On Mama’s Mind
As Emma and John discussed the possibilities of uture children during the serious phase of their dating relationship, the question of how they
would educate them never really came up. Like many
couples, they talked and dreamed about how many they
thought would be the perfect number, and even playfully
batted around boy and girl names, but issues like school
and whether to use time out or a reward system remained
too far in the future to worry about. Once the honeymoon was over, they were too busy adjusting to the joys
and newfound realities of married life to revisit the topic.
Three babies later, the school down the road was the next
logical step for their oldest child, now kindergarten age.
Or was it? Emma’s playgroup friends included several
homeschool moms, and Emma asked a lot of questions.
The idea of an education that allowed her the freedom
to instill their family values and choose appropriate
curriculum had begun to bloom in her heart, and she
was convinced that it was a perfect fit for their three little
girls. John, however, had never considered that there was
any other option besides the charming brick building in
the center of their town because homeschooling seemed
risky and a little bit weird. As soon as Emma started
talking about it, he grew serious and quiet.
A decision to homeschool requires commitment from
both parents, or it will be a difficult journey for the entire
family. Mom needs her husband’s support and reassurance that she is making a difference when her first-grader
is challenging her patience with sounding out his reading
words. That same little first-grader needs to see his dad
backing mom when she plans an evening of hands-on
Reaching Unity in
Three By Sharon Duncan