When Adam and Eve left the Garden, the sky was gray and cold, and behold, it was February.
The children did multiply, yea, and their parents loved them greatly. “We should homeschool them,” Adam said.
“By ‘we,’ you mean ‘me,’ right?” Eve said.
“I’ll help with devotions,” Adam replied, and went forth to toil among the thorns and thistles of the ground.
Now, the children were blessings, but not always very good. Eve wasn’t always very good, either. Yet great was her love for her children. She nurtured and fed them and taught them the ways of the alphabet, the maths, and parts of speech using “Mad Libs.” Some days the land rang with their laughter.
But February is long and gray. Sickness did strike them, one by one, so that someone always had a runny nose or was throwing up. Eve grumbled as she worked, saying, “I liked it better when we went around naked. Now I’ve got laundry to worry about on top of everything else!”
The balance between homeschooling and life grew increasingly unequal. Eve’s spirit was weary. She cried out to the Lord and said, “Where did I sign up to give birth, nurture, feed, and educate these children all by myself? And do all the laundry?”
And the Lord answered, “I gave you somebody to help with that.” Eve lifted up her eyes, and behold, her husband did approach from the fields.
So Eve sat down with Adam as he tiredly plucked thorns from his feet. She said, “This burden is too great for me. I need help.”
“But I already have a job,” Adam said.
“The Lord did give me fingers to count,” Eve said, “and as many fingers as I have on one hand, that is how many jobs I do in a day. Something’s got to give, because I can’t do this anymore.”
Adam hearkened to the voice of his wife and saw that what she said was true.
“Behold,” he said, “here is what we can do.”
Adam and Eve divided up the tasks between them. Eve still fed, nurtured, and educated the children for most of the day. In the evenings, Adam gathered his family around him and instructed them in the ways of the Lord. Yet he also talked to them of alphabets and maths. He met with Eve his wife, and together they planned what each child needed to learn. When the children were not very good, Adam joined with Eve in correction and chastisement.
And Adam, with his strong arm and eyes of compassion, did take over all the laundry from Eve.
In small ways, Eve also helped Adam toil among the thorns. Together they continually worked to keep the balance between homeschooling and life, raising their children in the Lord. It was (mostly) very good.
But this was just Adam and Eve’s experience.
Seth and his wife preferred the more traditional model, especially since Seth had to travel a lot with his shepherding jobs.
Naamah found herself on her own with the children, so she joined a co-op and hired Jubal to teach them music.
In fact, for every family who came to homeschooling, there was a different solution to the problem of balance.
What are some of the solutions you’ve discovered to help balance homeschooling and the rest of your life?
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