seen some fruits of our labor in this area. Our two oldest children will do extra things not asked of them when life is chaotic for me. Most recently, we have dealt with a lot of medical issues. And the two older children have pitched in where needed to get daily and weekly chores done.
When I am dealing with a sick child or am sick myself, a lot of what I do around the house is left undone. My older children will pitch in without being asked and do some of my chores. My husband will also come in from a long day at work and cook, if necessary.
Having children willing to help when needed falls under character training. We have used the unit study approach to our homeschooling for a variety of reasons, but one of the main reasons was to use our unit studies as a vehicle for character training.
Stay tuned. I will have more posts to add to this series in the coming days.
Have a blessed day! Tami
Part 1 in the series – http://www.tamifox.com/2008/02/overcoming-obstacles-while.html
Part 3 in the series – http://www.tamifox.com/2008/02/overcoming-obstacles-part-3.html
Part 4 in the series – http://www.tamifox.com/2008/02/overcoming-obstacles-part-4.html
Part 5 in the series – http://www.tamifox.com/2008/02/overcoming-obstacles-part-5.html