Either I have forgotten what it is like to be solely responsible for a two year- old, or I have gotten out of shape— both physically and mentally.
Every parent trains their children. They train them to scream and pitch fits, or they train them to be sweet and obedient, but the child is trained either way.
Growing up, homeschooling was our way of life. It was part of every job, every fishing trip, and everything we did as a family. Most of the time we did not realize that we were learning.
In previous issues I have discussed the three natures of a child: the Prophet/Visionary type, the Priestly/Steady type, and the Kingly/Command type of child. Each type has its strengths and its weaknesses.
In part 3 of her series on raising the three types of children, Shalom talks about how building confidence in your laid-back, steady child is an everyday job—to let them accomplish something, to overcome, and to be victorious!
Children see their reflection in the eyes of others. They gaze into the mirror of eyes that love or judge, blame or cherish, or that show delight. The developing child then says, “So that is who I am.”
What can we do as parents to encourage our visionary/dreamer type kids? Face the fact that they are different. They don’t always follow the status quo. Let them dream, but direct the dreams.
It is important to understand that the learning deficit is not a learning disability; it is a teaching disability. Let your “brilliant idiot” learn in his or her own way.
I have thirteen head of cattle in my front field, most of them just young calves recently acquired from auctions. For the past three days, several of them have gotten out every day.
Each of my children has a unique personality. Gracie, my nine-year-old and firstborn daughter, is strong, confident, and sure of herself. She is a go-to-girl type. She has an unwavering faith in what she believes.