Last Sunday we talked about setting goals with your children, so this week I want to talk to you about setting intentions with homeschoolers.
Goals: the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
Intentions: a thing intended; an aim or plan.
Some people use the words goals and intentions interchangeably, but to me they are very different and distinct words. Both are crucial to our developments in my opinion.
“Goals focus on a fixed outcome in the future, while intentions focus on the present and provide the guiding light to living mindfully moment-to-moment.” –Zigizen.com
Goals to me are specific, measurable, and attainable within a specified time-line. For example, I will read 2 books before January 31st.
Intentions, however, are completely different. These are things we want to guide our life… our purpose. There are no set time limits, just ways we intentionally want to live our life. Think of these of what you want your desired life to be like.
Setting intentions with homeschoolers is just as important as their yearly goals. Children can have a “homeschooled” life that they desire or ways they want to live their lives more intentionally if we show them how.
Still not sure on the difference or just need some ideas?
Here are some examples…
- I intend to try new things.
- I intend to read more.
- I intend to engage with my friends more face to face.
- I intend to do more for the planet.
- I intend to volunteer.
- I intend to explore more about animals.
- I intend to write every day.
These are just a few examples of some intentions.
Be sure the intentions are Child-led, but will be more adult guided at the beginning until children learn how to set their own intentions. Don’t expect any child regardless of their age to do this independently the first several times. Help them and guide them, but be open to what their true intentions are…. not what YOU want them to be.
Setting intentions with homeschoolers can inspire them to be life long learners and better people in general.
Did you set intentions with your homeschooler? What are some examples of their intentions?
I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.