Sometimes I think we make things too hard.
That statement covers a lot of ground; it’s one of the reasons I’ve been so focused on simplifying things in our home. What I’m specifically thinking about right now, though, is finding connection with our kids.
All parents want to connect with their children, but I think homeschool parents have this added dose of…..something. Maybe because we’re with them all the time, but are aware that time together does not necessarily equal true togetherness. Maybe it’s the extra responsibility we feel that other parents don’t have, as we’ve committed to this whole “school” thing in addition to parenting. Everywhere I turn, I’m being reminded that it’s all about the relationships.
I think there’s this vague idea of what we want connection to look like–what it “should” look like.
- Bonding over a read-aloud.
- Discovering something new and unknown in the world around you, together.
- Deep conversations over cocoa on a cold day (or over ice cream when it’s hot).
Something about all these ideas seems very serious and….I don’t know….intense.
What if it really was as simple as watching a movie?
What if you and your spouse pulled out the weirdest movie you both loved from years ago, warned the (big) kids repeatedly that they might not like it, explained that it really took a special sort of person to enjoy it…..and what if they loved it?
What if the 13-year-old “I don’t really ever laugh at movies, I just smile” couldn’t stop laughing?
What if the 15-year-old cynic laughed just as hard?
(Y’all….there was audible gasping.)
What to make of the ensuing conversation post-movie of the sheer ridiculousness of it all?
Daughter, at the final, final scene: What was that??
Me: That was the Space Shuttle built from household appliances taking off!
Daughter: NO! Not that--I know what that was. What was THAT? That entire movie? (Begins laughing uncontrollably)
What if you get up the next morning and discover the teens have usurped the six-year-old’s magnetic letters? (This, by the way, was the inspiration for this post.)
What if, when they finally stumble out of bed the next morning, we are all still laughing? Together?
It’s June, people, and I’m tired. I”m tired of trying to evaluate every. single. thing my kids are doing to try and figure out if there’s some kind of educational value in it. I’m tired of thinking about school and what school should look like and how much school is enough. All I want, right now, is to simply connect with my kids. To enjoy them. To enjoy things together.
To laugh. A lot.
*The movie in question is “Better off Dead.” No need to go watch it….truly…..you might not like it. It really takes a special sort of person to enjoy it. 😉