This past weekend, my amazing little cousins from Arkansas came up to visit me here at Safe Haven Farm. I had so much fun running around with these six crazy boys (ages 12 to 5 months). They were all so smart and so polite and so nice.
I was riding in the car with the eldest, Colin (12), as we were on our way to dinner Saturday night. He leaned over and asked me if I was homeschooled. I sort of chuckled and told him I hadn’t been in school for a long time, but that when I was his age, yes, I had been homeschooled—just like him. And that launched us into a fun conversation about school and what he liked and what he enjoyed reading about.
Of course, later, as we were chatting again I made the comment that I had graduated from college in 2005. Poor kid was shocked, because he was born in 2004. I guess he didn’t realize I was THAT old, which honestly tickled me.
But how strange is it to come full circle? To have started as a homeschooler and now to be the one talking to kids who are in the same position I was? It’s a strange feeling.
I don’t have any kids of my own, obviously, but I have a lot of friends (and family) with a lot of kids. And many of them are making the choice to homeschool.
Homeschooling isn’t for everyone
I certainly met homeschoolers in the ten years we did it who shouldn’t have been homeschooling, but they were in the minority. Most of the families we came into contact with had the right idea. And it worked for us.
Skeptics and critics are always quick to point out that homeschooled children don’t get the same amount of socialization that kids in “real” school get. Frankly, I’m not sure if the socialization kids get in “real” school is actually healthy anymore, especially with all the horrifying reports of peer abuse and bullying recently. But besides that, most homeschool kids I meet don’t have any problem talking to kids their own age or kids younger than them or kids older than them or even adults.
All I can really say is that if I am ever blessed with children, I plan to homeschool. And if I can do half as good a job as my parents did, I’ll be thrilled.
The publishing company I helped start, Crosshair Press, has a real soft spot for homeschooled families. I was homeschooled, but so were the other three founding members!
The publishing company I helped start, Crosshair Press, has a real soft spot for homeschooled families.
in Wichita this year. The TPA (Teaching Parents Association) has been a fixture in the Wichita area for years, and apparently the convention is huge. So my best buddy and fellow co-founder of Crosshair Press and I are excited to share what God has done in our lives and in our business.
We are so eager to get to talk to other homeschooled kids about following their dreams and chasing their passions and keeping their ears open to hear what God is telling them. That’s the biggest part of it, really, because if God is telling you to do something, you’d better do it, regardless of how crazy it might sound.
Start a publishing company! Sure, why not? Move to England! Sounds like fun. Quit your high-paying job and write in exchange for ramen noodles! Great idea. It might sound nutty, but if God’s behind it, it’ll be the greatest choice you’ve ever made.
I loved being homeschooled, so I’m equally excited to have the opportunity to exhibit at the 2016 TPA Convention So if you’re planning to attend the 2016 TPA Convention, swing by Booth 24. Katie and I will be there, and we’d love to meet you. If you’ve got kids attending the convention, bring them too. We didn’t just survive homeschooling, we thrived in it, excelled in college, got careers in our degree fields, and then walked away from all of it to start our own business because God told us to. And God has been faithful every step of the way.
It might sound nutty, but if God’s behind it, it’ll be the greatest choice you’ve ever made.
We’ll have all our books that we’ve written/published available for sale (and maybe a few freebies to give away too!). We’ll also have information about all the workshops that we are planning to teach in the coming year. And we may or may not have “good” candy at our booth. Just saying.
So come by and see us. We’ll tell you our story and how God is working in our lives, and maybe we can be a blessing and an encouragement to you.