Before I continue, since I am often inclined to start with a disclaimer,
I would like to state that I mean no disrespect to teachers.
I am talking about working one-on-one, through a structured curriculum, with my own children, who I know better than anyone.
here is my list of top 10 reasons we have chosen to homeschool:
- Because I love my children and want to cherish the time I have with them while they are young!
- Because I’m somewhat of a control freak and don’t trust anyone else raising my kids! The facts are simple, why would I want the majority of my child’s early, most influential stage of life being spent under the influence of someone other than myself?
- Because I want control over what topics are introduced and taught to my kids and at what age they will learn about them.
- I want control over what my kids are learning instead of having theories and views imposed upon them that are contrary to our beliefs (side note: quality private schooling may be a valid option for this reason, but is currently out of the question, simply because of our financial situation).
- I can individualize our curriculum to meet each of my kid’s specific learning styles and follow along at their pace, rather than holding them back or pushing them too fast for the sake of keeping up with the average student.
- I don’t have to worry about school shootings, kids bringing knives into the classroom, bullying or negative peer pressure. Anyone that thinks I am sheltering my elementary age kids and depriving them of those important life experiences is a nut job!
- We can set our own pace and organize our time around the things we find most important to us as a family.
- My kids wont have to waste hours of their day riding a bus, nor would I be tied down, driving to and from school to pick them up at a specific time.
- Hey, I’m not an idiot, I don’t want to shelter my kids for the rest of their lives and acknowledge that no matter what we do, the world is messed up and they’re going to be exposed to junk. However, I DO believe it is healthy to protect their innocence while they are young and to help them build a firm foundation of beliefs to stand on when they are challenged.
- Because it is my right as a parent, and I believe I can give my kids a good education and thoroughly prepare them for successful lives in the real world, socially and academically, but most importantly, spiritually.
we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it!
I never wanted the decision of education for our children to be a battle between us.
I knew that no matter what the outcome was, it had to be one we reached together and were both behind, 100 percent. I wont lie to you, it wasn’t easy getting to the point we are now! We’ve talked about it a lot, prayed a lot, read a lot and sought a lot of advice from friends. We still take it one day at a time. I wont ever claim to know what the future holds for our kids during the whole course of their school years. If God called us to send them into the public school system for a specific reason, or if the opportunity to send them to a private school opened up, we would prayerfully follow God’s lead. For now, we are both fully at peace with the decision to begin a journey in home education!
Thanks so much for your thoughts. We’ve considered homeschooling, and you have beautifully put into words what I, if ever a home educator, would want to say. Thanks for your diligence to bring up responsible, well-educated children after God’s heart.
Thank you for your kind words and good review! I know my blog is in the beginning stages as far as content goes, but keep checking back for new stuff! I’m hoping to share many more resources that will be encouraging and helpful to parents who may be contemplating or in the beginning stages of homeschooling. I know homeschooling is not for everyone, but I do want parents who are considering home education to know that that they CAN DO IT!
I guess the question is at what age do you want your kids to be exposed to the harsh reality of the world? Personally the tough times in life I would never want to take back because that’s part of who I am now. Greatness sometimes comes from struggle and from people doubting you can succeed. Great food, art and music often come from countries that have very little. Not that you should ever purposely make it harder for your kids to succeed, but In my opinion a little struggle never hurts.
Thank you for your insight! I totally agree with you about not wanting to take back tough times in life. In fact, I think one of the greatest examples of God’s grace in our lives is how he redeems those moments of pain and struggle in life and uses them for our good. We live in a messed up world. My husband and I were raised by loving parents who gave us great foundations to stand on when tough times came our way. I was home educated through high school, but that doesn’t mean I never faced hardships or cruelty. Our families had their own struggles, public and private, challenges that ultimately made us stronger. Struggles in life are inevitable. I’m not naïve, I know my kids are going to face tough times. However, my goal as a parent is to do everything I can to encourage my kids in their faith and help them build solid worldviews on which to stand when they face hardships. I don’t think any parent could choose the age at which they think their child will be ready to handle tragedy. All I know, is that I am responsible for what I do today to prepare them, and I trust that God will guide us through, as each struggle comes.
“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” 2 Timothy 3:12
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” James 1:2-3