“Why do you homeschool?”
“You must be very patient.”
“I could never do that.”
“My kids drive me crazy.”
“I need time to myself.”
“Aren’t our public schools good enough.”
These are just a few things I’ve heard over the years when I’m out and about with my kids on a school day. I’ve been asked the question, “Why do you homeschool?” many times, and it took me quite awhile to come up with an answer that I was satisfied with. Sometimes I would get nervous and say, “It’s just what we do” or “we like the freedom to travel”. Both of which are true, but what is the real reason we homeschool? Bottom line, God told me to.
When my daughter was in preschool, we were traveling around the United States. We were at a church and someone gave me everything I would need to homeschool her for Kindergarten. I honestly never gave it much thought before that. My husband was homeschooled and I attended a Christian school. I had always wanted to be a teacher, now was my opportunity…with my own child.
We continued homeschooling and when we moved to Australia my daughter had just finished year 3. I was still very new at homeschooling, but in my heart I knew we would homeschool through to graduation. We are now in our 11th year of homeschooling, and that’s still the plan.
I’ve heard you should have a motto, inspirational statement, philosophy, or something along those lines to keep you going when you’re ready to quit. And let me tell you, I’ve been there a time or two…or three or four. Instead of some great motto, I chose the Scripture passage where God sealed it in my heart to homeschool.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9
I believe as a parent, it is my God-given role (and privilege) to raise my children, to train my children, and to education my children. In this season of my life, this is my ministry.
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;” 1 Timothy 1:12
So, why do we homeschool? Because the Lord told us to, and we said yes. For those of you who are not believers, you have your reasons too. I want to encourage you to discover the real reason you chose to homeschool, and write it down. Post it in your house. Remind yourself of it when you’re ready to quit. Your children are worth it!