As correct as this choice to homeschool is, I can't help but second guess myself. After all, it's going against all that I'm accustomed to. I myself am a product of public schooling (I'm in no way saying this with pride). We haven't even started our first year and I'm already hearing people's disagreements:
- "You're going to ruin the child."
- "You're going to shelter him too much."
- "He needs to be exposed to the world."
- "He won't know how to socialize."
- "He's going to miss out on everything."
It can be disheartening, but not mind changing. At least it shouldn't be. I am anxious- yes! But I'm also excited and expectant. I know that the decision was a good one for us. It didn't come suddenly one morning; it was decided after seeking God and doing research. I know enough of the public school system to know my son is not going to flourish in his faith as well as he should, to be better equipped to stand firm. To the objections, I say:
- If "ruining" my child means giving him more time, a tailored education and experiences, and opportunities to pursue his interests, I'm all for it.
- Yes, I want to shelter him as much as I can. That's what parents do! We care for our children and protect them from outside forces that have the potential to derail them or affect them emotionally, spiritually, or physically, in a way they're not prepared to handle. I want to allow him to grow in a safe environment where his faith can be strengthened before he is challenged by the worldly things, trials, and influences.
- I won't expose him to the things of the world if I don't have to and if he is not prepared. He will face them one day. We can discuss issues, as may be necessary, without exposing him to them. Too often these days, kids are exposed to certain issues and topics prematurely, and we as parents have no control over it when they attend a public school.
- My son is already able to socialize with people of all ages. He doesn't need to be segregated with people his age for 7 hours a day in a classroom environment where they are told to quietly pay attention. Being social is not just being around many people; we must be able to effectively interact in different scenarios and with different people of all ages. My son won't be confined to our house. The world will be our classroom and he will have enough socialization.
- I agree. My son will miss out on a lot! A lot of godless things, that is. That's my goal. I am responsible to God for my son and the way I bring him up, the things I allow, the places he goes, and the Word instilled in him. He doesn't need bullies, he doesn't need data mining, he doesn't need political propaganda, he doesn't need the potential bad influences, and he definitely doesn't need the potential corruption of character that happens so often.
Remembering these things helps me stay strong in my conviction to homeschool. Through the nerves and anxiety, I carry on. Right now I am looking into different curricula to decide which to buy. I can't lie, I'm afraid to make a bad choice! But I am encouraged to know that any choice isn't permanent. Better to lose a few dollars than to continue with a curriculum that doesn't work for us. Still, I'll do my best to find a good fit. I resolve to not overload my son's schedule with activities and events. We'll start slow and see how much is a good amount for us. Prayers are appreciated!