Sunday, February 24, 2013

What's on The Inside?

It's crunch time. The public high school orientation is tomorrow night. My heart is searching. We are on the fence. Home schooling my son who is already very unmotivated to do his school work sounds like an impossible task. I have been praying & investigating what is the next step for our 14 year old son.  This is huge, thankfully God is bigger.

 I have recently started following busy home school mom blog , and one of the quotes that struck a cord with me is,"Character before curriculum..". As a mom my focus through the years has been get you work done, learn the material. This thinking stems from me becoming a mom at seventeen, & having everyone tell me I can't do it. I also let curriculum be number one, not wanting to be the mom who "couldn't do it". My focus would have been better spent honing in on his character, and what's going on the inside. I would just chalk it up to, " it is just normal rebellion", "oh, that will come when he matures," or "he will figure it out some day." Having only come back to the church 6 years ago, I learned the important concept of heart issues later then I would have liked.

Ultimately, I am letting my husband make the decision. We know both paths will have their share of challenges, and that there is not an easy button. Just trying to find the path God wants for us. This is our struggle.

Any input is appreciated.  Please pray for guidance for our family.

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  1. For one who has been homeschooled for most of her life, I can safely say that homeschooling is probably the best option for your son. Since I study at home, my parents are the ones who teach me how to live according to the Bible. I'm grateful, because, as I'm preparing for the next major step of college, I'm confident that my parents have instilled Christian values in me and that the foundation has been laid for my relationship with God. If I wasn't homeschooled, I know that I would not have gotten such a good Christian foundation.
    I know it isn't an easy thing to homeschool. I watched as my parents struggled during the first few years. I guess I can say that the pros of homeschooling include the following:
    -You are more involved with your son's education.
    -You have more control over the things that influence your son's behavior.
    -You can teach your child the Bible and how to live according to it.
    The key to successful homeschooling is the involvement of the parents. If my parents were not involved in my education and life, homeschooling would have failed for me.
    I'll pray that you come to the right decision for your family. Each family is different, and only God knows what is best for you and yours. :)

  2. Thank you for taking the time to reply. It encourages me to hear your story. :-)