Many homeschool moms ask, “Am I making the right choices for my children?”
In the hard times, I have to remind myself of my “why.” Why do we want to homeschool? Why do we feel called to homeschool?
3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth. Psalm 127:3-4
Children are a gift from God. We are to raise them to love and know God and make Him known. We have our children for just a little while and before we know it, they are grown. By homeschooling my children, I’m gaining more time with them. Time to fill their brains but also to fill their spirits with the truth. A truth about God and our purpose on earth.
Homeschooling takes sacrifice. We don’t eat out often. We don’t spend money frivolously on entertainment because I choose to work from home and sacrifice for my children. Yes it’s hard. Yes, there are days when I don’t want to do it. Yes, there are hard moments trying to help them learn how to divide fractions or write their ABC’s. But it’s worth it. It’s worth all the sacrifice to have a close relationship and teach them mentally and spiritually.
4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4
This is the main reason I choose to homeschool. My desire is for them to walk in truth, to be a light and a leader. The reason you homeschool maybe different. Just like each child is different. Take heart, homeschool moms, your labor is not in vain. Your children are like arrows to be shot into the darkness so they can be a light. Enjoy this season in your life. It will be gone all too soon. Be encouraged to continue the journey.
Homeschooling is a selfless and invisible service but an eternal one. Here’s some tips that may help us keep our sanity thru the homeschooling journey:
- RELAX – don’t overdo it on yourself or the kids. My first few years I thought we had to learn it all and do it all but you don’t. Don’t sweat the small stuff. I’ve learned to give the kids some freedom to learn the way they want and learn more about subjects they are drawn too. Yes, we have a schedule they have to complete certain assignments but give them the freedom to find out what they love. Each child has their own unique gifts and callings. Another perk to homeschooling is having more time to explore those gifts.
- ASK FOR HELP – If you need a day off without the kids. Ask. If you need time to take a bubble bath without the kids, ask someone to help you. If you can’t help your child with a math problem, ask someone who knows. There’s no shame in asking for help.
- SCHEDULE TIME WITH YOUR SPOUSE – It sounds unromantic to schedule time with your spouse, but it’s more romantic than never spending time alone together. Make sure that you’re not neglecting your most important relationship outside of your relationship with Christ.
- BLESSED – Being a homeschool mom is a blessing. Not everyone is called to homeschooling. Do I think we will homeschool thru high school? I don’t know. I’m taking it one year at a time.
- PRAY – Leaning on God is one of the most important aspects of homeschooling. God has directed my path and continues to direct my path. I couldn’t do this thing called life without Him.
- SCRIPTURE – Read scripture by yourself and with your family. God’s word will lighten your spirit and give you the encouragement you need to keep pushing forward.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3
Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
I pray you have a wonderful year homeschool moms! Be blessed my friend!
If you are interested, make sure to check out the homeschool section on Amazon. You can buy guides and even planners to help you easily get through the homeschool years.
Thursday 8th of March 2018
good advice, I agree that taking it one year at a time is a good thing to do.