Posted in Homeschooling Corner

5 Things We Wish Our Friends and Family Would Accept About Our Choice to Homeschool

We began our homeschooling journey eight years ago, and you can read our story here if you’d like. We were the first and continue to be the only family who homeschools within our circles of immediate-extended family (on both sides) and our family-friends. And you know what? Before we started homeschooling, our parenting choices were never, ever questioned, but as soon as we made the choice to homeschool… Gasp! I kid you not when I say that for eight years now, our homeschooling has been a running hot topic, and not in a we’ve-warmed-up-to-it sort of way! Here is a short and sweet list of things we wish our dear ones would simply accept about our choice to homeschool (even if they never approve)-


1. We are not homeschooling to make other parents feel uncomfortable or question their own parenting choices. Honest! Consider this: Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if we all marched to the exact same beat? We’re following our own hearts and beliefs on this one.


2. We believe homeschooling is a superior choice for our children. We don’t even pretend to know what is best for anyone else’s children. However, when we make comparisons of homeschooling verses public schooling, they are ours to make based on our personal values and experiences with both. For our family, homeschooling offers tremendous advantages and benefits that public schooling can’t even touch. We especially love the freedom it gives us.


3. When others share “homeschool failure stories” with us, we’re not sure what point they are trying to make. What does another family’s homeschooling have to do with us anyway? Whether public schooling, private schooling or homeschooling, each and every family is unique, with their own quirks, strengths and weaknesses. I just want to point out that there are also weird, shy, socially-backwards, (fill in the blank) kids in public school! We even know some of them.


4. Our homeschooling takes a LOT of parent dedication, time, effort and heart. No matter what our dear ones think about homeschooling in general, I wish they would at least recognize all the hours I spend planning, organizing, and implementing lessons, activities, unit studies, and so much more. I wish they would see how much of my heart goes into it, and how much joy it gives me. I wish they could see our homeschool days in action because that way they just might realize how natural our homeschooling actually looks and feels.


5. We consider our unconventional, imperfect homeschooling to be a parenting success. We have no regrets for choosing this lifestyle. Homeschooling makes us happy, brings us closer, and gives me more time with my teenager before he’s grown up and leaving home. We’ve graduated two daughters who are each pulling excellent grades at their universities, hold part time jobs, make time for friends, and participate in community and church activities. They’re responsible, functioning adults and to us, that proves our homeschooling has been a huge success.

Hooray for homeschooling!

♥ Thanks so much for reading! If you homeschool, what might you add to this list? ♥

Posted in Homeschooling Corner

If You Think About It, All Parents Homeschool


As a homeschooling mom, I’ve noticed how often homeschooling gets a bad rap. I’ve been homeschooling for seven years now and for seven years, I’ve heard expressions of concern, disapproval, and my personal favorite, homeschool failure stories, from neighbors, friends, extended family, church members and strangers.

I’ve found that most of the time, if someone is genuinely concerned about my choice to homeschool, it is because they have common misconceptions about learning and education in general. Here are two simple truths about learning:

1. There is more than one way to learn.

2. All learning counts.

Let’s look at a definition of, education:


the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge.

Now, let’s look at a definition of, homeschooling:


the education of children at home by their parents.

See where I’m going with this? All parents teach their children educational things at home. All children learn educational things at home.

When a child helps mom or dad in the kitchen, they are learning and that learning becomes part of their life-long education.

And that’s just one example.

So the reality is, all parents homeschool to an extent, even if they send their children to public schools. 

I’m pointing this out so that my non-homeschooling friends and family realize that all parents teach their children but as a homeschooling mom I’m taking personal responsibility for the full scope of my child’s education instead of just a few areas such as personal hygiene, basic cooking and family values.

And yes, I am capable and qualified as a mom to teach my own child and to hand pick teachers, learning methods and subjects for my own child’s education. It’s a myth to believe only institutional schools and professional teachers can properly educate our children. This is not disrespecting professional teachers. I know some amazing school teachers and only wish they had free choice in how and what they teach. What I don’t value is our outdated, unyielding, public education system.

Homeschooling parents give their child a wonderful gift by sharing the reigns of their child’s academic, secular, spiritual, emotional and life learning with their child. This means the child has much more control, choice and personal responsibility for their own education than public schools allow. This fosters self confidence and a life-long love for learning.

❤️ So, if you are a homeschooling parent, the next time you hear someone voice concern or disapproval, feel free to point out that all parents homeschool whenever they have teaching moments with their children. You’re just kicking that up fifty notches! 😉 And I think that is quite admirable. ❤️