Happy New Year, homeschooling families and friends!
I’m so excited about what this new year brings for us. For many Americans, however, 2015 was noted statistically to be one of the toughest years. My hope is that if you have been going through the ringer last year, you’ll keep your hope and faith activated for the year ahead. God has great plans for us this year, and He will help you- no matter your situation or circumstances.
I’m giving you three new year homeschooling tips to help give you a boost in your homeschooling year for 2016!
Stay in God’s Word.
Christian homeschooling moms should remember that God’s Word is the number one authority of a believer’s life- and without it, we will become lost. I see the Word of God as a compass. Whenever you need direction for your life (which includes your homeschooling endeavors), turn to God’s Word on how to raise, teach, and mentor your kids.
God’s Word is quicker and sharper than a two-edged sword and His Word never fails! Any answer we need for any problem we’re having in parenting comes directly from his Word, and we can find the support and solace we need there.
Stay on your knees.
Last year was tough for so many people. If you recall my interview with Tammie, she talked about her many struggles over the years with finding a balanced approached to homeschooling. She eventually called it grace-based homeschooling.
The key is to stay in constant prayer, each and every day of your life. You can not afford to neglect this! If you’re a homeschooling mom who wants to raise your kids in the knowledge of Christ’s love, then you need to be on your knees regularly.
It’s amazing to see the benefits of prayer, and a mom’s prayer is a force to be reckoned with. You can save your family from mishaps and provide an extra layer of protection over your family through your prayers. You can help your kids’ motivation, obedience, and respect through prayer. Never underestimate the value of your prayers, mom.
Sometimes it’s hard to admit when we don’t know something, but let’s face it: we moms don’t know everything. I think a lot of the problem in the homeschooling movement is the need to constantly “prove” something. There is absolutely nothing to prove in your kids’ education, my friend. They are at home to be educated by you- for a reason.
Do you want them to be academic achievers? Sure. Do you want your kids to show Christ-like character? Of course. But on the days those two elements don’t make it forefront in your family as you’d hoped, do you feel your pride deflated? Should you feel defeated?
Let’s make every effort to stay humble throughout the homeschooling process. It’s not about making our kids smarter than the neighbors’. (Who thinks that way anymore?)
It’s not about having our children compete over who is the smartest and brightest or the most athletic. It’s not about which family has more homeschooling materials or even which family has been homeschooling the longest. Veterans or not, we should all simply stay humble.
I’m praying for each of you reading this blog post or newsletter or listening to the podcast. And if you find your way on my YouTube channel, I’m praying for you too! I pray that this year you’ll be found in God’s Word, on your knees, and filled with God’s humility to serve your children and your family in a way that is pleasing to Him.
And mostly, I pray that you find 2016 to be one of your best years yet!
Have a Happy New Year!!