I am pleased with the relationships that homeschooling fostered. I think they helped us avoid the turbulence of the teen years that so many others speak of. And the relationships continue into adulthood with their spouses.Relaxed schooling, willingness to be free from outside expectations, gave us many precious memories: snuggle moments, messy science experiments, laughter over ‘midnight math’. I think it also helped some of my late-bloomers avoid labeling themselves ‘dumb’. And when they were ready….they flew!Being elbow-to-elbow with each other all day gave us opportunity to see each other as sinners, confessors, and forgivers. Mom included. Jesus lives in those things, so although uncomfortable, it is good.If I could do it all over again, I would have tried harder to maintain the same church relationship through all the years. I think that would have given a beneficial continuity.In retrospect, I would have asked for more help: from my husband, from people outside our home. I would have paid for help. Often the burden was too much.I would have avoided ‘how-to-homeschool’ books and conferences. They are not bad…but sometimes my reaction to them was. At times there was an “it’s supposed to look this way” box that I tried to cram my family into. For years I had a policy that I read my Bible first, and honestly didn’t have time to read anything else. I was not discerning enough to process outside things I heard and read.
If you’d like to visit with more veteran homeschooling moms, check my intro post for a list of five in this series. You’ll find more encouragement from homeschooling moms who are sharing their own 5 Days of Homeschool series below: