Parenting can be overwhelming. Here you are, expected to raise these little people to adulthood. You must feed, clothe, shelter, love, protect, guide and nurture them. Sometimes I marvel that any of us are up for the task.
One mom recently shared about second-guessing her parenting choices – especially the ones that aren't mainstream. She said that second-guessing "sometimes leaves me wondering if I'm doing right by my children."
I don't think she's alone in that. It can be hard to be the family who chooses a different path for their children. If you're second-guessing your choice to homeschool, or if you just want some reassurance, I would love to encourage you with two ideas:
- First, take this to the Lord in prayer. Pray earnestly with your spouse for God to help you raise your children well. Trust that God will answer that prayer and guide you. Then trust the path where it seems God is leading you.
- Second, remember that homeschooling is a fabulous way for children to learn. Consider that elite private schools boast of a low student to teacher ratio. When students struggle in any school, parents often pay for expensive private tutoring. We know that children thrive on personalized attention. This is a huge strength of homeschooling.
- Homeschooling gives your children their own private tutor. The heart of homeschooling is personalized attention and customized learning. Though your student to teacher ratio may not be one to one, it is still lower than any public school. (It was four to one in my case ... or four to two, if you include my husband, who helped with some of the homeschooling.)
And who is this tutor giving personalized attention to your children's education? It's you – someone who knows your children intimately and loves them deeply. I've never seen a homeschool mom who just let her children fail. Some may have had to redefine what success means for their children's situations, and some find themselves in the tough place of letting older children be responsible for their own decisions. But homeschool moms will beat the bushes and find ways to help their children succeed.
Sonlight student Joelle B enjoys some personalized tutoring (i.e., homeschooling) from her mom while her little brother chomps along.
So even if you don't have a degree in education, even if you shake at the thought of teaching chemistry someday, remember that you CAN teach your children! (And know that there is a lot of help available when challenges, even chemistry, do roll around. For now, just take it a year at a time.)
Sonlight is designed to equip you and give you confidence. With all your materials and plans laid out for you, you can open up, follow along, and learn alongside your kids. And you should always know – we are here for you!
Many blessings on your journey,
P.S. If you ever have doubts about your homeschool and want personalized reassurance, please contact our trained Sonlight advisors, free of charge. You'll get one-on-one help, new ideas and renewed confidence.