yep, everything that is now outside the statute of limitations.
One of the most important parts of raising our children is loving them. I know it sounds so very simple. But, it's that simple. Why is love the greatest message that we can send to our children? Because love is the gospel. "For God so loved the world..." John 3:16.
Of course, there are lessons to learn and character to be taught but the greatest of these is love. No educational philosophy, child rearing technique, co-op class, blog post, math lesson, science experiment, or chore training is as important as loving our kids in the everyday...and maybe letting go of some of those ideas that we champion...if it means winning the hearts of our children. :)
If these things are a higher place than love, we are distorting the gospel message. No matter how much we sacrifice for our children, if we don't communicate love in a way that they understand and fill their little tanks (even those seemingly bottomless ones...yes I have one of those too!) we are putting them at risk of rejecting the gospel. I don't think that I would receive the gospel message of love from someone whom I wasn't sure really loved me.
So, when the laundry is piled up and the dishes are stacked in the sink, remember that those things are not the highest priority. The greatest of these is LOVE!
*This retelling of the love chapter is my own creation and meant to bring the basic ideas found in 1 Corinthians 13 into the lives of the modern homeschool mother. This is not meant to be an exact interpretation and not meant to offend anyone who might not like the liberties taken.