The following is a guest post by Sarah Mackenzie of Amongst Lovely Things.
I have something of an obsession with being productive and efficient. It’s a good trait when it comes to tackling my to-do list, but it’s a big problem when it comes to homeschooling my kids.
See, homeschooling is all about relationships, and relationships just aren’t efficient.
By definition, to be efficient is to achieve maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense. But relationships don’t flourish or grow that way. Relationships need time, spent lavishly.
This can be a real struggle for those of us who homeschool. We have so much to get to: the laundry, meal planning and preparation, housework, errands, running children hither and yon, making time and space for other daily efforts like exercise, our spouses, and our personal development.
We want to be good stewards of our time, but maybe that time is best spent carelessly when it comes to people.