It is so easy, in the midst of parenting, educating, and discipling our children, to lose sight of how precious they really are. We can take for granted the gift that we call life. We can assume that our children will be around forever, always available for us to snuggle with, read to, or laugh and make memories with. But we must not! Life is precious, and the time we have with our children is short - very, very short.
Today, as I type this, a family is grieving for their seventeen year old daughter, whose lungs were destroyed by pneumonia. Another is waiting anxiously by the bedside of their critically ill daughter, hoping they can get her home before she dies. Neither one expected to face this tragedy, or could have imagined the possibility of burying a child. But, as the bombing in Boston or the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas have reminded us; life is full of what we don't expect.
So, as you educate your children today, don't lose heart. The road is long, the battle can be wearying. But try to treasure the moments (both precious and not so much) with your child now, because (as many parents in CFHE know) you may not have tomorrow!
If you spend any time on Facebook, you may have already seen this excellent post on why doctors and lawyers educate their children at home. But, if you haven't, it is well worth your time. Written by a medical doctor who is also a mom to five children (the fifth one is due to arrive in September), it gives a great perspective on why any parent might choose to homeschool, and debunks many of the arguments against it.
If you want to be encouraged, or have some fresh food for thought, you can read the article here. You may not agree with everything Dr Berchelmann writes, but you will undoubtedly agree with more than a few of her reasons. After reading the article, come back and post what your favorite reasons to homeschool are.
We hope this blog serves to encourage families as they educate their children at home!
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