about him ever since. It’s sad to think that
he was a fish and couldn’t climb trees. His
parents had forgotten that he was a masterpiece created by The Master to be exactly what He wanted him to be.
You know, I’m afraid that you do that
as well. I’m betting that you have a child
who isn’t good at math, can’t spell well,
doesn’t grasp concepts easily, can’t write
a decent sentence, is almost a teenager
and can’t read, or doesn’t measure up to
the world’s standards. I’m just guessing
that he sees your constant disappointment, hears the frustration in your voice,
and hears phrases from your mouth like,
“Why can’t you get this?” I know that because sometimes my children hear and
see those things from me . . . and I hate it.
Mom and Dad, stop using the world’s
measuring stick that has been adopted
by so many homeschoolers and homeschool experts. It’s time to start looking
at fish by their ability to swim, birds by
their ability to fly, worms by their ability
to tunnel, anteaters by their ability to . . .
eat ants, and monkeys by their ability to
That child . . . your child needs your love,
acceptance, smile, and applause because
he is worthy of all those things. Who cares
if he can’t do math, might not get into col-
lege, or ever know where Zimbabwe is? He
is a masterpiece and just wants his parents
to view him that way.
He or she might be labeled in a school,
but at your home he gets the label of masterpiece. And that’s one of the reasons we
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Todd’s humor and gut-honest realness have
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1. To get the audio CD of This We Believe, go
2. The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with
Passion & Purpose, by Matthew Kelly, Quote
Page 80, Fireside, New York, 2004
3. Okay, there is a walking fish that might be
able to climb trees, but normal fish don’t.
That’s for the homeschooling mom who was
just about to write and share this information
ALL OF LIFE IS A LEARNING ADVENTURE
Find the Freedom to Think Outside the Box!
That child . . . your
child needs your
smile, and applause
because he is worthy
of all those things.