10. You are just not busy enough being a wife, mother, and homemaker, so you need something more to fill up your days.
You know the famous question people ask you, "So, what do you find to do all day?" Now you can be furious instead of simply annoyed when they ask you! When people ask me that question, I smile sweetly and bite my tongue. I'm just not godly enough to speak.
9. Your children don't carry a concealed weapon, so they wouldn't be safe at school.
Schools have become dangerous places with lying, sneaking around, and thoughts of murder...and that's just the teachers. You simply don't want your children to have to take self-defense classes before they're six years old.
My dear sister is a teacher who loves her students and she is so sad to see the decline of morality year after year. To many children, she is closer to them relationally than the parents. As moral standards decrease, it is more important than ever that our children have good role models. Unfortunately, children become closer to others students than teachers. Children are not the best role models for other children. The Bible tells us that "He who walks with the wise grows wise! But a companion of fools suffers harm!" (Proverbs 13:20 NIV).
8. The neighbors already think you're crazy, so you want them to REALLY have something to talk about.
You already go to church, not once, but twice, a week and you don't get drunk at the block parties. Your children pass out tracts at Halloween and go Christmas caroling at nursing home at Christmas. To the neighbors, you're just plain weird. Homeschooling gives them MORE to talk about. Oh, and, just maybe, they will ask you some questions about WHY you do what you do!
7. You want to be the center of heated discussions at extended family gatherings (they think that you're crazy too!).
It starts out innocently enough with a friendly relative who is just curious. Soon other relatives are asking questions that are progressively more invasive. There is a heated discussion with everyone arguing about "those fundamentalist Christians who try to shelter their children." When you find yourself quoting their test scores and showing them your portfolio to defend yourself, it's gone too far. If you leave weeping, you need to put up boundaries!
6. You want to learn about all those things you missed out on in your own education because your teachers were too busy teaching you about values clarification and socialist propaganda.
For those of you who were in "gifted classes," most real education was thrown out the window! Instead, you might have been asked the lifeboat questions or given other opportunities to learn about situational ethics. I learned what countries bordered the Mediterranean Sea when we had Navy men in our church deployed to the Persian Gulf. I looked at a map. Though I had a "great education," it did lack in some basics.
For those of you, like me, who went to college and got a bachelor's or master's degree, you eventually are asked, "Why don't you use your degree?" The idea is that education is preparation for a career, rather than important for its own sake, is foreign to many people. Now you can say, "I'm teaching my children."
4. You read the homeschooling books and thought that homeschooling would give you perfectly behaved children. Ha!
We've all read the books about children who are potty-trained at six months old, write best sellers at age six, and have turned their home business into a multi-billion dollar company, employing endangered animals and protecting their habitats, by age sixteen. Of course, then YOU homeschool. It is a different story. Me, too. Just normal, wonderful, sweet children--but far from perfect!
3. You want your children to be able to read and write!
Silly you! You think that reading and writing are essential for daily living, as well as ruling and reigning with Christ. You don't want your children to become "good little world citizens" who can parrot back "One World" slogans. You want educated children who speak persuasively, shining the LIGHT of the Word of God on every situation the encounter.
2. Your children believe in a Creator (gasp!), moral absolutes (gasp!), and showing respect to adults (really?). You want to keep it that way!
For some strange reason, you don't want their faith undermined by a school system that does everything in its power to teach atheism and situational ethics. It is your desire that the faith that lives in you and your husband will also live in your children.
And the number one reason for homeschooling....
1. You and your husband really believe that God has led you to homeschool the precious little lambs He has entrusted to you!
We all have our own story of how we met Jesus and we all have our own story of how God led our families to homeschool. For whatever reason, you believe that obeying God is more important than anything else. When He says, "Jump!" you just jump--no questions asked! When it comes to educating your children at home, He is LORD! Your family homeschools for the glory of God!
Hope this top ten list brought a smile! Be blessed!
Merey (Meredith Ludwig Curtis)