As a homeschooling mom, I love hearing stories of others’ homeschooling journeys. I love reading stories of homeschool moms who were homeschooled themselves, homeschool moms who always knew they wanted to homeschool, and homeschool moms who are still trying to figure out how they got here.
I fall in that last category. Homeschooling was never on my radar.
Even after I had my first two sons, I knew nothing of homeschooling.
When it was time for my oldest to go to preschool, I started visiting schools and meeting with the teachers.
Everyone I went to made me run for the door. Something was not right, something did not feel right.
I felt God leading me to look into homeschooling. And I have never turned back.
While I had no idea what I was doing, where I was starting, or even where it would lead, homeschooling is so much more than my doubts.
In fact, homeschooling is so much more than academics.
Time is of the essence in family relationships.
I never realized the value of having my kids at home together all the time until recent years.
My kids love to be together and always lean on one another. While we have our usual sibling squabbles, our family is a unit to the core, and a lot of that stems from the time we spend day in and day out together.
Also, homeschool allows for flexibility, which means we can travel together often.
We live away from our family so this gives us the opportunity to be with grandparents, aunts, and uncles. We could not imagine our life without this flexibility.
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Discipleship is a huge positive of homeschooling.
In our home, we are able to read the Bible together, focus on character traits, work through catechism, and encourage our children to follow the Lord in their daily lives.
I know many parents who disciple their children wonderfully and their children go to school. Yet, I have found that for our family we have enjoyed the extra time to disciple our children, encourage a biblical worldview, and let them learn from their parents.
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I love teaching our children how to manage a household.
Since they spend so much time at home, they have extra time to learn how to unload the dishwasher, do laundry, sweep, vacuum, and take care of children.
For my boys, I turn this role over to my husband. He trains the kids how to do the “manly” jobs around the home. He teaches our children how to be the man of the house. I know these lessons will serve them well in life.
For my daughter, she is my apprentice. She watches me every day take care of the home and the children. It is my role to teach her how to be a biblical wife and mother. I take that role seriously and enjoy the time I have to work with her.
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There are certain aspects of homeschooling that are difficult with parenting, and some that are easier.
It can be challenging to have children home all the time. It certainly does not free up a lot of time for chores, work, or a little free time.
But the positives as mentioned above sure outweigh the free time lost.
Dustin and I have seen time and time again the value in having so much time to train our children.
We are often given the remark of how well-behaved our children are in public. I truly believe it is correlated to the time we spend together as a family.
Our children know our expectations and our rules and for the most part, follow them.
This is just another blessing of homeschooling. The extra time parents have with their children is critical in those early years and on into the tween and teen years.
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HOMESCHOOLING IS SO MUCH MORE THAN ACADEMICS
As you can see, homeschooling goes way beyond academics.
While it a crucial role of the homeschooling parent to teach their children, I am honored to have the extra time to pour into our family relationships, discipleship, homemaking skills, and parenting.
Let me know homeschooling moms. What are your biggest beyond academic reasons for homeschooling?