helping our kids live their lives on purpose

Let’s help our homeschool kids spend their time wisely, so they have meaningful childhood memories and they learn to live their lives on purpose.

Parenting is short-lived. That’s a statement that doesn’t always feel true. Yet it is.

So how do we help our kids live their lives on purpose?

Zach enjoying a sip from the water sprayer

Time moves quickly after having a few children.

Not so in the first year after my first child’s birth.

She was gorgeous.

I was never more excited to wake up each morning except in those days. Except that I was too tired to wake up each of those mornings.

She was adorable for a reason: because if she weren’t, the effort would have been too much.

My first daughter didn’t want to sleep but was desperate for it. She didn’t want to be put down but wasn’t soothed by being carried all day.

It was a bracing introduction to parenting. A. Lot. Of. Work.

But she was a beautiful baby. Despite not having a digital camera to capture all the moments (there were no digital options when she was born), I took an incredible number of photos (that I also developed at the Walmart camera department).

Kodakifying each moment seemed realistic.

I even scrapbooked every last photo for my first daughter.

Everything about that first year was magical.

But it also felt like one long night. 

Time can slow to a snail’s pace when you’re not sleeping.

Then magically, she’s all grown up, backpack slung on her back and zooming out the door to drive to the airport where she’s spending five months traveling around Mexico.

In a blink of an eye.

How do we help our kids live their lives on purpose? We need to invest our kids’ time, not just spend it.

What do we want them to remember?

What do we want them to learn?

Their childhood doesn’t have to be reflected in our culture’s attachment to online gaming, social media, or time spent at the mall. It doesn’t have to be consumed by reading semi-useful info tidbits, then regurgitating those tidbits for standardized tests. Or it could include some of these activities.

We can teach our children to live life on purpose, explore their interests, and find meaningful work now.

Zach sizing up against the golf bag

“Your child is a runner. You’re helping them to find their lane.”

There are a bazillion kids out there, and we assume they all need to know the same things to become effective, functional contributors to their families, communities, and society.

Maybe they aren’t cookie-cutter replacements for the last grade of school kids. Maybe they were put on this earth to do their thing, in their own way.

So though there are days when we need to plant them in front of the television so we can zone out with Pinterest, a good book, or cuddle with a cappuccino, their time is short. Let’s make meaningful, intentional memories with them.

Let’s help them to spend their time wisely, so they have childhood memories, and teach them how to live life on purpose.

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