Learning how to enjoy, appreciate, and honor the talents of our children while
at the same time carefully raising up these immature and awkward little people
represents both the extreme challenge and heady adventure of parenting.
talents, passions, and quirkiness, it would
be helpful if you would step back from
the rush and pressures of daily homeschooling life (“Is your bed made yet?”
“Who left the milk out?” “Why haven’t
you finished your math?”) to look at the
bigger perspective of who these little
people actually are and will become.
To help get us started on this path,
consider a Golden Labrador puppy.
Have you ever seen one? As the puppy
awkwardly stumbles and falls, trying
to figure out how to use its paws for
walking, we recognize that though the
puppy’s paws are currently way too big
for its body, it will soon grow into them.
And that is true of our children as well!
The gifts that God has set inside of them
need time and nurturing in order to become fully functional in adulthood. The
gifts of a world-changing adult are awkward in a little child.
Our Creator God
. . . loves us far too
much to let us settle
for anything less
than a life-changing
For instance, the famous Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov exhibited the giftings and potential of a world-class dancer as a little boy, but those gifts
were undoubtedly at an awkward, immature level. Can’t you just imagine him
fidgeting, bouncing, jumping around,
and slowly growing into his remarkable
abilities—just like that Golden Labrador
puppy with its oversized paws? This is
where the act of stepping back to gain
perspective is invaluable.
What would it have been like to be the
parent of a child like Mikhail? If you are
anything like I was, you would probably
be more apt to tell him to sit down and
stop fidgeting than to enjoy and appre-
ciate this awkward, immature stage of
an extraordinary gift! Learning how to
enjoy, appreciate, and honor the talents
of our children while at the same time
carefully raising up these immature and
awkward little people represents both the
extreme challenge and heady adventure
Diana Waring, author of Beyond Survival, Reaping the Harvest, and History
Revealed curriculum, discovered years ago
that “the key to education is relationship.”
Beginning in the 80s, Diana homeschooled
her children through high school—providing
the real-life opportunities to learn how kids
learn. Mentored by educators whose focus
was to honor Him who created all learners, and with an international background
(born in Germany, B. A. in French), Diana
has been enthusiastically received by audiences on four continents.