In a materialistic, commuter world, we often get swept up in the going here and going there syndrome that much of the world thrives on. In doing so, are we teaching our children that they cannot be content and fulfilled at home? I am especially concerned about this for our outgoing, social daughters. Will they be content to stay at home to be their husbands' helpmeets, content home educating their own children someday? Or will they feel they need a job away from home? This is a difficult challenge for my own family, not just yours! Will my boys be content in a job that earns them what they need to support their family, but may not provide them with all the extras that most consider essentials these days, such as a new car parked in the driveway of a fancy house? Will they need to depend on a second income? Will playing team sports every day as a high school student carry over into Saturday mornings when they are adults and should be home giving their wives a break after a long week at home with their children?

These are tough questions that are all directly related to teaching high school at home. These are questions directly related to how much we leave our home for our children's education. We would all be wise to pray, with our spouses--and our teens--and seek the Lord in what He has for us as teachers, and our high schoolers as students. Let's find His balance of learning at home, and learning away from home. He created each of our children for His purpose and glory; He can show us what He had in mind when He led us to home educating them. Finally, may God bless you for home schooling your teens; those who honor Him, He will honor!


Shari McMinn lives in northeast Colorado on a dryland sustainable farm with her husband, Cary. She left a career in Commercial Interior Design to home school her children and become her husband's full-time helpmeet. Shari and Cary currently have 11 children, 8 of whom are still at home. Shari and Cary can be contacted at for questions about homeschooling a wide range of children, adopting bi-racially, and managing a large family on a modest income.

This article was originally published in the Jan/Feb '07 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. For more information, visit