sometimes God’s plan isn’t intuitive. Indeed, we should take care not to steer our
children toward what we think is best,
but allow the exploration of various opportunities and interests without our
Cultivate Prevailing Passions
When a new interest sprouts, watch and
wait. Let it “grow legs” before investing time and money in it. For example, if
your child shows an interest in guitar, let
him borrow one and self instruct through
free resources before spending money on
the instrument and lessons. If the passion
sticks, do everything in your power to give
your child the best opportunity for successful achievement in that endeavor. Cultivate
his passion through encouraging him and
financially investing in the lessons he needs
to move forward in his gifts and talents.
Personality is key in guiding our child’s
calling. A peacemaker who finds conflict unpleasant shouldn’t be encouraged
to study law, as it is a career punctuated
by conflict. A sensitive soul shouldn’t be
nudged toward journalism where he will
be immersed in the tragedies and horrors of the daily news. Introverts will
likely succeed in careers where they work
independently or with small, unchanging teams. Extroverts will often excel in
careers where they interact with a lot of
new people, have opportunities to speak
and are the center of attention. Study
your child’s personality, and guide him
toward opportunities that are the best fit
for his natural bent.
As your child considers a career path, encourage him to get his feet wet early. He
can shadow and volunteer in junior high
and high school, and intern in college.
Spending time in that career environment will either fuel or fell his interest.
If it fuels it, he will have a leg up on the
competition because of the relationships
he’s built and the experience he’s gained.
Furthermore, students who have worked
in their field of interest are much more
likely to be employed upon graduation
Nourish Their Faith
In my 19 years of homeschooling I have
seen firsthand that spiritual maturity
produces academic and personal success.
Academic and personal success do not
produce spiritual maturity. If our children are yielded to God, they will begin
to heed His still small voice for themselves. Here are some practical ways to
help them along.
Pray for their walk with God. Every day.
That may be a given, but in reality, we
often place productivity over prayer.
Pray with them.
If you model a life of prayer, your children will develop this spiritual discipline
as a habit, rather than a last resort.
Work on your walk.
Even if you take just five minutes to immerse yourself in His Word each day, you
will find yourself more able to discern
God’s leading as you guide your children.
As homeschool parents, we have the
opportunity to educate and lead our children according to their God-given passions and talents. We have the privilege
of praying for them and nurturing their
faith. Let us remain true, believing His
Word and resting on His promises as we
watch them mature and pursue God’s
unique plan, fit just for them.
Jeannie Fulbright is a homeschool mother
and life coach. She graduated from the University of Texas where she was a UT Radio
sportscaster and a headline writer with the
Daily Texan Newspaper. In 2003, Jeannie
created the Apologia Young Explorer science courses. Her oldest homeschool graduate attends UGA on several scholarships;
her son has a scholarship at Pepperdine.
Currently, Jeannie is writing the College
Yes U series to help students navigate college
admissions. Learn more at www.jeannie
Students who have
worked in their
field of interest are
much more likely
to be employed