After homeschooling for 28 years, and caring for and training my 8 children for 32 years, I am feeling a little sad as I realize how close I am to “the end”. In a little over two years, my youngest child, my 16 year-old son will graduate, and more than likely leave home to go to college. Thinking about it made me kind of introspective, and I pondered just a few things that I would do differently.
If I had it to do over:
1. I would say yes more often.
2. I would smile and laugh more, rather than being so intense.
3. I wouldn’t be so idealistic, but rather strive more for realistic.
4. I would have kept “tucking” my kids in and praying with them at night all the way into and through the teen years.
5. I would work more on training the difficult child, rather than asking a more compliant child to do things to “avoid the hassle” of dealing with the difficult one.
6. I would not compare myself to other homeschooling moms, or moms in general.
7. I would judge my homeschooling success more on how much my children have learned wisdom, rather than on if they were “caught up” for their age/grade level.
8. I would remember that the time I spend daily teaching, training, and caring for the children, my husband, and our home is more important than anything I didn’t accomplish on my “to do” list.
The things I am glad I did, and that I would do all over again:
1. Homeschool all the kids all the way through grade 12.
2. Spend a lot of time on Scripture memory, and character training with them.
3. Give up a good paying secular job to stay home and raise my children, and spend every day with them.
4. Correct the children with Scripture when wrong behavior was shown.
5. Seek Godly wisdom and counsel from those who are older and wiser.
Just a few thoughts from my heart.
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