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Sometimes we homeschool parents can take ourselves “WAY serious”.
A year ago, I got into one of my invent-a-crisis moods.
I started asking myself, “What if one of my adult kids comes to me and asks how to be a good parent?”
“Oh, dear,” I answered myself, “I could tell them to read the parenting book I raised them by: Ross Campbell’s How to Really Love Your Child.”
But since an invented crisis cannot be so easily solved, I asked myself, “What if they want to know what a parent can do right?”
“Ah!” I replied to myself, “This is a thought too big for one person (being a mom, like Winnie the Pooh, of little brain)!”
So, I posted this question on facebook and at our umbrella school:
What did YOUR parents do right?
Having received responses from adults and teens alike, I categorized the responses here (in case you have the same invented crisis):
Things our parents did right:
1) Gave us faith
Those who had godly parents appreciated that they were raised to know Christ and to have a good foundation in Christianity- even if they chose to go to different denominations or wandered a bit before they settled down.
2) Taught us to laugh
Those who had parents who saw humor in many circumstances were thankful that they had a tool to help handle the stressors of adult life.
3) Live by causes
Those who had parents who were active in one or more causes, learned the power of sacrificial living and being part of something larger than themselves. Especially for the adult children who went on to be homeschooling parents, they were grateful that they had learned how to be culture changers and live an out-of-the-box lifestyle.
4) Find our strengths
Those who had perceptive parents who recognized their children’s strengths and interests were grateful for the investment their parents made in developing them through special training and experiences. These children felt understood and valued by their parents, as well as better prepared for their adult lives. (Ooh, another good plug for our Career Exploration Workbook and Questionnaire.)
5) Took us on field trips
Those who had parents who took them on field trips and provided a variety of experiences for their children felt like they had rich childhoods and understanding of the world around them.
How about you, homeschool parents? What did YOUR parents do right?
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crisis: Carry Each Other’s Burden.