Someone asked me the other day if I had my homeschool journey to begin again would I change anything.
My first response was no, but then I thought about it and changed my mind.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining that school wasn't getting "done," I would have cherished every minute of it realizing that it was my chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
I would have never insisted that we follow a tight schedule, especially in the younger years. Rather, I would have cuddled more when my children were little, basking in the love, reading books together and building strong relationships.
I would have never insisted that the house be spotless (ok, I got over that!). Rather, I would have sat in the middle of the floor creating castles with legos, painting the girls nails, and baking cookies.
I would have begun training our children to help me around the house, instead of feeling that I had to do it all.
I would have said yes more often...and made sure my "no" meant no.
I would have taken the time to have our children listen to their grandparents life stories, taught more bible stories, and I would have never purchased a TV.
I would have focused more on the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic while allowing my children to follow after their own curiosity for science.
I would have take the younger years and focused more on character development, good manners, and cultivated a love of learning.
I would have worried less of what other people thought of our homeschool journey and allowed my children to blossom in their own time-never comparing our homeschool to others.
I would have yelled less, prayed more, and learned to appreciate the season in which we were in....instead of always looking into the future.
I would have made sure that all of my older children spent time on the mission field, learning to serve others and appreciate the blessings in their life.
I would have had more children. Yes! I would have completely allowed God to control our family size.
I would have attended a church that was homeschool friendly and supported the vision for our family.
Make church attendance a family event:
I would have ditched the curriculum, no matter how good the reviews claimed it to be, if it wasn't working for our family. Actually, I would have purchased less and used my library card more often.
I would have worked harder to teach better health habits and would have consumed much less sugar and more fruits and vegetables.
I would have never sent our older children to public school (even though it was a short time). It was a disaster that has had long lasting negative effects.
I would have read this book sooner!
I would have created a completely original high school experience for my older children. I was so concerned with what should be on their transcript that we lost the adventure and fun out of learning. I would have definitely follow more of their own interests.
I would have focused less on academics and more on relationships.
I would have said no to so many "good" things to allow room for the "best" God had for our family.
Oh the lessons I have learned along the journey. I am now, after over 20 years of homeschooling, graduating kids from high school and even watching them graduate college, feel comfortable in my own "homeschool" skin.
I am much more confident that my children will learn...regardless of how little I may know, or how many mess ups I tend to make.
I have finally learned to stay true to the vision that the Lord gave Walter and I many years ago...regardless of what others may say or think.
I have finally learned to meet the children where they are, instead of where I expect them to be.
I have finally learned the value of beginning my day in God's Word and in prayer.
I am finally clear on what matters and have learned to get rid of those things in our life that really doesn't.
In the end, homeschooling is not doing school at home. Rather, it's a lifestyle. It's about what works for your family.
Eventually, all the pieces will fall into place. Until then...keep laughing!
It doesn't take a genius to homeschool:
Learn to trust God with your children:
Time if a wonderful gift:
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