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Friday, June 3, 2011

Taking Time to Connect

I've been thinking about Candy's post Dear Sergeant Ybarra for a couple days now. There is something powerful about someone taking the time to notice you. In fact, as Candy writes, those letters still impact her today. These simple, powerful interactions can change lives.

As I think back in my own life, the best teachers, pastors, and youth leaders all gave a focused interest in me. They demonstrated that I mattered to them and that they were happy to spend time with me.

We have the opportunity to do that with our children. Homeschooling enables us to take time to connect with our kids. It may feel more mundane than sending letters half a world away, but the impact is greater because of the frequency of contact. These benefits of homeschooling are easily taken for granted (or worse, completely overlooked), but when I think back to those who have poured into my life, my parents are definitely at the top of that list.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester


Leslie said...

I totally agree with this - that is to me one of the main benefits of homeschooling. And I think the "read alouds" is very good for connecting. Sitting with our kids, holding them on our laps and reading to them. Contrast that with sitting for hours in school? There's no comparison!

Luke Holzmann said...

So true, Leslie. Cramming onto the couch for a great book is a wonderful bonding opportunity.



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