Festina Lente: Make Haste Slowly

Festina Lente: Make haste slowly . . . lasting progress comes through a steady pace over a long period of time.

As my husband and I have added two little boys from Haiti to our growing homeschool family, I have come to more fully appreciate the Latin proverb that reminds one to “make haste slowly.”

A young tree requires the steady seasons year after year to deepen its roots into soil, and so too, I am finding that children experience deep, lasting progress in an environment that welcomes a steady pace over a long period of time.

Here are some examples of how I have seen the beauty of “making haste slowly” played out in our lives:

  • Rich time in God’s Word, a little every day, over many years, helps to deepen faith roots.
  • Giving young minds the tools to unlock the English language and experience true mastery of reading and writing is best done at a steady pace over a long period of time.
  • Allowing for minds and hearts to be steeped in quality literature, day in and day out, produces lasting training in character and a deep understanding of the world.
  • The steady love and security of a parent provides a child with deeper confidence and courage as the years go by.

In this space I hope to share my journey of “making haste slowly” as well as bring insight and encouragement to those who my find themselves on the paths of motherhood, homeschooling, and adoption.

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