As the mom and her little girl got up to leave, she stopped by our table.
"I couldn't help but overhear you talking about school," she said. "My daughter is going into kindergarten next year. Could you tell me about the school up the street? Is it a good one?"
So we told her that we didn't know anything about that school, that we had homeschooled our kids.
She hesitated, then said, "I've thought about doing that."
Sandy smiled and said, "We have loved it."
And then this mom says, "Well, I'd like to, but my daughter is really social, and she needs to be around other kids."
Honestly, I am the first to say that homeschooling is not for everyone. But if you are thinking about it, and you want to tell me that your child is too social for it, then I take that personally, as though you are saying that my children are socially maimed because of our choice to homeschool. It is not a valid argument for backing away from homeschooling if the Lord is calling you to do it.
Sandy just laughed and said, "Our children are all fine. They got plenty of socialization through church and sports." We chatted for a few more minutes, and the mom said that she had been listening to us talk, and she thought we were teachers (hello? LOL), so she had just wanted to ask us about the local schools.
But there was just something about this mom, a hesitancy about her spirit, so I said, "You know, this just might be a divine appointment. Maybe homeschooling is something you should consider."
Then she said, "I would really like to, but my husband won't hear of it."
And then I told her this, which I firmly believe, "If you and your husband are not on the same page, it will not work."
If your neighbors think you're crazy, you can still homeschool.
If your family thinks you're crazy, you can still homeschool.
If your friends think you're crazy, you can still homeschool.
You will certainly miss their support and encouragement, but you can ignore the nay-sayers, pray for strength, and make new friends. If your husband, however, does not want you to do it, then you are setting yourself up for a house divided if you pursue your desires over his. But what if I really believe I'm called to homeschool my children? Then you need to continue to submit (yes, I said the s-word!), and leave any mind and heart-changing in the hands of the Lord. Easy? Nope. Necessary? Yep.
Well, that's my contribution to Kris's Weekly Wrap-Up! I'd love to hear from you today--tell me about any obstacles you have overcome in your choice to homeschool!
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