Homeschool Life Win #197 As our kids spread their wings and catch flight, it can take our breath away.It’s what we want. We teach them to read and to calculate the best deals at the grocery store, and at some point it happens. They find their sweet spot. It’s incredibly humbling to hand dinner to someone you’ve birthed, taught, raised, and mentored and to see an accomplished adult looking back at you. LUCK? It’ll take your breath away! Nope. It’s days, weeks, months, and years of mentoring, guiding, correcting, training, and… letting go. It will look different for each and every one of our children.But that swelling feeling of warmth that fills our hearts and brings color to our cheeks will be the same. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been watching one of my sons soar. He launched his little shop and is daily releasing art that he’s been working on for months. It’s absolutely incredible to watch as he, “does what he said he was going to do”. Being the mom of an artist, I’ve listened to countless dreams, ideas, and plans… But now I get the double joy of watching his talent being unveiled. WOW! Let me give you a glimpse of what can happen when kids are given time and space to develop their talents. https://www.redbubble.com/people/TheSaylerMan/shop But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Where did this very talented man begin his journey to success? With a medical challenge that required HUGE surgeries every few years until he was 10 years old. Wasn’t he adorable? Medical issues that still cause him to develop grit Potty trained at 4-years old (because surgeries kept causing all progress to be lost as he lay in hospital beds”. He didn’t read well until he was 8 (He was one of five of the delayed readers in my home) When taking standardized tests, he simply created patterns with the little bubbles. Creative FANCY patterns. We’d fight over math. A lot. Eventually, I got him math teachers because I loved him too much to fight over my inability to teach him math in a way he could understand. He found a love for performing on stage in 8th grade. He began writing a book in 8th grade that eventually turned into a full screenplay in college and morphed to his passion project. ONE day before the production of a feature film project was to begin, the world shut down and he found himself staring at a project that could NOT be done due to pandemic. He moped for a bit, and I told him to think outside the box. Maybe there was something there that was hidden. (YES. I take credit for the next one. lol) He turned that feature film into a full 22 minute animated film. HAND DRAWING thousands of frames in a few weeks. He teamed together with other film students and produced and incredible little film that will make you cry when it’s released. A letter to you from me… Mom, Your child may be struggling to learn to tie their shoes today. Maybe they can’t hold a pencil correctly or write a complete sentence.It’s ok. Keep loving on your kids. Teach them HOW to learn. Marinate them in more books than you think they should read.Give them magic markers and let them draw. Turn on music and let them dance.Give them a guitar and let them play. Provide Legos and time to build. Let them learn to write computer programs. Someday, not too far in the future, you will hand them a dinner plate and you will see an amazing adult looking back at you. Every ounce of effort, love, time, and attention you put toward their life and education is worth it. xoxoBekki PS- This is the FUN part of homeschooling. Come follow Micah… PRINT THIS FREE HOMESCHOOL MOM REMINDER. This post comes with a free printable reminder list to help keep your heart focused on the heart of homeschooling. I always have the hardest staying focused. This printable simplifies it! Here is a sneak preview… DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE Download the checklist. You’ll get the printable, plus join 9,000+ homeschool moms who receive my weekly parenting tips and ideas!Print. Any paper will do the trick, but card stock would be ideal.Place it on your refrigerator as a helpful reminder.