On Mama’s Mind
When my children were little, my in-laws would oc- casionally invite the kids to stay with them for a week.
I admit it was nice to have a small break. My in-laws live less
than an hour away, so the children were never too far, and my
husband and I got to enjoy some time alone together.
In our early days of homeschooling, when my oldest daughter
went to stay with her grandparents, I’d send schoolwork with
her. I was new to homeschooling and figured she had to do
school that week. But often they were so busy that her work
didn’t get done. I was upset about that, so for a while I didn’t
allow my in-laws to take her because she “had to do her schoolwork.”
As my children grew older, I realized we could all benefit from
an occasional break from the routine, so I went back to sending
them off to their grandparents for a few days—this time without schoolwork. The kids had fun playing around the country
home, helping their Pepaw (Grandpa) train hunting dogs, fish,
garden, and plenty of other things. I came to see and accept that
they were learning plenty from their grandparents.
Children are hands-on learners and visual learners. My girls
learned to cook, sew, knit, and crochet by watching their Mimi
(Grandma). They picked up all kinds of useful life skills. I was
always amazed at the things they brought home and the stories
they told me over the phone each night. I often felt they were
learning more from their grandparents than they were from me!
My children were also active with their grandparents’ church
while they were away. They would go on trips with the elder
group, help their grandma in Sunday school, visit shut-ins, and
take part in vacation Bible school. One of their favorite things
to do was go to nursing homes. This was part of an outreach,
and my kids said the older people’s eyes would light up at the
sight of them.
As my children grew into teens, their visits to Mimi’s house included helping with their little cousins. They enjoyed spending
time with their cousins as babies. This created a special bond
between the cousins as well.
I’ve learned through the years that schoolwork is so much more
than sitting at a desk. My kids have so many special memories
from their time at their grandparents’ home, and I’m thankful
for that. There have been many times over the years when I’ve
heard: “Mimi taught me that” or “Pepaw taught me.”
I’m glad my in-laws have taken an active part in their grandchildren’s learning experience. It’s been a great experience for
Ashley Allgood is a Christian wife married twenty-one years to Michael. They
have three children ages 19, 16, and 14.
They live in Georgia where they homeschool their children.
Homeschooling with Grandparents
By Ashley Allgood