In spite of my not feeling that great, it really was a terrific weekend. I'm still processing everything I heard from the speakers and saw in the exhibit hall, but overall I was inspired and charged up to finish out this year and get ready for the next.
I had the opportunity to hear three amazing speakers, Karen "Spunky Homeschool" Braun, Carol Barnier, and Mark Hamby. Unfortunately I did not make it to Amanda Bennett because I was running out of steam, but I've heard her in the past. She is wonderful, and I plan to order CD's of her sessions. There are several other speakers I'd like to order CD's of because I heard that they were not to be missed. I really needed three of me to be able to hit every session and booth that I wanted to! :)
I wanted to highlight some things from Karen "Spunky Homeschool" Braun's session:
ART: Attitude, Relationships, and Teaching
Her message used the acronym ART to help us remember to keep our priorities in the proper order:
1. ATTITUDE: Affirm your children and give them JOY.
-Mom's attitude permeates the home.
-Contentment is the key to having a joyful attitude. (I Timothy 6:6)
-Joy killers: comparison, impatience, fear
2. RELATIONSHIPS: I should focus on my relationships in this order:
-My relationship with God...Time spent with Him each day is absolutely essential.
-My relationship with my husband...Don't give him my leftovers
-My relationship with my children...Don't make their education more important than my relationship with them. If I want to point them to Jesus, they need to see me being Jesus to them.
-Traditional teaching methods: If something isn't working, ditch it, and find what does work for your child's learning style.
-Housekeeping: As a homeschooler, I will not have a perfectly kept house. Let go of those expectations.
-"Don't sacrifice Heaven for Harvard." The education is NOT the most important thing.
Karen also read several passages from the book A Mother's Journey by Linda Dillows. This encouraging story tugged at my Mommy heart, reminding me that this journey is so worthwhile. I have to get a copy of it!
This brief outline really does not do Karen's talk justice, but hopefully it will give you an idea of what she was communicating. I loved her talk because she was not afraid to be real and share straight from her heart. Hearing her really helped me to put some things into perspective in my own life.
I hope to share my notes from Carol Barnier's talk in my next post.