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Divinely Equipped to Homeschool

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Divinely Equipped to Homeschool

“Start children off on the way they should go and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

If God has called you to homeschool, He has also equipped you for the task!

As a Mom who is entering year 18 of homeschooling, I understand the apprehensions, the questions, the doubts, the frustrations, and the joys and victories that you experience along the homeschool journey.

As women we have a Bachelor’s degree in comparison and doubt; as moms, we obtain our Master’s; as homeschool Moms, a PhD.

When you homeschool and things don’t seem to be going well, we carry all the “blame” on our shoulders. There is no teacher to point to, no classroom peers, no school system, just us. Surely, if our son is not reading at grade level, it’s something we missed. If our daughter is not grasping division, it for sure is our shortcomings as an educator, right?!

Why do we assume this? Why do we lay so much at our own feet? Why do we feel someone else is always better at things than we are?

Inadequacy. It’s the root of every question and concern homeschooling moms have. It’s the heart of those “Maybe we should send them back to school” moments. It’s the reason why we are constantly seeking out the perfect curriculum, comparing our homeschool to our friends’ homeschool, and getting our kids involved in every activity under the sun so they don’t miss a thing.

Have you ever written down your doubts and frustrations? Or taken a few moments to go over them in your head? If you do, you’ll see that most homeschooling moms operate from a place of needing to check every.single.possible box when it comes to learning and exposure to activities. We feel like there are certain criteria we need to meet in order to be a successful and accepted homeschool Mom. 

These thoughts are a lie straight from Satan. Chasing worldly perfection is a never-ending race paved with stress and unhappiness. Is this what we want for our kids? For our husbands? For ourselves? No, it isn’t. 

It’s time to shift our focus and our definition of success. 

Like everything else in our lives, when God calls us to something, He gives us the tools to use. So, what tools has He given you to homeschool? What do you have to offer your family and others?

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 tells us, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”

Psalm 139:14 tells us, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

And Galatians 5:22-23 tells us, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

These are just 3 of the many verses that tell us who and Whose we are. As a created being of the Creator of the universe, you come equipped with gifts given to you to carry out the plans God has for your life – including homeschooling.

Many homeschool moms, when asked what they are good at, cannot answer this question because they spend the bulk of their time focused on the kids and the home. There is nothing wrong with focusing here; too many times we allow it to become our entire identity and we lose or forget the other parts of us. This can create frustration, a feeling of being undervalued, a questioning of our worth, and a “lostness” of next steps once the kids are grown and gone. 

We’re going to break this cycle, this narrative that has been playing on repeat in the homeschool community for decades.

Your gifts are your way of contributing to the world. While you’re in a season of focusing a large portion of your time on home and family, you can be using and refining these gifts so that you have a clearer picture of what direction to go once you hit the season of being able to do more outside the home, and the season of the children leaving the nest.

Discover and use your gifts now, in your homeschool. This creates a more fulfilling journey, and you will be showing your kids an example of what it looks like to walk in their own purpose.

To discover your gifts, write down 10 things you are good at or that people come to you for when they need help or advice. These are things that come naturally to you, or that you have been trained in somewhere along the way, and still enjoy.

Check out this list and write next to each item some way you can utilize this skill in your homeschool. For example, if you have crazy-good organization skills, you can set up your homeschool environment in a way where everything has its place and can easily be found when needed. You can also teach and demonstrate to your kids what an organized room looks like, and its benefits to their emotional, mental, and physical well-being. You can teach them how to organize their day and manage their time wisely. You can also use this skill to find creative ways to provide hands-on activities to demonstrate math concepts (i.e. place value, borrowing and carrying, long division steps, sorting, etc), scientific thinking and experimenting, and to point out the organization, order, and flow that exists in Creation, and ways that we as humans sometimes cause disruptions to these systems. These are great discussions to have with your kids to give them a Scriptural lens through which to view the world.

What else can you come up with? What are you good at that can be utilized in your homeschool? Are you able to help other homeschool moms in these areas? Moms are always grateful to have helping hands in areas they do not feel as skilled in; especially when it comes to areas their kids may be exploring as possible careers. 

Whatever it is you are good at, remember that you are good at it because you were designed this way, and God uses all the pieces and parts of you for His plan; including His plan to make you a homeschool Mom 🙂

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Pam Spinker
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I help Christian homeschool moms, just like you, thrive in your home and in your walk with Christ. If you question your abilities, or feel like you’re drowning in homeschooling, you’re in the right place! 

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