Chapter 15 is all about the definition of family and the role of both fathers and mothers in homeschooling.
Family is the only institution in Scripture that was created before the Fall. pg. 269
The definition and sanctity of the family is being attacked and torn apart in our culture. We need to get back to the role of a father as head of the household and the role of mother as the heart of the household.
Fathers are called to be head of the family. They are to be servant leaders. Their position as head gives direction to the whole family. There are lots of ways for Dad to get involved in homeschooling. I wrote about some ways to get Dad involved in your homeschool. Dad is often gone for 12 hours a day, but he is still a vital part of our family and our homeschool.
Mothers could be called the heart of the family. Having a child changes a woman. I had a much harsher or abrasive demeanor before I had Jonathan. I've had numerous people tell me that they've seen how motherhood has changed me personally for the better. It has softened me.
God calls moms to be faithful. We are to be servants. We are called to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of our family and our children. Homeschooling is not for the weak! I have to let go of my agenda daily to be available for God's agenda. Sally Clarkson has written a number of wonderful books on this topic including The Ministry of Motherhood which I read this past summer and The Mission of Motherhood which I read last summer. I've been writing about this fall about her book Seasons of a Mother's Heart. All are excellent resources for moms in general but especially homeschooling moms.
Homeschooling is more than an academic choice for the child. It is a lifestyle choice for your whole family.
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