Home Is a Wonderful Place
May 19, 2021
Mercy Every Minute
Deborah Wuehler, TOS Senior Editor
Home. Where They Belong
There are so many reasons why home is wonderful, and we have written about them for twenty years now!
We have seen the fruit of homeschooled children walking the aisles of college graduations and into successful adulthood. That is just one of the rewards of being raised in the most wonderful place called home. Other rewards are the freedom children have—to be who they were created to be, to learn in the manner best for them, to go as slow or fast as necessary, to discover a myriad of electives and skills, and to cut out all the busywork, all the peer pressure, and all the evil philosophies. On top of that, they gain strong, healthy relationships with us. It is worth it all. I have homeschooled for over twenty-five years now and still have another five years to go, and it is the best thing I’ve ever done with my life and for my children.
What is so great about home?
It is where we are privileged to teach that God upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3), that He alone reigns, and His Word is Truth—in all subjects.
Where we teach children to make it their aim to please God and to be Christlike in their service to God, their families, their churches, and their communities and to be able to share the glorious gospel of Christ.
Where we teach the truth of God’s Word that says God created the family as one man for one woman, and where family is strengthened and promoted.
Where we can teach the Ten Commandments; the Golden Rule; how to love your neighbor; the importance and power of prayer; and consistent and real Bible study. God is alive and well in our homes.
A loving and safe environment, free from worldly pressures and vain philosophies. It is where children daily “walk with the wise” and become wise and not become “a companion of fools” where they could “be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20). They do not have to learn the way of the heathen (Jeremiah 10:2).
It is the school environment that teaches absolute Truth. Some would say we are living in fear by not sending our children away; I say we are living in the fear of the Lord which is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7; and 9:10).
Where God desires me to teach my children that they might teach their children (Psalm 78). The obedience that keeps them home will bring the rewards of His blessing on their lives and mine.
Where They Belong.
Dorothy Was Right: There’s No Place Like Home
Home is a wonderful place.
Home is the best place for your children.
I repeat home is the best place for your children.
The world may say otherwise, and you may sometimes doubt that sentiment, but it is 100% true.
God knew what He was doing when he placed those children in your home and gave them you as a mother. Cling to that truth when the days get hard. Cling to that truth if others try to persuade you to put your kids in school. Cling to that truth because it is true!
I’m done. Be real,
PS – You can get a free audio download of one of the most powerful talks I have ever given that speaks about this truth. It’s called This We Believe and you can get it here.
Why Home Is the Best Place to Educate Your Children
Home is a wonderful place to educate children. It’s safe and secure, so children are able to learn more. It provides better career preparation because we can make sure our children have the work ethic they need and get an opportunity to learn about different career options. Our education can challenge each student to the best of their ability and doesn’t discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, or income. There are three steps to optimize home education.
1. Train Up a Child
We carefully train up and raise our child in the way he or she should go, so that when they are old, they will not depart from the truth but lead happy and healthy lives. Proverbs 22:6 tells us to train up our child, and home educators take the mission seriously.
2. Homeschool at Home
Homeschooling at home is the best way to keep the student challenged and not overwhelmed. Homeschooling at home with parents is the most cost-effective way to educate a student. The cost of homeschooling will increase with online classes or expensive tutors, but those are not usually necessary for education or college admission. Homeschooling at home is the best education with the greatest flexibility. Learn homeschooling tips in the free eBook, How to Be a Better Home Educator.
3. Launch an Adult
Our job is not to parent our children forever. Our job is to train up children in the way they should go. When they become adults, we are to encourage them to engage the culture and change the world. Our reasons for homeschooling have not changed, but our child has changed, and we must let them go where they are called.
4. Be Thankful for Homeschooling
Once grown, parents often wonder if they did enough. Are their children prepared for adulthood and ready to face inevitable challenges? The best part of homeschooling is the assurance that we did everything we could do to prepare our child. We worked to raise responsible adults and can rest easy, knowing we literally did all we could do. The rest is up to our child, learning to be an adult just like we learned from our own parents.
Pillar of Hope
Tracy Klicka – Pandemic or Not, Home is a Wonderful Place
Perhaps you’ve seen the statistics—since pandemic-related school lockdowns began over a year ago, suicides have been on the rise. While actual suicide numbers are difficult to obtain, there is data to suggest that the pandemic has contributed to more young people becoming suicidal.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four adults ages 18 to 24 surveyed in June of last year said they had seriously contemplated suicide. That’s more than double the number of people in that age group who reported having suicidal thoughts in 2018.
So if it is true that the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to greater numbers of young adults seriously considering ending their lives, what encouragement is there for families who have decided to homeschool amid the lockdowns? Plenty!
Shortly after the lockdowns began last year, a study conducted by the nonprofit Let Grow, of children ages 8-13 in the U.S., revealed that, overall, children were less anxious during the lockdown than they had been prior to the pandemic.
That reduction in anxiety manifested itself in these children finding interesting things to do, sleeping more, helping at home, and gaining new respect and appreciation from their parents because of how well they were managing themselves. In essence, they were far more likely to be happy than sad.
Interestingly, the #1 response children gave to the survey’s open-ended question, “Something I like about this time is _______,” was More Time with Family. Being together as a family via homeschooling is a positive, life-changing opportunity to connect, to help your children grow as individuals, and as parents to affirm your child’s uniqueness, gifts, and interests.
May your children joyfully thrive as you intentionally invest in their lives together at home!
Tracy Klicka, widow of former HSLDA attorney Christopher Klicka, is a homeschooling mom of seven adult children. Seasoned homeschooler and gifted writer/speaker for over 22 years, Tracy has addressed thousands at homeschooling conventions and women’s events, contributed to Christianity Today, regularly writes for national homeschool publications, and contributed to her late husband’s homeschooling books. She serves as the Director of Development for HSLDA, through which their Compassion Program helps families homeschooling through hard times.
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