Another Generation After Them
- Thursday, January 15, 2009
A second great step is to simply talk in a way that assumes your children will homeschool their own children when the time comes. Make comments such as, “When you homeschool your own kids someday . . .” There’s no reason to treat it as an “if.” We don’t treat other values and convictions as optional, so why should we treat homeschooling that way?
To illustrate what I’m talking about, let’s look at a parallel situation. A common question to ask children or young people is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” That question assumes that they’re going to be productive members of society. We don’t say, “If you decide to work when you grow up, what would you like to be?” Instead, by simply asking our children in an unconditional way what they want to be when they grow up, we teach them to take for granted the fact that they’ll be doing something. Not doing something isn’t an option.
In the same way, we can do much to pass on the vision of Christian home education simply by assuming in our conversations that our children will homeschool their own children someday.
Celebrate Your Lifestyle
God gave the children of Israel numerous instructions on how to commemorate and celebrate key events in their history. When they celebrated the Passover, for example, the Israelites would remember that they were once slaves in Egypt, and they would be reminded again how God brought them out of bondage.
In a similar way, I believe we can help pass on the vision for Christian home education by celebrating our lifestyle and our commitment to homeschooling.
For years, our family celebrated the anniversary of the day in March, 1990, when we first began homeschooling. It was treated as a special day, and it helped show my brother and me that homeschooling was something special, not just something routine.
When we commemorate a key event in this way, it can convey to our children a sense of the importance of what we’re celebrating. We show them that it’s an important part of our lives. Just as the Israelites could use the annual Passover as a time to share the mercy and greatness of God with their children, so we can use an annual celebration of homeschooling to share with our children the specialness of our unique and wonderful lifestyle.
If you’ve always homeschooled, and therefore don’t have an official homeschooling anniversary in the same way that newcomers to homeschooling have, pick any day that makes sense to you and make it your annual celebration of homeschooling. Have a special meal, talk about why you homeschool, and discuss some of the special memories you’ve made or the opportunities you’ve experienced because of homeschooling. Make the day enjoyable and memorable.
Homeschooling provides you and your family with incredible blessings unknown to any other lifestyle. Homeschooling parents often recognize and appreciate these blessings, but how often are the children in the home taught to appreciate them?
When you and your children are given a unique opportunity because you homeschool, point it out to your children. Too often, I believe it’s easy for children to look around and see what they’re missing out on, rather than appreciating what they have (that sounds like a lot of us adults, too!). The fact is, your kids aren’t likely to keep a mental list of all the wonderful things they’ve experienced because of home education if you never point them out.
De-emphasize Missed Opportunities
One reason some homeschool graduates decide they won’t homeschool their own children is the feeling that they missed out on opportunities because they were homeschooled. They feel they were deprived of something significant and want to make sure their own kids don’t miss out as well.
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