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Nov 18, 2013

Forget The Stereotypes

MaryAnn Gaver

You might find this hard to believe, but I wasn't always for homeschooling. If someone would've told us that we would homeschool our kids one day, I probably would've laughed.  

Teach your kids at home? It sounded so foreign to me. I remember once in our early days of marriage, Jay mentioned that it would be great to homeschool one day. I dismissed the thought and chuckled to myself...

Over time, and after observing several successful, thriving homeschooling families, I began to re-think my position on homeschooling. Jay was ready to homeschool the moment the twins turned five. I, on the other hand, had reservations, and took a few years to come around. Sure enough, by the time the guys turned seven, I was completely on board, and couldn't wait to teach at home. 

Part of my hesitancy, was due, in part, to the fact that I had a pre-conceived idea of what a homeschooling mom should be like. I know this sounds ridiculous, but in my eyes, the "ideal" mom was super spiritual, extremely energetic, and exceedingly smart -- somewhat of a conglomeration of Susannah Wesley, Annie Oakley, and Marie Curie.

I thought that a homeschooling mom needed the spiritual depth and saintliness of someone like Susannah Wesley. She, of course, was the gentle mother of John, Charles and over a dozen other beautiful children. Then, I pictured Annie Oakley, the markswoman and sharpshooter who was obviously one coordinated and agile lady. To top it off --- I envisioned a woman as smart and savvy as Marie Curie, the physicist and chemist who's famous for her discovery and pioneering research on radioactivity.

Here's the point: Let go of any pre-conceived ideas of the perfect mom and teacher. And always remember---when we're called to homeschool, we bring our strengths and weaknesses, strong points and insufficiencies. Then, God provides everything we need to accomplish the task set before us.

I changed. I let go of that image of the pioneer-forging, gun-toting, award-winning mom who existed in my mind, and gave myself permission to teach my unique own way, with my own style. I found that when I did just that---I was truly free.  

For other encouraging blogs, please see Fact #3 and You're Going To Soar!

Keep on!  God bless you.

love,

MaryAnn

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