must do.” I’d say to the dads, “Make sure
you hold your wife’s hand a lot, and just
listen to your wife as she talks.”
I want them to walk
away knowing that
home is the best
place for their kids,
and that they are
doing a good job.
TOS: What would you tell the parents
who are attending the FPEA to watch
their last graduate walk across that
stage and into the next phase of life and
Todd: For the ones watching their
kids walk across the stage, boy, you
should feel pleased as punch! But parenting does not stop when the graduate
walks across that stage. It continues.
Even after your kids leave your house,
they still come back to you for advice,
for wisdom, and for encouragement.
So I’d say enjoy the moment, but don’t
check out. You still have lots of lessons
to teach them.
I have had one graduate. I have anoth-
er one graduating this year. You think:
“Oh, man! I didn’t prepare them well
enough.” Some of those lessons, God
is going to have to continue, and He is
going to teach them some important
things that you never could, and that is
okay. So I would enjoy watching it, but
don’t get too comfortable.
TOS: Todd, those are amazing words,
and I really believe that you are touching
a lot of hearts right now. Finally, when
families attend FPEA this year, what do
you hope they walk away with in their
minds, hearts, and shopping bags?
Todd: Well, I hope they take away a lot
of Familyman products in their shop-ping;bags.;(Laughter);I;want;them;to;be
encouraged. I do not want them to walk
away thinking, “I’m failing.” I want them
to walk away thinking, “We are doing
what is best.” I want them to walk away
not just pumped up about what they
might teach them but how they might
love them. I want them to walk away
knowing that home is the best place
for their kids, and that they are doing a
I know several people who say: “I really, truly believe that homeschooling is
the best choice. I just don’t think I can
do it well enough.” The truth is that you
are doing a great job and your kids are
going to be okay. I want parents to leave
and be reminded once again that this
homeschooling adventure is a good adventure. It is not easy, but it is good. If
they leave thinking like that, I’m okay. I
will have done my job well!
. . . This
adventure is a good
adventure. It is not
easy, but it is good.
TOS: I agree! I think you are going to
do an amazing job. Thank you so much
for taking this time to talk with me. I am
looking forward to meeting you again
and meeting everyone at the TOS booth.
I am really excited, and I just can’t wait!
Todd: That’s great! Make sure you
come by and say hi. I will look forward
to meeting you there in person, and I
am just glad that we are able to be a
part of it.
Christina Walker is the
Homeschooling with Heart Blog Manager for The
Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. She is in
her sixth year of homeschooling and currently resides in Central Florida with her
husband and two children. They enjoy
visiting the fun attractions and beaches
that surround them. Her passions include
her art and encouraging families to follow the dreams God has planted in their
hearts. You can view her art portfolio at
Christina Walker.wordpress.com and follow her blog at OurHomeSpace.org.
Todd Wilson, author of 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 homeschool conventions across the country. Todd and his wife Debbie, along with
their eight children, spend several months
of the year traveling around the country
encouraging moms and dads. His humor,
realness, and straight talk to men (& women) have become his trademark. You can
visit Familyman Ministries at www.family
manweb.com. Todd Wilson, who regularly
contributes to our weekly newsletter, The
Homeschool Minute ( www.TheHome