As a homeschool parent, you teach your child about his environment while also teaching him to care for it. All his study and hard work will eventually lead to a well-developed road lined with domestic responsibility and knowledge. Essentially, this road will equip your child for various paths in which he is called to serve in the future.
As your child learns about the world around him, he will see evidence of God’s grand design in nature. He will discover the ever-expanding ways in which we use our world’s resources to provide sustenance, comfort, safety, recreation, and even medicine. Your child will learn to think critically to develop solutions to challenges he perceives in the world. As your child studies, he will open doors to ever-expanding opportunities in which he can serve others throughout his personal and professional life.
As your child learns the responsibility of maintaining a well-manicured path, he will develop the motivation, ambition, and determination necessary to accomplish goals. Therefore, it is important to teach your child new responsibilities as he increases in maturity and ability. Advise a younger child to fetch a towel or help pick up his toys. Then, as your child is able, have him maintain his bedroom on his own, eventually moving toward household chores and lawn care. As your child reaches his teenage years, consider challenging him with tasks you take on as an adult, such as car and home maintenance, creating a budget, or planning, cooking, and serving your family a meal.
Since responsibilities and commitments take energy and perseverance, the human side of us tends to complain from time to time. Children are no exception. When your child complains about his responsibilities, take the opportunity to remind him that God asks us to have a heart of service. Remind your child that all jobs, whether big or small, are important, and their completion contributes to the greater good of your family, your community, and our world.
“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:16, NIV)
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