Something I have found as a bonus to our homeschool journey is the ability for my children to be themselves. To be who God made them to be.
I was raised going to public school.
There were clicks to be a part of and fashion to pay attention to.
I am not saying that homeschoolers are entirely exempt from these things.
I am saying that being homeschooled gives our children the advantage to be individuals. To know themselves the way God intended.
I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)
I didn’t start homeschooling our now 20 somethings until they got to high school.
You know. That time in your life you wish you were old enough to move out, but then not ready to be financially independent.
I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)
Mother’s Day 2008 we went and had one of those Old Tyme pictures taken.
Five of us dressed in old west costumes. Cowboy hats, duster style coats. Then there was the one son. He had to be different. He had to be himself. He wore a sombrero.
When I asked him to ‘blend in’ with the rest of us he promptly reminded me ‘mom, you have always said to be ourselves.’ Touche son, touche.
My heart and mind is protected with God’s peace (Philippians 4:7)
Homeschooling allows our children to not have the pressure of the status quo.
I feel, in high school especially, children are trying to find their identity. What will they be when they ‘grow up?’ What is God’s plan for them.
Being homeschooled gives them the advantage to not compare themselves to the kids in their class. To explore their interests. To ask questions as they come up because you are there with them, not at home while they are at school. There is also the advantage of less distraction from things that public or even private school kids experience.
I can be certain of God’s truths and the lifestyle which He has called me to (Ephesians 4:17)
Does this theory work for all kids?
Maybe not. It is what has worked for us. Our children all knew early on who they were. What they were interested in, or not, with the ability to move on from something they don’t enjoy.
Public school children have this opportunity, but I feel it has too many outside influences, such as friends or teachers, that I really wouldn’t want speaking into my children’s lives.
I feel like I am speaking from both sides of this equation and it has been our experience.
If you are a public school family and have not had this experience then I am happy for you. It’s a blessing.
I am confident that God will perfect the work He has begun in me (Philippians 1:6)