5 Things Our Parents Did Right

By Vicki Tillman on 08 July 2011 / The Home / 6 Comments


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Sometimes we homeschool parents can take ourselves “WAY serious”.

Think, think, think...

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.

A couple of the kids we've invested in

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

The field trip to Western PA

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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  • Sabrina

    July 8, 2011 6:34 pm

    I know that Allison and I were raised by parents who really valued their spoken word; if they said they would do something, they did it. If they said they would NOT do something, they did not do it.

    We both learned to stand by what we have said we will do, and I'm thankful for that quality being deeply ingrained in me!

  • Penny Mears

    July 8, 2011 5:17 pm

    My parents had various people live with us through our lives. These people were greatly helped by parents. One man even stopped drinking after my parents let him live with us for a few weeks and he went on to live a changed life, never drinking again. They didn't just say they loved God, they actually demonstrated it. That is what effected me the most.
    And they took us on lots of trips and vacations! I didn't really know how cool this was until I married my husband and found out that he had never been more than a few hours from where he grew up!

  • Sara Hayes

    July 8, 2011 8:21 am

    One of the 'causes' my parents lived for was taking in foster children (and adopting two of them). They lived lives of unselfishness and giving and tried to teach us (their biological children) the same. With the many children in our home over the years, we also learned that the world does not revolve around us; other peoples needs are as important as our own.

    God gave me wonderful Christian parents, and I'm so grateful! Thanks, Dad and Mom!

    • Vicki

      July 8, 2011 9:06 am

      What a great cause! What wonderful parents!

  • Marilyn

    July 8, 2011 7:17 am

    Just like there is no one right way to homeschool, I don't think there is one right way to parent. Since each individual and family is different, even these basic principles will look different in each situation (and sometimes you have to parent each child differently). These basic principles are a great place to start!

    • Vicki

      July 8, 2011 9:08 am

      You are right, Marilyn. I am careful about over-applying principles, which is the same as legalism. Good thing this post isn't even research- just a collection of experiences of my fb and blog-post friends.


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