The other night I was awake yet again with insomnia and not very happy about it. I stumbled into my office and this is what I found taped to my office walls:
And this on my screensaver:
What does this have to do with homeschooling?
Relationship, that’s what.
If I’d sent my daughter off to school for the past dozen or so years, I’m not sure these wonderful affirmations would grace my office. I’m not sure we would have the relationship we do. I’m not sure she would view me the way she does or that I would view her the way I do. I’m not sure she would be writing these things at 17 years old if we hadn’t availed ourselves of the opportunity to spend time together, to do life together, to learn to get through the good, the bad, and the ugly together.
The heart of homeschooling for me has never been about the education, however important that might be. It’s about relationship—building strong, loving, lifelong relationships with my kids.
This is why I homeschool.