May 28, 2014 Edition 

Standing firm in your decision to homeschool          

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If you are like me, you are often tempted to scream, "I can't do this another year!" And, you would probably be right that you cannot do this; at least, not without help. Homeschooling along with just living life is often overwhelming, and unless you have something strong to stand on, you will easily fall in your homeschooling decision.


I believe the life and the power and the help you desperately need to keep going is found in knowing why you believe what you believe about home education. Knowing this will get you through the hardest trials, and deepest seas of turbulent life as you educate your children for the few short years you are blessed to do so.  


What you stand upon as a family should encompass all your convictions, reasons and Scriptures for raising up sons and daughters for God. What does this look like and how do you begin putting this together? Begin by brainstorming why you are homeschooling.


Questions to ask:

Why are we homeschooling?

What is our purpose for keeping our kids home?

What are our Biblical convictions, and what Scriptures do we stand on?


Have a meeting with your husband and children and write down the reasons you all come up with. Even the kids will have some great input! Type it all up and print it out and post it in your house, including the Scriptures. On the hard days, take a look at this, and you will be able to stand firm in your decision to homeschool.


I have known many homeschools that have collapsed when they have faced challenges of many kinds. But if your homeschool is built on the right foundations, and you know what those are, then your homeschool will stand strong through any adversity.


Don't know where to start? Here are just a few Scriptures you might consider:


2 Corinthians 6:14-18, Galatians 6:14, Colossians 2:8, Philippians 2:15-17, Jeremiah 10:2, 2 Peter 1:3-4, Proverbs 13:20, Isaiah 38:19, Ephesians 6:4, Psalm 78, Genesis 18:19, Psalm 127:1, Proverbs 1:7-8, Psalm 1, Deuteronomy 6:4-7


Do you need more help? Here is more encouragement for standing firm in your homeschooling decision:


IsYour Homeschool Ready to Collapse? This includes reasons our own family has chosen to keep our children Home Where They Belong.


I'm Done With Homeschooling, When You're Ready to Send the Kids Away! 


Stand strong in your convictions to keep those children Home Where They Belong! I am standing with you!




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I can't tell you how many times I've stood in homeschool convention halls and had a mom come up to me with tears in her eyes and say, "I was about to throw in the towel on homeschooling, and then I heard you talk about how I'm the best teacher for my children, home is the best place for my kids, and that all my children are masterpieces ... even my hard one, and I'm not going to quit. I'm going to keep at it." They smile and then walk away ready to join the battle fray.


Mom, if you're feeling like one of those moms let me tell you the same. "You're the best teacher for your children, home is the best place for your kids, and that all your children are masterpieces ... even THAT one."


It's not about working or trying harder, it's about living in THAT truth.


You can do it!!!


Be real,



P.S. One last piece of advice: board up the escape hatch. By that I mean, don't have a plan B; just commit to homeschool 'til the end, no matter what!



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Things are seldom as easy as they seem, and homeschooling is no exception. All of us, at one time or another, have looked at the yellow buses going by and thought, "Well, there's always that ..."

But here are some things which help us keep on course when the headwinds pick up and doubts arise:

  1. Often, the reason you chose homeschooling hasn't changed. There are still peer group issues in the schools, you probably still won't like the state-chosen curriculum, and you'll still be tied down to an institution's schedule, agenda, and politics.
  2. Children do best when there's stability in their lives. Taking your child in and out of a school situation can be disruptive and unsettling to him, especially if it's frequent or happens in the middle of the year. We encourage new homeschoolers to make a commitment for a whole year, not just "We'll try it a few months and see what happens."
  3. Sometimes your "school" time is needed for things you can't measure. God's curriculum is not always the same as our own. We may need to establish (or re-build) a love for learning, or strengthen the parent-child relationship, or learn about living through trials, or doing something else which is not exactly "curriculum," but makes a big difference in your child's life. Get the basics done and trust God for the rest!
  4. Results take time, but they'll come. We have homeschooled eight children, and you know, our ten-year-olds have never said, "Thank you, Mom, for making the sacrifice to teach me spelling at home!" But we have three graduates, and all three have phoned home from college--multiple times--to say, "I am so thankful I was homeschooled!" The time you spend now may be lean on the gratitude, but it's investing in a future your child will likely bless you for.

We were at a conference a few years ago which gave out book bags that read, "When you teach your child, you're actually teaching your grandchildren." Some days homeschooling will be hard, and some years will be more about building character than finishing textbooks, but the adventure is worth it. Embrace the challenge and hold fast to your goals!  


Yours in the battle,

Hal and Melanie


In this upside-down culture, we can forget that  

if we fill our children with knowledge but fail to  

give them wisdom, we have missed the opportunity that 18 years of full-time parenting affords us.


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