3. They grew up and, for a variety of reasons, just decided not to homeschool. It
happens. We train our children to think and
make decisions for themselves, and then
So, what do we do in light of that?
1. We make homeschooling a pleasurable
experience. We stop driving them like cattle
and shepherd them gently like sheep. We
stop listening to experts and start listening
to God. We stop using the world’s standards
for success and start using God’s standards
for success. We view our children as children, not students, and start enjoying them
for who God has created them to be right
now . . . not for what they might be one day.
We smile more and worry less about being behind. We stop in the middle of the
day to play, go to McDonald’s®, or to rest.
We skip days because someone is sick, it
snows, it’s too hot, or whatever reason you
can think of. We make home seem like the
best place on the planet . . . because it is.
2. We let our children know what they
are missing. We don’t have to blow them
away with all the crud, but we allow them
to see the difference between our home and
the world. My kids see it when we hang out
with “schooled” children. We go on a field
trip where other school kids are, and my
children usually say, “Wow, talk about out
of control and foolish kids . . .”
You should also pick up the book, Lies
Homeschooled TEENS Believe.
3. We allow our children to make their
own decisions even when they’re different
than our choices and decisions. They may
choose to educate differently, but that doesn’t
mean we’ve failed or that they are bad. In
fact, sometimes where you start is not where
you finish. (You know all about that. How
many of us thought we were going to put our
kids in school and then somewhere along
the line decided to homeschool?)
Let God speak to them, and you just keep
smiling, encouraging, and praying. God has
a plan for them as He does for you. Schooling doesn’t stop when they graduate. God
continues to teach them until the end.
So, enjoy your lessons and your children!
Todd Wilson, author of Lies Homeschool-
We make home seem like the best place on the planet . . . because it is.
ing Moms Believe, Help! I’m Married to
a Homeschooling Mom, and The Official
Book of Homeschooling Cartoons, is a
dad, writer, conference speaker, and former
pastor. Todd’s humor and gut-honest realness
have made him a favorite speaker at home-
school conventions across the country and a
guest on Focus on the Family. As founder of
Familyman Ministries, his passion and mis-
sion are to remind dads and moms of what’s
most important through a weekly e-mail for
dads, seminars, and books that encourage
parents. Todd, and his wife Debbie, home-
school their eight children in northern Indi-
ana and travel around America in the Family-
man Mobile. You can visit Familyman Min-
istries at www.familymanweb.com