As homeschool parents, we all need a little validation every once in a while. We all wonder if we are doing a good job. Most of the time we are thinking we are screwing it all up. So, when our kids give us a little validation for the work we are putting in to be good parents and to be good homeschool teachers, it gives our hearts and egos a little boost. Who doesn’t want to be told they are doing a good job?
In our lesson plans, provided for us by our school, there a number of assignments that are required throughout the year to be graded by the graders and not me the homeschool mom. One of the required assignments is paragraph writing. The lesson plan gives her a few topic options to choose from so I don’t have to create topics for her. My only job, in this case, is to make sure she remembers and applies all the grammar rules.
Recently, Harmonie was asked to write a paragraph on the person she admires most. Her options were: Jesus, The Pope, her parents, or anyone else she may choose. I thought she would write a paragraph about her dad, but to my surprise, her paragraph was about me. Here is what she wrote:
I have to admit it put a little lift in my heart when I read it. It is hard not to have mommy guilt, especially when you are a single mother, because no matter how hard you are working to do the right thing and be the right kind of mom, you are lacking. It cannot be the dad, you are a mom. You can compensate, yes, but you cannot replace that parent. It simply is not the same to your child. But, even though you will always lack something, this is proof that your efforts can be appreciated by the youngest of your babies and displayed to you in the sweetest of ways. I am lucky and blessed to be this kids momma.
How have your kids honored and valadating you and your efforts to
be the best parent you can be for them? Let’s chat about it!