Education, Appreciation, Gratification

As I unpack from a trip we took to Paris to celebrate our daughter’s graduation from high school, I’ve come understand the relationship between education, appreciation, and gratification. It seems the more effort we put into an endeavor, the more rewarding the outcome.

I’m referring to the difference between going through a museum and briefly glancing at a piece of artwork and noting the artist’s name, or enjoying the artwork because you have not only tried your hand at painting, but you are intrigued with the artist’s ability to capture light, image, or feeling on canvas using only a paintbrush and pigments. My daughter’s response after spending a day at the Musee d’Orsay was delight. She was thrilled to see artwork in person she had only ever read about or seen in books. I shared her delight, because I took pleasure in her experience. As home school parents, we have the ability to lay a foundation as well participate in the celebration of its completion.

Perhaps you are a parent about to begin your home school year and wonder if all the preparation is worth it. Or you are worried your children will not catch your enthusiasm over the history unit study you’ve prepared. Don’t falter at the first sign of resistance. Push on through. ..for when you have passed a passion on to your student there is a satisfaction like little else.

Gombate! as the Japanese would say.

The meaning actually is “Please work hard!”, but we usually use it like “Good luck!” in English. Also the rōmaji should be “ganbatte”, and the kanji is「頑張って」(がんばって)。“What Does Gambate Mean?” HiNative,


Play With Your Kids

My mother enjoys life and lives it to the limit. I learned the importance of fun from her. The times we spent playing tennis, swimming, going on adventures, traveling, singing, dancing, roller skating, etc., are fused into my memory with joy and cannot be erased by time. I want my children to remember their childhood as a time of fun shared experiences.

As home school moms, so much of the time with our children is spent doing household chores, homeschooling, and taking them to extracurricular activities, that there is little time left to enjoy together. My simple tip today is to remember to have fun with your children. Sing, laugh, play the never-ending game of Monopoly, create Lego contraptions, draw pictures, go on scavenger hunts, and dress up with them. The options are as limitless as your imagination.

Remember, time with our children at home is a precious commodity. It seems like a moment and they are grown and gone. So, go play with your kids!