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If I Had Known

Looking back over your homeschooling experiences, what would you do differently? Enjoy these reflections gleaned from other homeschooling parents just like you:

  • If I had known that teaching my children would be so much fun, I would have started homeschooling sooner.
  • If I had known my children were going to grow as fast as older women said they would, I would have treasured our time together even more.
  • If I had known that my son was going to become an archeologist and dig in the dirt for a profession, I would have never worried about removing the stains when washing his clothes.
  • If I had known that all my children would go on to receive college degrees, I would have never second guessed my curriculum choices and teaching abilities.
  • If I had known how unimportant it was to keep a spotless house, I would have gone to bed on time instead of spending countless hours cleaning, organizing, and tidying up for the next day.
  • If I had known how living on one income would build a solid faith in God, I would have gladly lived with less without all the complaining.
  • If I could only experience the thrill of one job to last an entire lifetime, I would homeschool my children all over again.

Whatever lessons you’ve learned from homeschooling so far, you’re incredibly blessed to teach your children. Praise God for the wonderful opportunity to be both your child’s parent and teacher! “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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What is Your Parenting Style?

Do you have a solid plan on how to teach & train your children, or are you a “slap-it-together” parent?  A little duct tape here & there . . . left over parts & pieces to complete a repair?  Or are you willing to give them the whole truth from the Word of God, something fresh that can restore them to new life?

There is hope for the x, y, me, I generations.  Start by telling your teenager, “I desire to stand beside you & walk with you in life . . . but make no mistake; I will stand in front of you when I need to.”

A simple answer is to say things like, “No” & “Maybe” more often; & we need to apply boundaries & consequences when our kids cross over the line.  Balanced parenting is applying strength when needed & tenderness at the same time.  It is not just one or the other, it is both.  The essence of balance in parenting is to stand beside our children & walk with them  THROUGH life, while also determining to stand in front of them when we need to stop them from their foolish ways.

Speak softly & gently to your offspring.  Strangely, children seem to remember the tone & volume of a mother’s voice more than her words.  Your facial expression & body language convey to your children, “You are my delight & I’m crazy about you!” or just the opposite!  Soft words heal tender hearts.  The life you live today, produces the legacy you leave for tomorrow.

Our children are a PIECE of time, that we are sending ahead to a PLACE in time, that we will NEVER see!  How are you parenting them today that will prepare them for the future?  Are you making straight tracks for your children to follow?

Parents cannot pass along what they themselves do not possess in their own hearts.

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