Today’s inspiration and encouragement are directed toward my fellow homeschooling families.
As you are preparing for a new school year, I wanted to take a minute to encourage you to enjoy this journey.
I am not going to lie and say it is an easy one because it is not, but I can reassure you that it is a rewarding and fulfilling one.
I homeschooled my daughter from pre-school all the way through her senior year. I wish I could say it was “always” enjoyable and easy because it was not, but the time we shared together is one I will never look back on and regret. Our relationship has been blessed by it.
For my daughter and I, we literally did this journey alone. We did not have help, we had very little encouragement from outsiders, but we made it work. I am thankful I never gave up. I am thankful I stood my ground against the naysayers who thought I was terrible to not “socialize” her. Little did they know when she graduated, her high school transcripts reflected over 1,200 volunteer hours (from 2 volunteer jobs, our local library, and the U.S. Army), a job since she was 16 years old, and several certificates from events she participated with. If this is my child not being socialized than I will never be able to please the social bandwagon crowd.
I have been reflecting on our homeschooling journey more this week because my Girly started college on Monday. She is going online so she can still work around her health issues, numerous doctor appointments, and the job she still has, for this, I am beyond proud of her.
In reflecting back to all I provided and taught her, I saw the fears, concerns, and joys we experienced through the years mirroring back at me, however as I am looking forward, I am seeing the beautiful and bountiful fruits of my labor ripen before my eyes. My harvest season is upon me.
When I was quietly watching her figure out her way through what she needed to do and how she needed to do it, (when this was all foreign to her), I sat back and quietly thought to myself for a brief moment, what if I didn’t do enough? What will happen now if I didn’t teach her all she needed to know?
My friend, this is where I am going to encourage you. Those thoughts may pass in your own mind, but you do not have to own them. When your child goes to college, it does not matter what classes they had, what classes they didn’t have. All that will matter when they walk through the halls of college is the foundation you laid.
I did not allow my passing question of fear to manifest itself any longer than a passing thought. I can look at my daughter today, day three of her college education, and be proud of what I did give her. That my friend was a firm foundation to continue on with her new-found journey. I taught her the skills she needs in life to figure out how to manage her time and how to research what she doesn’t know, but most of all, I taught her to not give up when times are hard. All of these skills were taught while she was homeschooled.
For the people who question if you are socializing your child or children, just ignore them. To the parent who questions, but what if I forgot to teach a subject, no worries. They will have everything you forgot to teach at a college level and it won’t matter because they will learn it at that next level.
Remember this, my friend, every class you taught, they had never had before. They had to learn it all for the first time. College is no different. They will take all their classes they have never had before and they will continue to learn just as they did from you. It is all good now, everything washes clean.
My friend who is homeschooling, whether this is your first year, your fifth year or even your last year, my encouragement is to never give up, no matter how hard your day may be. There is always tomorrow or next week or next month. You will not have a hard time forever. It only comes in a season. Those seasons may seem like forever. They may even seem like a whole school year, but if it is, go to your knees in prayer and ask God to redirect you as their mom and their teacher and the most important lesson is to remember why you embarked on this journey, to begin with? That reason will keep you going and will help you see this journey to the end.
Your harvest time will come and your fruit will be bountiful. This is a journey worth taking, no matter how hard or easy it may be.