October 2017, Issue 15
“Time for reflection”
Now that all three of my children are grown, it’s time for me to reflect upon what I’ve done right in life and where I could have done better.
Of course I made some “wrong” choices – but I prefer to focus on the positive rather than the negative. One of the absolute BEST choices I made in life was to homeschool my children.
While homeschooling isn’t for everyone, I know it was definitely for me. Sure, we had our rough times like any other family. But overall, homeschooling was always that one thing that kept us tied together. As a young child, I didn’t have what my children had. I didn’t have the typical home life with a mom and dad because my parents passed away when I was young. My aunt and uncle raised me and taught me invaluable life lessons. Although I am thankful for that, I knew I wanted my children to have something different. I knew I couldn’t send them away to school for their entire educational program and still achieve what I’d hoped to accomplish with them.
I’ll never regret keeping my children home. Contrary to what some might believe about homeschoolers, all three of my children graduated high school and are in college. One of my daughters is on her second Master’s degree. I couldn’t be prouder of who they’ve all become.
For my family, homeschooling was far from a “mistake.” It was most certainly the right way to go and I don’t regret even one minute of it. I’m so thankful I made the investment all those years (because it IS an investment, one in which you don’t usually get your return until years later). Whether this is your first year homeschooling or your tenth, make sure you are enjoying yourself. Don’t get down about the rough days; we all have them. Instead, press on as long as homeschooling suits your family and make memories your family will always cherish.