I've struggled lately through some abnormally challenging months with my kids. In asking the Lord for wisdom, direction, and renewal He gave me the idea to write out a list in order to renew my perspective. And just fyi, I don't claim for them to all be super-spiritual answers! Many of them are recent frustrations I tried to refocus toward the positive. And these are certainly not all inclusive, just what I came up with off the top of my head.
I love staying home because...
I get to choose what books they are reading.
I get to help shape and encourage their individual interests.
I am available to correct inappropriate behavior at its outset.
I am with them to notice character weaknesses and begin training them in another direction.
I can snuggle with them whenever they need it.
I get to know my kids better than anyone else.
I can tell my children how much I love them any moment I want to.
We can spend as much time as we want snuggled up with a good read.
I don't have to get out of bed in the morning until they do!
I love homeschooling because...
I get to develop and educate them according to their desires, thus instilling a love for learning at every turn!
I get to be their number one cheerleader. I don't have to have snow to cancel and regroup for a day.
I get to learn new things with them every day.
There is no "starting school." We get to encounter and acquire at anytime... quite often after 3:00.
We get to start our day with Bible and "Leading Little Ones to God."
I get to meet individual academic and behavioral needs every day.
There is no mold into which my children have to fit, and boy is that a good thing! (Jacob will never fit into the "sit still, be quiet, and keep your hands to yourself" mode, I assure you!)
We get to learn our vocabulary words without writing a thing.
I don't have to feel like a failure every morning because we arrive 10 minutes late everywhere in the recent past, especially in the mornings! (I only have to feel that way one morning a week.)
I am available to monitor my kids' food intake, and protect them from their allergens.
I don't have the freedom to shop whenever I want, and therefore spend significantly less money than I would otherwise!
So, why are you doing this???