IF YOU CAN, THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD
How to feel empowered to homeschool your children is something all aspiring homeschooling parents go through in the beginning.
Wanting to homeschool my children started about two years before I actually began homeschooling them. I never really thought about it up until I was in the mix of the public school drop off and pick up merry-go-round. In all honesty, there wasn’t anything wrong with the school that my children were attending. In fact, the teachers and staff were quite wonderful. However, I did find myself stressing over some very specific things.
Are you living your family life?
Planning our days around the schedule of others felt like we weren’t living our own life. Waking up in the morning and strongly urging the kids to eat breakfast, get dressed, brush their teeth and pray that no one needs to poop before we leave was like walking a tight rope anchored in sand on the top of a windy mountain. Let’s just say that someone always needed to poop.
Rushing out the door in the morning always left us in a bad mood. It didn’t matter how prepared we were the night before, someone’s emotions always got the the best of them.
Once we piled into the van, I tried to reconcile what time we had left by listening to praise and worship music, apologizing to them for a hectic morning, asked them to forgive me if I raised my voice, gave kisses and hugs and then they were gone. Out of my reach from 7:20am – 2:40pm.
More than seven hours a day, with an average school year being 180 days, that’s 1,260 hours I wasn’t spending time with my children. Time that we could not get back. I needed to change it.
Aside from not seeing our children Monday through Friday, 7:20am – 2:40pm, I was also noticing a change in our children’s moral character. Negative attitudes, bickering over EVERY SINGLE THING, not wanting to do their homework and starting to use hurtful phrases towards one another instead of thinking about how their actions were affecting each other.
This was not okay.
Changes needed to be made…
Proverbs 22:6 instructs parents to, ” Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
The operative word here is train. What does it mean to train? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines training as a verb, which we all know to be an action. Continuing on with the definition to train, is to form by instruction, discipline, or drill and to make prepared (as by exercise) for a test of skill.
To train up your child in the way he should go is not a simple task. There are so many layers to life. So many feelings involved. So many obstacles, hurdles, disappointments, opportunities, joys, friendships…there is so much to life that not having our children with us for 1,260 hours out of the year wasn’t something that I was willing to keep doing.
If we have the opportunity to keep our children at home and homeschool them, then we should, and have every right to do so. It is our responsibility as the parents of our children to train them how to love one another, teach them right from wrong, to show them that all men are created equal and that the diversity of the world is part of God’s beautiful design. It is our joy to show them good moral character and to humble ourselves when we are wrong.
Teaching our children more than subjects…
Teaching our children discernment so that they can live in the world with a faith guided heart. When they find themselves in situations that may feel gray, that they can refer to what they have been taught through the many years of consistent instruction.
Use moments of let down as an opportunity to run through a drill of their emotions. A child who can learn how to identify his emotions can exercise discipline of their thoughts and tongue.
Making the switch to homeschool was scary. I didn’t feel equipped and there were some subjects that I just didn’t know if I was going to be able to teach them effectively. But then I remembered something.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. The negativity that I was feeling about myself were projected impressions from what I had been made to believe from negative minded individuals or institutions that did not hold my same values and beliefs.
Parents, feel empowered!
With an empowered mindset ready to change everything about our family dynamic, I was ready to begin!
The first step I took was looking up the laws and any regulations that were in the state that we lived in. Once I did, I took the necessary steps to bring my children home.
You can do it too!
And you can do the same.
Since we began homeschooling, we have seen significant changes in our children. Yes, there is still bickering between brother and sister, but I can honestly say that our family is connected beyond anything that I could have ever imagined.
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