How Do I Honor God With My Kids Schooling?
July 13, 2013 | Blog, Family, Large Family Life | 0 comments
| Author: Tricia Dixon
As Duane and I have been working more together as health coaches, things have changed for my family and my kids schooling. Mostly, we’ve gone from a 100 percent homeschool family to a 50% homeschool family with a mix of classes and tutoring sessions breaking up our days at home. January 2013 we chose to have all of our kids except our youngest be tutored at least with math and English. This was a scary step for me bringing about feelings of inadequacy, guilt, anxiety and fear of what others will think of me.
The worst has been the pressure & comments from others that I’m not doing what’s best for my kids. Sometimes I’ve wondered if they’re right—am I sacrificing my kids’ education for this work that Duane and I have chosen to step out in faith and embrace? I never saw myself as being a part-time working at home Mom (WAHM).
But the answer, when I pray about it and ask God for direction and clarity, is always no. No, my children’s education is not suffering. No, we have not tossed our family priorities and values out the window. Instead, I’ve seen our family grow and blossom through this crazy, busy family life and Duane is no longer traveling every week to California. Instead, we work together and are home with our kids. Our oldest has graduated high school, and our other children are flourishing at home and at the Christian academy where they are taking some classes.
What I’ve finally settled in my heart is that this IS where God has us. And it IS a good place to be! My kids ARE thriving, my husband is home~an answer to our hearts cry of many years~ and I’m enjoying being able to help others become all they can be.
Homeschooling is fantastic, and I’m excited that Caleb and Corrine will have gotten that quality education through graduation. But the private school we’ve chosen to use for part of our children’s education is such a perfect fit for our family, at least for right now and brings peace to my heart and a freedom to be all that God calls me to be! I never imagined that I’d NOT homeschool ALL my children, ALL the way through to graduation. But as we know, that as we plan our steps, God directs our path.
How do you look at schooling for your children? Do you feel uneasy when you are with others that choose a different way to educate their children?
Tricia is a wife of 19 years, Mom to 9 children (6 bio & 3 adopted from Ethiopia) who has gone from surviving to thriving, helping others find health in their body mind/heart and financially. Coming alongside helping people to dream big again and to step out in faith and LIVE!
Having gone from her husband traveling all week every week to living a life they once only dreamed of…they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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