Ultimately, your children need to learn how to love their Creator, love their neighbor, and do common sense things. Teach them the 10 commandments. Teach them how to grow a garden. Teach them how to use a shovel, or cook a meal, or sew up a tear on a piece of clothing.
When they get older, they'll decide what they want to do in life, and they'll study for that specific field, but there is no common sense reason for a child to be learning anything they will not use in real life.
If you need to know calculus for your job, that's cool. I've never used it. I use addition and subtraction, division and multiplication every day.
People have education all messed up. Learning is great, but everyone doesn't learn the same way, and everyone doesn't need to learn the same things.
I've took my boys to work with me since they were 13. Like real work. They spent time with me before that age, doing chores around the property like grass cutting, weeding, picking up those irritating black walnuts from our trees, lol. But at 13, I worked them hard.
Tisha has taught our girls how to be moms since they were walking. My daughters could cook for our whole family when they were little.
My oldest son is 18, married, and has a full time job. He's just as responsible as a 40 year old man. Probably more responsible than some.
My next son turns 17 today, and works full time as a Karate instructor for children. Last time I went to one of his tournaments, all the adult instructors went on and on about how much they loved him, and how mature he was for his age.
My oldest daughter (20) went to work for Ace Hardware right out of high school. She was loved by everyone there, because she did her job and was polite. She then became a wife and a mother, and she's doing wonderfully.
Are you bragging on your children Matthew? Yep. You bet I am. Lol... It's by Yah's grace that He allowed my wife and I to train them up in the way they should go. It wasn't me. It was Yah's grace in me, and in Tisha.
I do not care if my children never get rich. I'm not worried about them being famous. I just want them to live a good, honest, fun life. I want them to be upstanding citizens in the community. I want their names to be spoken and dignity to be thought of. I want them to be people you can count on.
The way this is accomplished is not by forcing them to learn things they'll never use, but teaching each of them on an individual basis. Not when they sit down at a desk, but in day-to-day life. They learn as they live with and around their parents.
Every student, after fully trained, will become like their teacher. A good parent is the best teacher a child could ever have.
Blog by Matthew Janzen. Lover of Yahweh, Yeshua, my wife and 5 children. All else is commentary.