Homeschooling the Whole Child
Many families choose to homeschool because they want their children to learn more than just academics. Yes, math, reading, and other subject are important. But parents also want to nurture the hearts and souls of their children as well.
In fact, opportunities for character training and relationship building are often core factors in the homeschool decision. So it can be discouraging when sibling disputes and arguments threaten to derail the homeschool day.
Reacting in the Moment
Because sibling disputes are often unexpected or unpredictable, parents find themselves reacting in the moment of crisis. There is a problem that needs solving. They ask questions, try to determine the facts, and make a wise decision.
But parents often overlook opportunities for positive instruction and training outside the times of conflict. It can be challenging to know how to foster loving sibling relationships and grow our children’s affection for each other.
Relationships Take Work
As with any relationship, sibling relationships must be strengthened through regular, purposeful attention and care. Peace in the household does not happen by accident. It takes effort and instruction. And it takes wise and gentle guidance from parents.
Sometimes we can see the disconnect between how we would like our children to treat each other and how they actually interact. But we don’t always know how to close that gap or make positive progress.
Strengthening Sibling Relationships
We’d like to share a great free resource with you, created by another homeschool blogger. Lynna Sutherland is a Christian homeschool mom of eight kids. She blogs at Homeschooling without Training Wheels.
Lynna created a free 5-Day Sibling Strengtheners Challenge. Those who join the challenge will receive five daily emails with encouragement and also practical tips and activities that can bolster the bonds of sibling affection and encourage harmony in the home. Join the challenge today to increase your own confidence as a parent of siblings!
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!