When Homeschooling Goes Wrong
August 3, 2023 Adrienne Brown 0 Comments
When homeschooling goes wrong the homeschool parent is always suspect, but raising children is a difficult task in all lifestyles.
Yet, it seems extremely challenging when it comes to imparting Christian values and beliefs to your kids.
As a homeschooling parent, you may have your own set of ideals and standards, but your children may not always share the same enthusiasm.
In today’s culture educating them in the faith and homeschooling them can be an uphill battle. In my experience, there are more challenges when outside influences are all vying for their attention.
This blog post aims to provide useful insights on how to fight against cultural norms. In addition, we will teach you how to help your kids authentically embrace homeschooling and Christian values.
From your kid’s perspective
One of the primary reasons why some homeschools fail is because it is imposed on children without parents understanding what the child wants.
I am mostly speaking about middle school and high school-aged children more so than elementary kids.
As parents, we have our own expectations and beliefs, but we can learn to approach homeschooling from the child’s perspective.
We must take time to have meaningful conversations with our children about what they understand about Christianity. By talking with them you can straighten out any false beliefs they may have about the Christian faith.
This kind of conversation should be normal around your home, mainly if you are a professing Christian.
And it doesn’t stop there, parents should talk with their teens about homeschooling to see what they are thinking. Particularly, if you are pulling your children from public school.
Ultimately the choice is mainly the parents but it is wise to listen to their fears, doubts, and concerns. Really try to understand why they may not want to embrace the lifestyle as expected.
Show empathy and understanding to help build their trust and confidence in you.
Teach Them About Radical Lifestyles
One of the challenges to a homeschooled child is the lifestyles that are radically different from theirs. Not everyone will believe what they have been raised to live by.
Not all teens embrace respect for others, their personal property, or their lives.
So, being homeschooled and Christian may cause them to feel misunderstood, different, and backward.
This ridicule often comes from their peers on sports teams and even in their church.
As parents, it is important to teach our children how to deal with other kinds of beliefs and radical lifestyles.
We have to communicate a clear understanding of our values and beliefs. As well as, teaching our children how to defend what they have been taught with steadfast courage.
Also, remember you have to provide open dialogue and constant guidance on how to navigate through these challenging situations.
Ground Them in Christian Doctrine
One critical aspect of Christian homeschooling is ingraining Christian doctrine in our children. Kids who are not grounded in the Christian faith will find it difficult to fight for their Christian rights.
As Christian parents, it is vital that you spend time teaching your kids about Christian values. You have to educate them through stories, readings, living, and examples that illustrate Christian teachings.
This will not only build a foundation of faith and knowledge but also help them appreciate the homeschooling education they are receiving.
Instill Self-Acceptance and Self-Worth
Another vital aspect of homeschooling is nurturing self-acceptance and self-worth within our children. A lack of centering can lead to a sense of confusion and doubt in oneself.
As homeschooling parents, we need to create an environment of acceptance and love that helps our children embrace their individuality.
Share God’s affection for them, give words of encouragement, and celebrate each child’s unique strengths.
Cultivate a Sense of Family Honor and Pride
Homeschooling parents, need to instill a sense of pride in their children for their family. Children who don’t have a sense of family honor and pride may not embrace homeschooling or family values.
We need to celebrate family achievements, display family pictures and keepsakes, and cultivate family traditions that create strong family ties.
Uproot Resentment Issues
Finally, some children may secretly resent their homeschooling lifestyle. They may feel deprived of social interaction or feel that their parents are too strict.
As parents, we need to address any resentment issues gently and with understanding.
Create opportunities for children to socialize through healthy well lead homeschooling groups, community groups, youth groups, and other activities.
But let’s be diligent to watch these groups for adverse relationships.
Trust me when I warn you to not shuffle your kids out to social groups just because everyone else is doing it.
Not so fast because not all group activities are good for your children. Actually, some can be very toxic for their person, and self-esteem.
Yet, listen to their needs and work collaboratively to find a happy compromise that works for everyone.
Homeschooling and passing down our Christian values can be challenging
Think about it, empathy, understanding, and creativity can help us to reach our kids for Christ. As homeschooling parents, we need to understand our children’s perspectives on things.
Strive to teach them about handling radical lifestyles, ground them in Christian doctrine, and instill self-acceptance and self-worth.
Likewise, cultivate family honor and pride, and address any resentment issues.
With time, patience, and love, homeschooling can be a fulfilling and enjoyable journey for everyone involved.