Sometimes it can be hard to focus more on your marriage than on your child, but this prioritizing is vital in your homeschool. On today’s Home School Heartbeat with Mike Smith, we’ll hear from Dr. Emerson Eggerichs—a homeschooling father of three and the president of Love and Respect Ministries.
Dr. Eggerichs, this week we’ve been talking about how homeschool parents can make their marriage a priority. How does having a strong marriage help a family’s homeschool and influence their children’s education?
Dr. Emerson Eggerichs:
Well, Mike, good question. As Sarah and I homeschool through the years, we realized there are matters of the mind and there are matters of the heart. And homeschooling educates the mind primarily, although we seek to develop character. Overall we’re educating, according to the standards of the culture, the mind. But the interesting thing is, we knew that our marriage educated the hearts of our children. And again we felt, how sad if we educated the minds of our kids because of the excellent homeschooling but we wounded their hearts; we wounded their hearts because of a bad marriage. It just made no sense to us. So from God’s view, the best education is an education of the heart and mind and your marriage goes right toward the heart.
So you would agree that God called us to raise our children for heaven rather than Harvard?
You know, I haven’t seen any scriptural texts that suggest that Harvard may be a goal.
Well, our point being that he’s called us to first of all, spend our time on our children’s spiritual development, and then of course their intellect would be important as well. Well listeners, please join us join us again next time to hear more on marriage from Dr. Eggerichs. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.