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My Child Said WHAT?!
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The Wuehler Family There are proud moments in homeschooling when you hear your child give the correct answer to some random question in public. Or you hear that they have been polite and remembered their manners or were compassionate and kind with their words. There are also days our kids say funny things that make us laugh until we cry. The freedom to learn together at home can be really noisy and silly or studious and serious. We are blessed, aren’t we? 

But then there are those days when a child might say things that make us go straight to our knees in prayer and tears. 

“Mom, you’re not a good teacher.” 

“Why does our family have to be so different?” 

“You don’t care about me.” 

“Why can’t I go to public school like all my friends?” 

“I don’t care what you’ve taught me; I will do what I want. Don’t judge me.” 

Not so funny things indeed. But,
don’t base your success or failure on what comes out of your child’s mouth. They are just children (or young adults) and need to mature, and their sin nature is evident by their words. 

Remember: we plant, we water, we train,
we pray … but God is in charge of the rest. Obedience is what God expects–not results. If you truly have a child gone astray, and he is choosing
not to do what is right before God, the best thing you can do is continue to be the living example of what it looks like as one who chooses to obey. You obey God by continuing to plant, water, train, and pray. They need to see that we truly believe what we say we believe and will continue to walk in it against all odds. 

Colossians 3:20 says this:
Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. As a child of God, dear parent, don’t give up; continue to obey
in all things for this pleases Him! 

While you’re at it, teach your children this favorite song of old and sing it loudly with them: 

I have decided to follow Jesus 

I have decided to follow Jesus 

I have decided to follow Jesus 

No turning back. No turning back.




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Sometimes I think you have to have a sense of humor to homeschool. It’s either that or cry, right? Our kids have said some incredible things over the years–and so have we! Just the other day, Hal caught himself saying, “We do not howl like a dog in hotel rooms!” No, no, we don’t. Well, not anymore.

Then there was the time we had been studying World War II for several weeks when Melanie decided to take some time off and read them some books about France since their grandmother was traveling there. “Mama!” one wide-eyed child said, “Is that Omaha Beach?”
“No, it’s not.” 

“Then, why are all those dead people there?” he said with alarm, pointing at a photo of the Riviera. When Melanie stopped laughing, she explained sunbathing.

The worst times are when they put their foot in your mouth. Like the time a store clerk asked, “Do you like homeschooling?” and one of our children replied, “I sure do! We don’t do anything but have fun!” I appreciate your enthusiasm, child of mine, but I do wish you’d mentioned that you think math is fun. The clerk clearly thinks you spend all day eating potato chips and watching TV. 

Then there’s that awful question, “What grade are you in?” and the helpless looks from the children. No, really, they do school. They do a lot of school and they are really highly intelligent. It’s just that we do things on a lot of different levels. Somehow that never quite convinces the listener, does it?
Homeschooling just opens the door to all kinds of humorous things. “Honey, what exactly are my grandchildren doing out on the terrace table?” Mom wasn’t comforted when we told her they were dissecting a giant conch they’d found. 

One of the best things about homeschooling is that school is never out. We learn all the time all over the place. As we drive along the Natchez Trace and River Road this afternoon, Hal is telling the children about succession forests. It’s an exciting way to live and learn.

One of the worst things about homeschooling is that school is never out. We don’t have to work on improving our children all the time. Sometimes we need to just relax and enjoy one another. Make sure your children know you love them not because of what they do, or how interesting they are, or how well they compare to others, but just because they are yours–a gift of God.


Sometimes that’s hard. Some ages are just really tough to parent. Probably 80% or more of the questions we get are about the preteen years. It’s a transitional time full of rollercoaster emotions, distraction, absentmindedness and spiritual doubt. Join us in a couple of weeks for the next session of Boot Camp 9-12, for the parents of nine to twelve year olds. It’s practical and encouraging!

Hug your children, 


Hal & Melanie 



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I’m not a big country music fan, but I like dad songs, and there are a bunch of dad songs written by country singers. One of my favorites is “Watching You” by Rodney Atkins. Read these powerful words: 

Driving through town just my boy and me 
With a happy meal in his booster seat. 
Knowing that he couldn’t have the toy 
Till his nuggets were gone. 
A green traffic light turned straight to red. 
I hit my brakes and mumbled under my breath. 
His fries went a flying and his orange drink covered his lap. 
Well then my four-year-old said a four letter word 
That started with “s” and I was concerned. 
So I said son now where did you learn to talk like that? 
He said I’ve been watching you dad, ain’t that cool. 
I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you 
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are. 
We got cowboy boots and camo pants. 
Yeah we’re just alike, hey ain’t we dad. 
I wanna do everything you do.
So I’ve been watching you.

The point is this: oftentimes the words our children say, they learned from watching and listening to us … and somehow that surprises us. I’m definitely not saying our kids can’t pick up words from others or say things without knowing what they mean. I’m just saying, “They’re watching us!” If you don’t want them to say or do certain things, then don’t do or say them yourself. 

Be real, 


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