Add your homeschool blessings to your list of things to be thankful for this year. As Thanksgiving approaches each year, we receive repeated reminders to count our blessings. And indeed, we have so many things to be thankful for daily! As homeschoolers, we have even more incredible blessings! So, join me in counting your homeschool blessings this year.
Why Should You Count Your Homeschool Blessings?
Any mom fills multiple roles in her family – cook, organizer, laundress, planner, chauffeur, etc. Homeschool moms add to all those other tasks – educator, administrator, assignment planner, school disciplinarian, librarian, and so on! All those roles added together can become overwhelming and discouraging. We often feel buried under our lengthy to-do lists and expend all our energies just trying to stay on top of things. Seeing the blessings hiding behind all the tasks is more than we can expect.
So, I want to encourage you to take just a few minutes and count up some of these extra blessings from homeschooling – those blessings hiding beneath the towering assignments needing grading, the mess from the latest papier-mache volcano project, the stacks of overdue library books, and the never-ending piles of dirty dishes and laundry.
So, What Are These Homeschool Blessings?
Spending more time with your children IS a blessing!
You can capture and rejoice in those lightbulb moments when they grasp a new concept.
It is a big blessing to see your children’s care for each other grow. How precious indeed it is to watch your children become best friends.
Homeschooling provides increased opportunities to serve others together. Whether that involves ministering to nursing home residents, helping neighbors, or providing meals for others who are ailing, serving others as a family is a tremendous blessing!
If you are not a morning person, not having to rush and get everyone out the door every morning is HUGE! Even if you love mornings, relaxing through the morning rush is a bonus.
It is a special blessing to have the opportunity to teach and grow your values in your children.
As a homeschooler, you can tailor your children’s learning to suit their abilities and interests. Also, you get to design their education to meet your child’s needs.
How often do we read about or meet young adults who have no clue about functioning in real-world situations? You can incorporate life skills into your child’s education as a homeschooler. And that, my friend, is a blessing worth the work!
It is a great blessing to have the freedom to teach the way you want, with the curriculum you choose and according to your worldview. In addition, teaching your children to be critical thinkers, think independently, and analyze from a well-informed worldview is essential to their education.
As homeschoolers, you have the opportunity to mold your children’s character. It is a delight to teach our children moral values, honesty and integrity, kindness, service to others, and standing up for what is right.
It is a great blessing to shield our children from being bullied daily. Sure, bullies exist among homeschooled children, but we don’t encounter them daily. As parents, we want to do everything we can to protect our children; as homeschooling parents, we have greater freedom to do just that.
Trying to withstand peer pressure as an adult is challenging. Imagine what it’s like for a child! Homeschooling allows us to eliminate some of that peer pressure to do the wrong thing. That is a blessing for both you and your kids!
Trying to schedule all of a family’s activities and events can sometimes be a disaster! And the larger the family, the more things need to be organized! Planning around a rigid school calendar makes that task even more challenging! Isn’t it a blessing to use a schedule that works for your family, that fits within the unique dynamics of your family’s routines, plans, challenges, and responsibilities? Absolutely!
Sometimes, schooling gets in the way of learning. Homeschooling allows us to foster a spirit of curiosity and a love of learning, leading to independent learning. Seeing your children excited about learning, interested in exploring new ideas and concepts, and watching their curiosity grow is a great blessing. We see them learning skills to succeed at new tasks and new opportunities.
Another great blessing of homeschooling is the ability to step back, take a break when needed, and set your schedules, routines, and calendars. When we see that our kids need a break, we can adjust, be flexible, adapt, and give them what they need.
So, Count Up Those Blessings!
Homeschooling is not (always) easy; it takes time, effort, and dedication. Teaching your children brings frustrations, challenges, and even tears. And, in the midst of all that, sometimes it is easy to forget about the blessings of homeschooling. Let me challenge you to make your list of homeschooling blessings you would lose out on if you sent your children to school.
Refer to that list at the end of a challenging day. Look back at your list when you are overtired, discouraged, and may feel like quitting. Those blessings are there, but sometimes they hide underneath all the daily struggles and the piles of paperwork. Take some time this Thanksgiving season and count those blessings!
Did I miss some blessings of homeschooling? I’m sure I did! What would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments!
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