I’ve heard many a mother say they didn’t think they could, that homeschooling wasn’t for them.
I simply can’t agree with them.
Who taught your son to pee in the toilet? And who showed your daughter how to use a spoon?
Since the day that child was born and placed in your arms you have been homeschooling them. You have been preparing them to live on their own and become a productive member of society. But more importantly, you’ve been training them up in the way that they should go so when they are grown they will not depart from it. This is the mission that all Christian parents are called to; the goal is always to guide our children onto the path that the Lord has laid out for them.
Now I know that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, there are times in every family when we as parents believe we are failing at this goal. Nobody has the perfect, (Facebook) family. Nobody! We all have setbacks and we all cry into our pillows at times. That’s life.
When we are dealing with other humans, whether child or even adult, there will be times when they don’t do what we think they should do. Other’s actions are constantly holding us back from the picture-perfect life we envision.
Regardless, families were created by God to be the primary place of learning. We learn to understand each other’s differences. We learn patience and kindness. Siblings teach us that we can want to throat-punch and also dearly love someone at the very same time. It is in the home that we learn some of the most important lessons in life; mastering Chemistry or Algebra is just a bonus.
Create in your child a love for learning and the rest will flow from that. Feed their curiosity. Pay attention to what excites them and figure out how to include it in their lessons. Or maybe even make it a lesson in itself, depending on what interests them.
I believe that one of the greatest benefits of homeschooling is that it has the capacity to create an entrepreneurial mindset. When a parent isn’t afraid to step out of their comfort zone and do things differently than those around them, it can’t help but rub off on the children. Do you want your children to blend in or stand out? Do you pray that they would have the confidence to willingly choose God’s way over this world’s? Yeah, me too.
Homeschooling is an extension of all you’re already doing as a parent and it allows for an incredible freedom. If homeschooling has been on your heart but you’re afraid to step out, pray. Pray for guidance, wisdom, and courage.
If there was ever a time when those who have been considering homeschool as an option should take a leap of faith, because of our cultural climate I don’t think it’s crazy to say, that time is now.
There are so many options becoming available for each parent to homeschool in the way they feel comfortable. How you start doesn’t matter. Every year will most likely look a bit different. Each of my three children were educated in completely different ways. We were open to the Lord’s leading and it meant a mix of public, private, and homeschool for each. My youngest, my only daughter, was the child that homeschooled the longest, eleven of the thirteen years. We were not in any homeschool groups and we really were not excessively structured. Her homeschool experience was uniquely her own. She has just completed her Sophomore year in college and was even on the Dean’s list.
Homeschooling offers great advantages to other options and you can customize the education to fit the child’s interests and personality. It won’t be long before you realize that there are constant lessons to be found in the mundane of everyday life.
It’s not the only way but if homeschooling is on your heart then pray, Mama! Pray that God compels you to do what He knows is best. And He will.
The God who knows everything cares about your children even more than you do. He’s got this.