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Josh’s “Remember Mind”

Posted by homeschoolmentormom on January 16, 2010

NOTE:  This was originally posted two years ago on my blog on Homeschool Enrichment Magazine’s website, during the time I was their “Early Learning Columnist.”  I thought it was worth reviving.

             My seven year old son Joshua has a very unique mind.  He calls it his “remember mind”.   He says that when he really wants to remember something, he puts it in his remember mind.   Once it is there, he will never forget it.  He also has a “un-remember mind”–sort of like a big garbage bin, where he permanently dumps things he doesn’t need to remember (or doesn’t want to). 

             If only his “remember mind’ was for real, and not just a figment of his over-active imagination.  If only we could have remember minds, too!   But we can’t even seem to remember the things that are most important to us–such as why we chose to homeschool, what the most important parts of our home life and homeschool truly are, and how greatly the Lord has blessed us.  Day to day life crowds out so many things we should bear in mind everyday–every hour.

             Having a “un-remember mind” would be just as helpful.  By utilizing our “UN-remember” minds, we could allow ourselves to quit beating ourselves up for our shortcomings.  We could live a more joyous life, forgetting to worry about our constant doubts and questions such as “will our children have gaps?” or “am I doing enough?” or “how can I possibly get it all done?”  Instead, we could concentrate on the here and now—just doing the next thing that needs to be done, and keeping the main thing the main thing. 

           Even though I’ve been a Christian since early childhood, married for 24 years, a mom for twenty years, and a homeschooling mom for 14 years, I still have been unable to train my mind to work like a “remember mind” should.  I often forget the most important things, and worry too much about the things I should forget about.  You’d think I’d have home life and homeschooling down pat by now, but I don’t.  I need a remember mind…and a “un-remember mind”…and I need them fast!

 I hope that this blog will act like a bit of a “remember/un-remember mind” for me…and for you. 

              To put in my “remember mind”:  Make the main thing the main thing. 

              To put in my “UN-remember mind”:  The idea that little boys can sit still.

(Used with permission.)


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