Ihave to admit, I was one of those parents. You know, the ones who say, “I could never homeschool my kids!” I wasn’t patient enough, I
didn’t want to give up my free time during the day, and believe it or not, I actually thought that homeschooling families
were a little odd.
But now, we are one of those “odd” families who educate our children at home!
God began to work on my heart when
my oldest son was starting fifth grade.
We had tried the Christian private school
route, which was great, but with two
children it was too expensive, so we en-
tered the public school system. We have
good schools in our county, and I was a
very involved parent. My husband and
I both graduated from public schools
and we turned out to be productive, re-
sponsible citizens. Surely our kids would
be fine too! I was very involved in both
boys’ classes, serving as room parent,
volunteering weekly to pack take-home
fol-ders, chaperoning during field trips,
and going into the classroom on a regu-
lar basis to play games with the students.
It was a good school and the kids were
doing fine, but something was tugging
at my heart. The boys would get off the
bus in the afternoon drained and cranky.
With homework and other school activi-
ties, our family time was being stretched
thin. Learning didn’t feel fun anymore.
Maybe there was a better option for us.
I knew several families from church
who homeschooled, and as I began to
think about the possibility, I went to sup-
port meetings where I was encouraged
to do so. There were several sweet, godly
mamas who prayed for me! I was en-
couraged by their stories, struggles, and
triumphs. God kept leading me to Bible
verses like Deuteronomy 6: 5-7, which
states that parents are to teach their chil-
dren God’s Word while they sit, walk,
lie down, and rise up. I also kept feeling
pulled toward 2 Timothy 3: 16, which
says, “All scripture is given by inspiration
of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in
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I actually thought that homeschooling
families were a little odd. Now, we
are one of those “odd” families who
educate our children at home!