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Patio Chat 13, Covid: “Develop Creativity with Your Family: Making Homeschooling Fun” – 8:51

• FAMILIES: The greatest benefit to this horrific time – and yes, there are benefits to the forced shutdown – are times for families to be together. When “9-11” happened, our youngest two children asked if they could pull mattresses into our bedroom and sleep on the floor in the same room with my wife and me. That type of “clingy-ness” is good. It is not bad. Most parents need more time with their children, and most children need more time with their parents. Well, now you have it.

• CHILDREN: With younger children in the home, long times without creative outlet can be profoundly frustrating. Think creatively. Share ideas with each other on how to use all this extra time in fulfilling, productive and even entertaining ways. Remember, parents, decades from now, your children will tell their children about how creative their parents were during the Coronavirus crisis of 2020.

• EDUCATION: I don’t have young children in my home any more, but when my children were young, part of their education came through homeschooling, absolutely one of the greatest mechanisms for training up children. And biblical I might add. (Tutors can be hired by parents, but education is scripturally the role of the parents.) Suddenly with no warning, all the children are out of school buildings and can be educated where God established the first order of training: the home. It is as if God said, “I support homeschooling, so you all are going to do that now – at least for a while.”