Receiving the gift
By Jennifer Smeltser
I have been given a gift. We have been a homeschooling family for almost six years. Of those years, I have been actively homeschooling for three. You may wonder what happened during that almost three year gap. Well, we were doing school, but I was buying time. I was doing what I needed to do to get by, so that I could say we were a homeschool family.
I have been given a gift. God gave me this wonderful opportunity to homeschool my children. It took me a while before I truly understood this precious gift as well as the responsibilities that come with being a homeschool parent.
Not everyone’s circumstances allow them to homeschool. It can be matters that involve finances or that one spouse agrees and the other doesn’t as to whether homeschooling is right for their family. Neither is an issue for us.
I have been given a gift. Finances are tight, but God continues to provide. Thankfully, my husband and I agree home education is the best route for our children and our family at this time.
The gift I have received from God is a special one. Educating my children makes me their teacher and I am responsible for the quality of their education, for shaping how they feel about learning and for helping them grow in their relationship with Christ.
If you are a homeschooling parent, then how you treat this gift is important. You are a real teacher and your children attend a real school. What you put into their school is indicative of what your children will get out of their homeschool experience. I finally realized that the gift I was given is one to be treated with respect and one I should put my full effort into.
That realization has given me the motivation to push through days when I would rather be doing anything else but teaching. It has created an interest in me in subjects that I never cared for and an excitement to experience them with my children. It has also caused me to relinquish control of the direction in which their education is going and allow it to be God directed.
If you are a homeschooling parent, then you have been given a gift. It is a precious gift that is meant to be enjoyed with your children. Receive your gift from God and go see what the two of you can accomplish with it together.
Although Jennifer now lives in Small Town, USA on the southern part of the map, she will always remain a California girl. She is a Christian, wife and homeschool mother, who has been blessed with three beautiful children (a.k.a. the ‘Wild Bunch’). Her homeschool style is still being determined and Jennifer is just thankful that she and her children are able to stay-at-home and learn together. Jennifer is a writer, who enjoys reading (as do her children), running, too much time on the computer, sewing and taking lots and lots of pictures (just ask her children). She is also a lover of food and can be found in her kitchen whipping up something delicious and vegetarian. Oh, she never forgets dessert. Visit Jennifer at Milk & Honey Mommy, Facebook, Twitter.