Legitimacy and Feelings of Inadequacy

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Ever get the feeling that you're not a real teacher?

Don't worry: You are a real teacher. You've been teaching your children from day one. You can continue to teach them into formal schooling and beyond if you choose to do so. Sure, you may not be part of the "club" of formal, professional teachers, but you have something they don't: An insider's perspective and a vested interest in the success of your children.

That's huge.

You also have access to tons of excellent homeschool curriculum and homeschool resources. You aren't alone and you don't have to start from scratch.

Also, this is a growth opportunity that just happens to involved the joy of learning with your children! A blog post (and the comments which followed) about making children's monster drawings realistic got me thinking: There's something to be said about the skills we develop as we do something over time. But there's also something cool--and potentially creepy--about seeing what our early attempts can become in the hands of a master. We may feel inadequate, and in many ways we are. But when our work is given to One who can give us legitimacy, our initial scribbles become something much more.

Becoming Real

Which brings me to the reminder that with God's strength and wisdom, we can do this.

May this be a year where we walk ever more in the peace of Christ as He leads us.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester

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