Tuesday, January 10, 2012
It's Okay to Be Home!
I've been thinking a lot about how much it benefits a child to have his mom at home, as well as the benefits of his being homeschooled. Just think about it. The child gets up in the morning without having to be rushed out the door, to go to daycare or school. He gets to hang out in his house all day long, with his mom and siblings. Everyone eats breakfast together; there is no hurried breakfast or big rush out the door without. There are many cuddles from mommy and loves from siblings throughout the day. Story time with mommy. Play time with sissy. Can you tell I'm really thinking about my toddler here? But this topic applies to all the kids, all the way up to my 16 year old.
I am so grateful that I'm able to have everyone home all day, and that I'm able to be here. There is so much pressure in society these days to be "out". I used to feel that to be doing anything of value, the kids and I had to be out of the house several hours in the week. I thought that it wasn't okay to be home most of the time. I thought that I needed to fill our calendar with numerous activities, in order to be doing a good job as a mom.
What a lie!
That is simply not true, in spite of the way that most of the people in this country live. It's not only okay to be home most of the time, it's GOOD. I think it really benefits children to be home the majority of the time. Home is where the heart is, and life should revolve around the home. Home is not just a place to sleep! It's a place of love, of training, of discipleship.
I'm not saying that we never go out of the house. I'm also not saying that it's bad to go out of the house. But the Lord has taught me that being home--a LOT-- is all good, for everyone.
It's okay to be home! If there are women reading this who have been struggling with this topic, please take heart. Enjoy your home, and don't worry about everything "out there". Savor the moments. Enjoy your family. This is what it's all about!