Staying home is not the same thing as doing nothing worthwhile

I subscribe to a ‘Daily Inspire’ email from I get a lot of emails, especially now, from the discussions I follow on my history course, from comments to articles I read on the ‘Psychology Today’ site, blogs I follow etc… so to subscribe to something else, especially something daily, it has to be good and I think this IS good, it’s inspiring enough!

Today’s ‘daily inspire’ was on the same subject I posted about yesterday – having “the right kind of vacuum” in your life/your kids’ life, as the De Mille’s put it. I like that expression. We need “the right kind of vacuum” because, “A certain kind of emptiness of time and space invites creativity, initiative and collaboration within the home” because, “After all: staying home is not the same thing as doing nothing worthwhile.” Agree 100%!

Pause and Reflect


“With our garnered free time, we are more apt to drain our creative springs than to refill them.
“With our pitchers, we attempt sometimes to water a field, not a garden.
“We throw ourselves indiscri-minately into committees and causes….
“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach.
“One can only collect a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few….
“Too many activities, and people, and things.
“Too many worthy activities, valuable things and interesting people.
“For it is not merely the trivial which clutters our lives but the important as well.
“We can have a surfeit of treasures–an excess of shells, where one or two would be significant.” 

 -Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

We need to say “no” to some things so we can give our full attention to the most important things–especially the things in our homes.
With the end of the calendar year, hopefully some of your projects are coming to fruition, and you time will free up a little. Remember the importance of “the right kind of vacuum.” 
A certain kind of emptiness of time and space invites creativity, initiative and collaboration within the home.
Don’t rush into next year’s projects without taking some time to pause and reflect.
After all: staying home is not the same thing as doing nothing worthwhile.
~Oliver & Rachel DeMille,

About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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4 Responses to Staying home is not the same thing as doing nothing worthwhile

  1. shaema imam says:

    What an important thing for parents to model for their children, and in fact, children are better at picking up their internal cues on when their ‘plate is full’ than we are!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Terrific post! Absolutely agree that there is need for ‘space’ in our children’s lives, in our lives.

  3. Sarah Sia says:

    This is a great ‘food for thought’, Penny. As parents, we may tend to overdo. Great reminder. Thanks.

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