Well, we have made it to the last post.
13. Expose your kids to amazing people, whenever you can. Dave and I never felt that we exclusively had everything our daughters needed. We invited tons of people into our home, went to hear amazing people speak or sing and encouraged our girls to have lots of good friends. Our girls were both very active in their youth groups, went on mission trips and were both mentored by amazing godly women. We loved not being the only ones that poured into our girls.
14. Be a parent. Believe it or not, it is possible to have your kids home all day and even complete school and still be a distant parent, who does not really enjoy their kids. Live life together in a mostly fun way. It is all about relationship. Be a parent who homeschools - not a homeschooler who forgets to parent.
15. (I saved something I really care about for the last point.) Please, please do not let your entire life revolve around homeschooling. Yes, it is a big commitment and you cannot do everything you would do if you were not homeschooling. But you can still enjoy a lot of life. Go on regular dates with your husband, attend a women's Bible study or book club, take a fun class, have friends over, travel, go out for coffee alone . . . etc. etc. etc. Model balance in life for your kids and above all . . . HAVE FUN (at least most of the time.)
I want to close this series by sending you over to Edie at Life in Grace. Her recent post Why I (still) homeschool reflects so much of what I feel about homeschooling. Hop over and enjoy a great post.