Dandelions: from the French dent de lion, meaning “lion’s tooth.”
I’ve often thought that dandelions can be a beautiful metaphor for life as a parent. Dandelions are very ordinary, and so is the daily life of a parent. Dandelions are generally considered to be kind of a difficult weed to deal with- and likewise, (let’s face it, shall we?) kids can be immensely challenging as well.
But I personally think that dandelions, though a common weed, are very beautiful little plants. They add color and cheer to your yard. They make lovely little bouquets and stunning flower crowns. Not only are they pretty, they’re also good for you- they’re an edible herb with tons of health benefits.
What really grabs my heart, however, is the etymology of the word dandelion. It literally means “lion’s tooth.” It may technically refer to the toothed leaves of the plant, but in my extended metaphor it stands for the bravery that motherhood so often seems to require.
I like to think of motherhood- and homeschooling- this way: It’s everyday ordinary, it’s doggone hard, and most of the time I don’t feel brave enough for it. But it’s also an amazingly beautiful gift to cherish, full of life and light and joy. It helps a person to learn and grow like few other things can.
Despite all its challenges, being a homeschool parent is a richly rewarding journey.
Dandelion Schoolhouse is for you.
Dandelion Schoolhouse is a resource page for homeschool parents. It’s a place where together, we can embrace the brave and the beautiful in our ordinary, everyday homeschool lives.
If you want…
- to make your homeschool a nurturing, wholesome, peaceful place
- to find encouragement and hope
- to find resources and wisdom
- to learn and grow
Then this is the place for you.
Interested in learning and growing in your home, homeschool, and family journey? I’d love to invite you to join the Dandelion Schoolhouse community. More info to come VERY soon!