The time is 19.00 and after a hot day we take Sunshine out for a walk. I walk next to them picking gorgeous flowers.
To be in the silence is the best medicine for mind and body.
In raising my children, I’ve never taught them any specific Religion. I raised them to be polite, truthful, helpful and loving children. To respect People, Animals, Nature and Life, as most major Western religions teach in one fashion or another.
I wanted them to find their own truth, their own beliefs, not to have me as a parent directing or forcing them.
And if someone was mean to them, to try their best to understand that it wasn’t anything about them. Anger comes from an unhappy heart.
When my children saw someone being bullied, I wanted them to step in and say NO! (or go quickly and get an Adult.)
We travel a lot and meet many different kinds of people and try to observe their beliefs. Our little town where we live is filled with the inhabitants of many different cultures.
Suddenly, at an age of thinking, reasoning and questioning everything, Olivia and Max became aware of life in a different, more determined way.
We had a small fire in our house, not long ago, and after a year many “life bumps ” my tired mind said in a self- pitying way (I don’t like self-pity parties),
“I don’t think God loves me!”
I thought I was alone with those words in the room, when I suddenly hear my daughter (11 years-old) say behind me,
“Why wouldn’t he, he created you!”
I have been homeschooling my daughter Olivia (11-years-old), for one and half years now, and Max my son (9-years-old) for four months.
It was a scary decision I wont lie about that, however, I had a horrible “traditional” school experience myself. However, I am very glad I forced myself and took that big step to start homeschooling my children. The reasons why I took them out from their regular school are different. My children’s needs were (are) different but what they have in common is working with their confidence. It will take me many posts to write about our Homeschooling Program and Thoughts. I hope you want to follow our stories and us.
Many thoughts have become questions from friends to acquaintance. Several of you asked me to write more about it on my blog.
I spoke to my children about it and they also are thrilled to answer any of your respectful questions.
It’s a long journey to come to this decision, and a lot of research about Homeschooling, but today when I can already see the results, I am proud I dared to face the fear.
The first time I heard about homeschooling children, when living in America, my feelings were mixed by several horrifying thoughts.
I kept them to myself, and I asked the homeschooling moms that I met along the way with the same questions I today get from many other positive curious people.
Please, every family is not the same and not doing the same as anyone else. You have to create your own perfect way. One must find the curriculum that seems to cover the needs you are looking to satisfy. The groundwork may be the same; different programs adding some subjects and taking away some others. When you find your way, you will develop confident, well-mannered, happy, loving, bright children.
I am so thankful today, that we can have this opportunity to homeschool our children.
Before you assume you know an answer on this subject, please send me the question, and I will gladly relay to you our experience.
Give me some credit to start writing and telling you our story; why we homeschool, the support from other home-schooling families and friends, and even “ordinary” schools.
Our homeschooling is not “forever” they will go back to school…..
but for now, it is the best option for our family.