Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Wish List Item #6

6 Please stop telling us horror stories about the homeschoolers you know, know of, or think you might know who ruined their lives by homeschooling. You're probably the same little bluebird of happiness whose hobby is running up to pregnant women and inducing premature labor by telling them every ghastly birth story you've ever heard. We all hate you, so please go away.

I had an epiphany a few years back; I realized that my mother is a wonderful Grandma. She wasn't the best mother to me, but she is definitely outdoing herself as a Grandma. You see, I wa that annoying child that never stopped asking "Why?" and my mother had no idea what to do with that. She thought I was questioning her authority, when really I was just plain questioning. I have one of those children now, and I pray everyday that I answer his questions with patience, lest he stop questioning.

I have come to relalize, as I think most moms do, that my mother the best job she could with what she had. I am a relatively normal, well adjusted adult, and I am raising my children with the morals, values and experiences that she and my father helped instill. Someday, God willing, my children will be normal, well adjusted adults. They will look back on their childhood and say "I'm never doing that to my child!" Hopefully they will also say "I can't wait to pass this tradition on to my child."

None of us knows how the choices we make for our children today will affect their lives tomorrow. Homeschooling is a personal choice, one that I am passionate about and one I firmly believe is my God-given responsibility (but that's a whole other post!). DH and I do the best we can with what is in front of us today, and pray for the strength and wisdon to do better tomorrow..... don't you?

1 comment:

j-m said...

I hate people who do that! I remember getting lots of unasked-for, unwelcome advice, both when pregnant and while homeschooling. Why do certain topics make people feel freer to express their opinions than others? While pregnant, I got, "Do you have problems with hemmorhoids?" (excuuuuse me?) "Are you planning to breastfeed?" "Are you going "natural"?" All of which were followed with a litany of horror stories. Who asked you, anyway? I would just stand there flabbergasted, wishing I had some quick, perky remark to politely shut them up.