A First-Day-of-School Dadstory…


How do you manage being your child’s primary educator in your given situation?

The first day of school has come and gone.

It was a partial day; as if everyone needs the chance to ease back into the grind of a new school year. I know we did.

Julie and I have had a lot of discussions about the future and the education options available for our sons. I was a public school student throughout my entire K-12 career. Julie attended a Christian private school for a while, and felt that it was a bad experience for her. We have always been inclined to utilize the public schools, and doubted ourselves very little until last year when the elementary school of choice for our boys closed.

We’re in a system that has been in flux for about 2 years now. I’ll stay out of the weeds on that topic in this post, though I have been very vocal on matters of our local public schools. To put it briefly, we’re concerned, and even if we continue on this track for the coming school year, we belief we’ll have to do something about it in the very near future.

We have been talking a lot about home schooling, and we have gotten an overwhelming amount of encouragement from home school parents to go ahead and make the leap. It appeals to me because I have always felt we as parents should be the primary educators of our children. And we are; we’ve never felt like we “farmed out” our sons’ education, and each of us have our own distinct and notable contributions to the boys’ formal education. Julie has the patience, and I provide the push, which has kept the boys excelling wonderfully up to this point.

The home school parents we have met are extremely zealous about educating their children, which is great. The off-putting part is the attitude that pops up when we say, “We’re not totally sure yet…” Home school parents can’t understand the reluctancy we still have.

Educating your children is a very personal choice. And one thing has helped us feel better about remaining with public school at this point- the People Factor. The worst of situations can be made better with the right people involved. The boys were assigned to two great teachers. When we walked out of open house, Julie said she was relieved because of the teachers they were assigned. The boys were excited. All of that is important. Most importantly, Christ is in control, and we are paying attention.

Believe me, we are watching like hawks.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬‬‬‬‬

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