I know the long-held stereotype of “socialization” and homeschoolers. Yet maintaining and encouraging relationships in our homeschool is essential. There is a level of togetherness in homeschooling families that many others don’t have, which means we need finely-tuned interpersonal skills.
How do you strike a balance between the roles of wife, mother, teacher, and everything else that being a homeschool mom requires?
How can siblings get along when they not only share parents, toys, and meals, but also a “one-room schoolhouse”?
How can you spend quality time with your spouse when there are so many demands for your time and attention all.the.time?
Where do you fit in time to spend in prayer and Bible study?
I don’t have all the answers, but I know that nurturing these relationships is imperative. To teach your children the basics, you need to know how they learn. To know how they learn best, you must know them. To share your faith with them, you must know their struggles and their strengths. Josh McDowell said that “rules without relationship lead to rebellion” and I believe that’s true.
All relationships require communication to be successful. That includes our spiritual relationship with Jesus. He is the center of our homeschool and if I let my relationship with Him slide, it shows in everything I do. This means that prayer is mandatory. Just like our physical bodies wouldn’t last long without food and water, our spiritual life falls apart when we don’t talk to Jesus.
Even though DH isn’t involved in the daily homeschool lessons (he does special projects, especially for science), it’s important that I communicate with him about what is going on with the girls and what they are learning. They enjoy sharing the highlights with him. I also need to remember to take off that “homeschool mom” hat and enjoy talking with him about things other than school work.
Let’s be honest — even with the best of friends, there are times when we just get on each others’ nerves. That gives us a chance to practice the important character qualities of compassion, forgiveness, and loving kindness.
I hold these relationships very dear and without them, we could not homeschool successfully.
How do you nurture the relationships in your life and homeschool?
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