If I could have a dollar for every time I hear people tell me that they could never home school because they are not patient enough, I might become rich by the time I die. That response always amuses me. I think these people somehow feel because we stay at home with our children and also home educate them, that makes us more holy, loving, and have the patience thing all figured out.
I’ll be the first to stand in line and say that I am not an ideal, perfect mother that has it all together. I don’t possess a patient look on my face all day or a patient tone in my voice every time I speak to my children. But I don’t allow that to stop me from doing what I know is best for my children – keeping them at home with me and educating them in the ways of the Lord to the utmost of my ability.
What you do have to possess in order to home school is conviction. A determination that what you are doing is the very best thing for your child, and that you must press on through the dark and dreary days – which will be there I promise.
Our spiritual life is not always a bed of roses. We all go through highs and lows, feeling close to the Lord and heeding His word, and at other times drifting away and needing to be convicted to come close to Him again. But we don’t quit on the Lord. We don’t stop believing in Him, discount His word and walk away. We just strayed for a minute.
So it is with homeschooling. Don’t quit even though the day is long. Don’t give up because you just became frustrated at your child and you feel unqualified. Don’t believe the lie that you are not good enough for your child. God has called you to be the mother and yes – even the home educator most of the times to your child. He will be faithful and provide you the strength you need even though the days may be long and weary.
Homeschooling challenges you to grow in these three areas.
Prayer, Perseverance, and yes – Patience.
With the Lord’s help you can obtain all three. And for your child’s sake – you must.