What’s the way to a child’s heart? Well, as author John Crudele put it, “Kids spell love T-I-M-E.“ Join us today on Home School Heartbeat with host Mike Smith as homeschool dad Kevin Swanson discusses how taking on his son’s homeschooling changed their relationship.
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Kevin, last time you shared that when your son turned 11 you personally took over his schooling. How did this impact your relationship with him?
Well, Mike, over the last eight years, since my son was about 11 or 12 years old, we’ve worked together, we’ve studied together—obviously with homeschooling. We’ve done hundreds of projects together; he’s edited my radio program for seven years. We’ve enjoyed being together. We’ve learned a lot about each other. I think I’ve been more focused on his character because we’re so close. The closer the relationship the more you can see the flaws.
But also, that relationship forms a mirror and I began to see some of my own flaws. He picks up on my good points and my weak points so I’ve got to be transparent with him: I’ve got to confess my sins. As he gets older, I’ve got to increase that transparency, be careful about judgmentalism, and just be open to what God is doing in my heart, as He's working with my son’s heart.
Well, thanks for sharing that with us today, Kevin, and until next time, I’m Mike Smith.