I have my lazy turned up to high.Since I am not characterized by being lazy, my family is simply pleasantly surprised that I am “chilling”. They are curled up with books or movies in this same room. Heaven. When dinner comes around, I will not win friends and influence people if I say, “I forgot to make dinner” though will I? Not in my house full of men. They want to eat:). Laziness is one of those strange things. It is so appealing on a rainy afternoon, like today as I write this. But laziness to the point that responsibilities are neglected is simply intolerable. Now three things personify laziness: A male lion lazing in the shade, An overfed house cat, And a 12-year-old boy.
So how do we Homeschool a LAZY 12-year-old boy?(moms of girls, you’ll have to let me know if these truths are universal) The first thing I will share with you is that NO ONE has all the answers you need except the Lord. I do have some practical things to share with you, but they are foundational truth’s. I wish there was a list of “4 steps to having obedient, cheerful, selfless, and hardworking children”. Oh, there are lists. But most of them belong in the garbage can. Let’s get started.
First, get in sync with your husbandIf there is any division between you at all, prioritize your marriage. Homeschooling can be a wrecking ball to a marriage when mom is frustrated about being frustrated and dad tries to help. My husband does not help me with ‘day to day’ homeschool, but he is the one that helps me see the Big Picture. It took me years of dying to myself before I was willing to listen to his counsel. I’m embarrassed to admit that, but I want to be honest with you.
Second, Watch this scene from Captain America with your son.
Seriously watch that scene from Captain America with your son and explain that this is the season of life he is in. God is going to transform him from his 12-year-old self into a Godly man, if he is fully committed and trusts Him. There will be struggles, there will be battles, but you believe in him and are looking forward to the day the capsule steams open and your Godly Man-Son emerges.