We are committed to continuing on with Mel’s excellent series on Teri Maxwell’s book ‘Homeschooling With a Meek and Quiet Spirit’ as well as the other ongoing books she’s dissecting. She’s writing several series at once that I will have to start linking to here at NLQ.
This week she covers a chapter in Mrs Maxwell’s book that isn’t quite as awful as some of the other ideas contained within. The chapter covers anger as the wrong way to respond to those moments where children fail in some way to live up to the high standards of the parents. Teri makes the unusually healthy point that sometimes failure to do something is more about distraction or forgetfulness or many other things, not open rebellion.
There’s discussion of emotional boundaries. Damn, this book is looking more and more like the series many people I know have used with their kids, the ‘Love and Logic’ series. Read more of Mel’s review at her blog When Cows and Kids Collide.
If you were choosing a bit of Christian homeschooling advice to follow in your home there’s less wrong with this bit by Maxwell than anything out there posted by the Pearls, Lori Alexander or the Botkins. At least this has wiggle room for the notion that we’re all fragile humans who are something less than perfect. It is not calling for you to punish your children for behaving like they are children.
Mel is a science teacher with years of experience motivating teens to take positive steps towards their own education.
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