This post is from contributor, Kasey Norton
We gather curriculum that covers the basics. We want our children to be able to communicate intelligently, compute effectively, and have reasonable knowledge of world history. And these are all important. But there are a few “subjects” that seem often to be overlooked.
This begins in the home where a boy with both a mother and sisters is afforded ample opportunities for training.
It has become the norm to expect brothers and sisters to squabble rather than learn to communicate respectfully. A young boy can be trained to give preference to the ladies, young and not-so-young, in his home.
Gentleman are fashioned through careful attention. Teach them to hold the door, serve girls and women first, and speak with courtesy and kindness. No, it’s not popular today and many brush the notion off as old-fashioned and outdated. However, I have yet to meet a woman who doesn’t blossom under such treatment.
The gender lines have become muddied. We’ve gotten so caught up in equalizing the roles that we’ve overlooked the manner in which God created us…unique and different. We are to complement each other, not compete for dominance.
Young girls should be educated to embrace the beautiful girlhood that leads up to womanhood. They should be encouraged in the feminine virtues of grace, gentleness, chastity, purity, etc. A young lady instructed in such a manner will not find herself in shackles of restraint…rather, she’ll be free to pursue the life He intended for her, in her rightful role.
Our children need more than simple Bible knowledge; they need to be guided into a personal relationship with Jesus.
We must intentionally walk alongside them as they find their spiritual legs. A small child can fold his tiny hands and whisper a prayer…but we have been blessed with the opportunity of personally introducing them to the One to whom those prayers ascend.
Head knowledge mustn’t ever be of greater importance than heart knowledge. And as our children grow and mature, we should be giving them increasing freedom to govern themselves according to His Word, rather than just ours. They need room to stumble while we’re still right there to help them back up.
Deference to Adults and Elderly
The current generation of youth has been born into a self-serving age of disrespect and moral absenteeism. It is abhorrent to see the manner in which many young people address adults and disregard the elderly.
Children should be taught to humble themselves before their elders and conduct themselves in a way that communicates respect and deference. Left to the training of their peers, this will not likely happen. We must model it for them and insist on it from them. They should be often reminded what a blessing it is to one, advanced in years, to be showered with the respect and attention of a young person.
It awakens something deep within that otherwise might fade away.
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