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Practically Perfect in Every Way … or Not
Volume 117, Program 62
11/26/2013
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Homeschoolers are known for striving for excellence—parents try to be the best teachers they can be and their children push to excel at academics, athletics, and other activities. But when does it all become too much? Find out on today’s Home School Heartbeat with your host Mike Farris.

Mike Farris:
This week, I’m sharing some of the lessons our family has learned while homeschooling over the past 30 years. Today’s lesson is one that may be tough for hardworking parents to hear and it’s simply this: don’t fall into the trap of perfectionism.

You’ve all heard the stories—you know, the family who has 12 children, all under age 9. Their 6-year-old has learned to solve three-variable algebra problems by studying the number of Hebrew syllables in the Pentateuch. Their 9-year-old has fully funded his college education by selling organic muffins door-to-door, using the ingredients his 7-year-old sister grew in the 40-acre herb garden she operates. This is like a stunt on television or a car commercial: Do not try this at home.

Don’t believe for a second that you can teach every subject you would desire, or engage in every activity you would like to have your children pursue. This is not to say that you cannot engage in a lot of good things. You can. This is not to say that you cannot find a wonderful variety of choices for your children’s activities. You can. But, do not drive yourself crazy with the lie that you must do it all.

Do well. Be great. But forget this perfectionism nonsense. It’s not worth it.

I’m Mike Farris.


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