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Aug 2, 2013

Your Important Role As Mom and Teacher

MaryAnn Gaver

"The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."   -William Ross Wallace

In the blog, A Mom's High Hopes, I reflected on motherhood. And, once again, I encourage you to look at your vital role as you shape your children's lives...

One of the hardest things about being a mom is that at the end of the day, you don't always see the results of your labor. But I encourage you...never for a moment think that your role, your work, and your love for your family is anything less than crucial!

In the blog The Apricot Tree & The Little Garden, I talked about how surprised I was when we received our little apricot tree along with the reminder not to look for fruit for a good three to four years after planting. No fruit for three years? You've got to be kidding!

This is a lot like our roles as teachers. We help our kids learn, imagine, and discover --- then expect instant results. We assume that every bit of training is going to instantly sink in and bear fruit, so to speak. But the fruit doesn't always come right away. 

 I remember a particular Wednesday when I waited outside of Austin's violin lesson. The lesson was almost over, so the next student walked in with her mother. The other mom and I met for the first time, introduced ourselves and chatted about music and other things. 

During the conversation, that mom asked me an unusual question. She said, "What is your forte"? Not the typical, "What do you do?" 

"Well," I started, "I love to help my husband and teach our kids." 

When we drove home, I thought about that word, forte'. In music, it means strong. Although most days, I felt less than strong, I knew that being a teacher was my passion. Yes, I loved being a wife and mom. I loved teaching. In essence, I loved my job!

That day, I realized that my job was to simply be faithful in what I was called to do --- teach --- and that I could leave the results with God. 

I decided that day to communicate (with the twins) that I was not teaching on an interim basis, waiting for "something better" to come along. I announced , "I have the most important job in the world ---- teaching you!"

I still love being a mom even though it's different with college kids. I assure you that the young years fly by quicker than the blink of an eye, so enjoy them as much as possible.

Keep teaching! After all, as homeschooling moms, teaching is our forte!

Stay faithful! God bless you.