Monday, August 22, 2011

15 Lessons from a (retired) Homeschool Mom - part five


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.



17 comments:

  1. Hi Glenda,
    Wow...what a series! I've been out of the blog loop for a few days so, just now, I read your entire series of posts on homeschooling.
    Awesome that you did homeschooling for your girls! I also slipped over to Christy's blog that took me to Elizabeth's blog, etc...you've raised two really lovely daughters!
    Congratulations!

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  2. I just read all five posts today. I was "too busy" stressing about this year's curriculum to make time for fun things :) but man, you hit it right on with this last post. I do enjoy homeschooling them, but never thought of adding their extra curriculum activities on their schedule. Good idea :) Thank you Glenda. You always lift my spirit.
    Lia Edwards

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  3. "Be a parent who homeschools--not a homeschooler who forgets to parent" That is something I really needed to hear. Thank you again for all the tips in this series!

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  4. You have done such a great job with this, Glenda. And this post is the best yet. You are a wonderful Mom and a great teacher. I especially like your final reminder--we all need that, whether we homeschool or not.

    Love you!

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  5. You obviously
    did it right, Glenda.
    Great series!!
    xx Suzanne

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  6. Wonderful tips, Glenda. I especially like the first one. We noticed while homeschooling our two kids for 15 years that they related well to all ages, not just kids in their same grade. I like that; it's made them better adults.

    Bless you,
    Jen

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  7. so SO good, glenda! a parent that homeschools, not the reverse. i've heard that advice before and it's so good!

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  8. Neat to see your tips and ideas for other homeschooling moms. I was homeschooled most of my life and hope to do the same for our kiddos someday! :)

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  9. Hi Glenda,

    I never homeschooled, but can see the value of what you have written...even to those families that aren't homeschooling. Thank you for taking the time to do this.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  10. Hi Glenda

    I am stepping into this post a bit late. what a great concept! I am sure many appreciate your words od wisdom.
    Well done!

    Jeanne xx

    PS..i haven't forgot about the post for Becky..as soon as I am back in England :)

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  11. balance, balance, balance!! That is a big word that is so important...as I am learning:) in everything. Humans seem to like to go to one extreme or the other.
    AND HAVE FUN!!...learning that too;)
    I missed a couple Glenda but the ones I read were good advice from someone who has been there and did it well
    xo

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  12. I was without internet all week and just finished reading the whole series. I loved every piece of advice! Even though I'm not currently homeschooling I could easily replace the word "homeschooling" with the word "parenting" and feel like I've gleaned tons of wisdom. Thank you!

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  13. This is a wonderful series for those who are homeschooling their children. You have a remarkable sense of balance in all that you do. I hope you have a lovely day. Blessings...Mary

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  14. I loved these (wish you would write an ebook!) There's such wisdom in mothers who have been there and done that. And not letting your life revolve around homeschooling is such great advice. I know it in my head, but often forget.

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  15. Hi there! I am a "retired" homeschooler too. It's very strange so I'm having a hard time with it. I've tried to go through a few doors of something else to do only to find them locked. So, I kinda am in limbo. I'm not sure what I wanna do (other than the locked doors) or how I should organize my life. I really don't want a job-job, tutoring is out, no Tupperware sales either hahaha. Not sure about anything right now. The Lord only knows and He's being a little secretive. Ugh. Just rambling. Could us some prayer and a little advise. Thanks.

    Leslie Harris

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  16. Hi Leslie,
    I don't have any way to contact you and am not sure if you will even see this. But I remember all the energy and thrill of homeschooling and wondering what I would do afterwards.

    My only thoughts would be to go slow, try different things, keep your antanaae up to what God is doing around you, think outside the box a little and have some fun. Homeschooling is a lot of work. Enjoy the rest and do some of your favorite things.

    If you want to talk more, please e.mail me. (See contact me under my header.)

    fondly,
    Glenda

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  17. Glenda, I really enjoyed reading your series. If, God-willing we choose to home school, I will likely review it again!

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