What’s Your Why?
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“Why Do YOU homeschool?” If I were to ask this question in a group, I’d get answers as varied as the homeschoolers.
Some would be duty-centered.
“God says to train our children.”
“I was homeschooled, and I feel my kids deserve the same from me.”

Some would be avoidance-centered.
“I want my children safe, and public schools aren’t safe anymore.”
“I don’t want my children exposed to all the things going on in school.”

And some are want-to-centered.
“I have awesome kids and I enjoy hanging out with them.”
“I want to take every opportunity to teach my kids.”

Many homeschoolers feel called by God to do so. These are the duty-centered homeschoolers. Many other factors play into the picture, but in the end, they do it because they feel that’s what God wants them to do. That is a great reason to start homeschooling. Somewhere along the way, we need to be happy to do God’s will instead of just willing. It makes a difference.

Many homeschoolers have a poor view of the public schools. These are avoidance-centered homeschoolers. A poor view of public schools, both academically and spiritually, doesn’t motivate us to excellence in our homeschools. It gives us an excuse for subpar performance. You could allow yourself to think, “I’ve skipped reading with Johnny three times this week? No problem. He’s probably already reading better than most of the kids in the local high school.”

It’s the opposite of what Paul encourages Christians to think about when he writes the letter to the Philippians. Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

I think it’s actually beneficial to know some of the good things going on in your public schools – not so we can feel bad about anything we’re not offering, but so we’re motivated to do our best.

Being appalled by the condition of your local schools or even a feeling of religious duty doesn’t quite compare to the excitement generated by a parent who wants to.

A wise teacher makes learning a joy. (Proverbs 15:2 TLB)

We all have many reasons why we choose to homeschool our children. If “because you want to” isn’t part of the equation, may I humbly ask that you ask God to give you that desire? It will make your job so much easier. Let one of HomeWorks by Precept Consultants come along-side you in your homeschooling journey and provide you with help and encouragement along the way!

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