Have you ever thought to yourself, “My kids may not be perfect, but at least they aren’t like ______.”
Or have you been on the receiving end of that type of judgemental attitude?
If so, keep reading.
A dear friend of mine shared an article with me that another homeschooling mom had shared with her. And now, I share it with you.
This is not one of those articles that made me feel good as a homeschooling mom. This is NOT an article that made me pat myself on the back. It made me do the opposite.
The author stepped on my toes and made me examine my heart and attitude.
If you read the whole article, you’ll see that the author is chastising homeschooling moms and dads for “comparison-parenting”.
(btw, the author is also a homeschooling mom.)
I get it…and I’m glad I read the article.
Any parent can get prideful. Any parent can become complacent. Any parent can succumb to the “I know you didn’t really do anything good, but at least you didn’t do anything bad” syndrome.
The author (Donna Reish) says,
“Christian parenting should not be about looking, seeming, or feeling better than those around us. It should be about excellence. It should be about high expectations. It should be about pleasing God in our parenting—not others, and certainly not ourselves!”
This article is a good word to parents (homeschooling or not), and everyone else. We can apply the principles to every relationship. In essence, the author urges us to not settle for the absence of bad stuff in our relationships, but rather, to strive for great stuff in them! When we settle for less…everyone loses.
In my role as wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, writer or homeschool teacher, I want to be the best I can be. Yet too many times I settle for less.
If you get a chance to read the article, I’d love to hear your thoughts.