Homeschooling Stereotypes!

by Liz Bowen

It's OK to be different!

It's OK to be different!

I was so afraid of being treated differently when I first began homeschooling. My son had the idea and would literally beg me to let him be homeschooled. I felt a total stereotype associated with what that meant. I remember thinking homeschooled children were odd.

Now here I am loving it and wondering are we odd too now? I did find out that most homeschoolers are just people who love their kids and want to live a full life. The complete transformation of priorities in our lives is proof that it is worth it.

We no longer just aimlessly hope for the best when it comes to our children’s education, values, and future. I feel empowered knowing that I am very well aware of where they are, as difficult as that is sometimes. I appreciate my children for who they are now. I understand that this one likes reading and this one hates tests, and that one is a perfectionist.

Homeschooling has taught me acceptance not just of other avenues of education, but of acceptance of my own values. I do value my children more than any teacher could. I don't want to waste one day regretting apathy. I don't really care if my children are Professors or not. I just want them to know that whatever God designed them for is unique and special. They are already something amazing and I can only help bring it out.

Just knowing that you are investing time and energy into the most important people in your life makes you work harder and enjoy it immensely. So, I don't have to wear long skirts and no make-up, or live on a farm to enjoy homeschooling. I just need to embrace that it is OK to be different for something you believe in. I couldn't think of a better reason to be different. Liz Bowen

Liz, thanks for sharing! I'm sure many of us can relate; I know I can. Wishing you many blessings, Heather :)

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