Moms, imagine what it would be like to know how to guide your son toward a no regrets life. Sometimes, it all starts with finding the best homeschool curriculum for your child. Education is one of the most important aspects to success.
As a young mother, I was desperate to find someone, anyone, even homeschool teachers, to teach me how to instill values in my children that would prepare them for life, and help them make wise decisions. I cried out, I NEED HELP, LORD! Maybe you can identify with my struggle?
“I found my parenting overshadowed with fear of doing it wrong. I gradually developed a sort of reactionary mode – [my son] acted and I reacted. Rather than following a clear path toward shaping his life, the fear of what I did not want my son to be became my standard. I was merely putting out fires rather than kindling the flames of my son’s character…
I lacked fortitude for this new adventure [of motherhood]. I needed to become a kind, courageous, and confident mother if I was ever going to raise kind, courageous, confident children. To be a godly mother required strength. Where would I find the direction I so desperately longed for?”*
The Lord answered my cry for help by sending me godly mentors. I am forever grateful to these godly women who answered the call of Titus 2. I can only imagine the mess I would have made of my kids without their guidance. With my personal tendencies toward people pleasing, control issues, and insecurities I would certainly have parented in a regretful manner.
Homeschooling brings its own challenges for mothers. Finding the best homeschool curriculum is just one of them. You want to do your very best to educate your kids well, and yet there is a real temptation to find your own glory and satisfaction in your children’s successes. I know, I have been a homeschooling mom–to my son and The Bible teaches that God created us for His glory. To glorify God means to represent HIS character to a watching world, to create in them an appetite for knowing Him. When you are careful to live for God’s glory and not your own, you will find a freedom from people pleasing– or regretting that you don’t measure up to that perfect homeschool mom you so admire.
When your children observe that you have a genuine goal to live in a manner that brings glory to God, rather than to yourself, they too will learn the secret of living free from the influence of peer pressure, self-promotion, and pride.
It is important that mothers who choose to school their children at home look for mentors who have traveled this unique path ahead of them. Inviting mentors into your life is God’s way of training moms (see: Titus 2).
When you wisely seek out godly counselors and homeschool teachers you will:
- Receive clear advice, not swayed by emotional attachment
- Enjoy fellowship with someone who has walked in your shoes
- Learn from their successes and regrets
- Find encouragement to keep doing what the Lord has called you to do
Find mentors or be a mentor. Prepare yourself to guide your son toward success. Reading my book, Moms Raising Sons to Be Men is a great place to start. Whatever you’ll learn there may help you in your search for the best homeschool curriculum for your child.