Saturday, August 10, 2013

Feeling overwhelmed about homeschooling? This is for YOU!

Are you new to homeschooling or thinking about homeschooling? If so, this post if for YOU!

I remember when I first decided to homeschool (well, not when I FIRST did, as that was before I ever had any children) but when I decided to definitely homeschool my daughter I was so nervous.  Millions of questions were running through my head.

What curriculum would I use?
Am I qualified enough to teach her?
What if I screw up?
Will I homeschool through high school, or just for a few years?
How will she have any friends?
What will others think of me?
What if I screw up? (yep that one came in my mind a LOT)
Will she be accepted into college as a homeschooler?
Will she be able to function in society?

Do you remember these types of questions when you were pregnant or adopting?  I do.  I was worried that I would mess up, do something wrong, etc.  Then my precious little girl was born and everything just came naturally for me.  I was concerned I wouldn't be able to breastfeed and I did it, it was hard and took a lot of patience and pain, but we did it.  Potty Training, stressful at times, hard, but we did it!  Terrible two's?  We had terrible 4's instead, and boy was it rough, but we made it through it.

What I am saying in all of this is that we are always going to be concerned about everything when raising our children.  I dread "the talk" already, I dread her driving, I dread dating (ya know when she's 30), I dread her going off to college...I don't really dread all of these things, but am worried about all of them, honestly I love seeing my little girl growing up and slowly becoming the wonderful woman that she will be one day.  It's our jobs as parents to instill lifelong manners and good traits into our children.  I look forward to seeing my daughter get married, have children and live her life.  I try my best to raise her to be the best person that she can be, and to be herself!  Am I worried about everything?  Yep!  But I know that I am the best person to be her parent and to guide her and mold her and prepare her for life, so it only seems natural that I should be her teacher.  During these crucial ages where she learns who she is, shouldn't I have her here where she isn't influenced by bad things in the world?  Shouldn't I have her here to teach her that she is beautiful?  Shouldn't I have her here to teach her in a Christian environment and let her learn about our Lord in all that she does?  She will have plenty of years to be influenced by the world.

You are the parent, there is no better teacher for your child than you.  If you are considering homeschooling, then you already know you can do it, you just have to get your heart and brain on the same page.  I still worry at times, but I know that I have made the best decision for our daughter and for our family.

Proverbs 22:6 tells us to "Teach your child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."  This is my favorite Bible verse, I quote it several times a week in my house, whether it's encouraging a new mom, someone thinking of homeschooling, or to remind myself.

If you are still feeling overwhelmed and not sure if you can do this, my second favorite Bible verse, in Philippians tells you that you can! Philippians 4:13 tells us that "We can do ALL things in Christ who gives us strength".

You are a wonderful parent, and if God is leading you towards homeschooling, you can do it!