We finally had a “normal” week! We are fully back to homeschooling, running the business, and even fit in some time with friends!
The boys got to have a playdate with their buddies, the Varela boys, this week. We had been meeting weekly with them for over a year, but between their new baby and all of our craziness this winter, we had not really seen them since before Christmas. Needless to say, the boys were thrilled to have some time with their friends!
The business has been going well. We are still building inventory and trying to figure out more ways to incorporate the kids into the business. We really value being together as a family – shared challenges and experiences build a strong relationship, and we love having that with each other and our kids. So, while we are not slave drivers in any way (there is plenty of coloring, trampoline, Lego, and video games happening throughout the week!), we do want the kids to be as involved in our work as they can be. Right now, Liam helps with exporting photos, Paul helps David with taking pictures, and even the girls pick up the trash from shipping supplies. We all listen to audio books as we work, and the kids all cheer when we announce that we sold something. Sometimes it’s really great, and sometimes it’s really hard to work together through bad attitudes and interrupted naps, but we HAVE to learn to work as a team to achieve our goal, and that lesson is priceless. I’m really glad we get to share that with our kids.
We have hit an exciting time in homeschooling. Recently, David and I divided the subjects between us, lightening my burden and freeing both of us to teach the things we are interested in. For those who know us well, it won’t surprise you to hear that I’m basically covering the Reading/Writing areas while David (who is a really great teacher) is teaching the History/Science topics. I love that I have the freedom to dig deeper into the subjects I love because I’m not prepping lessons in 12 different subjects, and with David, the boys get to hear about philosophy behind learning history and learn chess from someone who is really passionate about learning and teaching those things. The boys are loving it, which, as any parent can attest, makes any task so much easier.
We even had a chance to get away for an overnight stay with our friends in the country this weekend. We relaxed and let our kids run with their friends while we caught up with each other. Good food, great hospitality, and refreshing conversations: it was the perfect end to the week!
So how was your week? Have any stories about how you have incorporated working together in your family? Any suggestions on how to keep your kids excited about learning? I would love to hear about it in the comments!