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A Valentine for My Children

Pondering my love for my children on Valentine's Day

When I was young, my dad did this one thing that let me know, without a doubt, that he loved me and my sister.  Every year on Valentine’s Day he bought us a small gift, just from him.  It was such a simple but special thing to do that I carried on the tradition with my boys.  Every year I buy them a box of chocolates and some small gift.  When they were very small, it was stuffed animals.  Then it became action figures or books.

This year, along with their other gifts, because they are all getting almost too old for such things, I thought I would let them know just how I feel about each of them.

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Let Their Grandparents Help

Mom & Dad Snowbird

This picture of my parents was taken yesterday.

But KT, you’re thinking, I thought you were from Indiana.

I am.  But my awesome parents are snowbirds.  Which means they skip winter now and run off to Florida.  Leaving me in the snow.  Checking their mail periodically.  In the snow.

But that’s not what this post is about.  Haha, you know I get sidetracked, but that time I did it Immediately.  Because look at all the sunshine in that pic.  Did I mention it’s snowing in Indiana?

Anyhoo, I am truly grateful for my parents.  Not just for what they’ve done for me, but for what they do for my kids.  When you homeschool, you often lean on that whole ‘it takes a village’ mentality, right?  Grandparents are the perfect people to turn to when you want to broaden your littles’ education beyond your own scope.

My parents teach my kids without even realizing they’re doing it.  Or maybe they do, but the Littles don’t.  My dad loves to work with wood, and each of my boys has built something with him over the years.  My mom loves to play board games with them, and if you don’t know how I feel about board games as an educational tool, this must be your first time here.  Welcome.

For instance, my dad is overflowing with business acumen.  Me?  Not so much.  A couple days ago, Middle completely melted my heart.  He was talking about his future video game design company, and all the things he’s going to have to do, and he said, “And I’ll have to sit down and talk to Grandad so he can advise me on the business side of things.”  I told him his Grandad was the perfect person to steer him on that course.  Middle wants to study business alongside all the techie stuff he’ll need in high school, so I imagine he’ll be having plenty of conferences with Grandad.

My mama has worked in law most of her life.  She knows the legal ins and outs of just about everything.  Littlest is very interested in law and every career that could be had in the field.  Mama is a font of information about that stuff.  She’ll be his person where that is concerned.

My parents are also really good about having the boys help them around their farm.  They have a different take on farming than we do, and they grow different things.  The Littles learn different techniques and ideas by helping them out.  My mama grows a mean flower garden, too.  Her thumb is so green it glows.  I love knowing the littles are learning from her, seeing how she does it, understanding the Feeling that goes into good growing.

My parents are very involved in local politics, and that gives the littles the opportunity to hear about and see how that works, which helps them better understand politics on a larger scale.

I think I could list the benefits of having these amazing people as grandparents forever.

Utilizing your own parents to supplement your littles’ educations is a brilliant way to give your kids even more.  It’s like having tutors who are the funnest people your littles know.  Everybody is good at something, so even if your it’s just that your dad is a good storyteller, have him tell your littles stories about his life, the important historical events he remembers, where he was when he heard about JFK’s assassination, his take on the Vietnam War, where he stood in the Civil Rights debate and why, how he felt when the Berlin Wall fell.  Me, I remember the exact spot I was in when I heard about Stevie Ray Vaughn’s and Kurt Cobain’s deaths, but I’m just not sure that’s as relevant.

As homeschoolers, we sometimes become hyper-aware that we can’t do everything ourselves.  So make sure you give your littles’ grandparents opportunities to provide teachable moments, too.  Your littles will appreciate it.

Mama, Daddy, I love you.  Thanks for always being there.  Thanks for joining us on this journey and providing all you do for these kids who love you to the moon and back.

Lovely readers, Happy Valentine’s Day.  You’re all my Valentines because you make it possible for me to do what I do.  I appreciate you.

Love wins,

KT

 

 

Story Time: Little Bear’s Valentine

Story Time: Little Bear's Valentine - Crafts and activites to go with the picutre book

Well, my lovelies, the Lit Mama is getting all geared up for Valentine’s Lovey Lovey Heart Day, and this beautiful book is a great way to cuddle up with your favorite Valentine.  Little Bear has always been one of my most-loved picture-book characters.  His world is so gentle and sweet.  I often read him to my Littles and Big both when they were very small because I wanted them to get to view the world from such a tender perspective.  This particular story, Little Bear’s Valentine,  continues our Valentine’s mother-child theme, which rocks my socks off.

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Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

Celebrate Valentine's Day and learn all about raccoons with free printables, crafts, and snack recipes from Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses.

Valentine’s Day is not far away, and many of us homeschoolers are looking forward to some easy peasy lessons to go along with it.  If you’re expecting red and pink here, get over it. I think Valentine’s Day should be about All Kinds of love, so we’re going to look at Audrey Penn’s beautiful book, A Pocket Full of Kisses.  It’s blue.  And it’s about the best kind of love there is.
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