I’m thrilled to introduce you to another fabulous blogger today!
Next up in our Homeschool Mom Confessions series?
Please welcome Renee Brown from Great Peace Academy! She’s sharing a homeschool mom confession that I know I can relate to. Can you?
I try really hard not to be. I am not generally one who let’s worry interfere with life.
Yet, sometimes, when I’m alone and have time to think, I find myself filled with terror over this homeschooling thing.
Don’t get me wrong, I also know it’s the right choice for our family. I know that guiding him in God’s word is far greater than confusion from institutionalized public schools. I also know that students who are homeschooled are generally performing at a better level than that of their public school peers. Each year during our assessment the assessor reiterates what a good job we are doing. And still, there are moments of overwhelming dread.
As a mom to an only child, I too, sometimes want to give in to the demands of society that says that only children need to be socialized, (but they also say that about every child regardless of how many children are in the family.) In my heart I know their version of “socialized” isn’t what is right, but in my apprehension the idea looms large ahead of me. He’s heading toward adulthood faster than a runaway train and I wonder if he will be adequately prepared to live in our society.
As we prepare to enter the 6th to teach him all that he needs in order to be ready for college, ready for adulthood, ready for life. I consider all the things he still needs to learn and I struggle to fit all of the pieces together into a cohesive plan. I have moments of anxiety that make me think I’ll run out of time before he is off living his own life and all that I want to teach him is but a dim memory in my mind.
Preparing for Life
As a home educator I am not simply teaching my child academics, I’m teaching him life. Life. Think about that for a minute. Life is more than just preparing one for a career. It’s more than simply teaching reading and writing. It’s teaching how to function in life, from taking care of one’s basic needs, to learning to be financially secure. It’s helping them to understand the way our society functions and how they fit into their roles within that society. It’s teaching them the elementary principles of how to interact with others but even more so the ways of wisdom to discern right and wrong.
Thinking about all there is to teach is frightening. It’s as if there is this gigantic clock tick, tick, ticking down and I’m going to reach the end point and there is no giant do over button and I’ll have failed in my mission to prepare him in the way that he should go.
This role of home educator is not a simple role. It’s complex and demanding. Sometimes, the overwhelming fear stands as a barrier to action; if I allow myself time to wallow in the fear. But I don’t. I prayerfully ask God to lead me and trust that He will provide the means with which to prepare my child.
Whether a parent accepts the responsibility or not, children will grow up and time doesn’t slow down.
Therefore, I know that I must push the fright aside, and grab hold of today setting to work.
Because a home educator is more than just the role of teacher to a student, the reality is it’s the job of a parent. Every parent is to prepare their child for a future as an adult. Whether that parent chooses home education, or public/private education as their method to teach academics, it’s still the ultimate responsibility of every parent to train up their child, to prepare them for their future, to lead them into self-reliance and guide them into knowledge of truth. Knowing that, my worry dims for the moment and I can focus again on the task at hand.
How about you?
Do you ever become overwhelmed with fear that you won’t have prepared your children for their future?
Share your concerns in comments and let’s chat about homeschool fear.
Renee Aleshire Brown has a heart for writing, cooking, and caring for her family. She’s been married to her Beloved, Michael, for 22 years, it was through adoption that they became parents to Jonathan. Striving to nurture him through Biblical guidance Renee homeschools to provide a customized gifted education in a faith filled environment. You can read more of her work on her blog Great Peace Academy or join her in conversation on your favorite social media site: Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, or Instagram.
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