Why I Teach Health

At first it seemed a waste of time.
I thought Health curriculums, especially in the younger years,
just taught things that Moms should be teaching at home – 
combing hair, brushing teeth, manners and nutrition.
In the older years, they were teaching things I
wanted to be the one to  introduce to my children.
Then, I learned what other parents have sadly learned.
Just because I am teaching it, doesn’t mean my kids are learning.
Physically hearing doesn’t impart knowledge,
physically hearing along with a willingness to comply
 and believe imparts knowledge.
I have also learned that kids are slower to believe what I tell them because, well,
I’m just their Mom.
Not dissin’ my kids, just stating a fact.
Point in case, coint in pace, CASE in POINT….I always get that mixed up…
This morning my daughter, Rebekah, said, “Mom, did you know…”
(When they say this, not only do I know, I probably told them no less than 100 times.)
“…that you’re supposed to wash your hands several times a day?”

Like I have said that, stated that, demanded that,
ok YELLED that
a gajillion, bajillion times?
Kids believe other people. 
It’s a sad fact. 
My oldest daughter came home from her four months stint in 2nd grade public school
 and insisted horses used to have toes. 
No matter what creation things we showed her, she wouldn’t budge.
It’s a frightening truth that can be used for your advantage.
Kids believe other people. 
My daughter washes her hands and combs her hair
several times a day because her book told her.
I’m not washing my hands of this health curriculum, that’s for sure.

2 thoughts on “Why I Teach Health

  1. The Queen of Brussels Sprouts

    So true, so true!It even applies to potty training. My oldest was a pain to train. Then, someone introduced me to the video Potty Power. When people sing and dance on TV and tell you to go potty so you can be a "big girl or big boy"…it seems to work magic. The middle two trained themselves. Prince Charming is trying to train himself! GO TV!

  2. Jenifer

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. :)I am also a homeschooling mom of four as well as I was homeschooled. My sibling and I used to tease that we were home learned. 🙂 I enjoyed your post. It is true that though we tell our kids many times, sometimes it finally sinks in when someone other than mom tells them. Blessings


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