purposes, but if you are not rested and
refreshed, nothing else is going to work
A mom cannot be everything to everybody at all times unless she also has
the opportunity to learn and grow herself. Remember that you are a part of
the equation, too! When planning activities for the children, be sure to plan
something for yourself, too. Have you
ever wanted to learn piano? Do it now!
You may have to do it with a toddler on
the lap, but do it anyway. Do you have a
dream of going back to college someday?
Start with just one class right now! That’s
how I got my Ph.D. when I was homeschooling my own kids . . . one class at
Even more importantly, when you
C. The Mom as Role Model
are thinking through plans for the year,
don’t just concentrate on making sure
every child has balance in their life, but
remember that for every outside class,
every baseball game, every drama prac-
tice, every 4-H meeting, you will be the
one chauffeuring them and dealing with
the toddler in the back seat. Plan with
your own balance in mind, and the rest
will fall into place.
Every hour of every day, your girls are
looking at you and learning how to be
a mom and wife. Your boys are observing you and will look to you as a model
for the kind of woman they may (or may
not) want in their lives. Your words,
your actions, your gestures are all important. If you say you “can’t do algebra,” the girls might think that women
are bad at math. If you are mean to the
telemarketer on the phone, if you hit the
dog because you are mad at the kids,
if you tell the kids to keep something
hidden from your husband—the kids
will notice it all. On the other hand, if
you are emotionally controlled, have
some interests of your own, are helpful
to those in the community, approach
homeschooling with a “can-do” attitude,
and try your best to be a great wife and
mother, those things will also be noticed, and you will be a true Proverbs 31
woman. “She looketh well to the ways of
her household, and eateth not the bread
of idleness . . . Her children rise up and
call her blessed, her husband also, and
he praiseth her” (Proverbs 31: 27, 28).
No one ever said this was going to be
easy. However, as one who has run the
race, and whose children are now adults,
I can tell you it was all worth it many
times over! Stop at least once a day and
look around you to savor the moment.
Treasure these days, because they are
short, and someday you will miss all the
Mary Hood, Ph.D., and her husband,
Roy, homeschooled their five children
since the early 1980s. All have successfully made the transition to adulthood.
Mary has a Ph.D. in education and is
the director of ARCHERS for the Lord,
Inc. (The Association of Relaxed Christian Home Educators). She is the author
of The Relaxed Home School, The Joyful Home Schooler, and other books,
and is available for speaking engagements. Contact her via her website, www
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