Build Character With Fish!

Summer is a good time for me to catch up on some reading, especially when I’m sitting by the pool as the children swim. One of the books I just finished has served as a great reminder to me that even as a homeschooling mom, I can choose how I approach my daily work.

The book is Fish! by Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul, and John Christensen. The book follows Mary Jane, an office manager who is given the task of overhauling her department, one that the rest of the company calls a “toxic energy dump.” One day, as she takes a walk to consider her problem, she comes upon the world famous Pike’s Place Fish Market. Over the next couple of weeks, she talks to the workers, who reveal the four secret ingredients to their success:

  1. Choose Your Attitude: Even though you can’t always do the work you love, you can choose to love your work. You can choose to approach it with a good attitude and determine to do it the best you can.
  2. Play: Work doesn’t always have to be tedious. Find ways to make your work and work environment more fun.
  3. Be Present: When you’re interacting with someone, give him your full attention.
  4. Make Their Day: Think about what you can do for someone else.

What a great reminder! As a homeschooling parent, I often get bogged down with the workbooks, the schedules, the housekeeping and chores. The day becomes about “getting everything done” instead of enjoying what we are doing, which was one of the reasons we began homeschooling in the first place.

But we can have that same kind of energy, the same attitude as the workers at the fish market. We can approach the schoolwork (yes, even summer work) with a good attitude. We can add more learning games into our school day, and we can even have fun cleaning the house or working in the yard together. I can give my children my full attention when they talk to me or when I’m helping them with their lessons, and I can teach them to give that kind of attention and respect to each other. And we can learn to “make each others’ day.”

I’m already looking forward to the changes I’m going to see with my children as a result of this quick read. More than just about changing the work atmosphere, Fish! is about building character – theirs and mine.

Homeschooling Reading Curriculum by

Story Time – Stories for Kids

Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell

Picture By: gavinandrewstewart

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