I love having conversations with homeschool parents, if nothing else for no other reason than to encourage them. So many homeschool parents share the same fear my mother had while homeschooling my brother and I growing up. “Am I teaching them everything they need to know? Is there something I’m missing? Will I regret not having them in a mainstream educational facility?” Those are just a few of the questions parents’ often ask themselves while homeschooling. When I chose to major in education, one thought I often had was, “No one can ever tell me I can’t homeschool my own children.” I knew I was qualified by the state’s standards and therefore, more than qualified to teach my own children. So how does that help other homeschool parents who don’t have a degree in education? I’m glad you asked.
Have you ever given a speech and felt nervous just before speaking? Even speakers who give presentations all the time may feel somewhat jittery. Many would say this is normal. This applies to homeschool parents as well. Those questions you are asking yourself. Those fears, second guesses, are a good thing. You are normal. You become a better teacher and parent when you are constantly evaluating your curriculum, your methodology, your schedule, your activities, your children’s learning styles, and I could go on and on. The Bible says we are not to live in fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God gave us not a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. Keep asking yourself those questions with a spirit of power, of love, and of self-control. As you have those questions, pray and ask God for the answers you need. Speak with other homeschool parents. Draw from the vast resources available to us living in the 20th century.
I am so grateful to my parents for homeschooling me growing up. My father worked very hard, so my mother could stay-at-home, and as homeschool parents well know, my mother made many sacrifices in order to homeschool my brother and myself. Neither of my parents graduated from college, but both my brother and I have gone on to receive degrees. My brother went on to get his masters and now runs his own company at the age of 28. I am living my dream of being a stay-at-home mom homeschooling my two children. I have more time to focus on their educational needs and their walk with Christ.
Homeschooling isn’t perfect. It’s flawed because we are human, just as public school, private school, or any other educational institution is. I want to say, “Thank you! Thank you for taking the responsibility of educating your children, whether that means you choose to homeschool them, send them to public school, or pay for private school.” The choice is yours and only you know what is best for your family. I pray God blesses you mightily in your endeavors, because ultimately, the responsibility of educating our children relies on us, the parents.