The Excuses Before Homeschooling
I wish I had a dime for every time I’ve heard another mom say, “Oh, I could never homeschool my kids. That would never work for us.” I’ve heard a myriad of excuses: “My child doesn’t listen to me”; “My kid and I just can’t get along”; “I don’t think I could stand to be with my kids all day.” I know every excuse, because I used to give them myself. Whenever someone asks my children where they go to school and my children say that they are homeschooled, the response is usually, “Oh. . .” And then the attention turns to me. The looks I get from people speak very loudly—they say, “You must be crazy!” And then come the comments.
Sometimes the response I get is a patronizing one: “That’s wonderful. You must be a saint.” Some even go as far as saying, “I wish I could do that.” But then the excuses start. It never fails. The worst part of it all is that I get those same comments and excuses from Christians! Church leaders, worship leaders, and even children’s ministry workers invariably make those same comments and give the same excuses. Homeschooling is definitely not the norm—in the world or in the church. (more…)