Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Homeschool If You Can!

It's been a while since I've posted on here.  My time has been spent on a few other sites.  But, today I'll share a brief message about homeschooling.  HOMESCHOOL IF YOU CAN!  That's it.  :)

Look into it.  It's WONDERFUL!

Here's my personal journey:

I raised three children alone (from ages 6, 4 and 3) on a very limited budget, but we home schooled.  That has made ALL of the difference!

We were closer as a family.  We worked and learned together.  We found ways to serve and to develop individual gifts and talents.

I have NO regrets.  I spent time with my children while they were growing.  I was able to teach and nurture and love them in a way that I couldn't have had they been gone for 6 or more hours per day.

Sure, it was challenging.  Somedays I didn't know if I had the energy to do it all. (Single parenting is hard enough.)  But, family devotional and prayer in the morning inevitably boosted my spirits or taught me something that I needed to be reminded of.

My children are all now grown.  The oldest, a 20 yr. old daughter, just returned from an LDS Mission to Virginia and North Carolina.  She's working at a job she loves (BYU Motion Picture Studio) and will be going back up to BYU-Idaho in January.  (A WONDERFUL place to attend college.) She's a delight, good natured, wise beyond her years, helpful around the home, a beautiful seamstress, creative, artistic, musical and even-tempered.

My second child, a son, graduated early from high school (he had a few classes there his Jr. year), has been working full-time for a computer company, and will be leaving next week to serve as an LDS Missionary in Idaho and Oregon.  He is very excited and very ready. He's a self-starter, self-learner and...he's the one I ask when I can't figure something out.  His brain works that way; incredible.

My youngest, another daughter, turned 17 in June.  She graduated early from high school as well - at age 16.  She has been in several performing groups and is a talented actor, singer, and dancer.  She's outgoing and loves and cares about people.  She's also sensitive and intuitive and has been gifted to find jobs where she could be with those needing extra friendship and care.  She's also the one who mowed the 2-acre lawn on the riding mower each week at age 12, and has cared for many cats, dogs, hamsters, fish, and guinea pigs.  

All of my children have had to learn how to work hard, how to serve, how to help around the house, how to cook, clean, care for others', and be frugal.

It's not been easy.  I'll be the first to tell you that.  I've blogged on some of my other sites about the importance of marriage and family, because I know first-hand, how much children suffer when they don't have a father in the home for them.

But, we're also better for the wear.  We've learned things through our suffering that we may not have learned otherwise.  We're more aware of the sufferings and struggles of others.  And, we're learned to turn to the Lord in all things.  He has been a vital part of our learning, growing, and overcoming.

The reason I want everyone to home school is that the rewards of so doing are marvelous.  The trials may be there as well.  Inspiration is needful as each child learns and develops unique gifts and talents etc., but...it strengthens the family.  Friendships are forged with siblings in a way that they otherwise might not.  And, children are able to learn and grow and develop in a safe and loving environment where the Spirit of the Lord dwells.

Yes, someday they will have to go out into the 'world' (I have heard that argument many, many times.)  But, why send them out before they are ready?  Before they are developed and nurtured enough with family values to be able to withstand the things they will be faced with?

How many of us would pluck up a plant that is barely beginning to grow?  We shouldn't do that with children either.  Keep them at home as long as you can.  Teach them in the right ways so that they can then be amazing learners, workers, with integrity and values, so that they can then go out into the world and make it a better place.

Heidi

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