Homeschooling ABC’s: S, T, and U

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Well, we’re nearing the end of this Homeschooling ABC’s series.  I hope it’s been an encouraging journey for you!  Please let me know what you think in the comments and, if you’re not already subscribed to my e-mail newsletter, don’t forget to sign up so that you don’t miss any of my blog posts as well as upcoming  announcements of the new things I have planned for Homeschooling911!

S is for Socialization: So…I thought about racking my brain for a different “S” for this series, but why mess with a good thing, right?

After all, what homeschooler hasn’t been asked that infernal “socialization” question?

I don’t know about you, but I find it astonishing that, in spite of approximately three decades of proven (modern) homeschooling success, homeschoolers still get asked the socialization question.

Of course, homeschooling isn’t just a modern phenomenon.  Parents have been successfully homeschooling their children, in this country alone, for centuries.

At any rate, I’m not going to spend a lot of time here breaking down how ludicrous it is that anyone would still be asking parents, “But what about socialization?” because I’ve already done that in my post “The Myth of Socialization.”  I published that post two years ago, but it’s still one of the more popular posts on my blog.  I hope after you read this post, you’ll pop over and read that post too, and consider sharing it with your homeschooling network.

T is for Time Travel: Okay, maybe I’m getting a little cute here, but if you could have a time machine that would allow you to travel to the future to see how your kids turned out, wouldn’t you want one?

My reason for bringing this up is that, particularly when we’re new to homeschooling, it’s easy to doubt ourselves and wonder if we’re doing the best for our kids.  But as I pointed out earlier, the modern homeschooling movement has proved to be a successful educational model for over three decades now.  Kids that have been home educated are now college graduates, filling leadership roles in every area of society, and raising and homeschooling families of their own.

So maybe you don’t have a time machine, but look around you.  Millions of families have experienced homeschooling success, and you can too.  Keep up the good work.  It may take a while, but one day you will see the fruit of your hard work too, no time machine needed.

U is for Uplifting: Life’s tough.  Many homeschoolers, myself included, have gone through, and are going through, difficulties that seem insurmountable at times.  Add to that the responsibility of homeschooling your children, and the days can become very long.  Sometimes all you can do is cry.

So what “uplifts” you during those times?  For me, the Word of God has become my lifeline.  I have Scriptures that are posted on my bathroom mirror and my refrigerator.  I have Scriptures that I speak over my life every night.  These Scriptures keep me going.  They remind me that as long as God is for me, who can be against me?  They assure me that nothing can separate me from the love of God and that he has a plan and purpose for my life.

There are other ways I find to uplift my soul.  I enjoy listening to a Miami radio station that I stream over my computer.  The music, for me, is often nostalgic.  Sometimes it gets me dancing around my kitchen.  Even listening to the traffic reports is a balm.  While I have sympathy for the drivers stuck in that Miami traffic, it reminds me of growing up there as I hear so many familiar roads mentioned.

We all have things in our life that can uplift us when we are going through a tough time.  But it’s easy to forget.  When the demands of family and homeschooling are crying out for our attention, it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves, to take the time to engage in activities that are uplifting for us.

If you haven’t done so in a while (or maybe you never have) make a list of things that you find uplifting.  Maybe you like to garden, but haven’t gotten around to it in a while because of other responsibilities.  Perhaps you like curling up with a novel and a cup of tea.  Maybe you feel most uplifted getting together with a special friend for a cup of coffee.

We all need those moments of refreshing.  I hope you’ll take some time – soon – to do something that uplifts your soul.