Sometimes I have a yearning for our family to be picture perfect homeschoolers.
You know the ones I am talking about.
The children look neat and clean and conservative. So does the mother!
Everyone studies Latin and higher Mathematics and Sciences. They know their faith and theology so well that they can recite whole sections of the CCC and quote saints and Bible verses.
That kind of poster Catholic homeschooling family.
Why do I (sometimes ) yearn for this image?
Well, I get tired of humility! lol!
It can get kind of embarrassing to see the reactions of others upon knowing our family.
"Oh, your kids don't know xyz ? Our kids have studied Latin and Greek roots since age three. And our oldest son is going to be a priest."
Or - from a non homeschooler, waxing lyrical about another homeschool family - " These other homeschoolers are truly Catholic.Their children are so well behaved and are aways reading Saints stories. The oldest produced his own play . His sister won the art competition."
And - "You let your child read that? Listen to that music? Watch that movie? Wear that shirt? "
Meanwhile, my kids can tell you all about role playing games, music, bands, books, poetry, movies, skate boarding, surfing, our parish, friends, art, computer and video games, cooking, politics and the Liberal party.
Not your usual Catholic homeshool topics.
I take heart in the fact that these sons are certainly interested in life and in learning - even if they never match the picture perfect homeschool children. I take heart ( sometimes) in my older sons and their choices and conversation and study - all three are homeschool graduates.
So~ all this keeps me humble.
I ponder. How can I help others homeschool when I am still on the journey myself?
Perhaps I can share my imperfections and my journey - what I have learned and what I am still learning.
I can acknowledge that my kids are on a journey, too.
Homeschooling is a journey, not a race or a production line.
I can share that Gerry and I are not perfect home school parents but we do aim to homeschool with gentleness.
I say this prayer every morning ~
Loving God, may I always use my tongue as St Anthony did, to praise your hallowed name and make you known among those I meet. Help me to avoid all cursing, lies and unkind words. Give me a tongue to speak in ways that will encourage others and show love for them. Amen.